Augill Castle is an award winning family-run boutique castle hotel. It has been awarded Bed & Breakfast of the Year and is a grand country house as well as a family home.
Rooms at Augill Castle are traditional and quirky. There are fourteen bedrooms or family suites, all of an equal high standard, each with a very different character. Some have four poster beds, others four poster baths. There are turrets for wardrobes, stained glass windows and big views towards the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Bedrooms are decorated with bold colours and furnished with antiques.
The owners are friendly and flexible, and are happy to provide a wide range of services tailored to to your requirements, whether you are planning a vacation, an activity holiday, private party, business conference or wedding.
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About Augill Castle
no chintz but you will not find safe modern interiors with beige,
cream and black. This is a real country house, not a bland modern
mock up. You might find a piano in the bathroom, a church pew opposite
the loo, or an African tribal hanging or Indonesian blowpipe above
But while your surroundings may be quirky (this was after all built
as a Victorian gentlemans country folly), you can be assured
- the finest Egyptian cotton bed linens
- kingsize or bigger beds (bar one antique four poster)
- huge fluffy bath towels
- eco-friendly bathrobes
- decent showers with simple controls
- big baths, most big enough for two
- locally sourced biodegradeable toiletries
- homemade biscuits, fresh ground coffee & fresh milk
- the latest TV technology in every room.
- a decanter of sherry to help you unwind and a teddy bear on
each bed to keep you company.
roaring fires in winter entice you not to venture out, but if you
do there are 15 acres of landscaped grounds to explore and Holly,
the family's willing Labrador to show you the way. There is great
walking straight from the front door.
castle has an all-weather tennis court, complete with automatic
ball machine if you cant find a willing partner, an outdoor
play park for the kids and nearby are indoor and outdoor swimming
pools, natural river swimming holes, golf, endless uncrowded walking
and horse trail riding.
Cumbria CA17 4DE
Simon & Wendy Bennett
Telephone from the UK: 01768 341 937
Telephone from the US: 010 44 1768 341 937
Telephone from France: 00 44 1768 341 937
Telephone from other countries: +44 (0)1768 341 937
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Families at Augill Castle
Guests at Augill Castle are welcomed as part of the owners' extended
family Augill is a child friendly and family friendly castle where
parents can kick off their shoes and relax knowing that their children
are having an equally good time. Young visitors to Augill are often
adopted by the owners' own children and are whisked off to the Den,
the playground, tennis court, the fort in the forest, the treehouse,
or the latest 'base' built somewhere secret.
Once the fresh air has tired them out, there is a library of videos
and DVDs, a games room, toys for all ages and a whole castle complete
with towers and turrets to explore. Bedrooms are big enough to comfortably
take extra beds, there are DVD players, all the bathrooms and baths
are big, some are enormous.
There are also family houses, The Stable House and The Little Castle,
both big enough for families of up to six, inter-connecting bedrooms,
family suites or rooms big enough for extra beds without the risk
of shin damage!
Cots, highchairs, baby listening, flexible eating options (all
conceivable adult and childrens dietary whims are accommodated).
Family rooms all come equipped with a box of books, toys and essential
baby & toddler supplies as well as nappy disposal units for
Try fell walking, quad-biking, go-kart racing, paint balling, paragliding,
archery, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, falconry, game shoots, off-road
driving, climbing, kayaking, sailing and even skiing at nearby Rookin
House or Holmescales Activity centres or on our neighbouring sporting
The castles own 1967 MGB Roadster with fully laden picnic
hamper strapped to the back can be hired by the day, or you can
explore the Eden Valley, Lakes & Dales in a vintage bus.
Food & Drink:
As with all good country houses, the Dining Room is at the heart
of the castle and many a new friendship has been made around the
castle's oak dining table. Cooking is honest, imaginative, locally
sourced & seasonal cooking.
All the castles meals are simply prepared from the finest
ingredients sourced from our own garden and Englands northern
counties, often organic but always from producers who recognize
the importance of quality over quantity. Our menus are set according
to the preferences of each night's guests so there is no waste.
There is a modest well balanced, wine list and you can try your
bartending skills at the honesty bar in the library. There's even
a basket of left behind spectacles if, as the evening wears on,
you find it increasingly difficult to see what you're pouring or
writing down in the honesty book!
Augill does not privide " fine dining" : there are plenty
of places throughout the nearby Yorkshire Dales and Lake District
for that. What it does provide the sort of food you'd probably like
to cook at home if you had the time.
Breakfast is a leisurely affair, seldom kicking off before 9am.
