Amberley Castle, West Sussex: save 25% on a two-night stay at this historic castle hotel
Hidden behind a 60-foot high curtain wall, and surrounded by the rolling green fields of West Sussex, this historic hotel is a truly unique place to stay. Amberley Castle seamlessly blends medieval architecture with luxurious contemporary interiors that incorporate the property's enchanting character - with oak-panelled walls, roaring fires and the odd suit of armour.
That theme is continued in the landscaped gardens, where you might spot one of two resident white peacocks roaming, while Amberley Castle's magnificent Queen's Room restaurant - with its barrel-vaulted ceiling dating back to the 12th century - serves seasonal duishes prepared by three AA rosette chef Paul Peters. For a leisurely stroll, wander to the picturesque village of Amberley, or if you want to absorb even more of the local area's rich heritage, the ancient town of Arundel is just 15 minutes away by car, with its magnificent castle and cathedral.
The land where Amberley Castle stands was gifted to Bishop Wilfrid in 683 AD by Caedwalla, King of Wessex and the castle's current buildings owe their origins to a timber-framed hunting lodge built in 1103 by Bishop Luffa. The following 400 years saw this lodge transformed into a fortified manor house complete with battlements and a portcullis under the supervision of resident bishops. In the wake of the English reformation, the castle was leased to tenants and during the Civil War it became a royalist strong hold. Oliver Cromwell sent General Waller to destroy the defences in 1643 and 20 to 30 feet was lost from the Curtain Walls and the Great Hall was destroyed. After the Civil War, Amberley Castle was seized by Parliament and sold to John Butler, a cloth merchant from London who built the Manor House out of the ruins of the Great Hall.
Two-night stay from £207.50 pp*
- Two nights' luxury accommodation
- A three-course a la carte menu on your first evening
- Full English and continental breakfast each morning
- Arrival from 3pm
- A newspaper in your room each morning
Enjoy a riverside drink outside the Black Rabbit pub in Arundel, with views across the reed beds to the town's famous castle.
Sitting within 12 acres of gardens, Amberley Castle is located in the stunning South Downs countryside around Arundel.
By plane: London Gatwick is 35 miles away.
By train: Arundel train station is six miles from the hotel, and 90 minutes from central London.
By car: The hotel has parking on-site and is two hours' drive from London and 45 minutes from Brighton.
Style & Character
Amberley Castle is perfect for those seeking a taste of old England or wanting a grand setting and fine dining for a special occasion. With a moat, battlements and a portcullis over the entrance, history lovers will be in their element.
Service & Facilities
The grounds are a real treat for taking a stroll, photographing the ruins and grounds, or playing golf under the battlements.
- 18-hole putting course
- Croquet lawn
- Tennis court
- Family rooms
Atmospheric Gatehouse Suites are located in the former 17th-century dairy, outside the castle walls. We love the impressive granite fireplace and ornate peacock screen in "Arundel" Premier Deluxe room.
Classic, Superior, Junior Deluxe, Gatehouse Suite and Premier Deluxe
Facilities include: Vispring beds, homemade biscuits, mineral water, slippers and bathrobes, antiques, fine fabrics.
Food & Drink
We love the surprise elements, like the creative appearance of some dishes and the light amuse-bouche delivered between courses. A seemingly simple tiramisu - elevated into a heavenly deconstructed dessert - is a highlight.
Amberley Castle Restaurant: formal, creative, modern twist. À la carte menu from £68 for three courses. Seven-course tasting menu, afternoon tea and private dining also available. Open for lunch and dinner.