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Country House Hotel

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Customer rating 9 / 10
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Sleep where Henry VIII once slept and enjoy a spot of falconry

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At a glance

2 Rosette restaurant
Family rooms
Wheelchair accessible
Dogs welcome
Civil weddings

History fans may be interested to learn that Henry VIII ordered the first owner of this castle to be beheaded! Guests today have the opportunity of sleeping in historical surroundings fitted out with all the modern amenities. Most rooms have four-poster or coronet beds and real fires, and guests can even choose to sleep in the Duke's Bedchamber where King Henry and Anne Boleyn once slept, or in the Tower Suite that reputedly has the widest four-poster bed in England. Tranquil lounges enjoy views over the wonderful gardens, while elegant, wood-panelled dining rooms make a memorable setting for a leisurely award-winning meal. Activities include falconry and archery and the castle has its own vineyard. Thornbury is, of course, a popular wedding venue.

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  • En-suite rooms: 27
  • Family rooms: 3
  • Ground-floor rooms: 4
  • Dogs allowed on premises
  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms
  • Self-catering available
  • Broadband available
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Free satellite TV in rooms
  • Freeview TV in rooms

Opening times

  • Open all year


  • Night porter
  • Outdoor parking spaces: 50


  • Accessible bedrooms: 3
  • Walk-in showers


  • Children welcome


  • Croquet
  • Other leisure facilities: Archery, helicopter rides, clay pigeon shooting, massage treatment
  • Christmas entertainment programme
  • New Year entertainment programme


  • Theatre-style holds (maximum): 70
  • Classroom-style holds (maximum): 40
  • Boardroom-style holds (maximum): 30


  • Holds a civil ceremony licence
  • Maximum number of guests: 70

Getting here

On A38 northbound from Bristol take 1st turn to Thornbury. At end of High Street left into Castle Street, follow brown sign, entrance to Castle on left behind St Mary's Church.

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Bristol Parkway

Nearest motorway junction

M5 junction 16
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