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Thornemead Castle | Luxury Self-Catering Home | Somerset

Thornemead Castle

Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, UK

Step back in time to a bygone era of burgundy smoking rooms and vaulted ceilings at this 240-year-old Gothic castle on the Somerset coast. Within walking distance of Weston-super-Mare beach and the famous Donkey Bluebell Fields yet secretly hidden away within 10 acres of grounds containing beehives and ancient trees, Thornemead Castle is ideally placed for exploring Bath and the Mendip Hills. This extraordinary stately home is sure to make a statement self-catering holiday.


After a drawn-out breakfast in the jungle-inspired conservatory, tie up the laces of your trusty hiking boots and head to the coast and Brean Down. Eight miles by foot from Thornemead Castle, this unique peninsula hosts rich history and excellent walking trails above the Bristol Channel. Return from a day’s adventures to a family snooker tournament on the full-sized table before feasting on a hearty dinner fit for Kings and Queens in the regal dining room. When the lights are dimmed, retreat to the library for some well-deserved hot toddies.


Restored to full glory with the help of English Heritage, Thornemead Castle holds within its ramparts a treasure trove of antiques, history and romance. Brass chandeliers glimmer from ornate ceilings, curved oak bookcases house lyrical idioms and Pugin-designed wallpaper akin to that found throughout Westminster Palace decoratively lines the snooker room. For blissful repose after days of royal escapades, each of the castle's five bedrooms feature Victorian fireplaces, views of the gardens and a king-size zip-and-link bed.


This 10-acre private Somerset estate, dotted with flamingo statues and plenty of quiet spots to while away summer days beneath the shade of a tree, offers opportunities en masse to relax. Wander barefoot through the wildflower meadow, take a tour of the Victorian walled garden (by prior arrangement) and chat with the beekeeper who visits Thornemead Castle weekly to tend the hives. If one really must leave, the nearby Mendip Hills are a rambler’s paradise with deep limestone gorges, stone circles and tearooms serving slabs of homemade cake.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 10 guests (+3 children)
    From £3,150 per week, £2,195 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionUp to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsFive en suite zip-and-link bedrooms, one on the first floor, three on the second, and the master on the third. One first floor en suite bathroom with overhead shower, three second floor en suite bathrooms, and one third floor en suite bathroom. There is also one king-size sofa bed in the master bedroom for children and one further single zed-bed for children (each available on request and at additional cost).
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  • FeaturesHot tub hire is available (please enquire for details), football table, badminton, volley ball, games room, outdoor tennis table, croquet lawn, library and Kadai fire bowl
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday and MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. One travel cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for five cars at the front of the castle. The large kitchen has a Rangemaster gas cooker with two ovens and six hobs, a Nespresso coffee machine, fridge-freezer and dishwasher. There is a breakfast kitchen with fridge-freezer, washing machine and dryer. Please note, the owners live in an adjoining property.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with organic produce, snooker table, croquet, library with books, bottle of special gin, several local discounts, Freeview TV with Netflix, USB points in each bedroom, iPad, WiFi internet, gas barbecue, linen, towels, luxury wrapped soaps, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • Eco-friendlyElectric car charging point (available on prior request)
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner, no fireworks are permitted at the property
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The wood-panelled dining room at Thornemead Castle, Somerset
The formal hall, complete with a billiards table, with Pugin-designed wallpaper
A dramatic backdrop for a game of billiards


Lead your merry wedding party through 10 acres of majesty in the grounds of this striking Gothic castle. Flaunting a four-level octagonal tower, interior designed down to the last roll of historical wallpaper and flanked by fields of horses, there´s no shortage of choices when it comes to regal photo backdrops.

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On the west coast of Somerset looking out over the Bristol Channel, this coastal holiday spot is perfectly located for walks in the Mendip Hills, and cultural day-trips to Bristol and Bath. Perfect for those wanting a pick´n´mix of town and country.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Thornemead Castle is set on the fringes of Weston-super-Mare on the north coast of Somerset.
  • By Car This grand South West home is approximately three hours drive from London and forty-five minutes from Bristol.
  • By Train Bristol train station is forty-five minutes from Weston-super-Mare's station, with regular trains to London Paddington.
  • By Air Bristol airport is just thirty minutes away whilst Heathrow is two and a half hours away by car.

From the owner

“Even after 25 years, we are still amazed by the truly wonderful picture that greets you when you emerge from the tree lined driveway - a stunning historic Grade II*-listed Gothic manor house on the Somerset coast. Every part of the building is full of surprises and architectural gems; a jewel for enthusiasts.”

