A Kentish hall house complete with arrow slit windows and carved stone corbels, Battel Hall now forms part of Leeds Castle’s burgeoning accommodation portfolio, which includes rooms in the castle itself, holiday cottages, bed and breakfast, and glamping in jousting tents. Guests can enjoy all the fun of the island castle as part of the rental fee, but Battel Hall, across fields and cricket pitch, is far enough away to be entirely private. It’s also, in an understated country house way, the height of luxury. Smothered in wisteria, with a newly-planted English country garden, the mellow, old-beamed manor house has been modernised with no expense spared, while Francesca Rowan-Plowden has created the stunning yet homely and very English interiors. Sleeping ten, it has an oak-panelled dining room, drawing room and morning room (decorated in exquisite hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper). Cook for yourselves in the family-style traditional kitchen or request a private chef. Heaven.
From £6,250 per week
0+44 (0)1622 767877; battelhall.leeds-castle.com
At the Castle View Restaurant on the Leeds Castle Estate; a pleasant 10 minute from Battel Hall across parkland or short drive.
From the Leeds Castle shops; find a wide range of items for unusual and quality gifts including scarves, jewellery and special pieces inspired by the Castle.
CLAIM TO FAME
Built in the 14th century, Battel Hall’s architectural features suggest it was occupied by a member of Queen Isabella’s retinue during her ownership of Leeds Castle.
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