Ingredients are locally sourced and include locally handmade Cumberland
sausages & award-winning bacon, wild salmon smoked at Brougham
Hall, free-range eggs from the castles resident hens, freshly
baked bread, home made preserves and freshly squeezed juice.
Auigill offers informal two-course dinners by arrangement - additional
courses are often available and there is always an early supper
for younger guests when we are cooking dinner. There's no whispering
over the consomme here. Dinner is a sociable occasion with everyone
eating the same daily set menu together at the same time around
In summer, weather permitting, dining can spill out into the garden.
Weddings at Augill Castle
Augill is a the best Lake District castle wedding venue and one
of the most unique wedding venues in the Lake District & Yorkshire.
It is the perfect Castle venue.
It is the perfect Castle venue: big enough to feel grand but small
enough to be intimate. It makes the perfect venue for a relaxed,
extended wedding celebration. As a complete castle wedding venue,
Augill can be exclusively yours. It is licensed to hold civil marriages
and has been described as one of the countrys top ten most
- The castle venue all to yourselves
- Three stunning rooms for your wedding ceremony
- Fifteen acres of gardens & grounds for drinks, canapes,
photos or even al fresco dining
- Total flexibility - you tell us what you want and we'll make
- All-in-one pricing so there are no hidden extras
- Weddings for up to forty can dine in the magnificent blue and
gold dining room banquet style along two eighteen foot oak refectory
tables and smaller groups (up to 20) eat together around one huge
dining table. In any event, with fourteen bedrooms there is space
for twenty-eight overnight guests.
Wedding ceremonies take place either in the Music Room with its
grand piano and big south facing bay windows, the Great Hall with
its tudor oak paneling, leaded windows, roaring fire and then chance
to enter down a sweeping staircase lit by a grand stained glass
window or the Drawing Room decorated in bronze, purple & cream
with views across the castle lawns.
There are fifteen acres of grounds including several wrought iron
gazebos offering stunning wedding photograph opportunities with
the castle as a backdrop.
There is no formula; no set packages. Each Augill Castle wedding
is as unique as the setting itself. You plan your day, plan your
menu, decide on timings and it happens.
Your hosts can help you with wedding flowers, photographers, musicians
and entertainment, transport and additional accommodation - everything
Rates are transparent and include all the basic elements you need
to make your celebration perfect, including a full planning service.
There are no hidden extras. The only necessaries not included are
your bar and wine bill.
House Parties & Exclusive Use of Augill
Augill Castle was built for house parties. Whether it's a special
birthday celebration, anniversary, reunion or just an excuse for
good friends and family to shut themselves away from the world for
a weekend, we can make it happen here.
With beds for up to 28 guests, Augill provides everything you need
for a fully catered, relaxed weekend to celebrate or unwind so there's
no need to leave once you're here but there are a host of activities
to make the party even more of an event.
Choose from our adventure, explore, gourmet or drink and be merry
packages where we put together all the ideas for a weekend that
fits your personal style and taste.
Cumbria is the Outdoor Adventure Capital of Britain and Yorkshire
is celebrating its own Year of Adventure so there's never been a
better time to get out there.
For party entertainment with a twist your hosts can arrage a casino
night, a themed murder mystery evening or even a wild west bucking
Conferences, Meetings &
Business Retreats at Augill Castle
Because a comfortable and informal environment makes for a relaxed
mind, Augill is an ideal retreat from the office. Small teams can
use the space and mental freedom of being away from the workplace
to concentrate on what's important, whether it be to develop strategy,
brainstorm or regain some focus on a tricky issue.
The castle has eleven en-suite bedrooms for single or double occupancy,
meeting and breakaway spaces for up to 24 boardroom or 40 theatre.
The castle has WiFi internet access throughout the public rooms.
Service and pricing are tailored to your individual requirements
as every business event is as unique as the venue itself.
If you are looking for a little adrenaline, entertainment, or perhaps
a team building challenge to mix into your event, We can put you
in touch with a wealth of people and places that can make it happen
and our hugely successful cookery school easily translates in to
an enjoyable team building event.
Food Courses at Augill Castle
The Augill Academy of Food & Hospitality has teamed up with
some inspirational figures to establish an academy in how to set
up an accommodation business, how to make it a success and how to
raise the bar.
We have also launched a cookery school for budding masterchefs
to cook food that their guests will want to pay for (whether or
not you ask them to).
