Thornbury Castle is the real deal: so real that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed here and Princess Mary, later Mary I, lived here. After centuries as a picturesque ruin, the Howard family transformed it in Victorian times into a splendid private residence. All the panelling and decorative features you find are original, or are hand-crafted reproductions, including much of the furniture and tapestry wall-hangings. Spiral staircases lead to 27 unique, romantic bed-chambers, most with coronet or four-poster beds. The rooms’ baronial style has been cleverly updated with 21st-century luxuries: they are well-heated with opulent bathrooms and in-room spa treatments are available. The magnificent Tudor gardens are currently being restored to their full glory. They comprise formal gardens, a vineyard, kitchen garden, wild-flower meadow and local heritage orchard. Thornbury also has fine dining in four dining-rooms, including the atmospheric Tudor Hall and private dining in the original dungeon. Best of all, it’s an authentic, magnificent, thundering castle.
Doubles from £195
+44 (0)1454 281182; thornburycastle.co.uk
Our Tudor Walled Gardens, vineyard and orchard. Why not join Katie, our Head Gardener for an informative garden tour followed by afternoon tea?
In our 2 AA rosette award winning restaurant, and sample our delicious Royal Tasting Menu.
A bottle of Thornbury Castle wine, produced with a variety of grapes from our own vineyard.
CLAIM TO FAME
King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn spent part of their honeymoon here.
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