If there’s one thing we have in spades here in the UK, it’s history. With an eclectic past that includes Celtic, Roman, Viking and Norman occupations, its hardly surprising to discover fortified castles and historic palaces dating back thousands of years. From the prehistoric Stonehenge to the grandeur of luxury 18th Century royal residences, our history and heritage has been remarkably preserved – attracting over 40 million tourists to the UK every year.
There are plenty of castles and historic homes to visit, but why just visit when instead you could experience life as Lord or Lady of the Manor? Whether you have watched the Netflix hit show The Crown or the internationally acclaimed TV series Downton Abbey, why not inject a little period drama into your next UK break.
This 16th-century historic house in North Yorkshire, former home of Princess Mary, offers five-star luxury accommodation, 3 AA rosette dining, and award-winning gardens. The Hall stands in beautifully landscaped grounds with unspoilt views over tranquil parkland, making it one of the most exclusive and beautiful places to stay in the UK.
HRH Princess Mary lived here in the 1920s following her marriage to Viscount Lascelles, son and heir of the 5th Earl of Harewood. In 1922, Her Royal Highness and Viscount Lascelles planted the first tree in the Lime Tree Walk, with the remaining 33 trees planted by honoured guests, including King George V and Queen Mary. Among the many horticultural highlights are a copse of five Japanese cherry trees, given to Princess Mary as a wedding gift by the Emperor of Japan. More>>
Ballathie House and Estate
Ballathie House is one of the UK’s leading country house hotels situated on its own Perthshire estate overlooking the River Tay. It enjoys a deserved reputation as an outstanding country house hotel of exceptional character and rare distinction, recently winning the accolade of Country Sporting Hotel of the Year.
Why not add your name to the list of guests who have stayed at Ballathie House including, The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) and the Duke of Westminster.
Boringdon Hall Hotel
Boringdon Hall is often referred to as ‘that enchanted place on the hill in Devon’. With a history stretching as far back as the Doomsday book it’s hardly surprising to discover the hotel has notable royal connections.
In 1549 Thomas Worthesley sold the Manor to Henry Grey the Duke of Suffolk and father of the ill-fated Lady Jane Grey, who became Queen of England for only nine days in 1553. In 1587 a grand banquet was given here, attended by such notables as Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake. Why not enjoy a banquet of your own in the intimate AA 3 Rosette restaurant overlooking the Great Hall.
Carberry Tower Castle and Estate
One of the great Castles of Scotland, Carberry Tower Mansion House is a luxurious, privately owned, multi award-winning establishment that boasts of a long and proud royal connection with the late Queen Elizabeth II, who often visited Carberry Tower with her sister Princess Margaret.
The Queen Mother’s sister, Lady Margaret Elphinstone, used to live here and consequently King George VI often visited with his family. During that period, the two young Princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret, enjoyed playing in the extensive grounds accompanied by family and friends who joined in the fun and games. A stay here allows you to weave your own story into a history that goes back to 1480 when the very first foundation stone was laid.
The magnificent spectacle of Lumley Castle dominates the County Durham landscape. Located between the historic city of Durham and the vibrant city of Newcastle, it is perfectly situated to explore the Northeast of England.
Having stood proud for more than 600 years the Castle has played host to distinguished guests from far and wide. King James VI of Scotland, later King James I of England, visited in 1603.
In recent times the castle had the pleasure of welcoming actress Joanna Lumley to the Castle to film part of her new show ‘Home Sweet Home’ which aired in the spring of 2021. It wasn’t just a random coincidence that Joanna chose to film there – Lumley Castle is actually the place from which her family name is taken. Follow in Joanna’s footsteps and enjoy a stay that is sure to be Absolutely Fabulous!
Moor Hall Hotel
Moor Hall Hotel & Spa is a country house with a rich history dating back to the 16th century. It was once owned by Bishop Vesey, who frequently entertained King Henry VIII.
Princess Mary, daughter of King Henry VIII and future Queen Mary of England spent most of her early life at Moor Hall. She is historically remembered as Bloody Mary, for her religious persecution and murder of those practicing the protestant faith.
She was tutored under the watchful eye and guidance of Bishop Vasey, who subsequently remained at Moor Hall until his death in 1555 at the grand old age of 103. Travel back in time and discover a stunning country house – the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Celtic Royal Hotel
Located within walking distance of Caernarfon’s walled town and castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and between Snowdonia’s mountains and the sea, lies a hidden gem that makes for the perfect place to relax following an exciting day of exploration.
Princess Victoria stayed here in 1832 with her mother. Following her stay at the property the word Royal was added to the hotel’s name and it became known as The Celtic Royal. Five years later the princess was crowned Queen Victoria, and a great era began – the legacy of which can still be seen around the world today. Why not stay at a place once fit for both a Queen and the Empress of India.
The Grosvenor Hotel Chester
The Chester Grosvenor has been creating memories since 1865. Located in the heart of historic Chester and overlooking the famous Eastgate Clock (said to be the most photographed clock in England after Big Ben) The Grosvenor Hotel and family have longstanding royal connections.
A property of this calibre will always attract the more discerning guest. Over the years The Chester Grosvenor has played host to many notable names from high society including King Edward VII in 1869 (as the Prince of Wales). King Charles III visited during his tenure as Prince of Wales along with modern day icons such as Princess Diana who visited the hotel in the late 20th century.
Wood Norton Hall
The Wood Norton is the perfect place from which to explore the Cotswolds, Worcestershire, and the Malvern Hills. It is as beautiful and impressive as you might expect for the former home of Prince Philippe, Duke of Orléans, the last pretender to the throne of France. The ‘Great Gates’ at the entrance of the house once stood in front of York House in Twickenham, the Duke’s previous home.
The duke was born in England due to the abdication and banishment of his great-grandfather Louis Philippe, King of the French, in 1848. Wood Norton was the duke’s last home in England, now it can be your home away from home, if only for a short while!
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