Take long walks in a beautiful location and long baths at this romantic, historic castle retreat for two.
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 2 nights
Scargill Castle is listed in affiliation with Rural Retreats.
Scargill Castle nestles in the beautiful Teesdale landscape close to the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District National Park and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Built in 1560 on the site of an earlier medieval castle, it has recently been restored from a crumbling ruin into a delightful retreat for two, combining historic character with all the cosiness and comfort of the 21st century. Private parking leads through a gate into your own sheltered courtyard gardens, created from the old Tudor manor house.
From the garden the arched entrance hall leads into a dining hall with long oak table; take a moment to admire the ornate roof beams carved from oak trees felled over 400 years ago! From here you can wander into the sunny kitchen which overlooks the Tudor gardens.
The stone spiral stairs lead up to the living room with oak floors and a wood burning stove set within a Tudor fireplace. Two deep set windows pierce the ancient thick walls and overlook the Tudor courtyard gardens to the east and the rolling landscape of Teesdale to the west. Further up the spiral staircase is the romantic bedroom with double bed on an oak floor adorned with Persian rugs. The rich colours reflect the Tudor love of golds, reds and rich greens which are highlighted with mood lighting enhancing the exposed timber beams above. Windows to east and west provide views of the walled garden and the high moors beyond.
In the lovely garden you’ll find furniture to sit outside on balmy days, a barbeque and a herb and vegetable garden to inspire you for supper. Or, for an extra special treat why not get local cook Rachel Markham to make you a Tudor meal at Scargill?
Among many of the excellent places to eat and drink is The Morritt Arms at Greta Bridge, an 18th and 19th century coaching inn, but the quirkiest and a ‘must visit’ is the Milbank Arms in Barningham, one of only eleven pubs in England which still have no bar! Barnard Castle has a number of eating places - why not try Blagraves on The Bank, once a stopping off point for Oliver Cromwell? Further afield, the picturesque village of Romaldkirk has the Rose and Crown for delicious lunches and evening meals or just enjoy a drink in front of the roaring fire. Scargill is very rural with beautiful walks from the front door, many linking with the Pennine Way. Maps will be provided so that you can find your own route. Teesdale's landscape was painted by J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Girton, John Sell Cotman and Thomas Herne and it inspired the poetry of Sir Walter Scott and the less appreciated poetry of local man Richard Watson. You are also within a short drive of the Yorkshire Dales, The Lake District and the North Pennines where amazing walks abound.
From Previous Guests
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We stayed here for 2 nights at the start of June and it was absolutely wonderful. The castle is as beautiful as the photos suggested and is surrounded by the beautiful countryside. There is a private courtyard which enjoys sun all day and offers views across the fields. We had a fantastic time here and would definitely recommend it to others. There are plenty of walks on the doortstep and also some superb local cafes / pubs within driving distance. Everything was clean and tidy when we arrived and there was a welcome basket for us to enjoy. We brought our dog with us and he had been provided with his own welcome treats! Only thing to note is that the castle has a rather steep, stone, spiral staircase which might be tricky for anyone who uses a walking aid. Otherwise the castle is super accessible, being just a short drive off the A66 with parking immediately next to the property.
Stayed June 2021
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