Brough, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4DE, United Kingdom
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We stayed at Augill Castle on the weekend of the 21st July 2007 for my partner's 30th birthday. It was a fantastic place for a break, located conveniently for the Lakes where we enjoy going walking.
We ate at Augill on Saturday night, the food was fantastic and superb value - at least as good as the best restaurants we have visited and with much more friendly service!
Our room was really interesting with lots of unusual artefacts and decoration that had been really thought through.
Lastly, having no set end time for breakfast meant that we avoided our normal stressful rush to eat on time and could have a leisurely start to the day!
IWe definitely hope to return!
Fantastic - not to be missed!!
Augill Castle is amazing experience. From the minute you walk in the door you are welcomed by Wendy and Simon the owners. They are so thoughtful and helpful they made you feel so at home. It was like staying in their family home. The bedroom was amazing and a fab bathroom on a different level. Molton Brown products in the bathroom which is a great treat. In the room was homemade flapjack and a sherry. They have thought of everything to make you feel so special.
The grounds are so lovely and are ideal for children to explore. We had a 5 year old and they made him feel so welcome, he had a special tea and was allowed to play in the family Den which was so nice, so children would love it there.
We had an evening meal with all the other residents at one large table, which was a lovely idea and met some really lovely people.
The food was yummy and so was the wine.
Breakfast was lovely the scrabbled egg and smoked salmon was delicious!
All the staff were so friendly and helpful, food excellent and surroundings very comfortable. If you want to stay somewhere different where you feel special then this is the place for you. Highly recommend, can not wait to go back!
Castle for the Price of a Travel Lodge
The Castle is not a true castle in the sense of being built to defend itself but a mansion with crenalations and fake towers. In saying that it looks stunning and is in a lovely location.
The interior is lovely, and some of the rooms simply stunning. I booked to stay there on a deal the Castle was doing where one could stay there for the price of a travel lodge. Cool!
We had, I thought been promised the use of the rooms as shown on the website but were only show the entrance and dining area. The large beautiful room shown on the internet was actualy a family room they were using themselves as a family and as we were not shown it and told we could use it we assumed it was out of bounds.
There was no evening meal as advertised. We had to go out to Kirby Stephen and bring back a take away. In addition, the next morning breakfast, well, I wouldn't descirbe it in so many words as breakfast other than I suppose breakfast is the first thing you eat in the morning. It consisted of me hunting to find someone to ask for a cup of tea. And a couple of extremely small (about the size of a ginger snap) pastries, there was also two choices of cereal but no milk.
In summary, I wanted to stay in Augill as I'm trying to stay in every castle hotel; the fact it was for the price of a travel lodge was a bonus, however, even this is incorrect as in you pay for a travel lodge by room; here you pay per person so it was actualy twice the price for two people sharing. Also I got the impression because we were not paying the normal price we could be just essentialy forgotten about and not worth laying on an evening meal for (this is extra cost anyway) and obviously not worth putting on a decent breakfast for.
If I was to stay again I would formaly ask about the price. Ensure they were willing to provide dinner. Ensure ALL rooms were avaialble as it shows on the internet and stipulate a minimum requirement for breakfast. The place although lovely in itself was let down by the inattention of the owners/staff. I would stay again if these problems were sorted out.
Family friendly B&B - yes, wonderful stay
Great location and lovely b&b. The owners weren't there during our stay so we didn't experience the 'amazing hosts' but still our whole stay was very enjoyable. Very good having a den for the little ones so we could take them down early in the morning. Breakfast was always fabulous. The evening meal was very good but only a 2 course (we had thought it was a 4 course on a Friday night) and very sociable - didn't get to bed until 2am. Evening meals for the children were a little less flexible - nothing available during the week but they could eat on Friday but only if they were happy to eat at 5pm. The food was delicious. The homemade flapjacks very appreciated but not so keen on the mini pringles for our toddlers. Trampoline and tennis court - excellent. Holly the dog - lovely, our children were very taken with her. Staff friendly and helpful and they work incredibly hard. We would certainly stay again.
And then the castle appeared through the mist....
My husband and I stayed at Augill for our 10th anniversary and we were really pleased with the whole experience. We arrived to a warm welcome and were guided up to the sumputous Pendragon room, which encompasses the entire west wing of the castle. Little extras, on top of the four poster bed, turrets and comfy sofas included a decanter of sherry and a teddy to welcome you. I've never stayed in a hotel where the tea tray is better than what I have at home, they are usually dreary affairs with bog standard tea, coffee and milk jiggers, but the one at Augill was top notch with ground coffee, fairtrade tea, fresh milk and a proper tea pot (Bridgewater, no less!) as well as a little tin with homemade flapjack.
