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The Castle is perched at the top of a cliff overlooking Church Ope Cove. It offers unrivalled views of the Jurassic Coast, the UK’s first Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretching towards Durdle Door. While being secluded it’s a stone’s throw from the beach, perfect for sea swimming. On the doorstep, there is also the main bus link to Weymouth.
Just a short while ago, I was lucky enough to enjoy a luxury stay at Pennsylvania Castle the night before my wedding. We had the most incredible time hosting our close friends and family. The sun was shining, bubbles were promptly popped and glasses clinked.
We gave friends a guided tour of the prestigious property, now owned by Colonial Leisure Ltd. Prior to that, it had been a family home and a hotel – Debbie Harry “Blondie” even owned it at one point.
That evening we enjoyed a BBQ, located on the patio, overlooking the English Channel. The moon was full, as were we, with copious amounts of fresh meat, fish and salads enjoyed and washed down with celebratory fizz. The following morning saw a lazy breakfast with my bridesmaids on the patio in 30 degree heat.
There are several amazing stories about the Castle and one that we had much delight in sharing was about the Drawing Room. This room showcases an octagonal table which played a historic part in the final preparations for the D-Day invasion.
King George VI, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Free French Leader General Charles De Gaulle, and General Dwight Eisenhower gathered around the table to finalise their plan of action. ‘Sylvania Castle’ is also mentioned various times in Thomas Hardy’s famous novel “The Well Beloved.”
The Castle has 9 beautiful bedrooms which overlook the grounds and many, the sea. Overall it sleeps 20 people. In the off-peak season, the Orangery transforms into an indoor heated swimming pool.
The biggest room and the one I stayed in, The Orpheus Suite, hosts an emperor size bed along with a free-standing roll-top bath which faces out to sea, along with an en-suite.
There are many amazing reception rooms, perfect to escape with a book and watch the rolling sea and boats floating past. The Kitchen, the heart of The Castle, has top of the range facilities to create the most sumptuous lunches and roast dinners. You could even treat yourselves and hire in external caterers.
Overall, Pennsylvania Castle really has it all. No matter the season, it’s always complimented by the shimmering blue backdrop of the sea. If you’re looking for a luxury stay, somewhere to relax with friends and family exclusively, book The Castle with Dream Cottages for a special treat. Look no further… You’re home.
Pennsylvania Castle is a 19th Century a hidden gem in-keeping with the local landscape, crafted out of Portland Stone. The grounds also host various other incredible accommodation options including Cove Lodge, Little Lodge and Chalet 1.