Stogursey Castle

Stogursey, Bridgwater - Sleeps 4

About the property

This diminutive gatehouse still guards the bridge onto a moated island where only the ruins of a once great castle remain. It is hard to imagine a more picturesque setting.

Dog Beds 1 Twin, 1 Double

  • Sleeps4
  • 4 nights from £413.00
  • equivalent to £25.81 per person per night

Facilities & features

The castle ruins on the moated site are yours alone to explore, as is the little bridge from which to dangle your legs. Inside the gatehouse’s thick walls, the sitting room has an open fire.

  • Cot
  • Fire or Stove
  • Open Space
  • Parking Available
  • Bath
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‘The tennis ball in the turret is the result of a mighty six.’

‘Beautiful moonlit nights, lighting up the ruins and reflecting magically in the moat.’

From the logbook

Facilities & features

The castle ruins on the moated site are yours alone to explore, as is the little bridge from which to dangle your legs. Inside the gatehouse’s thick walls, the sitting room has an open fire.

  • 1 Twin, 1 Double
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Cot
  • Fire or Stove
  • Open Space
  • Parking Available
  • Bath

Stogursey Castle, where a great family entertained a king

Stogursey, an old village to the east of the Quantocks, was chosen as his principal base by William de Courcy, Steward to Henry I. Both his son and his grandson married heiresses and the de Courcys became even more important. So, too, did their castle. Then the male line failed and the castle was inherited by Alice de Courcy. She entertained King John here in 1210, when her husband won 20 shillings from him ‘at play’. Later the Percys from Northumberland inherited the castle and it played a minor part in the Wars of the Roses.

A castle that fell from use in more peaceable times

With the advent of more peaceable times, the Percys had no useful purpose for the castle as it stood, and did not think it worth rebuilding as a less fortified seat. So time and neglect, and adaptation to more humble uses, reduced the castle to ruins beneath a mantle of vegetation. Only this later gatehouse survived in any recognisable form.

A 13th-century bridge discovered beneath the detritus of centuries

This small dwelling had been formed inside the gate towers of the castle and their remnants still buttress it today.  The Gatehouse has 17th-century roof timbers and was repaired in the 1870s; but like the rest of the castle, it too had largely disappeared beneath unchecked undergrowth and ivy by the time we found it. Clearing this and dredging the moat revealed the unsuspected 13th-century bridge. We also recovered some chain mail and other warlike fragments from the mud. The cottage makes a strange dwelling but a pleasant one, still commanding the only entrance to the castle’s grassy inner ward, scene of all those doings long ago.

‘The tennis ball in the turret is the result of a mighty six.’

‘Beautiful moonlit nights, lighting up the ruins and reflecting magically in the moat.’

From the logbook

Floor plans

Map & local info

Stogursey Castle sits on a moated site near the pretty village. From here the Quantock hills and the coast are within easy reach.

Stogursey Castle
Stogursey, Bridgwater - Sleeps 4
Clear directions

Places to visit nearby

Burrow Mump

The Walled Gardens of Cannington

Somerset County Museum

‘The tennis ball in the turret is the result of a mighty six.’

‘Beautiful moonlit nights, lighting up the ruins and reflecting magically in the moat.’

From the logbook

Your questions answered

    What you need to know about this building

  • Does the property allow dogs?

    Yes.
  • How is the property accessed?

    Via a driveway from the main road.
  • What is the nearest railway station and how far away is it?

    Bridgwater – 10 miles.
  • Is there car parking specifically for Landmark guests?

    There are two parking spaces approximately 45m from the property.
  • What type of heating does the property have?

    There are electric night storage radiators and an open fire.
    Fuel for the fire can be purchased from the gardener.
  • What are the kitchen facilities?

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc.
    There is also an electric cooker.






  • What are the bathroom facilities?

    There is one bathroom with a bath.
  • Does this Landmark have steep, narrow or spiral stairs?

    The internal stairs are steep, spiral and narrow.
  • Is there a garden or outside space?

    There is a moated garden (unfenced).

    Booking and Payment

  • Can I pay a deposit?

