Looking for accommodations that are a little out of the ordinary? Why not stay in a castle? England, Scotland and Ireland have some of the most beautiful castles that you can stay in.
Waterford Castle, located 2 miles from Waterford City is uniquely situated on its’ own private 310 acre island on the River Suir, surrounded by woodlands and an 18 hole championship golf course. Waterford Castle offers accommodation of a superb standard and is currently the only Deluxe Hotel in the South East of Ireland. The Castle’s 19 bedrooms are bright and airy with stunning views of the surrounding estate; the guests live here rather than simply stay here.
Ashford Castle’s sweeping aspect across Lough Corrib stretched out before you from its shoreline vantage point, makes it easy to realize why it’s said that, time stands still in Ireland. 700 years commanding the water’s edge and with the Castle’s 350 acres of private woodland it all begins afresh as a new discovery each day.
Dromoland Castle is one of the few castle hotels that can trace its ownership back through history to Gaelic Irish families of royal heritage. At Dromoland the vitality of the Castle lifestyle endures. Blending old world elegance with modern day comforts, it is one of Europe’s most desired destinations. The castle is near the Cliffs of Moher and just 8 miles from Shannon Airport making it an ideal last night stay!
Set amid 840 acres of formal gardens and rolling parkland, the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort offers world-class facilities to suit your needs. As rich in beauty as it is in history, Adare Manor is an architectural masterpiece of towers, turrets, and stonework ornamentation surrounded by breathtaking gardens, majestic trees and fascinating ruins dating back over eight hundred years. Located in County Limerick, Adare is ideally located near many of Southwest Ireland’s treasure such as the Ring of Kerry, The Blarney Stone and many top rated golf courses!
The castle is located in the Royal Burgh of Tain, just one hour from Inverness Airport and in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland. Tain has something for everyone. It is steeped in history with stunning scenery, magnificent architecture, abundant wildlife and plenty of sporting and leisure activities.
Mansfield Castle is the perfect venue for a wedding, a short break or a complete get-away to indulge in a few rounds of golf, sea and loch fishing, walking, stalking, dolphin and seal watching, whisky tasting and clan associations.
The Kennedy family are one of Scotland’s oldest families and trace their ancestry to Robert the Bruce. Culzean Castle was their principal seat from 1759, the castle and its landscape reflecting their status and aspirations. Over the centuries, the Kennedys transformed a Medieval tower house, built to protect its inhabitants during dangerous times, into one of the grandest country houses in Ayrshire.
Dundas Castle is one of Scotland’s most beautiful and historic castles. Built back in 1818 by the renowned Scottish architect, William Burn, the castle is now the luxurious stately home of Sir Jack Stewart-Clark and his wife, Lady Lydia. Secluded in the peaceful countryside of its own 1000 acre grounds, yet only 8 miles from Edinburgh, Dundas Castle offers all the comforts and high standards associated with the best of hotels. The difference is – when you choose Dundas for your special event, it belongs solely to you and your guests for the duration of your stay. No other guests, no distractions, nowhere else could be more perfect for you.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel and Restaurant, a beautiful 19th century castle surrounded by the luscious green of the evergreen trees and the sparkling blue from the nearby loch. Being one of Scotland’s finest hotels you will enjoy the holiday of a lifetime and one which you are sure never to forget.
Inverlochy Castle sits nestled amongst the foothills of Scotland’s highest mountain – the mighty Ben Nevis – and in some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. The manor is surrounded by landscaped gardens and rhododendrons. The area surrounding Inverlochy Castle is rich in landscape and history, to name but a few of these breathtaking places – the falls at Glen Nevis, the monument at Glenfinnan and the mountains of Glencoe.
Inverlochy had been a private residence for over one hundred years until 1969 when it was converted from a family home to a castle hotel.
Augill Castle, in the Upper Eden Valley, stands in open country, little changed for centuries. The castle’s backdrop is the dramatic North Pennines with gardens opening out to views of the nearby Yorkshire Dales and the Lakeland Fells beyond. Built in 1841 as a Victorian gentleman’s country residence, the castle has all the fairytale romance of a turreted hideaway. Augill Castle is not just a hotel but a country house in its truest sense. Wendy and Simon, together with their young family, do all they can to ensure their guests leave feeling that they have stayed with friends.
This Grade II folly looks like a Norman castle. In fact, it started life in the early 19th century as a farmhouse and barn for breeding shire horses. These were converted into a castle by the Shaw family in about 1860. But they never lived there; they simply wanted to create a view and, being the owners of one of the biggest woollen mills in Yorkshire, they could afford to indulge their fantasies. The castle boasts battlements, towers with arrow slit windows and arch headed windows. The cottage next to the castle was used by the farm manager but over the years the properties gradually fell into disrepair. The buildings were bought and partially modernised in 1964, before being sold to the Crowthers, who made the castle into an idyllic family home. The ruins of a mill stand in the nine-acre grounds and there is also a working water wheel.
Eastnor Castle is the private family home of the Hervey-Bathurst family. Situated in the spectacular Malvern Hills, Eastnor Castle’s 5000 acre estate includes four small lakes, rolling hills and woodland parks, all of which combine to provide the perfect fairytale setting. The family line emanates from two distinguished families, the Cocks and the Somers. The Cocks family moved to Eastnor at the end of the 16th century. They bought the manor of Castleditch and over the following 200 years gradually gained further land in the area.
The Cocks married into the Worcestershire Somers family, and it was the combination of their estates – including the valuable inheritance left by the Lord Chancellor Somers in the early 18th century and the banking wealth of the Cocks Biddupph Bank (now incorporated into Barclays Bank) – that gave the 1st Earl Somers the financial means to begin the construction of Eastnor in 1810. His cause was also aided by a judicious marriage to the daughter of the eminent and rich Worcestershire historian, Dr Treadway Nash,
At that time, the size and splendour of a country house were the most obvious indications of the standing and fortune of any family, and there can be no doubt that the imposing mass and scale of Eastnor was intended to reflect the personality and stature of its creator and pitch the family into the ruling classes for future generations.
Langley Castle Hotel is a 14th century castle, nestling in the Northumbrian valley of the South Tyne.
Built in 1350, during the reign of Edward III, the castle has retained its architectural integrity and is regarded as one of the few Medieval fortified Castle Hotels in England. Set in its own ten acre woodland estate, the castle’s 7 feet thick walls provide a peaceful and tranquil refuge in which to escape from today’s hustle and bustle to a bygone age.
The guest rooms are individually unique all with private facilities, some with four-poster beds, sauna and spa bath. Langley Castle Hotel offers you an exclusive centre from which to explore Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumbrian countryside and history. With southern Scotland including Edinburgh, the English Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales no more than 2 hours’ drive away. The castle provides a perfect venue for wedding receptions, private functions or just a getaway weekend.
Book a stay at this 500 year old English castle hotel and walk rooms and grounds once explored by King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Thornbury Castle is the only Tudor castle open as a hotel, its beautiful oriel windows, Tudor hall and historic parkland are all yours for the duration of your stay.
Located only 15 minutes from the M5, Thornbury is each to reach from all major cities, including London, yet once behind the heavy oak doors, you will find a luxury hotel that resonates history, complete with roaring fires, delicious cuisine and magnificent bedchambers.