From the owner

Built in 1805, Thornemead Castle is one of the most historic buildings in the area and used to be known as ‘one of the most unusual urban hotels in the country’. 

The wallpaper used in the snooker room was designed by Augustus Pugin in the 1840s and is also used in the Palace of Westminster. The interior design of this new extension was carried out by J G. Crace, a student of Pugin, and has been described as one of the ‘most complete Pugin inspired schemes in existence’.

We purchased Thornemead Castle in 1993. We had no clear idea of exactly what we intended to do with the manor other than to live there with our two daughters and son. We embarked on a project to create a luxury bed and breakfast and subsequently spent almost 20 happy and successful years welcoming a huge variety of guests, many of whom became friends. Incidental to this, we also brought up our young family in these wonderful surroundings. 

After a devastating fire in July 2016, we were able to save Thornemead Castle and restore all its historic features to their former glory, whilst other parts of the house have undergone sensitive modernisation as part of its evolution, including services such as electric, plumbing and internet.

The Kennedy Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Weston-Super-Mare with an insider’s perspective.

Cheddar Gorge and Caves
To See

Cheddar Gorge and Caves

Britain´s highest inland lime stone cliffs at 450 feet high; below are stunning stalactite caverns created during the Ice Age. This world famous natural wonder is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a must-see.

Mendip Activity Centre
To Do

Mendip Activity Centre

Offering kayaking, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, archery, caving and more, Mendip Activity Centre also offer instruction for activities within the grounds of Thornemead. Why not book a thrill-seeking adventure or group exercise to enjoy without having to travel?

To Do


The historic Roman City of Bath needs no introduction - a wonderful place to visit whether you are interested in history, architecture, archaeology, shopping or food and drink. A nice way to get there is on the train from Weston.  

Il Michelangelo, Weston-super-Mare
To Eat

Il Michelangelo, Weston-super-Mare

Highly recommended is this lively seafront Italian family restaurant, smart but not too formal. There is a wide choice of Italian food, fresh fish and good pizzas. Enjoy the friendly professional service and the sobering walk home along the beach!

Guest Testimonials

We absolutely loved our castle staycation, thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality! We had lots of fun making great memories and we all hope to see you again soon.

Absolutely beautiful, tranquil property with excellent grounds for relaxing and escaping amidst a sea of madness beyond the castle walls! The owners are also wonderful hosts. Thank you!

Thornemead Castle is absolutely stunning. The building, grounds, location and hosts are all perfect. It really was an unbelievable place to spend a week and an amazing experience living on the ´other side´ of the fabric barriers found in stately homes. The building and gardens are stunning, the housekeepers and owners are great and incredibly welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely be returning to Thornemead for another week of relaxation soon.

We had a wonderful stay! A beautiful home and setting. The standard of cleanliness is so high – everything is immaculate, as we had hoped for. The hosts are absolutely lovely – it was a pleasure from start to finish.

Thornemead Castle has ideal facilities, space and the wow factor for celebrating a special family birthday. It was great to have both the traditional rooms with open fires in the reception areas as well as a great kitchen and luxurious, spacious bedrooms with modern decor and bathrooms. The hamper with local and homemade produce was a particularly nice touch! This was our first experience with Unique Homestays and we´re definitely keen to use your company again. Everyone in the party has already been recommending it to friends and family! Thank you.

I was a little overwhelmed by what I saw as I was shown into this magnificent house. I experienced friendliness and kindness at Thornemead Castle, which is quite unusual for holiday accommodation. It has been a privilege to enjoy your hospitality; something that will long remain in my memory.

Thank you for giving us all the opportunity to stay in your wonderful home. Thornemead Castle is a treasure! We loved the attention to detail, the beautiful rooms, comfy beds, fabulous supplies hamper and a good coffee machine! We definitely plan to return.

Thank you for sharing your amazing castle with us. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all things you are thankful for, and we certainly had a lot to be thankful for! We appreciated your hospitality, the attention to detail and for flying our flag! We are looking forward to another memorable stay at Thornemead Castle in the future.

Thank you for an amazing weekend. All of us have enjoyed the castle so much, the inside, the outside and the whole area. There is such attention to detail, the castle is perfect and every hope is answered from the lovely hamper, comfortable beds, snooker table, firewood and the laid table... You made us feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble!

