Castle Combe: Charming English Village, Stardust Film Location, Manor House Haven, & Racing Destination

Known by many as "The Prettiest Village in England," Castle Combe is a must-see place for those with a taste for aesthetics, and is a major destination for photographers and old-timey romantics.

That said, this beautiful site offers much more than charming vistas. Also the site of a world-class racetrack, fabulous bed & breakfasts, hotels, manor houses, golfing, and even film sites (many scenes from Stardust were filmed here), Castle Combe truly has something for everyone.

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Castle Combe History

Castle Combe got its start as a hill fort that came to be occupied by Romans.  The area was then overtaken by Normans who turned the hill fort into a castle.  

In the Middle Ages, Castle Combe gained precedence due to its presence in the valley that was becoming a major wool resource.  The village was inhabited by a variety of weavers and spinsters who processed the raw wool, and By Brook, the river running through the village, was used to power the mills. 

The buildings and cottages in Castle Combe are listed as ancient monuments and are hundreds of years old.  

Castle Combe Map

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Castle Combe, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14, UK
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Castle Combe as a Stardust Filming Location

Castle Combe made a charming appearance in Stardust - the film made after the wonderful Neil Gaiman novel of the same name.

This has not been the only movie to have been filmed in Castle Combe - The Wolf Man and Doctor Doolittle were also filmed here.

What's more, the 1980s television series Robin Hood also had some filming in Castle Combe, as did one episode (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd) of Agatha Christie's Poirot.

Castle Combe shall continue to make movie appearances, it seems, as a film called War Horse, slated to come out in 2011, has also filmed some scenes in the village.

Accommodation in Castle Combe

Here is a quick overview of the major choices for accommodation in Castle Combe:

The Castle Inn at Castle Combe

This charming hotel has a very convenient location in the market place and has origins that can be traced back to the 12th century. Even more impressive is that many of its architectural elements can be traced back to that time! That said, the Castle Inn offers very comfortable accommodations - each room has its own unique character, and the facilities are quite modern. Though one would expect such a charming, old, and well-situated hotel to be pretty pricey, the rates (between 85 and 195 pounds) are pretty typical for inns in the area, including the other Castle Combe hotels.

The Manor Hotel Castle Combe

The Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe is a luxury country house golf hotel, offering a most pleasant mixture of gourmet dining, comfortable rooms, and world-class golf. The rooms and common areas look phenomenal, as does the hotel's exterior, which is particularly romantic. What with all this romance and beauty, the Manor Hotel Castle Combe is also a great place for weddings, and the place is well configured to host weddings as well as other meetings. I recommend this Castle Combe hotel to couples looking to combine golf, spa treatments, fine dining, and luxurious living all under one roof - with, of course, the occasional jaunt through the village streets.

(P.S. All eligible bachelors seeking to impress me are more than welcome to invite me to a weekend getaway here)

Bed and Breakfast Castle Combe Options

One fun bed and breakfast option near Castle Combe is the Fosse Farmhouse, which is a charming 4 star B&B with self-catering, home cooking, and the novel option of being able to purchase much of the charming English Vintage and French Brocante furniture with which the  cozy and unique rooms are furnished.

You might also consider Park Farm, a bed and breakfast one mile from Castle Combe that is not only 400 years old but also conveniently close to the Beaufort Estate and Lacock.  The Park Farm is an excellent choice for those who want a more bucolic, quiet setting and seek quiet, countryside walks to scenic areas and meals in one of the two nearby pubs.  

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Castle Combe Racing

The Castle Combe racetrack (or Castle Combe Circuit) and is one of the oldest in the UK and was established in 1950. During the 1960s, the Castle Combe Circuit became somewhat run down, but was bought by its present owners in the 1970s and was transformed into a wonderful, modern, and nationally renown racing venue.

If you love to drive, race, or ride, a Castle Combe Track Day should definitely be built in to your Castle Combe visit. The Castle Combe circuit offers several different track days for varying prices (typically 99-170 pounds) including:

  • General Car Track Day
  • General Motorcycle Track Day
  • Ladies Only Sessions
  • Motorcycle Safety Days

It goes without saying that these are great fun.
The Castle Combe race track also offers fun driving experiences (in AWESOME cars), car race meetings, motorcycle race meetings, car boot sales, testing, and all sorts of other events. Be sure to check them out!

