Pennsylvania Castle

02 July 2014

Pennsylvania Castle ( on the Isle of Portland in Dorset is a very special place to escape to.  Whether seeking a venue for a family gathering, an intimate wedding, or a specially tailored corporate event, The Penn - as it is affectionately known - offers an unrivalled level of flexibility, luxury and style. A dedicated team is on hand to welcome and entertain in this tranquil escape away from the pressures and pace of day to day life.  With nine beautifully appointed en-suite guest rooms and plenty of living space to lose yourself in, The Penn provides a stunning retreat with endless opportunity.

With beautiful grounds to explore, stunning views to take in and a fantastic private heated indoor pool to relax in, The Penn also offers a choice of reception spaces that can adapt for formal dining, or casual lounging.  There’s a stunning master bedroom with a handmade bath set on portland stone, a dramatic Library and a Drawing Room offering the most impressive sea views so guests can choose to catch up on a little work, take in the news or simply get lost in a good book or read the newspaper.  

The large and beautifully equipped kitchen is perfect for formal outside catering, but also works for the enthusiastic individual or family who wants to entertain their guests in style themselves.  Food may be served informally to smaller groups around the kitchen table or in one of the formal dining areas.   Convivial hosts will delight in serving drinks or cocktails from the built in bar area.

The Penn has a rich and varied history that takes in Royal celebrations, the Napoleonic Wars, preparations for the D Day landings, and literary figures such as Thomas Hardy whose novel “The Well Beloved” has the Castle at the heart of this story of love. In recent year the rich and famous from around the globe have enjoyed the hospitality of the Penn and its team.

The Castle sits in the shelter of Church Ope Cove; just a five minute walk will take you back to William the Conqueror, historic Castles and Churches, and stories of smugglers. 

Although this is a building of significant history, it is also a very comfortable home suited to family holidays, corporate events and entertaining on a grand scale.


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