20 of the Best Grand Houses, Manors & Castles in the UK

Published: 5th September 2018

The British Isles are steeped in history and dotted with fantastic historic castles, stately homes and grand houses. We have put together a collection of 20 of our favourites which you can stay in. Perfect for group gatherings and family occasions - Lord (or Lady) it up at one of these extraordinary places to stay...
The Old Millhouse

The Old Millhouse

Dalkeith - Midlothian

An historic, country house with exclusive, five-star luxuries; set in a peaceful sanctuary just a few miles from Edinburgh…

Sleeps 10

From £995/night

The Old Hall

The Old Hall

Saxlingham Nethergate - Norfolk

Wander the gardens, swim in the private pool and enjoy the luxury of a quintessential Elizabethan country house that’s perfect for large groups.

Sleeps 18

From £750/night

Thornbridge Manor

Thornbridge Manor

nr Great Longstone - Derbyshire

A stunning country manor house with lawned gardens, children's play area and even a tennis court, set beside the popular Monsal Trail.

Sleeps 24

From £916/night

Blencowe Hall

Blencowe Hall

Penrith - Cumbria

Blencowe Hall is a luxurious Grade I listed fortified manor house transformed by award-winning restoration work in Cumbria.

Sleeps 24

From £1110/night

Belle Isle Castle

Belle Isle Castle

Enniskillen - County Fermanagh

Space is in abundance at this grand, countryside house, with an opulent interior and a beautiful, sunken garden outside.

Sleeps 26

From £622/night

Old Purves Hall

Old Purves Hall

Greenlaw - Scottish Borders

A 16th century peel tower guarding the beautiful Scottish Borders, finished with a classic, country elegance for timeless celebrations…

Sleeps 12

From £271/night

Tawstock Castle

Tawstock Castle

Barnstaple - Devon

Stay in this bailey castle atop a rounded hilltop with 360 degree Devonshire views for you, your friends and family to enjoy.

Sleeps 8

From £289/night

Cowley Manor

Cowley Manor

Cowley - Gloucestershire

Cowley Manor - A country house hotel fused with award-winning contemporary design and architecture, Victorian cascades, lakes and gardens that inspired Alice in Wonderland, and a modern spa, all hidden in a secluded Cotswold valley.

Sleeps Up to 4 per room

From £195/night

Aikwood Tower

Aikwood Tower

Selkirk - Scottish Borders

An intimate, historic and beautiful tower, looking out over stunning Scottish landscapes; homely inside, with vast countryside outdoors to discover.

Sleeps 10

From £271/night

Cotswold Manor

Cotswold Manor

Temple Guiting - Gloucestershire

15th century Cotswold Manor, steeped in English history, beautifully refurbished and available for exclusive use for anyone seeking a discrete country retreat.

Sleeps 10

From £940/night

Sibton Park Manor

Sibton Park Manor

Sibton - Suffolk

A grand, Georgian manor in a classic, Suffolk estate, where you can enjoy hearty country pursuits and genteel soirees…

Sleeps 24

From £1834/night

Howe Villa

Howe Villa

Richmond - Yorkshire

Feel right at home in this elegant, stately six-bedroom listed property in Richmond, North Yorkshire. Stunning scenery including beautiful grounds makes a great extra.

Sleeps 13

From £318/night

Heathfield House

Heathfield House

Holmsley - Hampshire

A luxury manor house, with excellent concierge services- this elegant manor house is the perfect place for a special celebration.

Sleeps 24

From £1143/night

Mears Ashby Hall

Mears Ashby Hall

Mears Ashby - Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire Jacobean holiday mansion offering unrivalled luxury - Relax in the hot tub, grab a book from the library, or enjoy a game of tennis on the court.

Sleeps 18

From £2500/night

Vicarage House

Vicarage House

Great Hockham - Thetford

A beautiful Georgian home in the rural scenes of Norfolk, with landscaped gardens, a tennis court and a heated outdoor pool…

Sleeps 15

From £393/night

Hencote Grange

Hencote Grange

Shrewsbury - Shropshire

Stunning décor, luxurious features throughout, and sleeping 12; Shropshire's Hencote Grange is perfect for that special gathering.

Sleeps 12

From £295/night

The Old Manse of Blair

The Old Manse of Blair

Pitlochry - Perthshire

The Old Manse of Blair is a listed Scottish country house available for exclusive use. 5 star indulgence in the beautiful Cairngorms.

Sleeps 16

From £2495/night

Contemporary Castle

Contemporary Castle

Callander - Stirling

Bold, artistic and truly unique, this classic Scottish castle in The Trossachs is a contemporary masterpiece.

Sleeps 26

From £2000/night

Battel Hall

Battel Hall

Leeds - Kent

Indulge in lavish feasting banquets and genteel soirees at this grand, medieval manor house beside Kent’s impressive Leeds Castle Estate…

Sleeps 10 (+ 4 in the Oast)

From £1083/night

Danehill House

Danehill House

Danehill - Sussex

Stylish and artistic, a wonderful celebration home with a rock edged heated pool, in the heart of the Sussex countryside, close to Ashdown Forest.

Sleeps 13

From £486/night

Author:
Claire Wills
Claire is the International Editor for CoolStays. It's her mission to scout the globe for new amazing places to show you. You can follow her on Twitter, @clairelewills

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