Golf in Castle Combe

If you wish to enjoy some golf in Castle Combe, you must stop by the aforementioned Manor House Hotel, which boasts the Manor House Golf Club. Golfing at the Manor House takes place on a beautiful Cotswold countryside-situated golf course designed by none other than BBC commentator Peter Alliss (with designing partner Clive Clarke).

Be sure to check the Castle Combe Golf Club website to find seasonal offers and specials - you might just find a wonderfully attractive deal!

Going from Bath to Castle Combe

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Castle Combe, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14, UK
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Have a Lovely Visit!

Castle Combe is without a doubt one of the most charming villages to bless this amusing planet.  If you have a chance to visit, lucky you! I hope you thoroughly enjoy yourself, and if you have any fun details about Castle Combe that you highly recommend, tell us about them in the comments!

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chirls 5 years ago from Indiana (for now)

Now I want to go to Castle Combe! Bath is a fantastic and picturesque city as well - it is a lovely part of the UK to visit. Must go there next time I'm across the pond!

Good luck with all the eligible bachelors trying to impress you! ;)


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Hehee- thanks!! And I hope you get a chance to see Castle Combe in person!!


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speedbird 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

I have never heard of Castle Combe,Thanks for sharing. Voted UP and rated 'USEFUL'


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thank you speedbird! I hadn't heard of it either until I started planning a trip to Bath. A lot of people refer to it as a 'forgotten' little village, which I think only adds charm :D


The DevilsBaby@aol.com 5 years ago

Very interesting. Thanks


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thank you for stopping by!


Taylor@aol.com 5 years ago

I loved how you wrote this. I found it to be so interesting.


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CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Castle Combe looks lovely Simone, and I will look out for it now at the movies. Shamefully, even though I am a Brit, I have not yet visited the village. Another addition to the travel list!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Oh, there are so many places to see in the UK- I'm sure it would take thousands of lifetimes to really see and appreciate them all!


Janeite 5 years ago

I visited Castle Combe in September and it was lovely! The village is so beautiful and some of the people we met were very friendly! The only thing that was a drawback was that hardly anyone was out. It seemed very quiet and sort of lonely. We did talk to two chaps who were extremely friendly. They told us that they were extras in a movie that would be coming out soon. I had forgotten the title until I saw a preview of War Horse and remembered right away! I can't wait to see it and I can't wait to get back to the Cotswolds!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Yay Janeite! It is a pretty quiet place, as you say. There's not really enough *there* to bring a lot of people, and there's only so much you can do. But I think that's one of the charming things about it!

That's really cool that you bumped into two film extras- from what I heard on my visit, they do a lot of filming in the area since the villages look so old. I'd love to be in Castle Combe or Lacock on a filming day!


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Web Cottages 5 years ago from Chester, UK

What an informative hub! I've linked to it from mine, http://webcottages.hubpages.com/hub/The-Cotswolds-... I hope you don't mind. --Amanda


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Jon Green 4 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK

Hi Simone - my band played for a wedding at The Manor House last week. It's a great village, and nearby Lacock is also worth a visit (home to some Harry Potter filming) Cheers, Jon


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

That's awesome Jon Green!! I love Lacock!! Such a charming town!


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mjkearn 4 years ago

Hi Simone,

there I am checking the dates and venues for this seasons car and bike shows and what do you know, under Castle Combe there's a Simone Smith, Castle Combe, Racing Destination. "Me thinks", can't be the Simone I'm thinking of, self confessed non car owner and "whatta ya know", it is. What a small world. I know you're really a wanna be racer and not a romantic. Your secrets safe with me. Another thing, what's the story with seeking dates on hub pages, tut, tut, tut. Grear hub, great read and thanks for sharing,

MJ.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

Hahaa, that's so funny mjkearn!! It really is a small world. And mum's the word!!!

I ain't seekin' no dates, just shaking it up. :D

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