Elysian Estates has collected a wealth of luxury castles, country estates and manor houses across England and Scotland, all of which are available to privately rent throughout the summer months and beyond.
Whilst the situation regarding COVID-19 is still uncertain, many believe the UK lockdown will be lifted ahead of the summer holidays*, allowing for domestic travel. These properties ensure the ultimate isolation, located in acres of countryside estates, woodland, a few with private lakes and the majority with private swimming pools and sports facilities. All properties are or can be fully staffed** with catering included, so this can truly be a holiday – akin to your very own private hotel.
The team at Elysian Estates can fully personalise each stay with a range of experiences from on-site spa treatments and wellness classes to sensory dining, foraging, classic cars, flyboarding and even sea safaris.
FARLEIGH WALLOP, HAMPSHIRE
A quintessential English estate with contemporary interiors and boating lake
Just over an hours’ drive from London, deep in Jane Austen country, lies Farleigh Wallop, a quintessential English estate. Its beautiful grounds and contemporary interiors join a wealth of facilities including a heated outdoor pool, tennis court, boating lake, cinema and games room, perfect for a British summer holiday in all weather. The service-lead ethos means guests can indulge in fine dining or relaxed suppers at their whim, with bespoke menus prepared by the in-house chef, an extensive wine cellar and drinks cabinet all included.
Eleven elegant guest bedrooms enjoy views over landscaped gardens, a cricket pitch and croquet pavilion, where the staff on site can arrange games and afternoon tea on the lawn. For the more active, guests can enjoy paddle boarding on the lake, woodland yoga classes, foraging or simply relaxing poolside and soaking up the British sunshine
COWDRAY ESTATE, WEST SUSSEX
An ancestral stately home with outdoor pool and myriad sporting facilities
Cowdray House, located at the heart of its 16,500-acre Estate, is the former home of Viscount and Viscountess Cowdray, with 22 individually designed luxurious bedrooms. The indoor pool with atrium roof opens out onto a sun deck providing views over the manicured gardens and parkland, while the outdoor pool offers a Georgian-style pool house and smart terrace for lounging out on warmer days, with staff on hand to provide picnics by the pool or sundowner cocktails. Other facilities include a tennis court, croquet lawn overlooking the South Downs, a games room and even a bowling alley.
On the wider estate, guests can find a polo academy, golf course and a huge range of activities including fly fishing, shooting and off-road driving.
HOUND LODGE, WEST SUSSEX
A sporting country lodge with activities on the extensive Goodwood Estate
Located on the renowned Goodwood Estate, Hound Lodge, formerly the Duke of Richmond’s luxurious kennel house, offers 10 en-suite bedrooms with interiors inspired by the family’s sporting heritage, complete with dog bed and bowls in every room. Mattresses stuffed with wool from sheep grazing on the estate provide the ultimate night’s sleep and ingredients from the award-winning organic farm can be enjoyed over dinner at the long Georgian dining table. The house is fully staffed and catered with butler service, concierge and nightly turndown.
Privileged access to the Goodwood Estate is the real draw, with flying experiences such as flying a Harvard Warbird, vintage car rallies or modern supercar experiences at the motor circuit, off road driving in the Estate’s fleet of classic Land Rovers and the Waterbeach Spa.
A historic home with its own private holistic award-winning wellbeing centre, Avalon
Broughton Hall is a 16th century historic home specialising in curated retreats, set on a 3,000-acre estate at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. Accessible just 2 hours 50 minutes from central London, the Hall features 17 bedrooms, each with individual character, plus a myriad of elegant reception rooms and the most beautiful gardens including a Dan Pearson/Michael Hopkins designed Walled Garden.
Broughton Hall is one of the only private houses in England to boast its own on-site state-of-the-art Wellbeing Centre, complete with a “dolphin friendly” indoor pool, sauna, steam room, treatment rooms, yoga studios and a personalised meditation dome. Holistic treatments include crystal light therapy, forest bathing, sound meditation and medical herbalism. There are endless ways to enjoy the British summer here, from the on-site Land Rover Experience Centre, moon bathing, sweat lodge, labyrinth, tennis court, wild swimming and foraging with the head chef to use at the Estate’s ‘fire temple’, a unique outdoor location where guests can cook their own dishes on the open fire, complete with its own bar.
