The Bowling Green Apartment, Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle: The Bowling Green Apartment

  • Sleeps: 2 + 2 Children's bunk beds + cot
  • Prices: 7 Nights from £538
  • Location: Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight PO30 1XY (directions)
  • No dogs allowed
Interior of Bowling Green Apartment

Fancy the chance of sharing a bed with Charles I? Well, not exactly snuggling down with the king - but if you stay in this second floor apartment across the courtyard from where Charles was imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle shortly before his trial in 1648 you may just feel his regal presence. The King tried to escape but nothing will be further from the thoughts of visitors booking here in the 21st century.

As a former service block for resident gentry of the day, this renovated apartment now sleeps four in contemporary comfort. Walk along the ramparts at dusk and let your imagination conjure thoughts of the advancing Spanish Armada. A more recent royal occupant was Princess Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria, whose private garden is now a charming and peaceful retreat in keeping with its original 1913 layout. Once the gates close to the public, no-one else stays within the castle walls - even the resident donkeys move out to a nearby field. What's more, a day pass to English Heritage's other two properties on the island - Yarmouth Castle and Osborne House - comes with the apartment.


"We’ve just returned from a most memorable stay in the Bowling Green Apartment at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight. [...] The staff at Carisbrooke were all friendly and even stopped the donkeys for the children to stroke them; never too busy to be friendly and helpful. I cannot recommend this cottage too highly and we will most certainly be returning if the kids have anything to do with it! Thank you English Heritage for a very special week – we shall treasure the memories for a very long time."

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