Quirky and delightful, Augill Castle is a Victorian gentleman’s folly in the magnificent Eden Valley. It has the trappings of a neo-Gothic castle – tower, castellations and mullions – but in miniature. This year two generations of the Bennett family, who rescued it from dereliction and have created a very special, award-winning place to stay, are celebrating 25 years of ownership. It retains the atmosphere of a family home, bringing intimacy to its vast rooms with large fireplaces and a mix of antique and contemporary furniture. There are nine charming bedrooms in the main castle and Orangery, with turrets for wardrobes, claw-foot baths and stained-glass windows. Separate estate houses with a more modern vibe are occasionally available to hire. The Music Room at Augill restaurant is run by Simon and Wendy Bennett who marry bold flavours with the finest local ingredients. Meanwhile, The Great British Bar champions small distillers, brewers and artisan producers from the UK. Featuring prominently is the castle’s own 1837 hand-crafted dry gin. This is also a unique place for a wedding: you can have the castle to yourself with no set formula.
Doubles from £200
+44 (0)1768 341937; stayinacastle.com