Visiting Amberley Castle in West Sussex is like being transported out of real-life and arriving in a picture perfect fairytale – the only difference was that we arrived by 90 minute train from London, rather than on a magic carpet or in a pumpkin carriage.
Amberley Castle is based in the quaint village of Amberley (quelle surprise!), and is surrounded by chocolate box thatched cottages, with the castle itself overlooking the whole village.
A dusting of snow makes everything even more magical
My travel companion loved the history of the castle; it’s set within the original, imposing walls, dating back to 1377, and inside it was filled with suits of armour, impressive swords and old-world paintings.
I was more enthralled by the flickering fire in our room, the deep-set window seat, perfect for perching in, and the enchanting gardens.
Bird lovers are in for a treat too; resplendent white peacocks strut about the grounds – and are more than willing to pose for a picture.
The team at the hotel made us feel like the royalty that once stayed there, catering to our every whim, and making sure we had everything our hearts desired; they even cleaned our muddy wellies post-walk, and left homemade biscuits in our room, along with a teddy from the castle, which we may have taken home as a stowaway…
The windows I was so keen on
I could write paragraphs and paragraphs on the huge bath, the incredible windows in the rooms and how much of a princess I felt wandering around the grounds, but what I really must mention was the food.
I’m not the most adventurous of eaters (pineapple on my pizza is as wild as I normally go), but here I found myself nibbling on pigeon and guinea fowl, and savouring every morsel – there’s something ever so decadent about eating in a castle dining room that I would recommend to anyone!
The site of my culinary adventure
After a wonderful sleep in the sumptuous bed, it was time to go back to reality – but not before a ramble around nearby town Arundel, which is just as charming as Amberley, and has a castle all its own.
Classic double rooms at Amberley Castle start from £175 per night on a bed & breakfast basis.
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