Where to find… castles to stay in
Amberley Castle in the South Downs, now a luxury hotel where the Queen has stayed, was also visited by Henry VIII (doubles from £195 per night; www.amberleycastle.co.uk). Astley Castle in Warwickshire is one for the architecture buffs: it has a RIBA awardwinning modern house built into its 16th century fire-damaged ruins (four nights from £1,098; www.landmarktrust.org.uk). Caerhays Castle in Cornwall has famous spring gardens with 600 magnolias. Stay in the Rabbit Warren in the castle’s west wing (from £596 per week; www.caerhays.co.uk). Travel back in time at Warwick Castle with some medieval woodland glamping in the Knight’s Village, between 30 June and 9 September (from £167 per night; www.warwickcastlebreaks.com). Ludlow Castle, Shropshire, the atmospheric former home of the treacherous Mortimers, opens up apartments in Castle House within its outer bailey walls (four nights from £445; www.ludlowcastle.com).