Thornbury Castle

Step back in time in this extraordinary Tudor castle on the edge of the Cotswolds. This hotel is the perfect luxurious retreat – combining 500-year-old architecture with sumptuous contemporary facilities. Thornbury Castle is a place to de-stress – take a stroll around the manicured lawns and landscaped grounds, book a massage in your own bedchamber and relax over a delicious meal in our exclusive restaurant.

Building work began on this grand castle in 1511 – it was intended as a home for Edward Stafford, the Duke of Buckingham. The castle was almost finished by 1521, when the Duke’s distant cousin, Henry VIII, accused him of treason, then had him beheaded and confiscated his castle. Fourteen years later, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn enjoyed a ten-day retreat at Thornbury Castle as part of a honeymoon tour. It is to be hoped that Henry did not behead his cousin just so that he could purloin his brand-new castle.

The splendour of the battlements, the giant Tudor chimneys and the ornamental Tudor décor are matched by fabulous grounds, complete with a vineyard and a kitchen garden whose fresh produce is used for the culinary delights in our renowned restaurant. This is a hotel steeped in history, surrounded by unspoiled grounds and abutting the lovely landscape of the Cotswolds. Add to that a restaurant that developed a Michelin-starred reputation in the 70s, drawing stars from all over the world to dine there – and you have a hotel that simply offers everything for the discerning visitor.

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