Sitting in our homes right now as we await yet more COVID restrictions, it’s easy to see how one could easily drift away into a fantasy of becoming a Royal and living in a castle far, far away from other humans. And while it may seem far-fetched, it turns out, that dream can now actually become a reality.
Sitting just South of regular Dominic Cummings haunt, Barnard Castle, and on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Scargill Castle makes for a cosy bolthole for two – with all the royal trimmings playing on the castle theme.
Decked out with grand medieval touches, including a big wooden dining table and matching drapes, the castle actually dates all the way back to the 1500s – on the site of an earlier medieval castle. Rescued from becoming a crumbling ruin, the structure is now a romantic retreat for two – with sweeping views of the countryside to enjoy.
Providing the best of both Teeside and North Yorkshire, the castle is conveniently located by the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines – giving plenty of opportunities for adventure if you’re the outdoorsy type.
Complementing the building’s history and medieval charm, the bolthole features a number of Tudor-style finishings which you’ll notice throughout, including a Tudor fireplace complete with a wood burning stove, Tudor gardens outside, and quirky deep-set windows which were popular during that time period.
But of course, not everything dates back to 500 years ago – with the castle finished off with cosy, modern day furnishings to make for the comfiest stay possible.
Elsewhere in the castle, guests will stumble upon a classic roll-top bathtub (but of course, we’re royalty now!), where you can enjoy a glass of fizz or attempt to squeeze in together for an extra romantic evening.
And while the castle itself is filled with a number of highlights for a relaxing stay, it’s outside that really captures our attention – thanks to its easy access to Barnard Castle, Greta Bridge, Richmond and the North of the Yorkshire Dales.
The dog-friendly stay comes complete with an outdoor space to enjoy in the warmer months after you’ve spent the morning hiking – with a BBQ, seating area, and even a herb and vegetable garden on site to browse. What better way to enjoy the countryside? For more information, check out the listing here.
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