|All photos taken from the Thornbury Castle website|
'Yeah, castles are always a lot of fun to stay in', I thought to myself. It was only after a good ten minutes of browsing the Thornbury Castle Hotel website that it dawned on me.. I've never stayed in a castle. Oh, the shame. I must have been mistaking the mass of historical dramas I indulge in for personal experiences. Oh, the further shame.
This new addition to my Hotel Wishlist series is a Tudor castle located on the edge of the Cotswolds. Naturally, I'm drawn to contemporary, stylish and minimalistic hotels, however just occasionally, it can feel like a breath of fresh air to stay somewhere that oozes character, as well as something a little more unusual. The Thornbury Castle Hotel seems to offer character in bucket-loads, although it would be difficult not to considering the hotel boasts five-hundred-year-old architecture! The hotel itself claims to 'be steeped in history, surrounded by unspoiled grounds and abutting the lovely landscape of the Cotswolds'. I won't lie, I've been charmed - and not only by the delicious chocolate fondant pudding I found on their website.
I may not have stayed at a castle before, however I can identify a hotel that doubles up as an experience pretty well now. The luxurious Thornbury Castle Hotel is most definitely ticking all of the right boxes. However, if guests somehow manage to tire of their velvet-bedecked four-poster beds, heavy regal fabrics and ornately carved ceilings, they can always wander out to explore the town of Thornbury, or go further afield to the bustling city of Bristol, located just twelve miles away.
I hope you've enjoyed this new addition to my Hotel Wishlist series, if you'd like to explore some equally luxurious hotels, take a look at my most recent write-ups here, here and here!