Augill Castle, Cumbria
Augill Castle is a hotel with a difference. Painstakingly restored 15 years ago by the Temple-Bennett family, this once neglected Victorian folly has been transformed into a 5-Star rural retreat, situated in the idyllic Upper Eden Valley. The castle stands proudly in open countryside against the dramatic backdrop of the Pennines and offers views of the nearby Yorkshire Dales and Lakeland Fells beyond. Expertly blending the traditional charm of a country retreat with eclectic design features, the Augill features family antiques, original artworks, large log fires, a DVD library, games room, tennis court and even an honesty bar. The common areas are the perfect place to relax in your home away from home, with a library, conservatory, garden terrace and unbelievably, a 12-seater art deco cinema to explore. Each unique bedroom boasts excellent beds, the best linens, plump feather pillows and duvets, fluffy robes, internet access, a flat screen TV with DVD player and local bath products. You will also find included a hospitality tray complete with china cups, real coffee, fresh milk, homemade biscuits and a decanter of sherry.