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Majestic and unique, the striking Thornbury Castle in South Gloucestershire is a luxury Tudor castle hotel within 14 acres of historic parkland on the edge of the Cotswolds. Dating back to 1511, the castle has a rich history, with King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn known to have stayed here during 1535 and Princess Mary, later Queen Mary I, lived here for a number of years. There are many original features to admire such as oriel windows, tapestries, ornate carved ceilings, exposed stone walls, suits of armour and arrow slit windows. Now offering luxury accommodation, fine dining and spa treatments, the castle is family friendly and ideal for weddings, special occasions or business functions.
There are 27 bedchambers at Thornbury Castle – all sumptuous, extremely comfortable and full of historic character. The Duke’s Bedchamber is said to have been the room in which King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed 500 years ago, the Tudor Bed Chamber has arrow slit windows and the romantic tower suite is home to the widest four poster bed in England at an impressive 10 foot width. Expect to be surrounded by impressive historic features such as tapestries and unique carved ceilings, plus lovely views of the gardens and the River Severn. The rooms are lavishly warm and welcoming, with well appointed bathrooms and all modern amenities such as WiFi. A decanter of sherry awaits your arrival, along with a complimentary tea, coffee and chocolate tray.
A stay at Thornbury Castle is like a dream come true for children, with so much fascinating history under their noses waiting to be explored. Special activities programmes are run throughout the summer, featuring historically inspired fun things to do, such as designing your own coats of arms and taking part in a digital treasure hunt. Children also have their own dedicated supper time, and babysitting can be easily arranged. Most of the bedchambers have plenty of space for extra children’s beds and the Super Deluxe Suite includes two handcrafted truckle beds which are perfect for young guests.
Dining is a treat, with 3 AA red stars and sumptuous regal surroundings. There are four Tudor style dining rooms, each boasting a range of historical features such as ancient fireplaces, suits of armour and leaded windows. Some of the dining rooms include private adjoining rooms, making them perfect for weddings, special occasions or business events. The castle has its own kitchen garden which provides much of the fresh produce for your dining experience, and there is a historic vineyard which is still used to produce Thornbury Castle’s own wine. The menus are traditional and internationally inspired, and focused on local flavours, plus an extensive award winning wine list features a selection of vintage as well as New World wines.
The grounds of Thornbury Castle are a real favourite with guests. Stroll around the 14 acres of historic grounds with endless fields, lakes and forests, or try your hand at archery or croquet and beyond the grounds there are activities such as quad biking readily available. Spa treatments can be enjoyed in the privacy of your own bedchamber, or you can take the short drive to Vicarage Farm, the holistic therapy centre which is just 5 minutes away. Indulge in a range of luxurious massages and reflexology treatments in this most unique of settings.
Thornbury Castle is perfect for any occasion. They facilitate for business meetings with meeting rooms offering broadband internet access and the castle’s location is within easy reach of the M4, M5 and Bristol. The hotel offers an excellent wedding package which includes advice and guidance, beauty treatments and a chauffeur service if you want to arrive at your wedding in style. Whatever the reason you are visiting Thornbury Castle, may it be weddings, business, anniversary or simply leisure, you are sure enjoy an experience like no other.
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