There’s a tiny castle Airbnb near London that only sleeps two people

The place

Guarding the castle is Gladys the Knight, who quite literally holds the keys to the castle. The front door opens directly onto a quaint kitchen with everything you might need for a mini-break including stove-top, fridge and cupboards full of all the essentials. Plus an emergency food box hidden away for late arrivals.

Bedroom at Castle Folly

At the top of a spiral staircase – lined with gothic-style windows – is the wood-panelled bedroom, where an intricate wooden headboard and modern sconces blend the old and new. To add to the romance there’s a large skylight above the bed, ideal for stargazing at night, along with a convenient pulley cover for leisurely morning sleep-ins.

In the mornings, take your coffee outside in the garden, while at night there’s an iron chiminea for toasting marshmallows and a hot tub.

The backstory

The building is believed to have been a boiler room originally, with lean-to greenhouses – designed for growing pineapples and peaches – running alongside it. Owners Julie, Toby and their dog Skye moved into the adjoining property in 2018, with the building acting as a rather run-down office space. In 2020, following plenty of daytime television watching while in lockdown, the couple submitted the tiny castle to BBC’s ‘My Unique B&B,’ where it was transformed into a romantic bolthole.

Treats left for guests at Castle Folly

The food and drink

In the mornings there’s a complimentary wicker breakfast hamper full of goodies including freshly made bread and eggs from the local neighbour’s ducks. Julie is a secret baking supreme so as well as her delectable bread, you might be lucky enough to try one of her homemade cakes. A bottle of Prosecco is also on hand, the perfect accompaniment to a nighttime hot tub session. A couple of minutes’ walk away is The Holly Bush Inn, a 16th-century pub with a pretty beer garden.

Eco effort

The owners have made a notable effort to make Castle Folly a sustainable stay, with electricity generated by solar panels and the use of an ecoegg laundry system for the bedding and towels. All of the toiletries have an eco-friendly or sustainable background to them too, including Soapsmith hand wash, Tropic hand cream and recycled ‘Who Gives a Crap’ toilet paper, of which 50 per cent of profits go towards building toilets in the developing world.

Anything to note

If you have time, it’s worth visiting the nearby Charlecote National Trust Park for a nature walk dotted with apple trees, flowers and deer.

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