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If you've always dreamed of staying in a bona fide British castle, this stately pile near Kirkby Stephen is definitely the place. All the trappings are here – crenellated turrets, stained-glass windows, cavernous rooms – and the design vibe inside is rather groovy, with a mix of antique furniture and contemporary furnishings. There's even a mini-cinema. It's 25 miles southeast of Penrith.
Off the A66, around 30 minutes from Barnard Castle and Penrith, Augill Castle in Cumbria offers a selection of luxurious rooms. There is free Wi-Fi and parking, and an on-site bar. Dinner can be pre-booked and consists of a single fixed menu. Each room features a mahogany king-size bed and antique furnishings, and has en suite bathroom facilities with shower and bath, bathrobes and complementary toiletries. There is a flat-screen TV with DVD player, hairdryer and tea and coffee facilities. A full breakfast menu is served each morning, and can be taken at a leisurely pace. You can enjoy a drink in the conservatory honesty bar before dinner, or sample traditional English afternoon tea in country house surroundings. Around 4 miles from Kirkby Stephen, Augill Castle is less than 20 minutes’ drive from the northern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, with Hawes just over 20 miles away. The Lake District lies to the west, with Windermere and Keswick less than 1 hour’s drive.