We had the opportunity to visit Amberley Castle near Arundel in England. From the moment we arrived, we were impressed by the rich history and luxury that emanated from the castle.
History of the Castle
Amberley Castle is a medieval castle in Amberley, West Sussex, England. The castle was built in the 12th century and has been used as a residence, a prison, and a military base. It is now a popular tourist destination.
The history of Amberley Castle began with the construction of a timber-framed lodge in 1103 by Bishop Luffa of Chichester. This lodge was replaced by a stone hall in 1140, and an East Wing was added in 1200 by Bishop Seffrid II. The castle was significantly renovated and expanded in the 14th century and again in the 18th century.
Amberley Castle was used as a residence by several bishops of Chichester, as well as by the 15th Duke of Norfolk. It was also used as a prison during the English Civil War, and it was a military base during World War II.
Staying at the Castle
The castle has 19 luxuriously guest rooms, each with their unique character and charm. We had the pleasure of staying in a room, which had a stunning four-poster bed, a seating area, and an en-suite bathroom. The room was spacious and well-appointed, with modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV, beautifully blended in the traditional decor.
Another thing that stood out during our stay was the excellent food. Amberley Castle is famous for its cuisine, and for good reason. The head chef and his team use locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce to create unforgettable dishes that are rich in flavor and beautifully presented.
While staying at Amberley Castle, we explored the charming nearby town of Arundel. The town is famous for its impressive castle that stands on a hill overlooking the town. The Arundel Castle was restored in the 19th century and offered a glimpse into the life of the castle’s inhabitants. Other attractions in Arundel include the Arundel Cathedral, the antique shops, and one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. Wander the side streets and check out the quaint shops; there is an excellent chocolate shop, Castle Chocolates of Arundel, just waiting for you to visit! The proprietor was friendly and helpful and, the chocolate was incredible.
Overall, our stay at Amberley Castle was unforgettable. It is a perfect destination for people looking to experience history, luxury, and culinary delights. With nearby Arundel offering additional attractions and things to do, it’s a must-visit for anyone visiting the UK.