Accommodation in Castles
As guests of the Honoured Members Club, you can
enjoy a stay in a castle!
Castles are part of the living history of Britain and
are often set in beautiful parklands and forests.
Many of these castles are the homes of the great
families of Britain and contain precious and unique
collections, from Medieval armour to rare Egyptian
The fortified exteriors contrast with the striking
and magnificent interiors. The state rooms convey
an atmosphere of opulence and grandeur, and
display some of the finest works of art from Titian
to Reynolds, and many boast ancient and excellent
Honoured Members Club offers guests the chance
to experience special activities such as art, history,
or garden tours including a range of country
activities and sports.
Belvoir Castle is the home of the 11th Duke of Rutland and his wife the Duchess of Rutland and their five children, it
has belonged to the family since 1509, and in 1523 rebuilding of the castle commenced and was not completed until
1555. In 1801 Matthew Wyatt was commissiond by the 5th Duke to undertake huge building works, but sadly a fire in
1816 destroyed the Grand Staircase and Regent's Gallery as well as 30 paintings by Titian, Reynolds and Van Dyck. The
new Belvoir owes much to the then Duchess of Rutland who was a keen amateur architect. Giles Jol de Lotbiniere is a
direct descendant of the 5th Duke of Rutland, the history of the great families of England continues down the
The guests of Honoured Members Club can choose from the 11 exquisite rooms to stay in from the Wellington Room
where the Duke of Wellington stayed in the 1850's, to the King's rooms, as they were used by members of the Royal
Family notably George 1V when Prince Regent and his neice Queen Victoria. Your host and hostess their Graces The
Duke and Duchess of Rutland will invite you to dine with them in one of their beautiful dining rooms, served by the
A private tour of the castle can be arranged, and for those interested in shooting, Belvoir Estate offers a fine partridge
and pheasant shoot, the careful planning offers guests an excellent days sport and the warmest hospitality. The Castle
is now available for houseparties and guests can take over the private wing of the Castle and some of the state rooms
for their exclusive use. Honoured Members Club look forward to introducing you to the splendour of Belvoir Castle.
Eastnor Castle, a dramatic, fairytale, mock castle, was founded by John Cocks, 1st Earl Somers as his stately home and
continues to be inhabited by his descendents. It was constructed between 1812-20 at a cost of £85,923 13s 11½d - about
£8.5 million in today's terms.
The style proposed by the architect, the young Robert Smirke, was Norman Revival. From a distance, Eastnor was
intended to create the impression of a medieval fortress guarding the Welsh Borders. The cost of the construction of the
fabric of the Castle was so great that the decoration of the interior inevitably held a lower priority. It was not until
1849, that the 2nd Earl commissioned Pugin, who had completed the remodelling of the House of Lords just two years
earlier, to decorate the Drawing Room in High Gothic revival style.
Despite the massive expenditure on Eastnor, the family fortunes flourished. By the 1870's, the Somers Cocks' estates
exceeded 13,000 acres. However, the agricultural depression of the 1870's caused a decline in the family wealth. When
Lord Somers was appointed Governor of Victoria in 1926, the family moved to Australia and Eastnor was left unoccupied.
The revival of Eastnor was started by the parents of the present owner, when they moved into the Castle in 1949. James
Hervey-Bathurst and his family came to live in Eastnor in 1988 and accelerated the restoration and internal repair of the
Honoured Members Club look forward to introducing you to Eastnor Castle; dramatically situated in the Malvern Hills in
an area of natural beauty and one of the most impressive stately homes in England.
Highclere Castle has been in the Carnarvon family since the late 17th century. It was purchased in 1679 by Sir Robert
Sawyer, Attorney General to Charles 11 and James 11. On his daughter's marriage in 1692 to the 8th Earl of Pembroke, it
passed into the Carnarvon family. In 1838 the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon commissioned Sir Charles Barry to transform his
house into a grand mansion. Whilst the 5th Earl is famous for his discovery in 1922 of Tutankhamun's tomb. He hid his
Egyptian antiquities in narrow cupboards between the drawing and smoking rooms.
The pure gothic entrance hall was designed by George Gilbert in 1870 and leads to the Saloon the heart of the house,
again in rich gothic style. Double doors lead into the library which conveys an atmosphere of comfort and opulence. The
Castle was in its political heydey during the late Victorian period. At this time the library was used by the 4th Earl for
political meetings, when he was part of Disreali's cabinet. The sumptuous state dining room, and the more feminine
music room leave you with a lasting feeling of opulence and history.
Honoured Members Club look forward to introducing you to Lord and Lady Carnarvon who hope that you enjoy your visit
to Highclere one of England's most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst spectacular historical parkland.
Inveraray Castle is a remarkable and unique piece of architecture incorporating Baroque, Palladian and Gothic. Featuring
four imposing French influenced conical spires surmounting the stone castelated towers, this unmistakably Scottish
Castle was the first of its size and type to be built (at the time of construction) in an extremely remote part of Scotland.
The story of the design and construction of the castle began in 1720 with a sketch prepared by Sir John Vanbrugh, the
architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard, for the 2nd Duke of Argyll. Vanbrugh died six years later and the design
was sympathetically developed by Roger Morris who saw the start of construction in 1746 and worked with William
Adam, then the most distinguished architect in Scotland. It was Adam's sons John and Robert who saw the project to
completion for the 5th Duke of Argyll in 1789.
The magnificent Armoury Hall, developed in keeping with Vanbrugh's original sketch dated 1720 and using a similar
concept which he used at Castle Howard & Blenheim Palace, soars to 21 metres in height, the highest ceiling in Scotland.
Situated in this great hall are breathtaking displays of arms in elaborate patterns that adorn the walls, including 16th
and 17th century pole-arms and roundels of Brown Bess muskets dating from around 1740, with spandrels of muskets
alternated with Lochaber axes. The latter and 18th century Scottish Broadswords date from the time of Queen Victoria's
first visit to Inveraray in 1847.
There is also a fascinating collection of treasures associated with Inveraray Castle, which help illuminate the long and
colourful history of the Campbell Clan.
The Earldom of Devon goes back to the year 1335 when Sir Hugh de Courtenay, Baron of Okehampton,was summoned to
the Parliament of Edward 111 as Earl of Devonshire. The present Earl is a direct descendant in the male line of the first
Earl. Giles Joly de Lotbiniere is the present Earl's cousin, through his grandmother the Lady Kathleen Courtenay Birnie.
Powderham Castle was built by Sir Philip Courtenay in the 1390's, and it has always been a family home to successive
generations of Courteneys, and is one of the few great houses in England to have remained with the family who built it
for more than 600 years.
The Earl and Countess of Devon extend a warm invitation to the guests of Honoured Members Club, and can offer a
glorious stay enjoying the libraries, music room designed by James Wyatt, the staircase hall, and the state bedroom
which was featured in the Oscar winning film "The Remains of the Day". Dinner in the state dining room, a tour of the
house and gardens, a days game shooting and even an introduction to the family ghost is all possible.
Powderham Castle is set in a beautiful deer park near Exeter. and during the summer a spectacular Last Night of the
Proms concert and fireworks display is held. The walled Victorian Garden is now a Secret Garden home to many
Powderham pets, and a minature steam engine runs through the scenic grounds. The Castle will leave a lasting
impression, full of special memories.