English Castles and Grand Houses

 Thornbury Castle

Thornbury Castle

If you've always wanted to stay in a castle, look no further.  Thornbury Castle, once owned by Henry VIII, has stood firm through many of history's most pivotal and dramatic events.   Today, its surroundings are more peaceful: nestled in the leafy landscape of South Gloucestershire, it offers a luxurious step back in time from the hustle and bustle of modern life.  Visitors can enjoy Thornbury Castle as a luxury hotel.  Tudor style meets modern excellence, with comfortable four-poster beds, magnificent open fireplaces, a dungeon dining room and a grand hall for balls, feasts and parties.

Outdoors, there are a variety of activities to conjure up the atmosphere of Tudor England.  Play croquet on the lawn, have a go at archery, or learn the basics of falconry.  Wonder at the unique opportunity to stay in a real castle, while enjoying top quality food, drink and spa treatments.

 St. Catherine's Court

St. Catherine's Court

Nestling in the hills just north of Bath, the property dates back to the 14th century and is listed as a Grade I monument.  Sympathetically restored by its owner, the house remains faithful to its origins without sacrificing any of the conveniences of modern living.  Many of the bedrooms are furnished with fine four-poster beds, yet accompanying bathrooms are beautifully modernized.  Fine panelling and ornate plaster ceilings add a touch of grandeur to the library, filled with comfortable sofas and armchairs.  The Elizabethan dining room is lit solely by candlelight, yet is supported by two well-equipped kitchens.  It all comes together to create an immaculate house which is elegant, yet warm, and makes an ideal setting for holiday - from the glamorous to a family escape.

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