A Weekend Away At Castle Inn Hornby11:30
We've got a couple of holidays booked this year, but I think you can sometimes underestimate all the beauty and things we have to do on our own doorstep, so we also try and get about somewhere in the UK whether it's a city break or a nice little country boutique. So as a Christmas present I booked us a surprise weekend away to The Castle Inn in Hornby, which look adorable from the things that I could see online. So on a wet & windy weekend at the end of February we packed a small suitcase, dropped the rabbits off at bunny boarding and headed up to Hornby singing along to a little road trip playlist I made.
I'd say the Castle Inn is one of the prettiest buildings in Hornby and it's in the best location with the clock tower a few meters down the road and Hornby Castle opposite too although unfortunately this is now privately owned so it's only opened to the public on a small number of weekends throughout the year. Upon entering you're greeted by the worlds cosiest pub with plenty of candles, plush seats and beautiful antique pieces through out. Despite turning up an hour earlier than check-in we were taken up to our room which we were told is the best in the B&B - lucky us!
The room itself was absolutely stunning with a huge kingsize bed, a stunning shabby chic chest wardrobe, dressing table and drawers which were all genuine antiques. There was also a really cosy seating area with all the teas, coffees and biscuits you could ask for. There was a small set of stairs in the room which led to the separate shower room with a huge waterfall shower head, and the bathroom with a stunning roll top bath which I used both nights of our stay after purchasing some lovely smelling bubble bath! As the pub is extremely old the floors were certainly not the straightest which meant all the furniture leant in different ways but it only added to the charm of this place. It also meant it was a bit of cardio when you were walking across the room, and also made you feel like a complete drunk when heading to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
We ended up eating downstairs in the pub both nights because the food was incredible with about 4 pages of dishes to choose from, and the gin selection was one of the best I've ever seen in a small country pub - all served with juniper berries and plenty of ice! If you're ever passing I'd really recommend trying their carbonara and tiramisu as they were both to die for!
There's not a tonne to do around Hornby as it is a very small village, but there's plenty of pretty buildings if you fancy a stroll around. That said, Hornby is pretty much the gateway to the Forest of Bowland, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District so there's more than enough to do in the surrounding areas! On the first day we headed into Kirkby Lonsdale and found a lovely pub serving up the best ploughmans (which I'll be sharing with you soon!), bought some sweeties from an old fashioned pick & mix shop and stopped at Kircabi Roasters for a freshly roasted coffee. On the second day we drove unto the Lakes for a long walk, visited some adorable animals and then had one of the best beef sandwiches I've ever had in my life at the The Swan Inn at Newby Bridge.
I'd definitely book to stay at Castle Inn again, and would really recommend it if you're looking for a little break in the UK.