Thornemead Castle is perfect. The location was important to us as we are a group of friends travelling from different parts of the country, as well as space to sit and chat of an evening. The hosts are superb, right from the initial greeting and show around to the final send off. They could not have been more considerate in making sure we had everything we needed for our stay. The welcome hamper was also amazing and enjoyed by all!

Wow, what a fantastic, marvellous castle to call home for a week! We have enjoyed every minute and thank you for your hospitality, you were here when we needed assistance. Snooker, table football and rugby (on television) entertained us and we enjoyed local walks and the Marina Café. A visit to Bath by train and Taunton races were fun!

Thank you both so much for hosting us in your lovely manor, we had such a wonderful time celebrating a birthday weekend. We all felt extremely well looked after; your friendly welcome tour and box of goodies really set the tone. We made good use of the house and garden and it was really kind of you to lay on the bike racing at the beach which we thoroughly enjoyed! It will remain a very special weekend in our memories and hearts always.

We loved Thornemead Castle! The facilities and grounds are splendid! From the bathrooms, to the kitchen, to each unique room, to the history of the place, it´s all just fantastic, unique and memorable. Our group loved every minute. Craig and Tina were perfect hosts. We met at the beginning and chatted when we left. The rest of the time it was like we had the castle all to ourselves! Thank you, we will return to Thornemead Castle and we will use Unique Homestays again.

We were lucky to have amazing ´Indian Summer´ weather for our stay in September, shared in your beautiful, fascinating house by three generations of our family. Everyone agreed that we loved Thornemead Castle and can´t wait to return one day. Our thanks to you for making our stay so memorable, your friendly welcome, the attention to detail, the five star facilities, and for going beyond our expectations. We are so glad we found Thormemead, and then so happy we stayed here. Many thanks!

What a wonderful house, a truly great experience for us all! You have done a fantastic job with the house and grounds. The housekeeper is a true gem and we have already booked a future visit!

Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful house, it is a credit to you. We enjoyed exploring the house and grounds, it is the sort of house we would very happily live in! We hope to visit again.

It is not possible to improve anything, we loved every minute of our stay and the location is absolutely unique! Thank you so much for the time we spent at Thornemead Castle. It was one of our best experiences and will be a holiday that will be difficult to top. We fell in love with the property and hope that we have the chance to visit this amazing home again! Thank you so much!

Thank you for hosting us at your wonderful castle, and for providing us with the unforgettable backdrop for a 30th birthday celebration! The owners welcomed us here to create many forever memories for our weird and wonderful group of adults. Wishing Tina and Craig all the continued success here, and hope all your lovely guests are able to leave with equally big smiles on their faces.

Visiting Thornemead Castle has been a once in a lifetime experience for us! Thank you for being unbelievably awesome and for your warm hearted hospitality. The seven days in ‘our’ castle made us very happy – especially mum... it was truly hard to get her to leave! A huge thank you to the kind staff who took care of everything and made us feel like kings and queens. We wish you all the best for the future, and nothing but lovely guests!

Thank you for hosting us in your humble castle! The hospitality was truly wonderful and we have enjoyed every second. It was so serene here that I managed to switch off completely, and focus only on soaking up this beautiful sunshine amongst great company, both new and old. A special thank you to Adam who came by to save the day with the BBQ. We hope we can come back and explore more of the rooms, as we did not have a chance to this time around! This will always be my first Castle in the English countryside.

We had a warm welcome from the owners and thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The property has been beautifully restored and is immaculate with a real "Wow" factor throughout. We particularly enjoyed being in the cosy library area every evening along with daily games of snooker. Good weather during our stay meant that we could enjoy the extensive garden in the afternoon sun and take a stroll out to see the horses. We would love to come back and stay in the future and would highly recommend this property as a special place to stay.

The owners are wonderful hosts and have a terrific eye for detail. The property suited us perfectly and we all very much, look forward to returning in the future. All furnishings, fittings, decor, cutlery and glassware were to a very high standard and far superior to the usual, high end rentals that we have utilised.

We had a lovely time at Thornemead Castle. It´s simply gorgeous and Tina and Craig couldn´t be kinder. The property is faultless and five minutes away from the beach. Thank you for recommending it to us!

We wanted something with the ´wow´ factor for a birthday celebration and we certainly got that from Thornemead Castle! It is a stunning property, extremely well stocked and so well-loved and cared for. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time there! The whole experience from beginning to end has been fantastic; the service, the property, the owners - everything has been exceptional.

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