Cumbria is one of the most picturesque locations in England and, to create an even more memorable stay, why not treat your group to a castle stay when you visit? Augill Castle, in the Upper Eden Valley, stands in open country, little changed for centuries. The castle's backdrop is the dramatic North Pennines, with gardens opening out to views of the nearby Yorkshire Dales and the Lakeland Fells beyond.
This gently eccentric fairy-tale folly can be taken over exclusively by up to 30 guests for two nights, providing them with the whole castle and 20 acres of private grounds, as well as afternoon tea on arrival. Included during your stay is a relaxed meal on the first night, a lavish three course dinner on the second night and breakfast both days, from £8,300, which equates to just £139 per person per night, based on full occupancy.
Or parties can choose have the place to themselves for just one night, along with a three-course dinner and breakfast, from £4,500, which equates to £150 per person per night, based on 30 guests.
If you like field sports, the castle is now available for exclusive use shooting and fishing parties, from just £139 per person per night, with delicious food included (based on 30 people for 2 nights). With the best grouse shooting in the world and some of the country’s best trout fishing on its doorstep, the castle is an idyllic retreat for country pursuits.
Bespoke additions can be arranged, with everything from lavish picnic lunches whilst out shooting and fishing, to fully loaded hip flasks on offer – every retreat is individual and tailored accordingly.
Literally built for entertaining, Augill Castle is an extraordinary place for a country break and offers 15 opulent bedrooms. Some have four poster beds; there is a four poster bath and even a turret for a wardrobe, but all have antique furniture, a comfortable sitting area, great beds with the best linens, fluffy robes, fine china, real coffee, home-made biscuits, and locally sourced toiletries.
As well as being an award-winning castle, Augill is the only place in the UK to offer an entirely Great British Bar, certain to make shooting and fishing breaks go with a memorable swing. Everything it stocks, from whisky, gin and vodka, to beer, cider and mixers, even the cola, has been brewed, fermented or distilled in Britain by independent, artisan, family-run businesses.
If you just want to stay for a short break, the castle is also able to offer individual rooms on a bed and breakfast, or dinner, bed and breakfast package.
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