    If your stay starts more than three months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
  • How can I pay?

    We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • How do I pick up the key?

    There are various arrangements for picking up keys. To arrange to get into the Landmark, please contact the housekeeper at least two days before your stay
  • How can I cancel or change my booking?

    If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Booking Office on 01628 825925
  • What if I arrive late?

    Please let the housekeeper know if you are going to arrive late and s/he will leave a key for you in a suitable place.
  • Do you accept payment in other currencies?

    At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance, but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking our availability list.
  • Do you have to be a member to book a Landmark?

    No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • Do I need a Handbook to be able to book?

    No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!
  • What happens if I can’t get to the Landmark due to bad weather?

    If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will advise you as to whether the Landmark is accessible. If the housekeeper can safely get to the building to carry out the changeover then we consider that it is open and available. However if we cannot undertake a changeover then we will do our utmost to transfer your stay to another Landmark, which may not be of a similar size or in the same part of the country as your original booking.

    Staying at a Landmark

  • Are Landmarks only available as self-catering accommodation?

    Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We do not offer bed and breakfast.
  • Do you provide catering?

    Landmark does not provide catering, but we can recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for one evening or for your entire holiday. Their cooks and chefs are able to work with you to meet your specific requirements
  • Do you allow dogs?

    You may bring up to two dogs to properties where dogs are allowed (please see specific property details for exemptions however dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs). They must be kept off the furniture and under proper control.
  • Can I bring a pet?

    Apart from two dogs (see above) no other pets are permitted.
  • Insured if I break something?

    We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Are Landmarks suitable for children?

    Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Are Landmarks accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility?

    Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with limited mobility with bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor.However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases and uneven floors making access difficult. We recommend that you call our booking office if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for those with specific disabilities.
  • Can I get married in a Landmark?

    Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings. However, you may get married on Lundy.
  • Can I hold a big party in a Landmark?

    All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • Is it true there are no televisions in the buildings?

    We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • Why are your access tracks sometimes difficult?

    One of the challenges of restoring unloved buildings is gaining access to them. We frequently have to negotiate rights with our neighbours and share tracks with them. In many cases tracks do not belong to us and we have no right to maintain them. Wherever possible we work with our neighbours to provide you with a good quality surface, but where this is a problem then you will be warned at the time of booking.
  • Will there be sockets for my electrical appliances?

    Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s).

    Facilities

  • Are the kitchens and bathrooms restored to a modern standard?

    Sometimes our kitchens and bathrooms have to be imaginatively fitted into the available space in buildings where before there were none, but they are all planned and equipped to a high and modern standard.
  • Is linen provided?

    Yes, Landmarks are fully equipped with sheets and towels. All the beds are fully made up for your arrival.
  • Are the kitchens fully equipped?

    Yes, our kitchens are well equipped with cookers and fridges. There are freezers and dishwashers (in larger buildings) and, where space allows, microwaves as well as a wide and standard range of utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.
  • Do you provide logs for the open fire/stove?

    Logs are provided at many of our Landmarks for an additional cost.
  • Will there be a mobile signal in the Landmark I book?

    Mobile coverage varies. Some Landmarks have an excellent signal, but others have none at all. If you are concerned, you can check with the housekeeper before your arrival.
  • Is there Wi-Fi in your buildings?

    No. At the moment, we have decided not to implement Wi-Fi in our buildings following a consultation with our customers. Many said that they would find it useful, but many also felt that it would somehow damage the experience of staying in a Landmark. As the responses were so split, and as we have so many other initiatives requiring funding, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
  • What should I bring with me? Are there lavatory rolls, soap, shampoo, milk, teabags, coffee, hairdryer?

    A welcome tray with tea and sugar awaits your arrival and you will find a pint of milk in the fridge. We also provide lavatory rolls and a bar of soap, per basin but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers.

Select a changeover day to start your booking...

QuestionWhat's a changeover day? and Why can't I select other dates?

A changeover day is a particular day of the week when holidays start and end at our properties. These tend to be on a Friday or a Monday but can sometimes vary. All stays run from one changeover day until another changeover day.