Thursday, 21 May 2015

Hotel Wishlist: Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire

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



With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. i'd like to spend there some time... it must so expensive but i think is worth, interiors looks amazing like from fairy tale...
    greetings,
    Vivi :)

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    1. Looking at their website, prices seem to vary considerably depending on which day you visit! :)

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  2. Definitely a wonderful place to visit!

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  3. A must visit hotel! Stunning photos!

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    1. It most certainly is (and credit to their photographer)!

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  4. Wish we had a castle or two around here I could stay in. Guess I just need a plane ticket. Hehe. :]

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    1. Haha I don't blame you, this one is straight on my wishlist! ;)

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  5. WOW, now that must be quite an experience!! I love the idea of staying in a castle hotel, I'm sure the price is worth it.
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    1. Completely agree, especially to be surrounded by so much history!!

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  6. This castle is so stunning! A once in a lifetime opportunity to stay in one for sure <3

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  7. What a beautiful hotel! I would def feel just like a princess staying here.

    Keisha xo
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    1. That's so sweet - and you're right!

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  8. Wow, the castle is so beautiful, and I love the food and your bed!

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    1. The food certainly looks delicious although, alas, that bed is not mine haha!

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  9. I am in love with these images. I just want to soak in that tub & eat the molten chocolate cake. Mmm! The details of the interior are absolutely stunning.

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    1. The interior of this hotel really is quite spectacular and it's nice to know I'm not the only one drooling over the molten chocolate cake! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  10. Oh my. That right there would be my DREAM hotel to stay at!! So amazing!

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    1. I'm with you there, I adore hotels with character and so staying in a castle would be idyllic!

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  11. I am so in love with these images. And that food, it looks absolutely delicious. I am so in love with this post. Amazing.

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    1. The food certainly caught my attention too haha, do you think it's worth visiting for the cake alone? haha ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  12. OMG what a wonderful place!! I want to be there:)
    Baci,
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    1. You and me both! Have a lovely week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  13. Oh, I want to go here, how perfect :)))) xx

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    1. That makes two of us!!

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  14. What a gorgeous looking hotel! Always wanted to live in a castle!
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    1. That's so cute - the next step will be having people call you princess then! :)

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  15. OMG I'd love to go there. I'd feel like I was part of the TV Show "Reign" haha :)

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    1. I'll admit, I had to search the name, but now that I have I can see why - it looks interesting!

      Gabrielle x

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  16. Oh yes please!! When can I move in!! This is so beautiful, thanks for sharing this mamboing pics seriously!! Have an amazing weekend, i have been enjoying you blog lately, I will follow you in the other social media, you can follow back if you want.xx

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    1. Haha I know the feeling, it's so dreamy! Oh thank you, that's always lovely to hear - I'd be more than happy to connect with you via social media :)

      Gabrielle x

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  17. wow, this looks simply amazing :)

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    1. Glad you think so too!

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  18. I really like your selection, this hotel (or should I say castle) looks stunning and I'm sure that guests of this hotel feel really special staying in such a great hotel :)

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    1. That's a very good point! I can imagine this making a superb wedding destination :)

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  19. Great inspiration!
    Have a great day!
    Natallia Jolliet
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  20. Amazing post my dear, that castle looks fabulous! I'd love to go there for a week or so, to live like a little princess :P eheh

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    1. That certainly sounds idyllic! I was thinking just a night or two, although now you've mentioned it.. a week does sound rather nice! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  21. These pictures makes me want to go to there too! Just like a dream!
    And the food looks really delicious! Places like this are always special

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    1. The photos really do provide a brilliant taster of what to expect! It's definitely staying on my hotel wishlist!

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Perfect location!! I love castles!!

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    1. Me too - and staying in one would be taking that love to a whole new level!

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  23. Such a gorgeous castle!! photos are absolutely amazing!!
    kisses, Natali

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    1. Credit to their photographer! Thanks for stopping by..

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  25. Oh wow, that hotel is gorgeous! I think a night in there would instantly transport me back into medieval time. The funny thing is, even though I love the look and vibe of this hotel, I probably wouldn't stay in it. Call me stupid but every time I think of castle, I associate it with being haunted. LOL! Silly but it's the way I feel.

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    1. That doesn't sound stupid at all, my brother is the same way - it's a case of different strokes for different folks, I suppose! :)

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  26. The hotel is archaic with a regal flair! I've always wanted to live in a castle and this is somewhere that I'm adding to my bucket list! Not to mention the food looks absolutely scrumptious! Thanks for the share Gabrielle! :) xo~ Lena
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    1. It's the regal flair that makes this hotel so dreamy to look at! Haha I don't know if you'll ever get to live in one Lena, however I really hope you stay in one soon! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  27. Wow, that's very impressive! The Hotel is absolutely beautiful! Have you seen that bed? Fantastic! I love everything about this Castle! Hope I can stay there someday! Thanks for sharing! xx

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    1. I sure have seen that bed and I agree - it's fantastic! Haha perhaps I'll bump into you at this hotel one day?! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  28. What a unique and special place! Come to think of it, I've never stayed in a castle either, so this one went on my wish list. :)

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    1. It's weird when it dawns on you, right? .. Here's hoping we'll be ticking off 'stay in a castle' from our lists sometime soon!

