Cornwall Castles to stay in

The 4 Best Cornwall Castles to Stay In

There is nothing quite like living a fairytale when you’re on holiday and here in Cornwall, there’s no better way than to stay in a castle!  Yes, that’s right, there are several actual castles in Cornwall to stay in.   So get ready to live like a king or queen for a while and take a look at these Cornish Castle stays.  Cornwall has some of the best quirky accommodation options around, but these castles really take the biscuit.  There are four-poster beds, private tennis courts, heated outdoor pools, private docks and acres and acres of private grounds in which to indulge your royal whims.  Here are the Cornwall Castles to stay in.


These Cornwall castles to stay in aren’t the castles you’ll read about in our guide to Cornwall’s best castles (which are amazing, but many of them are ruins).  These Cornish castles are stately homes, and castle hotels that will cater to you, your family and your friends’ holidaying needs.   There are Cornish castles that you can book in their entirety for your whole group and those where you can book a room, apartment or several.  Come on in, majesty!

Here are 4 of Cornwall’s Castles to Stay In

1. Stay in Pentillie Castle, South Cornwall

The magical Pentillie Castle (aka Castle by the Water) in South Cornwall is an elegant castle to stay at in Cornwall and dates back to 1698.  You’ll definitely feel like a King or a Queen staying here in sumptuous luxury.   Let’s start with the 55 acres of beautiful gardens that are yours to explore. Walk through the lime avenue or head on a long hike up to the stunning orchards. Then perhaps enjoy a game of croquet or bowls, before watching the River Tamar while relaxing on one of two terraces. The firepit is glorious on summer evenings and you can also enjoy the outdoor solar-heated swimming pool, perfect for warmer evenings. You can read more about this amazing castle to stay at in Cornwall here.

Inside, there are two open fires, a cosy drawing room and a glorious morning room.  Then, the kitchen is stunning, equipped with both an AGA and a gas range and hob, plus two dishwashers, a microwave and an American-style fridge/freezer with an ice dispenser.

Pentillie Castle also has a games room, with table football, a dartboard and a pool table as well as the usual TV and comfortable seating. With 11 bedrooms – configurable in a variety of ways, but with at least one four-poster bed, you’ll be spoilt for choice as to where to sleep.  And there’s lots of room for everyone too.

There is abundant parking available on the property, with a total of 20 car spots in front of the Castle, at the end of an unsurpassable driveway through acres of farmland. The electric car charging stations are also conveniently located there. If you need to come in by helicopter, there is also a landing area available.

Spend your upcoming holiday like royalty in South Cornwall. Check the location of Castle by the Water here.

Pentillie Castle in South Cornwall features

  • Off-road parking for 20 cars & electric car charging point
  • Helicopter landing area available
  • Broadband Wi-Fi
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing Machine & Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fireplace
  • Smart TV in morning Bedroom + TVs in 9 bedrooms
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool
  • 55 Acres of Grounds and Woodland
  • Bathing Hut on the Quay
  • Terrace & BBQ
  • Open Fire
  • AGA equipped kitchen
  • 11 Bedrooms
  • 13 Bathrooms

Key information about Pentillie Castle in South Cornwall

  • 11 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 22
  • Pets are allowed; Dogs are charged each £20 per full or part week.

For Cornish Castles to stay in, this takes some beating and it is simply fabulous for a special holiday in Cornwall.  Check availability of Pentillie Castle and prices here.

2. Tregenna Castle Resort in Cornwall

Tregenna Castle Resort is a luxury castle hotel located near St Ives, Cornwall.   There are 72 acres of private grounds and miles of reserved walking trails that are perfect for exploring the natural beauty of Cornwall.

There are acres of sub-tropical gardens here at Tregenna Castle, an 18 hole golf course, tennis courts and an outdoor pool.  What’s different about Tregenna from the two previously mentioned castles to stay at in Cornwall is that you don’t need to reserve the whole property.  Here at Tregenna the set up is like a hotel (and there are some apartments), so you can enjoy the Cornish castle hotel experience without renting the entire property.  There are self-catering apartments here, or Castle Sea View rooms. See what’s available here.

