News & Media

Catch up with all the latest news, events and offers from Pennsylvania Castle and find out what’s happening in our world

Yoga@ThePenn Weekend Launch

12 May 2017

We are excited to announce that our first Yoga@ThePenn weekend will be taking place on Friday 9th June – Sunday 11th June 2017.

We are working closely with Sharon George to offer you this unique experience. Sharon will guide you through a weekend of pure serenity and relaxation while enjoying the Castle in a relaxed and intimate setting.

Your every need will be fully catered for, whether enjoying the delicious food on offer throughout the whole weekend, taking advantage of all the yoga and mindfulness classes or simply taking time for yourself by the indoor pool or exploring the glorious Castle grounds.

Join us for a rare opportunity to indulge yourself and take just one of our beautiful bedrooms in the Castle over this weekend with room prices from just £495 for the whole weekend.

For more information, please contact our Events Co-ordinator, Cat Samuel, on 01305 820659 or email Further information can be found here: Yoga@ThePenn May 2017

Last Minute Exclusive Stay Offer

29 March 2017

Enjoy 10% off any remaining weekends in May 2017 and relax in a complimentary hot tub with any three night booking made directly with The Penn Team.

Call 01305 820659 to take advantage of this Hot Tub Holiday offer.

The Penn in the Press

24 March 2017

The Penn has featured in a variety of publications recently, why not check them out….

April’s Coast Magazine featured us in their Family Breaks section of Coast Travel

Dorset Magazine featured the Castle top of their 8 best beach wedding venues

We also featured in Bride Magazines top 10 UK Coastal wedding venues 

New Wedding Experiences Now Available

14 February 2017

Alongside our bespoke wedding service we have launched our latest Wedding Experiences including our popular Marry Me In May, Wed Me On A Wednesday and Twilight Wedding Offers for 2017.

Ideal for those couples looking for a wedding date that is either not too far away, based around a midweek getaway, or for something just a little bit different……..

Each experience provides a range of options for you to create your perfect wedding, whilst still offering flexibility to ensure you make the most of your stay with us.




Contact us or call 03105 820659 to check availability and discuss your favourite wedding experience.

Christmas at The Penn – Last Minute Offer

8 December 2016

It’s not too late to book a Christmas to remember!
With just over two weeks to go until the Christmas weekend is upon us, we have a great last minute rental offer for those still deciding how to celebrate in style….

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The Penn in The Press

2 December 2016

The Penn has been featured in lots of exciting places recently….

You may have seen The Penn in The Daily Telegraph, Dorset Life Magazine, ‘A View From’ magazines and multiple wedding publications, right across the UK. 

Take a look below at some of our favourite online features:

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Vows & Venues Magazine –

Exclusively British Magazine –

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We’re also very excited to be showcasing one of our weddings from earlier this year, in the 2017 Dorset Wiltshire Hampshire Bride Magazine – more details to follow soon.

Come And Celebrate Christmas in Style at The Penn

12 October 2016


With Christmas and New Year only a couple of months away, many people are starting to think of how they will celebrate this year.

The Castle has played host to many wonderful Christmas get togethers and this year the Castle will be dressed in style as always, ready to provide the ultimate back drop for your annual festivities.

With roaring fires to welcome you, beautiful Christmas trees in every reception room and even a life sized wicker reindeer (we call him Colin) keeping an eye over proceedings, the extensive yet tasteful decorations provide all the lavishness that Christmas deserves, without any of the effort.

Of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without an abundance of delicious food and drink and while many prefer to make the most of the large kitchen (complete with chandelier of course!) catering can also be arranged at any point during your stay if desired.

A minimum Christmas hire of five nights starting Friday 23rd December gives you plenty of time to pop the presents under the trees and relax before and after the big day. We can even take deliveries on your behalf in the run up to Christmas week to save the hassle of bringing everything with you.

Contact Us for further details, email or call 01305 820659




22 June 2016

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Following on from the success of our first Recharge@ThePenn, Pennsylvania Castle has once again invited Sam Wilson Fitness to bring you another Recharge@ThePenn experience on Saturday 30th July.

The new format has been slightly extended to ensure our summer Rechargers have time to enjoy all the Castle has to offer and really indulge in even more therapeutic classes.

30th July Itinerary

  • 8.30am Arrival, welcome & drinks
  • 9.00am-10.30am Fitness walk and beach fitness
  • 10.30am -11.00am Smoothies & Healthy Snacks from The Hayloft Cafe
  • 11.00am -12.00pm Power Yoga with Sharon George
  • 12.30pm – 2.30pm Lunch from The Hayloft Café with free time to explore Castle & Grounds
  • 2.30pm – 3.00pm Nutrition Discussion with Sam Wilson ‘Keeping It Simple – discovering what works for you’. Option to continue relaxing if preferred.
  • 3.00pm – 4.00pm Freestyle Fitness Yoga with Sam
  • 4.00pm – 4.15 Comfort Break
  • 4.15pm – 5.00pm Guided Stretch, Meditation and Relaxation with Sam
  • 5.00pm – 5.30pm Finish with herbal teas & discussion to close the day

Places are limited so contact us on 01305 820659 or to make your booking.


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22 June 2016


Pennsylvania Castle is delighted to offer a new wedding experience ‘Wed Me On A Wednesday’ which provides brides and grooms with further flexibility on dates and offer more choice with additional suppliers.

Why wait until the weekend?

Weekend weddings were not always the days of choice for soon to be married couples, with most choosing a weekday celebration.  It seems that now this trend is being revived with more and more couples returning to midweek weddings.

