If we needed another reason to sit like sloths on our sofas and binge Netflix, award-winning historical drama, The Crown, has just released its third season and we can’t get enough. New casting chatter aside (we’re conflicted because we love Olivia Coleman, but loved Claire Foy) we’ve been spending our bingeing sessions wondering what it would be like if we were royalty. So, we chatted to our UK destination experts and asked which properties in our collection would live up to Queen Lizzie’s standards, and they came up with an elegant top 10 list of places you can live like a royal and unleash your inner monarch. If you needed an excuse.
One of Scotland’s most significant stately homes, Scone Palace is steeped in royal history – the King of Scots (including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce) have been crowned here, and the Palace State Rooms were once the seat of parliament.
Sit down with a book in Lady Mansfield’s library, marvel at the collection of unique antiques, and even organise a private dinner in the Palace State Rooms before adjourning to the drawing-room for a spot of tea, or something a little stronger. Rumour has it the Queen enjoys a dry martini…
Wonder if she likes it shaken or stirred?
Stay in the South Wing of Timeless Castle and feel like you’ve stepped back in time – or straight on to the set of The Crown – there are five separate apartments that can be rented singularly or as part of a larger group, and you can have an exclusive tour of the 17th-century castle with a member of the Maitland family.
Take it up a notch and book a private dinner in the vaulted cellars or the magnificent State Rooms for that extra ‘royal’ feel. And if you stay between November and April, you’ll get exclusive use of the castle. Just imagine.
Set within 250 acres of its own landscaped gardens, Braehead Estate is hidden away in Ayrshire – perfect for that much-needed retreat away from the public eye. What’s more, your stay is fully catered by an award-winning chef, meaning you don’t have to lift a finger, and you can even organise a butler!
There’s also a variety of activities you can organise while staying in this classic estate – archery, falconry, croquet and even Murder Mystery. We so desperately hope the Royal Family enjoy a good Murder Mystery evening. And surely they enjoy a spot of croquet?
A quintessentially English home in the Yorkshire Dales, Broughton Hall has 17 classically decorated bedrooms (6 with four-poster beds) across the upper two floors. The ground floor is perfect for entertaining, with a saloon, two drawing rooms – one with a piano, a billiards room and a gallery.
You can book Broughton Hall as a fully catered stay, meaning you can do your best regal impressions while enjoying a stately dinner party in the dining hall. Dry martinis all round, Jeeves.
Cotswold Manor Estate
This country estate near Stow-on-the-Wold is draped in history; there are four properties including the Manor House – which has been privately owned since the 15th Century – the Barn, Granary and Cow Byre.
The whole estate is surrounded by award-winning gardens, designed by Jinny Blom, who was personally chosen by The Prince of Wales to design the ‘Healing Garden’ at the 2002 Chelsea Flower Show. The interiors give off a distinct majestic vibe, and there’s even a framed photo of the Queen!
Chevalier’s Gatehouse has welcomed King Edward V, Charles I and Sir John Betjeman into its grounds. There are tapestries inside the hamlet that honour Charles I’s son, Prince Rupert, who slept at the Gatehouse while commanding royalist troops during the Civil War.
Chevaliers Gatehouse is within the Grade I listed Chevaliers Estate, alongside the Moat House and Coach House, and its Tudor style has remained intact.
St Peter’s Court
This Grade II listed Tudor-style home is fit for a King. Enter through the medieval door and discover an antique-filled jewellery box of a house with tapestries, elaborate fireplaces, a vintage piano and a library playroom. When you’re ready to feast, the grand dining room is the perfect setting for you and your loyal subjects and/or family.
There’s also a refurbished 12th-century church and conservation area nearby, which you can go and explore.
When you visit Jacobean Manor you can just imagine the stories, scandals – or so we dearly hope – and history that the house has witnessed over the years (oh, to be a fly on one of those oak-panelled walls, back in the day.) This Grade I listed building has walls adorned with a collection of family portraits and is surrounded by 100 acres of private land with a Victorian walled garden, and a 17th-century barn.
And if you’d like to organise any activities, clay pigeon shooting and birds of prey are available as an added extra. Prince Philip would be in his element, we’re sure.
Welsh Manor House
Escape with the corgis to this manor house in Brecon Beacons (pets are welcome!) and immerse yourself in this grandiose countryside retreat. If you fancy feeling aristocratic you can ask for your stay to be professionally catered, or even fully staffed so everything is taken care of.
The dining area fits 18 so your idea of a decadent banquet could become a reality. Afterwards, you could retreat to the conservatory, library or drawing room – complete with baby grand piano – to relax. What’s more, you can organise a jazz band to come in and entertain you and your guests.
Plus, there’s a well-stocked wine cellar, and that’s all we need to know.
Dubbed as Wales’ very own ‘Downton Abbey’, this Grade II listed castle is home to the Mostyns, one of the Great families in the History of Wales. Its style was inspired by the likes of Hampton Court Palace, so it’s bound to blow you away.
There’s everything from a grand entrance hall and lavishly decorated drawing rooms, to a library, pool room, state dining room and a chapel kitchen. You can even hire the banquet hall for an additional price!
Get ready to don your crown and majestic robe, gather your corgis and alert your chauffeur, because we’ve got an impressive collection of regal castles across the UK and Ireland that you’re seriously going to want to rent.