It was a year ago now that I visited Amberley castle near Arundel in West Sussex and I’ve been meaning to write this blog post ever since! Around 90% of my blog posts don’t actually make it to ‘publish’. Generally it’s because a brand gets in touch and wants to collaborate or just general life gets in the way! This year has been a crazy one with my honeymoon and then my little lady making her arrival – I can’t believe she’s eight months old already. Plus we’ve had the house on and off the market which has been s t r e s s f u l!!
It’s the short breaks and getaways that really keep you going throughout the year. A night away to recharge the batteries and give you a chance to miss the kids… just a little ; ) Last year just before Christmas we spent a night at the unique Amberley Castle. Set in 12 acres of beautiful grounds, there’s plenty to do. There’s a tennis court, a croquet lawn and an 18-hole putting course. And of course some really interesting castle architecture… with it’s secret passageways too!
Inside the castle there are plenty of cosy nooks to curl up in with a book and a bottle of wine. Open fireplaces warming your toes as you play Lord of the Manor… or just enjoy your five minutes of peace from the kids! Amberley Castle has plenty to keep you occupied inside as well as outdoors. Daily papers, board games and wifi if you can’t help staying in touch with the digital world. I was more than happy to switch off completely and enjoy lunch by the fire though!
We were part of a group staying here and as each room was so unique, we couldn’t help but have a peek around. Especially when we heard that a couple of the rooms have their own secret passageways… Amberley castle is truly unique with it’s dry moat and turrets. If you’re lucky enough to stay in one particular room, there’s a secret doorway from the bathroom up onto the roof of the castle where you can enjoy spectacular views. I have to admit… it is a little spooky though and I was glad that I wasn’t alone!
But the bedrooms at Amberley Castle are as unique and beautiful as the rest of the place. Each room that I saw had it’s own scheme tastefully decorated for a space of this heritage. Modern and airy bathrooms, fabulous fabrics and décor in large, comfortable suits. Our room was in the more modern part of the hotel grounds, just beyond the dry moat and was a duplex suit with a living area upstairs. But in all honesty, we didn’t spend much time in there! There’s just so much to see and the warm inviting atmosphere of the castle made us want to stay there for most of our visit!
*All words and images are my own and I was not invited by the hotel management to review Amberley Castle on this occasion