The Penn Castle Wed me on a Wednesday experience includes:

  • Exclusive hire of the Castle and grounds for a mid-week break
  • Choice of licensed indoor ceremony room or outside within the Castle Gardens
  • A dedicated Event Coordinator from the start of your planning, to the day you leave the castle

Contact us for further details and availability.

Photo credit – Ed Peers Photography


Recharge@ThePenn – Saturday 23rd April

16 March 2016



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Join us for our first pop up of its kind Recharge@ThePenn on Saturday 23rd April

9am Arrival & Welcome – fruit teas and waters available throughout the day

9.30am – 11am  Fitness Hike to historic Church Ope Cove for fitness on the beach and a bracing coastal walk with Sam Wilson Fitness

11am -11.30 Back to the Castle for a fresh juice from The Hayloft Café and clean snack from The Clean Cook

11.30am – 12.30pm Power Yoga with Sharon George

12.30pm – 2.30pm Nutritious Lunch from The Hayloft Café

Relaxation and Time for Digestion.  Wander the grounds of the Castle and take in the views or relax on the terrace with a magazine and herbal tea.

Chance to discuss fitness/nutrition with Sam Wilson during the day if required.

2.30pm – 3.30pm Pilates with Cassie Carter

3.45pm – 4.45pm Meditation with Sharon George

5pm Close

Taking bookings now for this exclusive and intimate pop up event.

Spaces are limited so call the Castle team on 01305 820659 to book your place or contact us for more details.

Recharge@ThePenn – our latest Pop Up Event

11 March 2016

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For our latest Pop Up offering, Pennsylvania Castle has joined forces with Sam Wilson Fitness to offer guests the chance to get away for the day to recharge, reboot and relax at The Penn.

On Saturday 23rd April 2016 join us for a day of fitness, Pilates, Yoga, Meditation and nutritious clean eating.

More details to follow shortly.

Castle Wedding Featured on Love My Dress

11 March 2016


Charlotte Bryer-Ash’s wonderful account of Sarah and Dylan’s beautiful wedding at The Penn last summer here…..



Couple celebrate 50th Anniversary at HIX@ThePenn

11 March 2016

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We were delighted to help Clive and Ann Campbell celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary at our recent HIX@ThePenn Pop Up Restaurant.

Mr & Mrs Campbell held their wedding reception at Pennsylvania Castle on 12th March 1966 and joined us for a Pop Up lunch prepared and served by the HIX Academy at the Castle in February.

Also returning to the Castle were Chris and Katie Adams who were married more recently at The Penn, after winning our 2015 ‘Marry Me In May’ competition.

Both couples, pictured above, were thrilled to be back at the Castle and shared many happy memories with us.

As more Pop Up restaurant events are planned for later in the year we hope to hear many more wonderful stories of the Castle.


Our Latest Newsletter…….

9 February 2016

Check out all the latest news from Pennsylvania Castle here


Penn Review by Telegraph Luxury

4 February 2016

We were delighted to be reviewed by Sarah Royce-Greensill from Telegraph Luxury at the end of January, showcasing what a winter stay at The Penn is all about.

Read the review here

Thanks to Nomad Food, Hayloft Cafe and Chic Salon for the food and treatments that were enjoyed over the weekend.




Pennsylvania Castle launches Spa@ThePenn

27 January 2016

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IPACA students host fundraising event for Chesil Sailability

16 March 2015

Our latest event with IPACA students at The Penn raised £400 for local charity, Chesil Sailability.

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2 February 2015

It’s not too late to book your Summer wedding at Penn Castle: we have one last weekend available on the 16th May 2015 and are offering you the chance to book that weekend at 50% off …

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Picture your wedding at The Penn

8 January 2015

Have a read of one of our latest blog posts on the stylish and stunning Coco Wedding Venues, to hear how the Penn Team can tailor your wedding to make it the day you’ve always dreamt of.

Stay up to date with our newsletter

3 January 2015

Our Autumn/Winter Newsletter went out in November, if you missed it you can read it here.

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Grease Comes to The Penn for outdoor cinema showing!

3 December 2014

The Penn opened its gates on Wednesday 30th July for a fabulous evening of singing and dancing with an outdoor cinema showing of Grease!

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Winners of the weekend break for 10 at The Penn with Condé Nast Traveller

3 December 2014

Congratulations to the McIntyre Family from Wiltshire who won the Condé Nast Traveller’s summer competition in association with the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival

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Wedding season springs to life with Easter-themed ceremony

19 April 2014

Matt and Cheryl wed during the first ceremony of the new wedding season

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“We couldn’t have wished for a more romantic service”

3 January 2014

Gavin and Amy speak of their unforgettable wedding in the 2014 issue of Bride magazine

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Penn Castle one of Wedding magazine’s top 100 venues

1 January 2014

Leading wedding publication honours The Penn in their annual list

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‘Strike a pose!’ – Penn Castle featured in British Vogue

4 June 2013

Look out for us in the latest issue of the world-renowned fashion mag

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The Penn plays host to a creative photo shoot

20 February 2013

Our castle was the setting for Wedding Time Bridal Salon’s autumn-inspired fashion shoot

Cast of E4’s Made In Chelsea film episode at The Penn

6 November 2012

TV stars from E4’s Made in Chelsea stay at The Penn for special episode

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Dorset couple wed at The Penn’s first ever wedding ceremony

30 April 2012

A historic day as Matthew and Kelly Barton tie the knot

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The Penn featured in Wedding Day Venues magazine

29 March 2012

Penn Castle is featured in the mag’s popular ‘Aisle File’ segment

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