About Me

 I would like to warmly welcome you to ‘The Castle House’ Boutique Bed & Breakfast in Richmond, North Yorkshire. Situated in the shadow of the famous castle, overlooking the historic town square of Richmond and positioned in one of the most stunning parts of Richmond and the North Yorkshire Dales.

More importantly, following the last few months of uncertainty, it is with the most upmost pleasure that I can offer you a little bit of pampering and make you feel well looked after in a clean, and caring environment.  I am extremely fortunate to have a wonderful team of girls that help look after the B&B, continually deep cleaning throughout the day to ensure everyone is kept safe.

I don’t think anyone of us would ever have thought that we would now be living as we are now.  It has affected every single person and just to begin to have a little bit of normality is wonderful.  To be able to open the door again to welcome you is like opening up for the first time again.

It was over 7 years ago that I nervously served my first breakfast and really can’t believe how quickly the time has flashed by.  From starting off with just 3 guest rooms, I now have 5, and can accommodate up to 12 guests at one time.  I often open the door to returning guests who have now become good friends.  That really is the best compliment ever when they return time after time.

Each bespoke room has en-suite facilities, free Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions with free view, bathrobes, hairdryers, and tea and coffee making facilities to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. All guests are welcomed with a complimentary glass of wine, or tea/coffee on arrival and at night  complimentary chocolates are left for you.  Most importantly, you are welcomed in the morning for breakfast where you can choose from cereals and fresh fruit followed by a traditional English breakfast or smoked salmon & scrambled egg.

All guests have use of the communal dining & sitting room, where there is a small library of books and information on local attractions in the North Yorshire Dales and in Richmond.

I have always taken pride in taking time to look after my guests ensuring that I continue to offer all of the most ‘important’ attributes that I appreciate when staying away, to encompass a place to remember, enjoy and feel pampered are my key goals to achieve.

Situated just off the main market place of the historic town of Richmond, there is no better place that is located within just a stone’s throw to the centre (1 minute walk) that is quiet, yet within easy reach of all amenities such as restaurants, public houses, book shops, banks, bakeries, theatre etc etc.

My background wasn’t in hospitality, far from it, but I just love it.  I initially trained as a knitwear designer, and spent over 20 years in the fashion industry, from there I moved into Project Management, another very different challenging career, and then I decided to step out of the hectic life of travelling both nationally and internationally, working incredibly long hours for someone else.  2 out of my 3 girls have flown the nest and my youngest is not far behind, leaving me with our 2 cheeky Cockerpoo’s to continue what I enjoy so much.

I really hope that you enjoy your stay with here at The Castle House.  Please do let me or my girls know if there is anything we can do to make it all the more special. 

*To ensure that The Castle House’ remains clean and hygienic, please note that Archie and Hattie (my Cockerpoo’s) are not allowed in any area of the house other than our private quarters on the ground floor)

It really is a pleasure welcoming you.

Your host



History of Castle House and Richmond

The market town of Richmond - from the Norman French 'riche-monte' meaning 'strong hill' - has grown up around the Norman Castle which still dominates the town today.

The building of the castle as a military stronghold commenced in 1071 on land gifted to Alan Rufus (the Red) of Brittany by his kinsman William the Conqueror as reward for his part in the victory over King Harold, and his subsequent support of William as one of his most trusted advisers.

Richmond, North Yorkshire was the first town to be called Richmond. It is the Mother of All Richmonds.

Medieval Richmond - 13th, 14th & 15th Centuries

Important growth in wealth led to Richmond becoming a chartered borough. It had 13 craft guilds (which controlled trade.) It had important markets and fairs.

Two craft guilds exist to this present day. A market is still held every Saturday. (1441 Henry IV granted a royal charter to hold a Saturday market.)

1311 Defensive stone walls built to protect the town from Scottish raids. Two postern gates in the town wall still survive; The Bar postern at the top of Cornforth - Hill and in Friars Wynd the other Postern gate remains.

The Market Place A large area, was originally the outer bailey of the castle. At this time once stood The Stocks and Pillory, for punishing wrongdoers. Also the market cross was a feature in the market. It was a place to gather and a position for selling Butter and Cheese.
The Market Cross was replaced by the present Obelisk.

The Bubonic Plagues -14th and 15th Centuries Richmond and Swaledale had a series of very wet weather during these years, resulting poor harvests. Cattle and Sheep developed disease which led to the population in 1349 being devastated with Bubonic Plague. Lesser epidemics occurred for the next 100 years. A cemetery at Easby Church has a plague stone. This deadly disease wiped out many of the inhabitants and affected the trade and farming industry.

Medieval Religious Houses Richmond had three chapels in the Castle, Trinity Chapel in the Marketplace, later, St.Mary The Virgin Parish Church, three Chapels on the outskirts of the town, a College for Chantry Priests, two small Hospitals and an Anchorite's cell, (Maison Dieu Area.)

Important religious House of the Greyfriars (now only the Bell Tower remains) and the premonstratensian - order of The White Canons at Easby Abbey. A small chapel dedicated to St. James of Compestella existed in what is now St. James Chapel Wynd, which leads from the Green to Bargate.

1536/7 Henry VIII broke allegiance from Rome, which eventually resulted in England becoming English Catholics with Henry head of the Church. Following this, Henry caused the dissolution of the Monasteries, The Abbey at Easby and The Friary both had their roofs and alters shattered, as well as the kitchens laid waste. (Hence Easby Abbey ruins and the limited ruins of the Friary remain.)

All of the above information has been provided by Richmond Online, an excellent website that I am sure you will find extremely useful to visit for more information, not only on the history of Richmond, but also current events, town guide and much more.  Please click here to find out more



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