Unique and full of character
Posted 12-Dec-2018 on Hotels
Appleby Castle is definitely a proper "castle". From the outside it looks for all the world like a fairytale castle and the reception and common areas are all stonework and wood panels, with paintings and suits of armour, and there are plenty of places you can go and sit down with a drink, and explore.
Our room was very big, with not only a bed, but a sofa and two throne like chairs and a desk area, plus a huge bathroom. the first thing you noticed were the very uneven floors, which was fun, but everything else in there was brand new and top quality. Two sinks, a roll top bath and a huge shower, with VERY hot water in the bathroom, and a simply perfect bed - we slept like logs.
We had a good bottle of rioja and the food was excellent and they put on special vegan options for my wife, which she loved. Pumpkin wellington for her main, while I had the sea bass and a souffle starter. All rich and full of flavour, and I even had panna cotta for dessert. All top quality. We were seated with two other couples on a long table for dinner, which was fun. Breakfast was excellent as well.
In the morning, we took the "castle tour" which was included, run by a local guide who told us the history of the castle and showed us several places we hadn't seen, including letting us try on armour from the collection. Sort of a cross between James Corden and Brian Blessed Entertaining. The rest of the staff were excellent, especially James.
Full of character, unique and a wonderful stay.
Comment from Hotel Management
30-Jan-2019 by pjb, Hotel Management
Thank you for your review.