Where We Are: On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales,
close to the Lake District, at the foot of the Pennine Fells
This is Castle Country. While staying in our Victorian fantasy of a medieval castle you can easily visit several examples of the real thing as well as castles from every other era of history too.
A mile away is the ruin of Brough Castle, built on the site of a roman fort. A little further away in the wilds of the Mallerstang valley is Pendragon Castle, home of King Arthur's father, Uther and north near Penrith is King Arthur's Round Table.
Lining the old Roman road that traverses the country here and continues to Scotland are Richmond, Barnard, Appleby, Brougham, Penrith and Carlisle Castles. A little way south is Bolton Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned and east at Raby and south at Skipton, two of England's best preserved medieval castles. Head north and you'll discover the Northumbrian coastal castles of Warkworth & Bamburgh and Alnwick Castle & Garden, home to Harry Potter.
But, perhaps most exciting is Augill's relationship with Lowther Castle Although there is scant formal evidence it is clear that Augill Castle was inspired by Lowther Castle, sharing the same, scaled down, symmetry of turrets, tower and floor plan. Indeed, Augill has been described as Lowther's little sister.
Lowther Castle and Gardens near Penrith is the country's most ambitious restoration project. Twice the scale of Cornwall's World famous Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, the gardens will be open in 2011 for the first time since 1936 with the castle ruins opening in 2012.
We are bounded by three national parks:
The historic Roman cities of Chester & York are an easy day trip away as are Manchester, Liverpool, Harrogate, Leeds, Newcastle & Carlisle. In a long day out, Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily done.
How to Find Us
Augill Castle is at the geographical centre of the British Isles, four miles outside the small market town of Kirkby Stephen, two hours? drive from Manchester & Leeds, an hour from Lancaster, York & Newcastle. Teesside Airport is 45 minutes? drive, Newcastle Airport is 75 minutes away. Rail services to/from London are at Kirkby Stephen (four hours via Leeds), Penrith (three hours direct) & Darlington (two and a half hours direct).
While getting to us is straightforward, public transport locally is not good. Buses are as rare as hen's teeth so to get the best out of your stay with us we recommend you have your own transport.
We are at OS grid reference NY806138, Longitude 2'18" W Latitude 52' 31" N. Our postcode is CA17 4DE which most satnavs will recognise as being on the raod just short of our driveway entrance.
To find us from the South & West, take Junction 38, M6 on to the A685 through Kirkby Stephen & Brough Sowerby then right to South Stainmore. From the North, take Junction 40, M6 at Penrith, on to the A66 east to Brough then right on to the A685, left to South Stainmore. From the East take the A66 at Scotch Corner to Brough (ignore all earlier signs to South Stainmore), left on to the A685 towards Kirkby Stephen & first left to South Stainmore.
"Kick off your wellies by the front door without causing a scandal"