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.
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
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.
Castle Combe Hotels
- The Castle Inn at Castle Combe
The Castle Inn Hotel at Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England. 'The Village That Time Forgot' - the prettiest village in England.
- Manor House Hotel | Country House Golf in Wiltshire nr Castle Combe England UK
OFFICIAL SITE of Manor House Hotel in Wiltshire, a luxury country house golf hotel surrounded by 365 acres of beautiful gardens.
- Fosse Farmhouse b&b, guesthouse, hotel, accommodation, self catering, castle combe
- Park Farm B&B and Holiday Cottage - Welcome
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.
- Castle Combe Circuit
Car and bike race meetings, track days, driving experiences, gift experience days, driving in a range of cars with excellent tuition and much more.
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!
- Manor House Golf Club in Wiltshire | Cotswolds Golf Course nr Castle Combe England UK
OFFICIAL SITE of Manor House Golf Club in Wiltshire. 365 acres of stunning Cotswold countryside offers a great adventure for any level of golfer.
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
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!
More Castle Combe Resources
- Castle Combe Wiltshire - The Prettiest Village in England
A Website set up by the village for visitors to the village. It contains information on where to stay, what to see and hints on where to get further information.
- Castle Combe - Bath - Reviews of Castle Combe - TripAdvisor
The TripAdvisor page for Castle Combe - full of helpful reviews and photos shared by visitors to the village.
- Castle Combe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A fabulous general overview
- Castle Combe Circuit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
More information about the Castle Combe racetrack