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Review of Appleby Castle

Appleby Castle
Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Appleby
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Deep in the heart of the Eden Valley, nestling alongside the meandering river Eden, stands Appleby Castle. This spectacular motte and bailey castle has been held by the Kings of England and Scotland and boasts one of the few remaining intact Norman keeps (not a ruin). Experience the tranquil stunning scenery of this special place. The most important fortification in the Eden valley raises it's portcullis for guided tours. A unique, entertaining and exciting experience awaits visitors to tour one of Cumbria's oldest, most prestigious and beautiful castles. Appleby Castle has a rich history dating back to Roman times.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We stayed here for one night, what a fabulous experience. We were met by the owner Mrs Nightingale, who is a lovely lady, very friendly and welcoming and more than happy to chat. She actually lives in the castle and I think she and her wonderful staff are doing a fantastic job trying to maintain our heritage and make it accessible to the public.It wasn't like staying in a hotel, it was literally living in a castle for the day, we roamed freely round the grounds and the parts of the castle that are open. The staff were on-hand if needed without being over powering. The rooms are fantastic, you can chill out in the grand hall or watch tv in the former chapel, there's even a games room. There is information on display about various paintings etc. All the bedrooms are en-suite, done to a very high standard, the shower in our room was fabulous, the bed was extremely comfy, best nights sleep I've had for ages. We stayed in the old servants quarters at the top of the castle. Now onto breakfast...what can I say, good choice of cereals, fruit juice, fruit salad, yoghurt, fresh pastries, tea & coffee, toast. The full English is amazing, the black pudding was wonderful. Thank you to Mrs Nightingale and her staff for a wonderful experience, keep up the good work, hope to return soon.

Thank Paula J
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Just returned from a one night stay..Its a very nice experience...The castle needs money spending on it but not that much that it changes the unique image of the place...Steeped in history,,,,,As this is a grade 1 listed building a lot of the changes remain unchanged...
The breakfast is fulsome and cooked to order....Would have liked the spa to be working....We will return.

Thank Brian H
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

I would highly recommended Appleby Castle. Thank you to Mrs Nightingale and her staff for making our stay very special. The quality of our accommodation was excellent. We stayed for two nights and could have quite happily stayed much longer. Breakfast was enjoyable. The castle is steeped in history with many artefacts in and around the building. The castle would be great for a wedding,function or conference. Especially if you wanted something outside but very private, as the castle wall is complete

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

On arrival there was a small blip but have to say the owner and the staff could not have been more understanding and dealt with it amazingly. We stayed in one of the cottages and would highly recommend the accommodation both in the castle and the cottages. The whole ambiance of the castle, steeped in history,is captivating. The fact that you can wander round the grounds and inside the castle makes you feel part of the history.
Breakfast in the dining room was both continental and full English. Enough food to eat and the lady who served us was so friendly- as are all the staff.
The owners have some dogs and these are very friendly too.
Nothing is too much trouble here at Appleby Castle to help you unwind and enjoy that well earned break.
Give it a go.

1  Thank mouseketeerYorkshire
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

My wife bought us an overnight stay in Appleby Castle as a gift and it was a treat. Friendly and welcoming staff, comfortable room, tasty breakfast and very interesting guided tour of the castle included. Very handy for exploring Appleby too as the castle is just at the top of Boroughgate.

Thank Taz092015
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