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  29. Well, now I'm hungry, haha. What gorgeous views! Can I move in?
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    1. I can only apologise.. the chocolate cake is merciless! ;)

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  30. Amazing place. xx
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  31. Oh it looks so beautiful!This may have just been added to my wish list too! x
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  32. I never knew there were castles converted to hotels! This is GORGEOUS Gabrielle! The grandeur of it! Just the thought of it once being utilized as a castle and to be converted to such lovely modern loveliness. I'm smitten.
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    1. Neither did I until fairly recently! I'm so pleased you love this concept as much as I do Kim! :)

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  33. What a place! I've never stayed at a castle either, but I could easily imagine staying there (yes, thanks to all the tv series):)Though I'm not sure I would dare to stay there alone, because those old castles usually come with a ghost or two, don't they? :)

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    1. I sincerely hope not or else I intend to stay well away as well haha! Thankfully, I've no doubt this place is booked well and packed with hundreds of people though, meaning you'd never need to be alone :)

      Gabrielle x

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  34. Such gorgeous pictures! I will definitely put that on my places to go! :) Great post!!

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  35. Seriously, SO cute! Love your posts every time, so inspiring!!!
    Also, thank you so much for your sweet comments, you are the best!
    Happy Weekend, love!
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  36. These pictures are beautiful looks like a very pretty place
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    1. I just can't get over the concept of a castle-come-hotel! :)

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  37. What a WONDERFUL place :)

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  38. what a dream! i would never want to leave the room or general vicinity! lol. *adds to bucket list* (:

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    1. That sounds like a brilliant idea.. let's enter and barricade ourselves in!

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  39. Love it!

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  40. wow!! beautiful castle!! I wanna go there!!

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    1. That makes two of us, it seems like it'd be a fabulous experience!

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  41. What a stunning place I love these photos!

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    1. Credit to their photographer - particularly the food shots!

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  42. That is such an amazing place - I love the tableaux on the walls.

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    1. I've stayed in a villa in a similar design, however an actual castle would be amazing!

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  43. Oh my goodness, this is a dream, right? :)
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  44. Hello Gaby! Staying in a castle would be a dream come true and an amazing experience. I really like the eclectic décor style of the Thornbury Castle and how it sits in the middle of a beautiful landscape. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a blessed weekend! XOXO, Jeannette

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    1. Hey Jeannette! Everyone seems to feel the same way on this one, it'd be one fantastic experience! That's a good point, it's location plays a large part in the appeal. That's no problem - have a wonderful week ahead :)

      Gabrielle x

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  45. Wow! So beautiful!!!

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  46. I would love to stay in a castle, and the architecture here looks stunning! It would be such an experience asides from staying in a hotel - I would definitely love to do something like this, just once! Great post. - Tasha

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    1. I reckon I'd never be able to put my camera down haha, it looks incredible! I hope that we both find ourselves staying in castles soon Natasha! :)

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  47. Wow, it looks amazing!! It's like a castle from a fairytale! I would love to visit here one day! :D
    Thanks for sharing Gabrielle, have a lovely weekend!

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  48. Wow, gorgeous! I've never stayed in a castle and would love to in the future. When I was in Germany visiting, we toured the beautiful Neuschwanstein castle. As a kid my parents use to have a calendar with a photo of this particular one and I just remember looking at it all the time, hoping one day I would be able to see it in person. And voila! Lovely post xoxo

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    1. I believe I've visited that castle as well about three or four years ago, it was simply spectacular! There's something magical about castles and so the concept of staying in one would be, well, thrilling :)

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  50. I love this wish list series so much Gabrielle! It's such a fantastic idea and really makes me want to stay in a castle now. The only time I have previously stayed in a castle was in Germany, but the inside had been converted into a hostel, so it doesn't count! On my wish list now!

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    1. That's so lovely to hear Anjelique, thanks for letting me know! Ah, you're still doing very well to have technically stayed in a castle - even if it was just the shell haha :)

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  51. This is exquiste! You always choose the best hotels :D This is also being added to my wishlist hehe x
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  52. SUCH AN AMAZING PLACE! :D

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  53. Oh my gosh, I feel like I could spend my whole life in that bathtub. How fabulous! Thanks for sharing. This is such a fun feature on your blog!
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    1. Haha you'll end up a prune if you do! ;) You're very welcome, so pleased you're enjoying the Hotel Wishlist series!

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  54. OMG! what a beautiful place!

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  55. This place is incredible :D
    I need to pay them a visit ♥
    Great post!
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    1. I feel the same way - it's firmly on my 'wishlist' to ensure I make time to visit at least once! :)

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  56. wow, that castle looks incredible! xxo
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  57. wow, this looks like an amazing place, I hope I'm lucky enough to stay there one day!
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  58. Oh I want to go to these places!!

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  59. that is so beautiful

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  60. wow ! looks amazing :)

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