Nothing quite prepares you for your first encounter with Carlton Towers. Hidden away in a quiet corner of rural Yorkshire, it combines history and beauty on an epic scale.
To reach this remarkable building you first pass through a stone gateway whose ornate pillars and wrought ironwork hints at the grandeur to come. As you travel along the elegant, tree-lined avenue, your final destination is still elusive. It is only as the driveway curves northwards that you are availed of your first glimpse of Carlton Towers. And that is the moment which takes your breath away.
The eyes fall first on that striking clock tower, which oversees the estate like an imperious owl. It peers above a line of arched windows topped by castle-like crenellations. Sitting proudly behind an immaculately manicured lawn, with a front entrance reached by broad stone steps, Carlton Towers is simply stunning.
Mixing the grace of Downton Abbey with the magic of Hogwarts, it also possesses a sense of parliamentary splendour that comes from having been designed by an architect whose father designed the interior of the Palace of Westminster. All this comes together in a country house which is as thrilling as it is unique. And yet the most remarkable aspect of the Carlton experience is still to come. Crossing the threshold, you enter an enchanting realm of wood-panelled drawing rooms and double-height picture galleries, all restored to their glorious best.
But that isn’t what makes Carlton Towers truly special. You only discover that when crossing the threshold. For this isn’t so much a stately home, as it is simply a home. The home of Lord and Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard who offer the warmest and friendliest welcome in Yorkshire. Their gift is to make everyone who comes to Carlton Towers feel like they are part of the family. Relaxing informality in the most elegant historic surroundings.
You will not have experienced anything quite like it.
Victorian opulence and chivalric heraldry to take your breath away.
To the right from the Inner Hall, the east wing of Carlton Towers spreads out for nearly 200 feet with three opulent State Rooms flowing into each other to offer magnificent views of Carlton’s unique interiors.
Interconnected via double-panelled oak doors with exquisite detail in their handles, all designed by J. F. Bentley and beautifully carved by J. E. Knox, the Venetian Drawing Room, the Card Room and the Picture Gallery have all the character you could wish for.
Fascinating focal points abound-a spectacular fireplace and chimneypiece decorated with heraldry in the Venetian Drawing Room, beautifully carved oak panelling and elegantly decorated upper walls and ceiling in the Card Room, exquisite paintings in the Picture Gallery, and splendid chandeliers in all three rooms designed with care by Bentley to achieve a unified effect.
Every inch of this stately interior reveals Carlton Towers’ rich history and lineage and invites you to step into its glamour.
Cooks is Carlton Towers’ School of Food, where you can learn the culinary arts from leading chefs.
More than that, it is a wonderful suite of rooms where you can eat, drink and relax with friends and colleagues.
The kitchen is the heart of every home and that’s no different at Carlton Towers.
Located in the refurbished servants’ passage, it is easy to imagine the heat and bustle in times past as a lavish feast was prepared for one of Carlton’s great social occasions.
Today the kitchen is a beautifully appointed area to make, talk about and enjoy the finest food and drink. Watch demonstrations by our chefs as they prepare your meal or get involved yourself and embellish your cooking skills. The Cooks Kitchen offers a uniquely relaxed dining experience for friends and family. Alternatively, bring your colleagues here for a team-building experience that everyone cherishes.
Chic and elegant, the Duchess’s Dining Room is the setting for a fine dining experience that you and your guests will long remember.
With room around the beautifully dressed table for 20 people, the exclusive and intimate atmosphere lends itself to conviviality and conversation.
Soak in the atmosphere of our English country house over drinks in the warm and inviting Housekeeper’s Sitting Room.
Enjoy a morning coffee and a magazine here or warm yourself in front of the fire with an after-dinner drink. It is the place to top and tail a perfect day at Carlton Towers.
Turn left from the Outer Hall and you will step into beautifully decorated areas and rooms which offer a more intimate setting.
The Armoury area with its sofas and coffee table and the elegantly decorated Bow Drawing Room with its family room atmosphere both offer a relaxing ambience and private meeting area.
Across from the Armoury and the Bow Drawing Room, another intimate room, The Beaumont Room, is used today to provide a charming bar area.
Beautifully appointed, historic and luxurious, the bedrooms at Carlton Towers are the last word in elegant refinement.
Each of our 16 bedrooms, accommodating 31 people, have been individually designed and furnished by Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard to offer a tranquil haven from the bustle of the modern world.
From the two-storey majesty of our Baroness Tower bridal suite to the stylish simple elegance of our one single room, the Lady Mirabel, each is uniquely decorated and comes with its own bathroom or shower en suite.
The country estate of Carlton Towers combines space, beauty and privacy together with a glorious setting, ideal for any type of event.
Originally recorded as one of the Yorkshire manors held by Robert de Bruce at the times of the Domesday Survey, and today the family home of Lord Gerald Fitzalan Howard, the Carlton estate has been in the family through the ages. It encompasses 250 acres of parkland together with 1500 acres of farm and woodland and enjoys close connections with the farming community of the local village of Carlton. At the southern end of the parkland is the estate’s main lake, 11 acres in size with a long reputation of Yorkshire tench fishing and still holding a good head of fish.
With its acres of land, set in beautiful Yorkshire countryside, it is no wonder that the opportunities for outdoor events that Carlton estate can offer are endless.
Combine this tranquil setting with the historic architecture of Carlton Towers, the incredible family history and Carlton Towers’ luxurious accommodation, and you have the ideal location for a really stately experience and for staging the celebration of your dreams.