Thornbury Castle, a 26-room luxury property, is the only Tudor castle open as a hotel and restaurant.
Founded in 1511 as the home of The Third Duke of Buckingham, Edward Stafford, Thornbury Castle is the perfect example of a castle designed to serve as a home rather than a fortress, due to its minimal defensive features.
Edward Stafford was an English nobleman and the eldest son of Henry Stafford and Katherine Woodville. His father, Henry Stafford, participated in a rebellion against King Richard III and was beheaded without trial in November 1483, during which all his honours, including his knighthood were forfeited, leaving Edward with no title/property to acquire. For 2 years Stafford was said to have moved between houses throughout Herefordshire in order to avoid the same fate as his father, before being reinstated as a Knight of the Order of the Bath and the Duke of Buckingham by Henry VII, after King Richard III's defeat.More »