“The Crown” on Netflix showcases the lives of the British royals during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, among gorgeous castles and dreamy country houses.
If the sumptuous glamor and timeless charm of these historical dwellings appeals to you, here are ten fabulous castles dotted around the United Kingdom that are available to rent:
With charming chimney pot views to the east and rolling countryside views to the west, Devizes Castle – built of attractive stone with alluring castellations and turrets – is a spectacular home steeped in history. The castle is listed Grade I for being of exceptional architectural or historic interest. Period features are abundant, from the stone mullioned windows and detailed stone archways, to the richly decorated high ceilings.
It was used as a prison by Henry II and Henry III, and went on to become the property of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII. The present castellated Victorian era dwelling, which is neo Norman/Gothic architecture in style, was built by the Leach family in the 19th century.
Teith Castle is a wonderful contemporary castle that is the private residence of Scottish artist Stuart McAlpine Miller and his wife, Nikki. The 12-bedroom, six-bathroom castle is located in the Scottish Highlands and is less than an hour’s drive away from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. It’s remote and peaceful and furnished throughout in the unique and contemporary style of its artist owners. The castle sits in twelve acres of private grounds, including the woodland and the river, and there’s a digital baby grand piano and a basement gym.
Built in 1775 as a country house, Acton Castle offers commanding views over Mount’s Bay. The now Grade II listed building, was created by John Stackhouse, an enthusiastic marine biologist. Stackhouse wanted a gentleman’s retreat where he could carry out his botany. The scientist commissioned architect John Wood the Younger, who at the time, recently completed designs for the world famous Royal Crescent in Bath.
Guests can stay in a two-bedroom apartment which enjoys a great location surrounded by farmland with stunning sea views across Penzance Bay to St Michael’s Mount.
Sudeley Castle Gatehouse
A truly unique cottage heralding the entrance to historic Sudeley Castle and its magnificent gardens, the Castle Gatehouse is a dog-friendly property that comfortably sleeps 4 guests in two en-suite bedrooms. The Gatehouse is split into two wings, accessed by separate doors. The unique layout of this property makes it ideal for two couples wanting the privacy of their own space whilst sharing kitchen/diner and living areas.
The property was built in the 15th century and the castle’s chapel, St. Mary’s Sudeley, is the burial place of the English queen Catherine Parr (1512–1548) and contains her marble tomb.
Constructed in the mid-19th century by John Talbot, 16th Earl of Shrewsbury, Alton Castle is a Grade II* listed building in Staffordshire. Designed by Augustus Pugin, the castle is built on a site that had been fortified in wood since Saxon times
It is set in its own spacious grounds in the picturesque village of Alton and sits majestically above the Churnet Valley.
From the start of its construction in 1797 right through to the present day, Wyatt Castle in Dorset has been a byword for class, elegance and style. Designed by James Wyatt, the neo-Gothic architecture has enchanted people over the generations and attracted royalty, film makers and celebrities to enjoy the luxurious grandeur on offer. And now it is available for you for that special occasion, whether it is a wedding, an anniversary or a family gathering.
Located in a privileged position overlooking the Dee Estuary, Gyrn Castle is a Grade II listed late Georgian Castle in the heart of a conservation area in Flintshire. The Welsh castle is steeped in history, and was built between 1817 and 1824 by John Douglas, who incorporated parts of a previous house on the Gyrn estate that dated back to the late 17th century.
The Knoll Tower
The Knoll Tower is a Victorian hunting lodge that was built in the late 1800s by the 3rd Earl of Bradford and has been recently re-furbished as self-catering accommodation. Located in Weston Park estate, it is set over three floors and sleeps two people. The roof terrace has a love seat that offers panoramic views of the Shropshire countryside and Welsh borders, and if the weather is chilly, there’s a wood-burning stove and a Sonos music system throughout the property.
Tawstock Castle in Devon is a stunning 18th-century castle with a fascinating history. The last castle to have been built in England, it’s a family retreat sleeping eight guests in four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The small romantic castle is surrounded by a circular Grade II listed walled courtyard, and has fairytale turrets and two towers that were originally constructed as a lookout for Lord Wrey.
It offers 360 degree views over the Taw Valley and Saunton Sands, and has approximately one acre of lawned gardens enclosed by the bailey.
Pele Tower is located in Whittingham Vale, just on the edge of Northumberland National Park, a dark skies park that gives great views of the Milky Way and shooting stars.
Originally a fortified village refuge, the Grade 2* historically-listed Pele Tower was built around 1250 AD and has been recently brought up to full modern comfort. The three-bedroom castle has a log-burning stove, snooker room, fully modern kitchen and bathrooms, as well as a barrel-vaulted basement and large carved stone fireplace.
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