FOXHILL MANOR, COTSWOLDS
An intimate Cotswold manor house with access to renowned country spa
Foxhill Manor is a beautiful Grade II-listed honey-coloured stone house with contemporary British country-style interiors. Housing an intimate eight en-suite bedrooms and suites, this fully staffed home, which once hosted Lady Gaga, is nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, complete with butler service, nightly turndown, chauffeur and concierge.
The house boasts a cinema room, wine cellar, and freestanding baths in most rooms, with views over the Vale of Evesham. Close by, guests have full-access to the renowned Dormy House hotel spa, with indoor pool, thermal suite and gym. A wealth of experiences is available for guests on the vast Farncombe Estate and locally, including clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, street luging, pottery and climbing.
HIGH HOUSE, WARWICKSHIRE
LA-style villa with outdoor pool and bar area
Contemporary cool meets Georgian elegance at High House, with photo-shoot worthy interiors and an amazing pool area with outdoor kitchen and covered dining area reminiscent of an LA villa. The country-luxe interiors include a fabulous entertainment space with full size snooker table, artwork speakers, tennis court and beautiful grounds.
GLENAPP CASTLE, AYRSHIRE
A majestic Scottish castle with incredible coastal experiences
Renowned as a five-star Relais & Chateaux property with an award-winning chef, Glenapp Castle is available on an exclusive hire basis to discerning guests looking for complete privacy and discretion in their very own Scottish castle. Beneath the soaring turrets and ivy-clad battlements, lie 17 bedroom suites, each individually named, individually designed and lavishly decorated, with vast windows overlooking the nearby coastline and Mull of Kintyre.
The 110 acre grounds offer plenty of reasons to enjoy the Scottish summer, with beekeeping, foraging with the chef, stargazing and falconry all available to enjoy just moments from the front door, along with tennis courts, croquet lawn and its own arboretum.
The estate offers over 80 experiences, including the unique Hebridean Sea Safari. Guests board the Glenapp boat to explore the sea and bird life of the Hebridean islands, with a private chef and professional crew, who will navigate towards remote islands, coastal castles and distant inns. First stop is lunch at one of the many famous seafood restaurants, before arriving at an island or beach where the Glenapp island concierge team prepare a luxury glamping yurt in the wild. A well-deserved hot shower and a ‘dram’ starts the evening, before chef prepares a memorable dinner under the stars. For the first part of the adventure, guests can even take ‘Ripley’ the sea eagle with them, trained aboard the boat to catch fish in the local waters.
Another option for smaller groups is to hire the brand new four-bedroom penthouse apartment, enjoying the whole top floor of the castle to themselves, complete with butler and private chef. Within the apartment, accessed by a private lift, is a period kitchen, games room, library, sauna and private spa treatment room.
KINROSS HOUSE, SCOTLAND
A Scottish mansion house with its own castle island and private spa
The first neo-classical Palladian mansion to be built in Scotland, Kinross House boasts views across Loch Leven to its own private island on which sits Loch Leven Castle, renowned for the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots and being captured by Sir William Wallace (Braveheart).
The landscaped estate includes the main house with 14 en-suite bedrooms and a separate Coach House, sleeping 20 in 10 en-suite bedrooms alongside a private spa with treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool and sauna. Within the fully staffed and catered Estate, guests can enjoy tutored tastings in the contemporary tartan-clad Whisky Library, offering some of the rarest in the world or participate in their very own Highland Games on the extensive lawns. Elsewhere within the grounds lies a cricket pitch, a walled kitchen garden and extensive cycling routes, perfect to enjoy Scotland during the summer months.
Located 30 minutes from Edinburgh airport, the estate offers helicopter arrival and also has its own pier from which to take a boat or kayak out on the loch and picnic on the island.
NOTES TO EDITORS
* Elysian Estates will be closely monitoring the situation regarding Covid-19 and any new bookings will be subject to Government legislation at the time of travel.
** The provision of staff will be subject Government legislation and advice at the time of travel. All staff are fully trained to comply with social distancing and enhanced hygiene guidelines set out by Public Health England and the Government in order to safeguard the wellbeing of guests and staff.
Elysian Estates helps discerning travellers & businesses curate incredible stays at our hand-picked portfolio of luxury country estates and castles in the UK. Founded in 2012, Elysian Estates has become a leader in the UK luxury venue industry, privileged to have long-standing personal relationships with some of the most prestigious private residences in the UK. Elysian Estates offers highly personalised service, privacy and discretion, with inside access to exceptional experiences and a full concierge service, all at no additional cost. Explore our collection or enlist our bespoke venue finding service at www.elysianestates.co.uk.