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At a Glance


  • Up to 20 Guests


  • 9 Bedrooms 
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • 1 ground floor shower rooms
  • Ground floor cloakroom


  • Heated Indoor Pool (please note the pool is not available in July and August)
  • Hot Tub available on request
  • Sea Views
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis


  • Licenced for Weddings


  • Self-catered with In House Catering option

Travel & Accessibility:

  • Dorset, South of England
  • Helicopter Landing
Indoor Pool (Oct - March)

Indoor Pool (Oct - March)

View from terrace, Pennsylvania Castle

View from terrace, Pennsylvania Castle

Pennsylvania Castle

Historical castle by the sea

This luxurious 18th century castle is located on the Jurassic coastline and is available for exclusive use, ideal for self-catered holidays, big party weekends and celebrations. Following a refurbishment, Pennsylvania Castle offers classic yet modern surroundings with a distinct focus on comfort and luxury, featuring nine immaculate en-suite bedrooms, extensive entertainment and living areas and a fully-equipped heated indoor pool.

Pennsylvania Castle was opened by Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King George III, in 1800 and since then has enjoyed a rich and varied history that takes in Royal celebrations - the King and Queen visited in 1800 and enjoyed their wedding anniversary there, the Napoleonic Wars, preparations for the D Day landings, and literary figures such as Thomas Hardy. In 1950 the castle was turned into a hotel, then back into a private home in 1994 and is once again open to the public for private hire.

The castle and its grounds occupy a total of 1.73 hectares (4.27 acres), with gardens that have been impeccably designed to provide secluded retreats throughout, adding to the charm and privacy of the estate. With beautiful reception rooms, elegant en-suites and stunning grounds you are sure to enjoy a luxury escape by the sea here. 

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Pennsylvania Castle (0234) - Key Information

General information


  • Sleeps up to 20 guests
  • 9 bedrooms
  • 9 Bath / Shower rooms
  • 1 ground floor shower rooms
  • Ground floor cloakroom


  • KITCHEN - Equipped with a six-hob range cooker and Nespresso coffee machine.
  • LIBRARY - The Library’s large French windows and stunning sea views.
  • STUDY - Large flat screen TV with Sky HD
  • DINING ROOM - Seats 20 on one table. Portable Bose surround sound system
  • Fully licensed bar can stay open till 11pm for special events. Stock with your own selection of drinks or let the house do it – either way their friendly bar staff are happy to serve you and your guests throughout your big event.
  • DRAWING ROOM - Dining for up to 10 people. Large bay windows with extensive sea view. Large flat screen TV with Sky HD, Bose surround sound and DVD player
  • CONSERVATORY - Beautiful sea views and large double doors. Space for intimate dining for eight to 10 people. Indoor gaming available (including table tennis)


  • Self-catered with In House Catering option
  • No Corkage Charge

Things to Do

Facilities On Site

  • Heated Indoor Pool (Please note the pool is not available in July & August)
  • Pool is set up as an orangery in July & August to create a wedding / event space)
  • Hot Tub available on request
  • Sea Views
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis

Bookable Activities

  • Clay shooting
  • Laser clays
  • Archery
  • Murder Mystery evenings
  • Spa treatments
  • For more information see our Activities & Events page


Booking Information

Booking Deposit

  • Non–refundable deposit 30% balance due 3 months prior to stay 

Security Deposit

  • £1,000 refundable

Arrival & Departure

  • Times are usually arrival 4pm & departure 10am


  • 3 hours to London by car
  • Bournemouth Airport (1hour away)
  • Exeter International Airport – 90mins drive
  • Heathrow Airport (2 ½ hours)
  • Helicopter (40 mins to Battersea)
  • Weymouth Station (2 ¾ hours to London Waterloo)
  • Weymouth - 7 miles (20 minutes drive)
  • Bristol: 2hours drive
  • Point of Interest: West Dorset Heritage coast


  • Sorry no pets at this property
  • No fireworks / lanterns
  • Outdoor music to finish by 8pm

Pennsylvania Castle (0234) - Prices

2016 prices 2 nights 3 nights 4 nights 5 nights 6 nights 7 nights
Exclusive hire
up to 20 guests on site
£5,000 + VAT £6,000 + VAT £7000 + VAT £8,000 + VAT £9,000 + VAT £10,000 + VAT
Christmas / N Year - - - £10,000 + VAT
Please see below for wedding prices

Small Group rates also available

Prices quoted above are for a self-catered group of up to 20 guests. Further details below:

VAT: Prices are plus VAT

Heating: Included in the hire price

Pool: Indoor heated pool available in winter months (Oct – March)

Catering & Corkage: The house does not charge corkage. Rentals of up to 20 guests are free to self-cater. The Castle has an in house catering company which is the sole caterer for larger parties and licenced events

Damage Deposit: Damage Deposit: Refundable damages deposit of £1,000 due one week before arrival

Terms: Non–refundable deposit 30%. Full balance due 3 months prior to arrival

Payment method: Bank Transfer

Midweek Bookings: Yes , Mon - Thurs

One night stays: Dependant on last minute availability – call us to enquire

Weddings & Events: Licensed for weddings

Stags / Hens: Accepted at the discretion of the owner

Pets: Sorry, no pets  

Larger groups / Weddings: Please see details below

Wedding Hire

Weddings are bespoke and priced for you individually. We would be delighted to discuss your plans.