Thornbury Castle Hotel

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Take a “step back in time” with a stay at Thornbury Castle Hotel. Built by Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, during the reign of Henry VIII, Thornbury Castle has a history that’s almost palpable as you walk its centuries-old corridors.

In 1535, Henry VIII honeymooned here with his bride Anne Boleyn, after executing Stafford for treason and seizing the castle. “The Duke’s Bedchamber” where the King and Queen spent their honeymoon nights, is still available as a guest bedchamber to this day. Today, the castle offers a unique experience as a hotel and restaurant where guests can find inspiration in a piece of the country’s history. The 27 bedchambers are fabulously atmospheric, regal and traditional. Many accessed via original stone spiral staircases, with coronet or four-poster beds, stone walls and feature bathrooms. Tudor tapestries, and ornate carved ceilings add to the ambience, with all bedchambers incorporating high-end facilities and fittings. You will also find chandeliers, wood-panelled walls and furnishings that combine medieval style and modern comfort. Exceptional grand architecture with towers, battlements and Tudor chimneys, and the original Tudor Walled Gardens and vineyard add to the historical experience.

The castle interiors are just as impressive, with stone walls lined with suits of armour and cosy lounge areas with open fireplaces, lending a sense of majesty to any stay.

The castle also has an award-winning restaurant and offers wonderful food and drink that live up to the venue. Head Chef, Andrew Chan and his talented team prepare fresh dishes with an emphasis on choice and quality using seasonal ingredients, many of which are grown in their own kitchen gardens. The variety of dining areas including The Tudor Hall, Dungeon and Wine Cellar boast luxuriant décor and are perfect for fine and private dining in a dramatic setting. While secluded and tucked away in its extensive private estate, Thornbury Castle is located on the edge of The Cotswolds, within easy reach of the M4, M5 and Bristol and driving distance to several golf courses. There’s complimentary Wi-Fi, car parking on-site, and even a helipad should you wish to make a grand entrance.

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