Step Back in Time: A Guide to Staying in Historic Hotels

13 Mar 2024
A Guide to Staying in Historic Hotels: Amberley Castle ©
There is definitely no shortage of peculiar travel accommodations, including the growing trend of camping in historic churches, an emerging movement called “champing”. But you don’t have to miss the chance to experience history in a unique way only because you are not one of those people who have their camping gear ready at all times.

If you are a history buff who would love the chance to stay in an accommodation that turns back time but doesn’t want to forgo the comfort of a luxurious hotel, you should opt for one of the places in our guide, compiled by people well-versed in England’s most fascinating historic landmarks. Dive into the history of some of the most interesting historic hotels England has to offer.

Medieval Majesty

A Guide to Staying in Historic Hotels: Amberley Castle © Paul Arky, Unsplash
Steeped in 900 years of history, Amberley Castle is a great option for immersing yourself in history while also enjoying all the amenities a luxury hotel has to offer. Situated in the picturesque village of Amberley, it was originally built as a 12th-century manor house, and fortified in the 14th century by several bishops.

The castle walls, gateway, and two corner towers remain as a Grade I listed building, standing as a testament to its rich past. Guests can retreat within the castle's walls and experience a blend of medieval architecture and modern design.
The guest rooms offer comfort and style, each one unique and showcasing original features, some even featuring four-poster beds. The hotel also provides a fine-dining experience in the magnificent Queen's Room with its barrel-vaulted ceiling dating back to the 12th century.

A Queen’s Residence

A Guide to Staying in Historic Hotels: Amberley Castle ©
If you ever dreamt about sleeping where royalty once resided, Hever Castle Luxury Bed and Breakfast should be at the top of your list. This stunning castle, located in Hever, Edenbridge, was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII. It was owned by Anne Boleyn's father, Thomas Boleyn, and later became the residence of Anne of Cleves, another of Henry VIII's wives.

Hever Castle offers a variety of luxurious rooms and suites, allowing guests to truly feel like royalty. Explore the historic grounds, visit the grand reception rooms, and lose yourself in the rich history of this captivating castle. 

Where Luxury Meets Lockup

A Guide to Staying in Historic Hotels: Amberley Castle ©
If lavishly decorated, scenic castles bore you, the Bodmin Jail Hotel, located in one of Cornwall’s oldest towns, Bodmin, might just be the right choice for you. This imposing granite structure was once a notorious prison, housing inmates from 1779 to 1927.

Today, it offers a luxurious stay within its historic walls. Guests can choose from posh suites, all tastefully decorated with a nod to the jail's past. A stay here will surely be unlike any other, perhaps even including a ghost tour for the truly adventurous! 

Staying in historic accommodations in England allows you to experience the destination from a completely different perspective, whether you seek the grandeur of a castle or the intrigue of a bygone prison, historic lodgings offer an experience unlike any other. Cozycozy will lend you a helping hand in finding the best accommodation for you, and you will not only have a comfortable and luxurious stay, but you will also become a part of the building’s long-standing history yourself. And who knows, you might even pick up a fascinating tale or two to share when you return home!


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