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England's only Tudor castle hotel, with a spectacular Cotswolds setting, award-winning fine dining and historic landscaped grounds - breakfast and dinner included
The 500-year-old Thornbury Castle is the country's only Tudor castle hotel and a stunning base for exploring the Cotswolds. Constructed in the early 1500s by the Duke of Buckingham, it has hosted such prestigious guests as Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Mary I, and keeps modern-day guests occupied with regal pastimes like falconry, archery and croquet.
Much of the castle dates back to the 16th century and retains period features like large open fireplaces, ornate carved ceilings, intricate oriel windows and shining suits of armour in the corridors. In good weather, lord it up in the castle's expansive walled gardens, where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll. Thornbury Castle carries a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence under its princely belt.
Thornbury Castle's Deluxe bedchambers are highly atmospheric, with medieval features like stone walls, carved ceilings and tapestries, and central heating among the modern amenities. They command beautiful parkland views and have en-suite bathrooms. Most have either coronet or four-poster beds, too.
- Tea and coffee facilities
- Wi-Fi access
- Bathrobes and slippers
Food is served in a series of original dining rooms (including the grand-sounding Tudor Hall and Baron’s Sitting Room) once frequented by the likes of Sophia Loren and Laurence Olivier. The two AA Rosette-holding menu comprises modern and internationally-inspired dishes alongside a number of traditional English favourites, all featuring ingredients that are sourced locally or from the centuries-old kitchen garden. Thornbury Castle offers afternoon tea and also stocks a tempting selection of British cheeses and old and new world wines, including a Muller Thurgau wine produced within the grounds.
While Thornbury Castle has no spa on-site, it does offer a range of massages in-house (at an extra cost), while Vicarage Farm Holistic Therapy centre is a short distance away.
Thornbury Castle is an excellent base for exploring the West Country. To the south is the graceful Roman and Georgian city of Bath and the historic Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury Abbey. To the north are the Cotswolds - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty renowned for their rolling hilly landscapes, quaint little limestone villages, and for superb farmers markets, like the one in Stroud.
The lovingly maintained Tudor details of this unique castle hotel
Dabbling in archaic pastimes, from falconry to archery (for an additional cost)
The excellent Sunday roasts, enjoyed in an atmospheric English setting