You’ll also find two restaurants on-site at the Tregenna Castle Resort, where the food is high quality and freshly cooked fresh, using local produce. Wireless internet is available and the parking is free. The location of the hotel is fantastic. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from the coast and St Ives train station.  So if you want a castle themed break away, come down to Cornwall and the Tregenna Castle Resort!   Check room and apartment availability here.

  • The Tregenna Castle Address: Treloyan Avenue, St Ives, TR26 2DE, United Kingdom
  • Is there parking at the Tregenna Castle?  Yes, it’s free. Free parking is available on site.
  • Is there a restaurant onsite at the Tregenna Castle?  – Yes
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at Tregenna Castle?  – Yes
  • Is breakfast available at the Tregenna Castle?  Yes

The facilities and gardens here at Tregenna Castle are second to none.  So if you’re looking for a short break or holiday in a Cornish Castle, then look no further.  You can see photos of the public spaces and rooms at Tregenna Castle here.

3. Stay at the Camelot Castle Hotel

The Camelot Castle Hotel has been welcoming guests since 1899 and is located in a simply stunning location, right at Tintagel, overlooking the sea.  This is a Downton Abbey experience for everyone.  There are multiple four-poster beds in this Victorian Castle in Cornwall, and so many of the rooms have stunning views.  You’ll want to reserve a room in Camelot Castle hotel that overlooks Tintagel Castle.  The Tower Suites here are magical.  If you prefer self-catering in a Cornish Castle, then there are also several self-catering apartments at the Camelot Castle Hotel available too (check what’s available here). 

This castle hotel in Cornwall is famous for its luxurious accommodations and high-quality service. The Camelot Castle Hotel books out quickly – especially the tower suite rooms –so you will need to reserve early!

  • The Camelot Castle Hotel Address: Camelot Castle, Tintagel, PL34 0DQ, United Kingdom 
  • Is there parking at the Camelot Castle Hotel? – Yes, Free Public parking is possible on site.
  • Is there a restaurant onsite at the Camelot Castle Hotel?  – Yes
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the Camelot Castle Hotel?  – Yes
  • Is breakfast available at the Camelot Castle Hotel?  Yes

My favourites here are the sea view suites – and it’s easy to feel that Tintagel magical experience when you stay here! 

4. Stay at Doyden Castle, Port Quin

The Doyden Castle is a little fortress at the edge of the cliffs on the Port Quin headland and you’ll be the queen or king of the Castle in this quirky holiday home. This Castle in Cornwall is now a one-bedroom holiday home with an open fireplace and arched Gothic windows.  The stone castle was built in 1830 and has been used more recently to film scenes for the TV show Doc Martin.  It was also used in the 1975 BBC drama, Poldark.

Doyden Castle is managed by the National Trust in Cornwall and you can rent this castle in Cornwall for your holidays here.  There’s no mobile phone signal here, and you’ll be able to get WiFi at the nearby Doyden House.

Doyden Castle in Port Quin, Cornwall features

  • Off-road parking
  • No Wi-Fi at the Castle but you can use the WiFi connection in the communal area at nearby Doyden House.
  • Washing machine & Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • TV + Cable/Satellite channels
  • Open fire/wood burner

Key information about Doyden Castle in Port Quin Cornwall

  • 1 Bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bathroom

Doyden Castle is set on a secluded headland of Port Quin, it’s the perfect castle for a romantic weekend away from everything and you can check availability here.

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Final Words on Cornwall Castles to Stay In

So which is your favourite?  Will you go for the castle hotel with the helicopter landing pad? Or take a room with a view of Tintagel Castle?  Whether you’re coming to Cornwall for a special family event or your annual holiday, there is something really enchanting about spending time in a castle.  And these glorious Cornish castle stays will make your time here extremely regal! 

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