Augill Castle | Hotel in Cumbria | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Augill Castle - Hotel in Cumbria

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South Stainmore, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4DE, Cumbria
England, United Kingdom

Simon & Wendy Bennett

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+44 (0)17683 41937 (landline)

Gorgeous old pile in five acres of blissful country between the Dales and the Lakes - it’s super relaxed and perfect for everybody

Augill is a one-off, a folly castle in beautiful country. It may look grand, but it’s anything but - Simon and Wendy run their home with a rod of pure sponge. It’s wonderfully informal and children love it. There are no uniforms, no rules, you just come to kick off your shoes and relax. You can do this in various places: on sofas in front of the fire in the hall; by a grand piano in the music room; in the honesty bar that opens onto a terrace; or in the cinema in the old potting shed. Breakfast is served communally in a vast dining room under a fine, ornate ceiling – local bacon, eggs from resident hens, homemade breads and jams. Elsewhere, panelled walls, roaring fires, books, art and antiques. Colourful bedrooms are all different. Some are enormous, one has a wardrobe in the turret, you'll find big bathrooms, bold colours and vintage luggage. Cottages are good for families and there's lots for children to do – dressing up boxes, five acres of gardens, a treehouse and playground, too. The Dales and the Lakes are close, but sybarites may just want to stay put. You can come to get married, too.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Tennis court
On the premises.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Simon & Wendy Bennett:

Local points of interest from
Simon & Wendy Bennett:

  • Augill Castle is in the Eden Valley, one of England's most unspoilt landscapes with one of the World's best trout rivers at its heart.
  • Set at the foot of the North Pennines, England's last great wilderness, the castle is mid-way between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, Britain's two most popular national parks.
  • Augill Castle is unlike anywhere you have ever stayed before. We do not offer just a place to stay but a slice of genuine, quietly groovy, country house living.
  • The castle is a mecca for outdoor people. We have the best walking in England from the front door, quiet lanes and rugged terrain to suit every kind of cyclist, world class grouse moors surround us and the Lake District is the Adventure capital of Britain
  • The Sunday Times includes us in its list of the Ultimate 100 British Hotels as the best family hotel in the north of England. We look after the whole family with space to express yourselves and freedom to relax.
  • The Good Hotel Guide Cesar award for Family Hotel of the Year 2016
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  • 1 Suite for 2
  • , 8 Doubles
  • , 2 Four-posters
  • , 6 Cottages for 4
Price:(i) £160 to£300 per night

Singles from £100.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.


Dinner, £25-£30. Supper platters £15. Afternoon tea £18. Children’s high tea £10.




South Stainmore, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4DE, Cumbria

Hotel 1 Suite, sleeping 2
Price: (i) £ 200 to £ 240 per night
Hotel 8 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 160 to £ 190 per night
Hotel 2 Four-poster rooms
Price: (i) £ 160 to £ 220 per night
Hotel 6 Cottages, each sleeping 4
Price: (i) £ 220 to £ 300 per night

Simon & Wendy Bennett

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+44 (0)17683 41937 (landline)