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Augill Castle

Kirkby Stephen, Nr Brough, Cumbria


  • The Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Northumbrian National Park are all on your doorstep; Hadrian’s Wall is also close
  • The Pennines lie behind you, so follow ancient footpaths and walk your socks off
  • Alternatively, stay at the castle and play croquet on the lawn or tennis at the back
  • Afternoon teas are available daily, and are particularly tempting when taken in the garden during summer
  • Catch a movie in the 12-seat cinema - you can buy popcorn, too!

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Tennis
Save to favouritesPrintMailAugill CastleTake two feuding brothers, add in a small fortune, stir vigorously, allow to simmer and hey presto! - you get a folly castle. Augill was built in 1841 by John Bagot Pearson in a bid to outdo his younger sibling. He succeeded in some style, commissioning the castle as a weekend haunt in which to entertain his friends. It is a triumph of vanity over common sense: turrets, mullioned windows, castellated towers, wonderfully ornate lattice windows - the usual castle fare. It is also a trompe-l’śil of sorts: the house is mostly one room deep. A longish gravel drive leads up from the lane. Lawns and sheep-filled meadows encircle you, beyond the Pennines rise majestically. Inside you find enormous rooms, creaking floorboards, vibrant colours and an easy-going house-party feel. The music room has an open fire, red leather armchairs, several sofas and a grand piano. The décor is ‘country house’, reassuringly traditional, but without the chintz.

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A free bottle of wine on arrival