Stay in a U.K. Castle with Nova Car Hire
The kids are gone back to school and it’s time to treat yourself. Staying in a castle might sound like something reserved for royalty, but the United Kingdom is dotted with magnificent castles that are open to the public – not just to have a look around, but to live like a king (even if it’s just for the night!). Here are some of our favourite U.K. castle hotels for you to try on your next car hire trip:
Not all castles have hosted royalty, but Leeds Castle has been home to no fewer than six queens, including Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Located in Kent, 64km southeast of London, the castle dates back to Norman times. You have a range of options when it comes to accommodation: Choose from holiday cottage accommodation in the grounds or book a room in the Maiden’s Tower, where the bedrooms (complete with four-poster beds and fur throws) offer exceptional views of the castle and moat
Take a car hire break at Leeds Castle and you can also enjoy bed and breakfast in the Stable Courtyard, or opt for Knight’s Glamping, which involves sleeping in one of eight vividly striped medieval-style tents in the vineyard.
Tulloch Castle Hotel, Ross-shire, Scotland
There was a time when only chieftains could enjoy the comforts of Tulloch Castle, but now the 12th-century castle is free for anyone to book. Located just a 45-minute drive from Inverness Airport (and a mere 45km from Loch Ness), Tulloch Castle Hotel has all the details you would expect from a regal residence.
The 20-bedroom castle hotel glories in a lofty, 250-year-old, wood-paneled great hall and such extras as massive plaid headboards, huge fireplaces, an overgrown graveyard for family and pets, as well as a reputed ghost. Set among the stunning Scottish Highlands, Tulloch Castle Hotel is the perfect place to feel like royalty for a weekend.
Star Castle Hotel, St. Mary, Isles of Scilly, U.K.
The great thing about staying at the Star Castle Hotel in St. Mary, the Isles of Scilly, is that, although these islands are located in the United Kingdom, they certainly enjoy a far balmier climate than you will find on the mainland. Situated just off the coast of Cornwall, the Scilly Isles are blessed with a temperate Mediterranean climate, which makes them warm and sunny when much of the rest of the country is bathed in rain.
You will arrive on the island by boat before being transported to a secluded, star-shaped hotel based in a 16th-century Elizabethan castle. The castle hotel has 38 rooms, all thoughtfully laid out, with period details including historic floral patterns, four-poster beds, and embroidered pillows. These traditional details are complemented by an indoor heated swimming pool, a tennis court, free golf, a functional vineyard, and complimentary local transport.
Pentillie Castle, Cornwall, England
Located on the banks of the River Tamar, 18km from Plymouth, Pentillie Castle in Cornwall could not have a more beautiful setting. Dressed in stone of soft yellow, the castle is wreathed with gardens brimming with flowering shrubs, rolling woodland, and a pastoral 2,000-acre estate.
The castle has a dramatic history, dating from 1698, when the colourful James Tillie built it. Tillie was notorious for marrying the widow of his employer and still managed to secure a knighthood from King James II. The hotel has just nine double rooms and is a favourite location for small windows. Watch out for special offers, including three nights B&B for the price of two during certain off-season periods.
If you like your hotels really old, book a room at Lumley Castle. Dating back more than six centuries, Lumley Castle is a magnificent fixture anchoring the County Durham landscape. Set among stunning parkland beside the River Wear and Durham County Cricket Ground, Lumley Castle is a legacy of the age of knights and chivalry.
Lumley Castle is just 11.5km from historic Durham and the 19km from vibrant Newcastle, making it the ideal base for exploring the north east of England by hire car. The Christmas period is a magical time at Lumley Castle, which specialises in festive events, such as Elizabethan banquets, murder mystery weekends, and the popular New Year’s Eve Ball.