We don't pretend to be perfect and definitely don't know everything
about how to run a hotel or bed & breakfast! But between us
we have a wealth of knowledge, success (and mistakes to learn from)
and plenty of tales to tell which together could be all you need
to know to
- Decide if a life as your own boss in hospitality is the right
- Once you've made that decision, how to make the best of it
- Courses are residential over two days (one night) for a maximum
of twelve people so there is ample time to discuss individual
requirement and concerns as well as plenty of 'downtime' to immerse
yourself in your surroundings.
Whether you want to cook for paying guests, impress your friends
or just know how to recreate a favourite restaurant dish, we can
inpire you and equip you with the new skills to make it happen.
Inspired by the success of our children's cookery school, Little
Augill Cooks and our passion for the best ingredients cooked simply
but with flair, we have designed a series of short courses in our
bespoke castle kitchens.
Each course has a maximum of six places so is very hands-on with
lots of one-to-one tuition.
One day courses include tuition in small groups, lots of hands-on
expereince, all your ingredients, lunch & refreshments.
Little Augill Cooks Children's Cook School
What better than the chance to learn to cook in the kitchen of a
real castle? This is the stuff of fairytales for children and adults
alike. Your children can learn everything that's fun about food
from growing it in our kitchen garden, raising it (there are chickens
and pigs here) to preparing, cooking and eating it.
You can visit a local farm to see how they do things or perhaps
even the local auction mart, but mainly lots of cooking proper food.
And at the end of it all the chance to sit down together and share
what everyone has made.
While all this is going on, parents can relax around the castle
and grounds, go out for a walk, an unhurried lunch, visit the lakes
or dales or just do nothing and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Courses run during the school holidays and are geared around the
ages of the children attending. Bespoke courses can also be arranged
for birthdays, schools or as part of a house party.
We are introducing a new course for families giving parents and
children the chance to cook together in a fun and unhurried environment.
You can plan, prepare and cook a whole three course meal and then
sit down at the end of it all and eat together what you've made.
Location of Augill Castle
Augill Castle is located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, close
to the Lake District, at the foot of the Pennine Fells
The castle is at the geographical centre of the British Isles,
four miles outside the small market town of Kirkby Stephen, an hour
from Lancaster, York & Newcastle. Teesside Airport is 45 minutes
drive, Newcastle Airport is 75 minutes away. Rail services to/from
London are at Kirkby Stephen (four hours via Leeds), Penrith (three
hours direct) & Darlington (two and a half hours direct).
While getting to us is straightforward, public transport locally
is not good. Buses are as rare as hen's teeth so to get the best
out of your stay at Augill we recommend you have your own transport.
The castle is at OS grid reference NY806138, Longitude 2'18"
W Latitude 52' 31" N. The postcode is CA17 4DE which most satnavs
will recognise as being on the raod just short of our driveway entrance.
To find us from the South & West, take Junction 38, M6 on to
the A685 through Kirkby Stephen & Brough Sowerby then right
to South Stainmore. From the North, take Junction 40, M6 at Penrith,
on to the A66 east to Brough then right on to the A685, left to
South Stainmore. From the East take the A66 at Scotch Corner to
Brough (ignore all earlier signs to South Stainmore), left on to
the A685 towards Kirkby Stephen & first left to South Stainmore.
This is Castle Country. While staying in our Victorian castle you
can easily visit several medieval examples as castles from every
other era of history.
A mile away is the ruin of Brough Castle, built on the site of
a roman fort. A little further away in the wilds of the Mallerstang
valley is Pendragon Castle, home of King Arthur's father, Uther
and north near Penrith is King Arthur's Round Table.
Lining the old Roman road that traverses the country here and continues
to Scotland are Richmond, Barnard, Appleby, Brougham, Penrith and
Carlisle Castles. A little way south is Bolton Castle where Mary
Queen of Scots was imprisoned and east at Raby and south at Skipton,
two of England's best preserved medieval castles. Head north and
you'll discover the Northumbrian coastal castles of Warkworth &
Bamburgh and Alnwick Castle & Garden, home to Harry Potter.
We are bounded by three national parks:
- The Lake District, home to Beatrix Potter,
- The Yorkshire Dales, with its Herriot & Bronte connections
- Northumberland stretching to the Scottish border.
On the doorstep are the North Pennines, an area of outstanding
natural beauty, a UNESCO European GeoPark and regarded as England's
last true wilderness. And, of course, this is the Eden Valley, the
lesser known side of Cumbria.
An hour north is Hadrian's Wall, on from there the Scottish Borders
and just on the other side of the Pennines, the undiscovered Durham
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