Queens Castle

Queens Castle dates back to 1080 and was rebuilt in 1830. Set on an elevated position, giving magnificent views across the Wiltshire countryside. There is a wealth of period features throughout, along with the comforts of modern day living. The castle is ideal for special occasions including birthday celebrations and romantic wedding anniversaries

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SLEEPS 13 GUESTS in WILTSHIRE * A wealth of period features throughout the castle * Generous stone-mullioned windows * Decorative and detailed stone archways * Impressive feature fireplaces * Oak-strip floors * Charming smaller stone spiral staircases * Ceilings richly decorated with carved and gilded bosses’

Location Queens Castle occupies an elevated position in a small market town in Wiltshire. It is in a quiet and private setting within the town. Only two hours from central London by car

The Accommodation Queens Castle sleeps up to 13 guests in 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. All bedrooms and reception rooms are filled with beautiful antique furniture

    GROUND FLOOR:
  • Solid Oak double doors lead into a Large entrance hallway with impressive dark wood stairs
  • The kitchen is large and well equipped with full modern facilities for self-catering or for external caterers. There is a large induction hob, a large fridge and freezer, dishwasher, and microwave. The kitchen has a breakfast bar with stools. There is also a separate Utility Room with a washing machine and drier. Door leading out to the south facing back garden
  • Downstairs WC with wash basin
  • FIRST FLOOR:

  • The Library has a large open fire and has a cosy feel with two walls of bookshelves. This room is beautifully furnished with elegant chairs, side tables and is the perfect place for relaxing in front of the fire. Striking globe light shades create a fantastic impact and work perfectly in this fascinating room. large flat screen TV with DVD player
  • The Dining Room is a few steps down from the Library, and has a beautiful wooden floor. Seating for 13 guests on beautiful cream upholstered chairs around a large Oak table. Original exposed open fireplace with large carved mantelpiece. Windows giving views over the gardens
  • The Ballroom is found at the end of a long wide hallway. An open fireplace gives a comfortable warm feeling and the ceiling is a lovely feature with a pattern of intricate wooden beams. Plenty of windows overlooking the beautiful gardens
  • BEDROOM 1 – Double bed with EN-SUITE shower room, wash hand basin and WC
    SECOND FLOOR:
  • BEDROOM 2 – The Queens bedroom with dark wood king sized bed, beautifully dressed with Manuel Canovas embroidered silk fabric. Luxurious silk curtains nicely frame the bedroom windows. Original exposed open fireplace. A really unique feature of this room is a door to your own small private chapel. Door to EN-SUITE which is down a few steps and has a bath, free standing shower, double sinks and WC
  • BEDROOM 3 – The Kings bedroom with King sized four poster bed in dramatic black wood which is heavily carved. The bed is dressed in luxurious black silk with a matching canopy. Original exposed open fireplace. EN-SUITE with impressive side-by-side roll top baths arranged for easy chatting whilst bathing! Wash hand basin and WC
  • BEDROOM 4 – king sized double bed with a very pretty silver headboard and matching bedside tables
  • BEDROOM 5 – King sized double bed. Original exposed open fireplace
  • FAMILY BATHROOM – with bath, separate shower wash hand basin and WC
  • BEDROOM 6 – Single bedroom off the hallway up a small staircase. Very cosy with small window giving spectacular views
  • BEDROOM 7 – King sized double bed with leather effect bed frame. Original open fireplace
  • FAMILY SHOWER ROOM – with WC and wash hand basin

THE GROUNDS:

  • Queens Castle has an inner bailey, surrounded by a dry moat, all laid to grass. The beautiful south facing gardens are well tended and have a variety of trees and shrubs. Parking space available for six cars

HISTORY:

  • Queens Castle has a long and fascinating history. The first castle on this site was built by Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury in 1080. Robert of Normandy, the eldest son of William the Conqueror, was imprisoned here by his younger brother Henry from 1106 to 1126. In 1141 King Stephen was captured at the Battle of England and the Castle was besieged by Wiltshire thanes under the direction of the triumphant Empress Matilda (the daughter and heir of King Henry I of England). Throughout the 13th century a number of Kings and notables stayed in the castle, including King John who often visited between 1204 and 1216. The castle was used as a prison by Henry II and Henry III and went on to become the property of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII. Through time, it was owned by all of Henry VIII’s wives. Up until the late 14th century the castle was a major fortress in England and played a significant national role. Oliver Cromwell, in person, captured the Castle in September 1645 and ordered the castles destruction which started in 1648. The castle was dismantled and its stone used for local building works. What remains of the medieval castle today is just the original mound, the outline of the moat and traces of the foundations of the great hall. The castle that stands today was started in 1842 by Henry Goodridge, an architect from Bath. The castle was extended northwards from the 1860s onwards. The north tower incorporates the remains of a 17th century brick windmill
The Services The following are included in the rent:

  • Towels and bed linen
  • Toiletries
  • Utilities
  • Broadband wireless internet access

Additional Services The following services are available on request for which there will be an additional charge:

  • Housekeeping
  • Catering

Local Attractions

  • Visit the village of Laycock which was used in the Harry Potter films Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Lacock Abbey is also well worth a visit. It was founded in the early 13th century by Ela, Countess of Salisbury
  • Wadworths Brewery in Devizes
  • Devizes Museum
  • Devizes Marina andKennet and Avon Canal
  • White Horse Devizes
  • Stone circles at Avebury Wiltshire
  • Visit Stone Henge
  • Visit the house and grounds of Bowood Wiltshire

Pubs and Restaurants

  • The Bear Hotel in Devizes
  • The Red Lion in East Chisenbury
  • The White Horse Inn in Compton Bassett
  • The Sign of The Angel in Laycock
  • The Brasserie and Restaurant at Lucknam Park
Price

Nights 2 3 4 5 6 7
Price £3,000 £4,000 £4,750 £5,500 £6,250 £6,995
Xmas/NY £7,995 £8,995 £9,995

Additional Information

  • There is a charge of £50 for two night stays for housekeeping services
  • The minimum let over a weekend is 2 nights and 3 nights if it is a Bank Holiday
  • The minimum let over Christmas and New Year is 5 nights

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