Broughton Castle is a moated and fortified manor house near Banbury in North Oxfordshire. Set in parkland and built of the rich local Hornton ironstone, it was selected by Simon Jenkins as one of only twenty to be awarded five stars in his book England’s Thousand Best Houses.
The core of the house was built in 1306 and the gatehouse in the early fifteenth century, but most of what you see today dates from the 1550’s. It was a centre of opposition to Charles I and was besieged and damaged after the Battle of Edgehill in 1642.
Broughton Castle is home to the 21st Lord and Lady Saye & Sele, whose family name is Fiennes. The ownership of the Castle has remained in the same family since 1447. The house and gardens will be open in 2015 on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, and then in May, June and September on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, and in July and August on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and the August Bank Holiday Monday. On these days the house and gardens are open from 2pm to 5pm. The house and gardens are also open all the year round to groups of any size if booked in advance.