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Fernhill Castle

Skipton, Yorkshire Dales - South (Ref. 1069783)



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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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3 Customer Reviews

  • "The castle is just amazing."

    The grounds are beautiful. Our family thoroughly enjoyed the stay and the children loved staying in the castle. The hot tub was a hit too. Could have done with some frying pans and the oven was also difficult to use. We will definitely be back what a magical place.

    Reviewed by LouiseNov 2021

  • "A lovely property which I would highly recommend to anybody to stay at."

    Incredibly pretty with every essential provided. The owners were very kind to us and couldn’t have done more to make us feel at home. A huge thank-you to the owners!

    Reviewed by AlasdairSep 2021

  • "I only have good things to say about the amazing week we spent together as a family at Fernhill."

    What a privilege to be able to stay in such a historic building set within such expansive grounds. Michael the owner was an absolute pleasure to deal with and has continued a fantastic restoration effort on this truly special property, with so many authentic and charming features. The location is excellent for exploring the local area, with so much to see and do, and we particularly enjoyed the ease of access to the canal path for walking and biking. The property itself is very well maintained and we found very comfortable with young children despite being an older building. The stunning gardens and sizeable outdoor barbecue came into their own on good weather days. The outdoor hot tub was a hit whatever the weather. The kitchen is well equipped and the main fireplace a joy. I would note that the stairs to the top two bedrooms are unsuitable for small children and those with reduced mobility. However, the property was plenty big enough for our large party even without the top floor and I believe the owner is in the process of creating another fabulous master bedroom on the first floor. I would strongly encourage anyone that is thinking of visiting Fernhill to do so as it is a truly unique and characterful venue to enjoy with family and friends.

    Reviewed by TomJul 2021

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The property

Fernhill Castle is one of Yorkshire’s finest and most important houses.

Dating back to the 14th century, it nestles in its own fifteen-acre estate on the outskirts of Skipton, the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.

The grade one listed fortified mansion was built by Edward De Fernhill to protect nearby Bolton Abbey from starving marauders who, having been defeated at the famous battle of Bannockburn, had travelled from Scotland to find food in the form of the cattle which grazed the Bolton estate.

He was gifted the title Lord of the Manor for his loyalty.

Throughout the centuries the house was beautified firstly in the 17th century and later in the 20th, when master craftsman Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson of Kilburn created a rare and impressive panelled drawing room, with eight hidden carved mice, also on three of the four open fire places.

It is considered one of his most important works in a private home.

Fernhill has been carefully restored so you fully enjoy the Lord and Lady of the Manor experience.

It has seven individually designed bedrooms, five unique bathrooms and two separate WCs, all with bespoke toiletries and a house fragrance designed specifically for the castle.

The carefully chosen bedroom furniture includes mattresses and duvets made from the finest Yorkshire wool and bedding woven from pure natural linen.

Our welcome pack is brimming with the county’s finest produce.

The kitchen boasts all modern equipment, including an AGA and separate oven.

But for a truly relaxing experience we also offer a wide range of catered options from simple hors d’oeuvres and grazing platters, Yorkshire picnics, to five course fine dining experiences - all of which will be enjoyed in the magnificent 17th century dining room with a huge open fire and banqueting table seating twenty.

Find your favourite spot in the castle, be it the cosy panelled snug, the formal sitting room with its gothic shutters and marble fireplace, or the 14th century hall with magnificent medieval arched windows.

Or perhaps take a book and play traditional games in the ‘Mouseman’ Drawing room.

All offering far reaching views of Yorkshire’s rolling hills and dales.

Maybe unwind with your favourite tipple, which can be ordered ahead of your stay from our sommelier’s hand- picked list of fine wines, award winning Yorkshire spirits and ales.

View the ancient turrets and try to discover the whereabouts of the secret priest holes said to have led occupants underground to the safety of Kildwick Church.

Continue outside with a stroll in the sunken gardens or woods.

Visit the wildlife and formal ponds.

Walk around the walled kitchen garden or enjoy a barge trip along the Leeds Liverpool canal which borders the estate, which we are happy to arrange.

Maybe play a game of chess on the original outdoor chess board or enjoy a massage from our list of home spa experiences.

When evening comes the castle is even more magical.

A time perhaps to enjoy a dip in the hot tub, toast a marshmallow on the firepit or cosy up next to the roaring fires. If you want to venture further afield the castle is the perfect base from which to explore the glories of Yorkshire’s largest national park.

Bolton Abbey, the Duke of Devonshire’s estate is a stone’s throw away, as is the picturesque market town of Grassington, where All Creatures Great and Small is filmed and historic Haworth, home to the famous Bronte sisters.

The spa towns of Ilkley and Harrogate home to the famous Betty’s tearooms.


  • In total 8 bedrooms with 6 bathrooms and 2 WCs
  • First floor 6 bedrooms
  • 1 x super king with Simon Horn double pull out bed, offering an additional 2 singles, and an en-suite with Jacuzzi bath, basin and WC
  • 1 x super king with Simon Horn double pull out bed, offering an additional 2 singles, and an en-suite with bath, basin and WC
  • 1 x super king with a single sofa bed, made up on request, and an en-suite shower room
  • 1 x super king with a single sofa bed, made up on request, with an en-suite including bath, basin and WC
  • 1 x twin with a shared house bathroom with freestanding bath, toilet and WC
  • 1 x super king with a shared house bathroom with freestanding bath, toilet and WC
  • Separate WC
  • Second Floor 2 bedrooms: 1 x king size with a freestanding bath in the room and separate turret WC and basin
  • 1 x king size with a shared house bathroom with freestanding bath, toilet and WC on the first floor
  • Ground floor: sitting room, drawing room, snug and large hall all with ample seating
  • kitchen, with AGA, separate oven, hob, freestanding fridge and freezer, dishwasher and washer dryer, large dining room with seating for over 20 and a separate WC and boot room
  • Four open fires with wood and fuel starter pack provided
  • WIFI, 5 x smart TVs and Bose portable sound system, pool table, a selection of books, indoor traditional adults’ games and high quality younger children’s toys
  • Large hot tub, fire pit, outdoor chess set, croquet, and a variety of other outdoor games
  • Pure natural bed linen, towels provided
  • Travel cot and 2 high chairs
  • Ample off-road parking secured behind electric gates and CCTV
  • Extensive outdoor space with BBQ and furniture, including large lawned areas, formal and wildlife ponds, walled kitchen garden, orchard and over 15 acres adjoining the canal
  • personal virtual concierge service available to arrange a variety of additional services including: Private Chef and Catering, Housekeeping, Clay Pigeon shooting, Canal Boat trips, Cocktail Masterclass, at Home Spa, subject to availability .Sorry no pets and no smoking
  • Check in time is 4pm and check out time is 10am

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £1000.

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About the location


Grassington 9 miles; Harrogate 20 miles.

Known as “The Gateway to the Dales”, Skipton is well placed for visiting all that the Dales has to offer, whilst York, the Lake District and the West Coast are also within easy motoring distance. This lovely market town has much to interest the enthusiastic visitor, boasting an ancient castle open to the public, a beautiful old parish church and a colourful market occupying the cobbled setts each side of the high street. In 2014, The Sunday Times named Skipton as Britain's "best place to live" and two years later placed it among the nine best towns in Yorkshire and the North-East. Steam railways with regular excursions are available at Embsay and Bolton Abbey, and the Leeds to Liverpool Canal passes through Skipton with the 1 mile long Foulridge Tunnel and the 5-rise locks at Bingley within a short travel. Golf, swimming, squash, tennis and snooker are all available locally and the excellent public transport means the car can be left at home!

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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