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history

Carr Hall Castle is a Grade II folly that was built to appear like a Norman castle. It started life in the early 19th Century as a farmhouse with an adjacent barn that was used for breeding shire horses. In the 1860s, the Shaw family, who were very wealthy mill owners and possessed the biggest woollen mill in Yorkshire, converted the building into a castle boasting battlements, towers with arrow slit windows and arch-headed windows.

Interestingly, however, the Shaw family never lived there and instead preferred to view it from their large manor house they occupied across the valley. Inspired by the castles they had seen on their excursions of Europe that many other wealthy Victorians would have undertaken, they simply wanted to indulge in a flight of fancy to create the idyllic view complete with a romantic castle - it was merely built to enhance their view.

a modern fairytale

The cottage next to the castle was used by the farm manager, however, over the years, the properties gradually fell into disrepair. It was largely uninhabited until the buildings were brought and partially modernised in 1964. Then it was sold in 2002 to the current owners, Terry George and Michael Rothwell, who have spent almost £1 million restoring the original facade of the castle and have transformed the castle into a contemporary folly with an opulent yet not ostentatious look with deep colours, dark wood and striking soft furnishings. The owners have given the opportunity for ordinary people to indulge in the pleasure of being able to run their own grand castle and live out their own modern fairytale in royal luxury.

battlements The castle boasts the original battlements, as well as towers with arrow slit and arch-headed windows.
contemporary An original 19th Century castle facade which has been revamped into a contemporary folly with modern swanky interior designs of deep colours, dark wood and striking soft furnishings.
refurb £1 million spent by the current owners, Terry George and Michael Rothwell, to restore the castle, transforming it into a winner of Britain’s Best Home in 2008.
Castle Trinity is beautifully presented and very well maintained. The house and pool were well heated, lots of towels, crisp bedding and no expense spared in terms of decor and amenities. When we arrived, the piano was out of tune but a piano tuner was organised the very next day. Our family have said it´s one of their favourite places we have stayed and they want to come back in winter!
A heartfelt thank you for giving us all a marvellous weekend in a beautiful castle. It's been both restful and wonderfully fun too! With pool games, cinema, fresh outdoor feasting, woodland walks - all in your immaculate grounds and lake.
Thank you for sharing this magical place, it has been a wonderfully relaxing holiday. We have enjoyed the beautiful decor and attention to detail. We feel thoroughly refreshed and would love to come back in the future. Thank you Mark for your lovely welcome and for all the little touches to make our stay extra special.
Just the best stay. The Castle has everything you could possibly need and want, from the fabulous welcome hamper to the two boats, perfect for impromptu boat races. A wonderful welcome from the house manager as well! The setting is beautiful and we so much enjoyed celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary in your lovely property. We´re already looking forward to our next stay! Thank you so much.
What a wonderful welcome from Mark and a fabulous first impression! I have stayed in many places, but this ticks every single box there is. Luxurious beds, beautiful pool and amazing facilities. Never felt this relaxed and rested. Can't wait to return to this dream property one day. We're all totally in love with the Castle.
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