Originally built in 1841 as the country residence of a Victorian gentleman, Augill Castle is described as a “truly magical estate set in the most picturesque part of England’s national parks”.
Located in Cumbria’s Eden Valley, the castle has been owned and operated by Simon and Wendy Bennett for 25 years. Originally purchased in 1997 as the main family home, they have since transformed the property from a three-bedroom guest house into a 12-bedroom boutique hotel and a separate five-bedroom owners’ cottage.
The Chateau comprises 12 acres of private grounds and sits in the center of a small working estate where the owners raise cattle, sheep and pigs.
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Mr Bennett said: ‘It has been a joy and an honor to have shared our magical home and the simple joys of country life with our guests over the years. We couldn’t have dreamed of a more fulfilling life, but after a quarter of a century, it’s time for something new.
The hotel contains period features such as a grand oak staircase, painted Gothic stained glass windows, and mid-17th-century Jacobean oak paneled walls and floors.
Augill Castle has a recently opened restaurant called The Music Room which seats 46. There’s also a conservatory bar and spacious lounges that are perfect for afternoon teas and events. The property offers a library, the owners’ chalet and landscaped gardens surrounded by mature trees and several paddocks.
Neil Thomson, Associate Director of the Hotel Agency Team at Colliers, comments: “We are delighted to announce that the Augill Castle Hotel and Restaurant is our latest instruction. This castle is truly one of a kind, not only is it steeped in history, but its prime location in the heart of the northern countryside, provides a special, rural setting, attracting visitors from all over the world. This is a very exciting opportunity for an investor looking to take over an established business and I am sure it will generate a lot of interest. »