Augill Castle

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

With its towers and battlements, wood-panelled walls and ornate ceilings, this Victorian-folly castle set in acres of grounds still manages to be ‘very relaxed; we never felt we had to be on our best behaviour’. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

With its towers and battlements, wood-panelled walls and ornate ceilings, this Victorian-folly castle set in acres of grounds still manages to be ‘very relaxed; we never felt we had to be on our best behaviour’. ‘Like staying in a friend’s grand country estate,’ adds an inspector, ‘supremely enjoyable.’ Owners Simon and Wendy Bennett are ‘never intrusive, always attentive’. Plenty of activities are on offer: tennis, a private cinema and a games room. Bedrooms, spread between castle, stables, orangery and separate buildings, range from big to vast. Eccentrically furnished with antiques, sale-room finds and bold wallpapers, they might include a four-poster, roll-top bath or fireplace. ‘Our room had an open fire which we were encouraged to light, an enormous bath, lashings of hot water!’ New chef Justin Woods offers modern British menus of ‘gorgeously cooked local food’, such as braised beef cheek and roasted roots, and more-ish puddings, including damson Bakewell. ‘Magnificent breakfasts’, too, for which children can collect the eggs. ‘A magical home from home.’ (Heather Cole, and others)

Hotel details

Address

South Stainmore
Brough
Kirkby Stephen
Cumbria
CA17 4DE
England

Telephone

01768 341937

Bedrooms

17. 2 on ground floor, 
9 in stables, orangery, coach house, 
1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year, dinner nightly (excl. Mon), children’s suppers daily.

Facilities

hall, drawing room, library, sitting room, conservatory bar, dining room, cinema, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 20-acre grounds (landscaped garden, tennis), public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms, not public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £180–£280. 
À la carte £35. 1-night bookings often refused school holidays, Sat.