The Castle That Dreams Were Made Of

Quite literally in my case. There must be something deeply settling about sleeping in such an historic, solid structure. As the wind howled around my cosy turret on the hill, I lay my head down in a beautifully dressed 4 poster bed and slept for a solid eight hours.

This may not be ground-breaking for some. But I have not slept so solidly or consistently for a very long time and some might say it was the several glasses of Rose and hearty meal of Confit Duck what done it, but I believe there is an undeniable comfort about this charming, cosy castle B&B.

The Folly, to be precise was built in 1742 as a commemorative structure, 100 years after the Battle of Edgehill. One of the bloodiest of the civil war. The battlefield remains sprawling out underneath the folly and you can see as far as Birmingham on a clear day.

The view from this small (only 5 rooms) guesthouse is absolutely mesmerising. The colours change minute by minute with the weather and it is a stunning setting in which to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.

All of the rooms here differ in personality, size and amenities so be sure to be specific when you book. Not all have the view, smart TVs or four posters, so it is best to check and get the right fit for you.

The B&B has a gorgeous bar brimming with features and a roaring fire to welcome you. The wine list is great and we had lovely meal in the on-site restaurant. Cooked breakfasts are served on the weekends and there is a continental hamper left in your room on weekdays.

If you manage to wake up, you can take walk in the glorious surrounding countryside. It is arguably the Cotswolds here; it certainly has the look and feel of those quintessential villages despite being on the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire border.  

We timed our stay perfectly to stroll thought the majestic autumnal leaves to Upton House and Gardens. It took around 30 minutes there and back. This National Trust house has a cute café and is currently dressed for Christmas which was delightful.

If you like to eat out whilst on a staycation, The Bell Inn at Ladbroke is about a 15 minute drive away.  I highly recommend driving to the Cotswolds area as taxis in this part of the world are extortionate, difficult to book and somewhat blight the experience.

However, once there The Bell it is a warm hug of a pub, serving gorgeous steaks and pub classics done really well in a beautifully finished space.

I will always have a soft spot for this part of the country and if you are looking for a cosy, romantic B&B with an historic difference, the Castle at Edgehill could be the spot for you.

Review and Images by Emmie Blower @emmiebhungry

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