Whatever the big occasion, re-imagine how to celebrate at Rose Castle

Gather friends and family to Rose Castle for a perfect place to celebrate.

From the lovingly restored public areas and gardens, to the comfortable and graceful accommodation, to the personal service from our support team, Rose Castle delivers a hospitality experience like no other. 

Make exclusive use of the Castle as a 'home from home'.

We help you to be the host, and to create magical memories for your guests.

Welcome to Rose Castle

Exuding an aura of calm and peacefulness, Rose Castle is an architecturally diverse and historically exciting former Bishops’ Palace.

It has been lovingly refurbished to provide a 21st Century retreat, set within a beautiful 60 acre estate on the borders of the Lake District National Park.

300x270 02_RCGWebWhite

Authentic historic castle, home to 64 successive Bishops of Carlisle for over 750 years. A border fortress, manor house and Bishop's Palace soaked in history, Rose Castle estate has been renovated to be used for Peace and Reconciliation residential programmes.

Just a few weeks or weekends are available for personal use, by families and friends who need to gather for a special occasion.

300x270 Apoth1JQ

Exclusive use of the whole Castle, the gardens and grounds for the duration of your stay.

You have a Guest Kitchen to make up your own food, perhaps a late snack after a walk, or a big fry-up breakfast; whilst the main Castle Kitchen team can prepare and serve buffet, sit-down three-course meals, or state banquets to your order. 

Our Rose Hospitality team is on hand to help you prepare, organise and deliver your big celebration event, drawing on your wishes and desires to make a unique celebration event for your guests to remember.

300x270 01_RCGWebPettingersJQ

Thirteen comfortable and elegant super-king double (or twin) bedrooms, recently renovated to 21st Century standards, are inside the medieval walls, each with its own bathroom.

Two single bedrooms are also on the some corridors, with bathrooms across the hall. Ideal for nanny, driver or other single guests.

Library 1 sq

Six unique reception rooms and the Castle Chapel ooze with history and atmosphere.

The State Dining Room is ideal for everyone seated banquet-style at a long linen set table with candles, as the Bishops once did.

The State Drawing Room with two ornate fireplaces and hand-painted Chinese silk wall linings is the perfect place to curl up with tea and cakes.

The Bishops Library with ancient leather-bound tomes and the Peace Library for laptop quiet time - are both ideal places to retreat from the clamour of friends and family.

From drone2 sq

A sixty acre estate and long-distance footpaths for your guests to explore and enjoy.

Enjoy a walk beside the nearby Caldew River, or look to the hills and hike into the Lake District National Park.

Explore the Rose Castle Gardens and find your ideal picnic spot to relax and enjoy time together with friends and family.

Key Spoon sq

Our hospitality team can help provide a wide variety of activities, on and off site, to surprise and delight your guests.

Planning your main celebration event is made easy with our Rose Hospitality system. We take up the burden of upfront planning work - such as collecting dietary needs and providing personalised information to each guest ahead of their arrival.

Our Rose Castle team are here to help you put on a celebration event that combines exceptional experiences with magical moments.


Rose Castle stands proudly on raised ground overlooking fields, woods and the River Caldew. It lies South of Carlisle and North of England's Lake District, just a short drive from the M6 motorway and major railway stations as well as Carlisle, The Lake District Airport with its connections to international hubs.

It is just as well that this is was a fine defensive position and that the wall and moat did their jobs. Over almost 800 years, this has been tested numerous times including less than friendly visits from Robert The Bruce.

How do you want to celebrate?



Rose Castle has 13 comfortable super-kingsize bedrooms. All can be configured as twin bedded or double rooms. All have ensuite bathrooms with bath or shower, or both.

There are also 2 single bedrooms, suitable for nanny, driver or guide, each with their own bathroom across the hall.

Total overnight guest capacity: 28


There are six reception rooms. Each is decorated in its own elegant, historic style. Staff will serve your guests wherever they choose to relax.

Your guests are welcome to explore the 60 acre estate with its manicured gardens, footpaths and bowers.

The Bishops' Chapel is available for prayer and quiet contemplation.


The whole castle and gardens are available for your guests.

They should feel free to explore and treat it as honoured guests at a country house retreat. Use it all, or select some special spaces.

We give guidance about the best spaces to use and what experiential activities can be organised.


Our dedicated team treats every booking as a unique event.

Our Rose Hospitality system can collect information about your guests, so that our staff are briefed on their preferences before arrival.

Anticipate a level of hospitality different to any hotel, as you have the run of both Castle and Gardens to yourselves.