Fancy a walk back through time? Or perhaps, a stay? Well, look no further than this 'ridiculously fun' Cumbrian castle.

Demand for UK staycations is rising as we approach the warmer (supposed to be warmer) months.

Jetting abroad and dealing with hotels can be slightly chaotic and something of a nightmare, so people opt for a holiday at home instead. The Lake District, for that matter, is arguably the best solution.

Now, The Telegraph has rounded up 'The 12 best castle hotels in England for a historical escape' and highlighted a famous one in Cumbria, Augill Castle.

Augill Castle

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England

9/10 expert rating

Augill Castle is a 19th-century castle nestled between the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria’s Lake District.

The Telegraph's expert wrote: "This ridiculously fun property – built in neo-gothic style as a country retreat for a Victorian solicitor – has all the castle essentials: towers, turrets, battlements, leaded windows and unexpected staircases.

"Owners Simon and Wendy Bennett took a leap of faith in 1997 when they wanted a change from running a Mayfair restaurant, and found the castle empty.

"Rooms, all on a grand scale, are furnished in shabby country house style with rugs on wooden floors, acres of billowing curtains, bold wallpapers and a mix of antiques and well-loved pieces with a splash of modern.

"It may not be suited to the shy and retiring, but it's spot on for families, and anyone who likes adventures." prices range from £200+ per room per night.

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Augill Castle has twelve bedrooms, suites and estate houses from the wildly romantic and decadent to more contemporary. Some suit couples, others are better for families. There are turrets for wardrobes, claw-footed baths, stained glass and original leaded windows with big views.

Rooms in the castle have a traditional feel while our Garden suites and Estate houses have a more modern vibe.

They said on their website: "Your bedroom will be furnished with an eclectic mix of proper antique furniture and contemporary pieces. It’s everything you’d expect of a boutique hotel with all the comfort of a real family country house lived in for generations.

"We welcome well-behaved dogs into our garden suites and estate houses by prior arrangement but the restaurant and castle public rooms are reserved for two-legged guests."