Hotel review

The castle at Edgehill, Banbury, Oxfordshire

The day we headed to Edgehill Castle it was a stormy night that didn’t calm down that day or much of the next day. Yet when we approached the castle, it was a joyful moment. We sat for a long time in the car to admire the curves of the castle whose stature is small enough to be called madness.

At night, when the storm subsided, the sky was clear and the castle looked beautiful lit against an indigo sky. Although there are accommodations, it is the restaurant that gives it its allure. And the bar too with its cozy atmosphere and its leather sofas. Go on a clear day and the beer garden will be in bloom and the views over the Warwickshire countryside are quite lovely.

Humor on their bulletin board

The building was designed by English pioneer Sanderson Miller (1716-1780). He is best known for his penchant for follies and other pretty garden buildings and indeed the Octoganal Tower now known as Edgehill Castle. It was where the first major battle of the English Civil War took place that became the turning point in English history.

Hook Norton Brewery took it over in 1922 and renovated it a few years ago, offering five en-suite bedrooms. It’s a small castle, small enough to be a madness but… not too small to have a cheeky sense of humor and even be haunted.

We heard clicks in the night and dark noises and wondered. It turns out that there is indeed a resident ethereal guest. They call her Edith.

Who for:

Anyone who craves delicious food and a night at the hostel.

Accommodation:

There are only five rooms of different sizes. A couple with canopy beds. Two of the bedrooms, ‘Prince Rupert’ and ‘Kings’, are located in the main tower and have the best views of the Warwickshire countryside.

Ours was the Cromwell suite which takes up the entire first floor and is almost the size of a small apartment. It has a large living room with a 52 inch flat screen TV and a spacious bedroom and spacious bathroom with gothic style windows. The bathroom has a shower like all the rooms and on the nights we stayed – although cold and stormy – the bathroom was cold. Nevertheless, the room was comfortable. The colors of the decoration are sober except for a bright red Coca Cola fridge which seems incongruous, in the bedroom, and a beautiful wood-paneled ceiling in the living room.

Food and drink:

The entrance leads to the bar and the lounge. It’s very comfortable. Drink at the bar or on a comfortable sofa in the living room. There are two dining rooms. One in a traditional dining room and the other in a space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the countryside. We opted for the second area for both dinner and breakfast. The dinner and breakfast menu is limited but the food was fantastic – we particularly enjoyed the steak. There is also a beer garden ideal for sunny days.

Facilities

Edgehill Castle is primarily a restaurant with bedrooms and so there are no facilities as such except for free wi-fi. However, there is a fantastic school of gin – the Pinnock Distillery. Here I distilled my own gin choosing my botanicals to produce a beautiful nectar which I bottled and took away. See our full Castle Gin School review here.

How much:

Double rooms start at £91 per night. The Superior Cromwell Suite from £136 per night. The rate includes breakfast.

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What’s nearby?

The castle is located just outside the Cotswolds, on the border of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, in the middle of stunning countryside – a place that bodes well for long walks. Warwick Castle is a short drive away. The area is also home to manufacturing plants for Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin, so it’s only fitting that around 10 minutes’ drive will take you to the British Motor Museum…bringing the history of the British motoring industry to life .


Verdict: It’s a delightfully cute castle. If you are in the area for a night and want a place to rest after a fabulous boozy meal and surroundings for the next day, Edgehill Castle is ideal.


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