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Stay in a castle

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Stay in a castle

We are planning a trip to England in the middle of March and would like to stay in a castle for a few nights in the east of England. We will have a car, but have not decided for sure on the exact area we want to stay. It will be a historic castles and abbey trip, but will need to modify to what is open during the week (according to English Heritage, many properties are not open during the week in March). Any suggestions - on staying, or properties?

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1. Re: Stay in a castle

The following website is reasonably well-known and might be near to your requirements:-

http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/

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2. Re: Stay in a castle

Worth a look on the English Heritage site too:

english-heritage.org.uk/book-and-buy/…

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3. Re: Stay in a castle

Another website suggestion:-

www.historic-uk.com/StayUK/CastleHotels.htm

Unfortunately, you are planning to visit before the main "season" begins, usually from Easter onwards.

In 2012 this is from 6-9 April when many historical attractions open to visitors.

The castle option is possible, but seems generally confined to group/business/wedding & guests bookings. Not for a speculative 3/4 days.

Perhaps you could be more specific about the "East of England" destinations you might choose?

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5. Re: Stay in a castle

In the South East you can rent a cottage in Leeds Castle in Kent:

http://www.leeds-castle.com

Leeds Castle is open throughout the year (except Christmas Day).

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6. Re: Stay in a castle

Thanks for all the information. We are looking at properties in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Kent. Large numbers of things to see, just need to try and narrow it down. We mostly like to see castles and abbeys, or historic places like churches from before 15th century. I was not aware that some of the English Heritage properties had places to stay. I looked at that and see a number in the area.

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7. Re: Stay in a castle

Check out the National Trust too.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/

As well as the stately homes etc that they look after, they also have cottages to rent.

http://www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk/

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If it's not too far north for you there is accommodation to be had at Durham Castle during the Easter vacation (after March 17th)

dur.ac.uk/university.college.commercial/…

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9. Re: Stay in a castle

Not a castle as such, but pretty ancient, is Seckford Hall near Woodbridge, Suffolk:

http://www.seckford.co.uk/

If that's too pricey you might like the 15th century Swan in Lavenham, Suffolk, one of the most complete medieval villages in England:

http://www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk/

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