For the past 3 days we have stayed in the most wonderful place that we, as a family, have ever stayed. It’s called Augill Castle and it is truly a special place.
Augill Castle is in the Lake District of Cumbria near a small town called Kirkby Stephen. Fifteen years ago, the current innkeepers purchased this country home, built in 1841 and restored it from disrepair to an amazing inn. It’s everything an English Country Inn should be: it has cozy beds, and sherry in your room, and a drawing room, and high tea, and croquet on the lawn, and an honor bar where you can make your own drinks anytime.
Our favorite part is that they completely cater to children! They have tennis courts, a playground and fort. They have boxes of toys, costumes and games. A screening room with a projection TV, a great choice of movies and popcorn. But more importantly, they love children and the kids feel so welcome here. The boys spent hours running around the grounds playing Knights.
My boys loved having kids’ meals in their own dining room and feeding the goats and chickens after breakfast. Rich and I loved having an adult dinner in the formal dining room with the other guests. It’s been so relaxing after our many weeks of travel.
We did venture out a couple of times. We went to Mayburgh Henge, a stone circle dating to between 2000 and 1000 B.C., with a single stone monolith in the center, and hills of stone measuring 90 meters across. It was impressive, but… there was a little problem: the exciting herds of sheep, which the boys just had to chase off into the field, and by the time we got there, and noticed the plethora of little ‘presents’ left by the sheep all over the field… well, it was all over. All over their shoes, all over their socks, all over their legs… It was ‘exciting’?
We also went to Barnard Castle, which is a 12th century castle in the town of Teesdale. It’s on a hill overlooking a river and the town of Teesdale. It was beautiful and the kids loved climbing all over the ruins.
But mostly we have stayed put and enjoyed the beautiful location and wonderful people here at Augill Castle. Tomorrow, we head to Scotland and while we are excited to see it, we are all sad to be leaving this wonderful place.
Cumbria CA17 4DE, UK
The castle has several rooms that can sleep 5. We stayed in The Little Castle, which was perfect. It had a master downstairs with a kitchenette and bath. Upstairs contains two twin beds and a futon plus a bathroom. We also had a private entrance with a cute garden.
The hotel offers private dinner and cooking classes for children. Check their website for more information.