Augill Castle in Cumbria is celebrating reach its 20th anniversary this year, with more than two decades of hosting dinner parties, marriages and more.
The privately-owned castle first opened in 1997 and is home to 15 bedrooms, a ‘Great British Bar’, serving drinks only created by British artisan producers, an Art Deco cinema, plus 20 acres of ground with a treehouse, tennis courts and a playground.
The castle was originally built in 1841, as an elaborate example of one-upmanship in a feud between two wealthy brothers and was designed specifically as a country retreat in which to hold lavish dinner parties.
Augill Castle’s owner Simon Temple Bennett, who lives at the castle with his wife Wendy and their children Emily and Oliver, has written about their life bringing up their family at Augill over the last twenty years in two novels – one of which won the renowned Lakeland Book of the Year.
Temple Bennett said: “We can’t believe we have got to this point! Augill has very much had us flying by the seat of our pants most of the time and the fabulous castle it is now is a result of literal blood, sweat and tears.”