The bathroom was great with a deep, claw foot bath and rain shower, complete with Molton Brown toiletries. There are even photos to show what the castle was like before restoration!
The bed was huge and comfortable and took centre stage in the room, providing views (if the weather is good) over rolling hills and beautifully manicured gardens. It's a wonderful place to start and end the day.
Breakfast was served in the magnificent dining room, on the biggest table ever. The food was good quality, served by very friendly staff who couldn't do enough for us.
Sadly the weather was poor, so we couldn't go in the garden, but took a trip in the evening, to Tan Hill. The pub actually isn't up to much, but the journey is good if you're a bit of a closet rally driver!
Although Augill seems a little expensive on paper, it is worth it for a special occasion and we will definately be back at some point, probably with our friends in tow.
I know its been a few months since we stayed at this B & B but we feel have to share our experience having read some peoples unfair comments. We had an excellent stay at this hotel, We was there for my mothers 70th Birthday and had booked to stay here for two nights and then at a place in Kendal. My only regret is that we did not stay here for the four nights as we had a wonderful time. My mother stayed in the blue room not sure of its correct name but it has the outer side of the turret in it. I think it may be the one criticised by other reviewers for its small bathroom, we were in the twin next door that have interconnecting doors. My mums room was magnificent and so large. My mum loved that room and we spent a lot of time in there chatting to the early hours as so relaxed. I can understand why Augill Castle state that if you take the Molton Brown you will be charged £14 its because unlike many hotels that have the small miniature molton brown gels etc Augill has the very large ones and so would cost them at lot of money to replace. I also think people need to remember that this is a B & B as clearly advertised and a very good one at that. Our room was the twin room and although not really a man's room it was very relaxing and pretty. As quite a large man myself I can confirm that the beds are definitely 3ft in the twin room and very comfortable with good bedding. The grounds are lovely and holly the dog so friendly. The location is great if you have a car for visiting many areas from carlisle to the lake district and even 90mins from Manchester if you want to do some shopping. Also Yorkshire is about an hours drive too. The experience of the evening meal was very good and is very different as your all sitting around a very large table. Whilst I wasn't the biggest fan of the steak you have to remember that most of the food is sourced locally and that the family cook it themselves. We had such a good time we even enquired about rebooking later in the summer but most of the dates we wanted were already booked up. We do intend to return again later in the year or early next year and would recommend this to anyone. Me an my family are great lovers of castle and visited many - the site clearly states it was built in the last 100 years and was more out of boast than anything else. However this place still feels like a real castle and makes you feel very welcomed.
Stay in a castle
If you fancy staying in a fairy tale English castle, with good food and in a wonderful setting - this is the place for you. Wonderful walks and scenery all around and the Lake District is close if you want to visit that.
A dream location-stay in a castle for a romantic stay:)
This is a real gem of a hotel and a unique experience as, looking around at other castles you can stay at, this is one of the best. The rooms are individual (lovely old fashionned bathrooms) and are so beautifully decorated, the hosts lovely and very accomodating and the breakfast a very good standard. Its a bit 'out in the sticks' but I would definitely reccomend the drive if you live in the North west anyway or are visiting the area anyway. There are some lovely quaint villages around and its a real experience
The Highlight of our UK trip
My teenaged daughter and I stayed two nights in mid-July and it was everything that we had hoped. Their website was accurate and everything looked like we expected, but better.
Staff was friendly, room was perfect and food was great. This area of the country is also beautiful. Wish we could have stayed longer.
A Perfect Wedding
Augill Castle was the making of our wedding - Wendy and Simon know exactly what they are doing and how to take all the stress out of your day. To have the castle for us and family for the whole weekend was just wonderful. The staff were immediatly on hand if we needed them but left us to it to enjoy the place as if it was our own. Nothing is a drama, nothing is any trouble and the kids had a brilliant time playing for hours outside or in the playroom.
The castle and grounds are just beautiful, as are the views. The rooms are individually and beautifully furnished with wonderful personal touches incluidng sherry and homemade flapjacks and the serve yourself bar is such a refrehsing change and great fun. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it. We will be back to celebrate coming anniversaries and remember such an incredibly special time.
The room next to the conservatory was the only slight anomaly, cold and dark - not ideal, but still beautufully furnished.
Anyone looking for an intimate and relaxed wedding or family gathering, without the stuffiness and formality of a hotel need look no further.
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