News & Media

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

Pennsylvania Castle Estate Are Recruiting!

22 February 2019

Current full time job vacancies include:

Catering Manager

Grounds & Maintenance Assistant

Deputy Housekeeper

We also regularly recruit seasonal staff for Housekeeping and The Hayloft Cafe & Bar. If you are over 16 and would be interested in working part time during the 2019 season then please send your CV to

Maintaining Cove Park

25 January 2019

Some people might think that this is a quieter time of the year for us, and in terms of footfall that is certainly true. We close the Park gates mid January for our six week shutdown. 

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Yoga @The Penn

15 January 2019

With the New Year now in full swing, we have been discussing plans to get fit again after enjoying some serious overindulgence during the festive season.

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7 January 2019

We are delighted to share the news that we have been shortlisted in the UK Wedding Awards in the ‘Best Coastal Venue’ category.

BUT we need your help as it is a PUBLIC VOTE! So please VOTE for us now!


17 December 2018

Pennsylvania Castle has been shortlisted for two awards in the 2019 British Wedding Awards and it’s now down to a public vote!    Shortlisted for Best Coastal Venue and Best Castle Venue we’re asking all our loyal supporters to spend just a minute and cast a vote for us here: British Wedding Awards.   

You can vote for us in both categories and you do not need to vote on anything else if you do not wish. 

Thank you for your support.  

Christmas wreath-making at The Penn

14 December 2018


With Christmas nearly upon us, we were delighted to welcome Fiona Penny to the Castle for our first Wreath Making workshop at The Penn.

We know Fiona well as she styles our in house flowers and we regularly collaborate on Castle weddings and events so to say we were excited at the prospect of an evening filled with her festive cheer was an understatement!

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29 November 2018

Here at Cove Park we have guests arriving on holiday all year round. Over the winter months it’s hard to beat sitting in a warm cosy holiday home, watching the dramatic skylines and stormy seas just outside your window. But if you’re staying with us for a few days, then no doubt you’ll also want to wrap up and get outside to experience all that Portland has to offer!

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16 November 2018

Back in January we were in the midst of post-festive activity as the Estate was taken over and used as a film set.  We’ve had various filming projects take place in the past but nothing like the scale or intensity of this crazy venture.

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A view from Pennsylvania Castle Estate

14 November 2018


A view from Pennsylvania Castle Estate

Blogging. A word that has conjured up feelings of total panic amongst our Estate Office in the past. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve happily embraced the world of online bloggers, but to start a blog of our own? What would we say? And who would listen?

That has been the general feeling over the last 7 years whilst we nurtured a tiny castle shaped acorn into the thumping great oak tree that Pennsylvania Castle Estate is turning out to be. And now, it seems, there is lots going on here that we would quite like to share. And perhaps some of our guests and followers might even be tempted to read it, to find out what goes on behind the scenes of this multifaceted hospitality business, right on the edge of the Dorset coastline.

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Penn Castle Wine Cellar

19 September 2018

Penn Castle Wine Cellar offers an array of wine for you to enjoy. Whether you are local to the area, staying at The Penn or elsewhere on the Penn Estate, our wines are available to purchase as a single bottle, half case or full case.

Click the link for the wine list from the Penn Castle Wine Cellar – Web

To place an order, please email or call 01305 820918

2018 Summer Rentals Offer

13 July 2018

We have launched our summer rentals offer for 2018. Receive 20% off when you book a rental on a for any remaining dates in July & August 2018. Minimum of 2 night hire.

Email for remaining dates.

Our Latest News

28 May 2018

Keep up to date with the latest from The Penn by subscribing to our Estate Newsletter, with seasonal offers and updates, by clicking here


2018 Press Weekend

11 May 2018

The Penn invited members of the press to our 2018 Press Weekend in April. After a fun filled weekend, the first review is here.

Yoga@ThePenn 2018

10 April 2018

We are pleased to announce Yoga@ThePenn is back for 2018.

Join us from Friday 29th June – Sunday 1st July for a weekend of serenity at Pennsylvania Castle under the reassuring guidance of yoga and meditation teacher Sharon George, The Lotus.

For more information, contact the Penn Estate team on or call 01305 820918


Spring Wedding Offer

3 April 2018

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We are excited to announce our Spring Wedding Offer.

Receive a discount of £2,018 when you book a Ceremony & Reception + 1 night accommodation on any remaining date in 2018.

Contact for remaining 2018 dates



Penn Castle Magical In The Snow

20 March 2018

This year’s second snowfall left the Castle looking like a winter wonderland on Sunday 18th March 2018.

Unusually, the snow settled across the Castle Grounds creating a magical scene on the Estate.

We hope you enjoy the images we captured:

Focus on Morris Group

30 January 2018



Colonial Leisure, owners of Pennsylvania Castle Estate, is proud to be part of The Morris Group, an Australian company based in Melbourne. The company has diverse interests spanning the hospitality, technology, agriculture, food and aviation industries in Australia and the UK.


Latest on Sustainability

30 January 2018

Tesla Charger Launch

The first step of the sustainability journey for The Penn Estate is the introduction of Tesla chargers for use by visitors and guests. 

Working with Wessex ECOenergy the team have installed one Tesla charger, with more to follow over the coming months. 

The Castle is now also featured on the Tesla destination map.

All You Need To Know About Clifftops

30 January 2018

CLIFFTOPS’ SPRING 2019                                                      

Pennsylvania Castle was built in 1800 on the top of the cliffs overlooking Church Ope Cove and the English Channel. The Castle had uninterrupted views out to sea, and across the Estate there were beautiful vantage points to enjoy this marvellous vista.

In 2014 we started a project to once again provide space to enjoy the wonderful seascape from the Castle grounds. On a cliff ledge which had been landscaped as part of the grounds we commissioned Morrow & Lorraine Architects to design five lodges that would fit into the cliff landscape, embrace the local ecology, and use Portland Stone in a way that demonstrated the Islands unique geology. A given was always to ensure that the views of the Jurassic Coast really came into the lodges and create a sense of cliff living. The outside roof space providing a platform to watch the sea in the day and stars at night.

Now known as Clifftops, these five lodges will open in Spring 2019. They will be more than just self catering accommodation. Combining the luxury and service of the Castle our guests will be able to enjoy fully serviced accommodation, in-lodge catering, housekeeping, and activities management from the Estate Team. Alternatively guests are welcome to be left along and manage their stay without any interruptions.

Guests at Pennsylvania Castle enjoy the bespoke nature of their stay. This will now be available at the lodges. The Estate will cater for all our guest needs and build an experience that will be bespoke in a truly unique environment. The Clifftops design is flexible so we can configure different lodges for varying uses.

Looking ahead, we will be seeking approval for a spa to be added to Clifftops in 2020.


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.

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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:

The Telegraph –  

Vows & Venues Magazine –

Exclusively British Magazine –

Vows and Venues Magazine –


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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