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Celebrate New Year at Corsewall Lighthouse 2017

Corsewell Lighthouse Hotel invests the charm and romance of an 1815, functional lighthouse with the comforts of a small, very unique luxury hotel and restaurant. The lighthouse is a listed 'A' building of major national importance. Its light still beams a warning for ships approaching the mouth of Loch Ryan, as it has done for 185 years, and the property provides guests with an opportunity to experience an all-round different experience.



WOULD YOU LIKE TO ESCAPE FOR HOGMANAY?

Many properties offer a special dinner on New Year's Eve, however Corsewall Lighthouse, renowned for its AA 3 Star Recommended restaurant, offers its own five-course table d'hôte dinner, with a full Scottish breakfast with Champagne and smoked salmon, every day.

The lighthouse is an 'A'-listed building of major national importance. Its light still beams a warning for ships approaching the mouth of Loch Ryan, as it has done for 185 years.

The lighthouse offers stunning views of the Kintyre Peninsula, Aran, the Firth of Clyde, Ailsa Craig and even the coast of Ireland. Wildlife is abundant within the estate and you can also track beams from other lighthouses!

With rooms starting from just £320 per person for a 2 night stay, this is a Hogmanay Experience not to be missed.

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Valentine's One Night Package at Ashford Castle

Seeing really is believing at Ashford Castle Hotel, which is surrounded by its very own private 350 acre estate. The castle offers all guests a myriad of ways to enjoy the warm hospitality of Ireland. With its colourful 700 year history, guests can savour the wealth of bygone eras and Irish culture throughout their stay, from the grand castle exterior to the richly decorated interior that speaks of centuries of care and love of fine craftmanship.


Enjoy a fairy-tale castle experience this Valentine's Day in a Castle Hotel in Ireland.  

Package description: 
~ One night's accommodation with full Irish breakfast for two.
~ One candle-lit evening meal in George V dining room for two.
~ A dozen red roses and a bottle of house Champagne in your room on arrival.
~ Please note that a jacket is required and a tie is requested for gentlemen in the George V dining room. Ladies - no denim please.
~ 7 day cancellation policy.

Compliments of the castle: 
- Unwind in the castle's premier cinema room, with sumptuous red velvet chairs, jars of sweets and popcorn; private screenings are available by prior arrangement.
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Bovey Castle Valentine’s Celebration

Bovey Castle Castle Hotel is idyllically set in the heart of England's Dartmoor National Park, and is the perfect retreat whatever the occasion. Whether you wish to indulge in a round of golf, a relaxing weekend, a wedding or even an activity break, this castle hotel in England is the perfect place for you. Choose from either the Castle, the Lodges or the Rose Cottage for luxury overnight accommodation, which all enjoy a variety of views of the beautiful grounds.


Dartmoor is the destination for you and your loved-one, with a spectacularly indulgent getaway for two and a location that will inspire an adventure onto the moorland or an afternoon spent together in front of a roaring fire.

This cosy break includes a two-night stay with breakfast each morning, a bottle of Champagne and a red rose in the room on arrival, a couple's 25 minute **spa treatment, a six-course Valentine’s menu in the Great Western Restaurant on one evening and dinner in *Smith’s Brasserie the next evening.

Prices are from £770, based on two people sharing.

Valid 10 – 12 February 2017 or 13 – 15 February 2017. Dinner in Great Western Restaurant available on 11 or 14 February.
*£30 per person allocation for dinner in Smith’s Brasserie.
**Couple's spa treatment consists of a 25 minute treatment per couple.

Spread the love this Valentines Day!

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2017 Great Value Self Catering Castle Breaks


Belle Isle Castle (shown above) 

If you’re planning a break for 2017, one of our self-catering castles can provide an authentic castle experience, without necessarily breaking the bank!
Below are some of the best value venues to get your started…

CRAUFURDLAND CASTLE - SLEEPS SIXTEEN

Craufurdland Castle is located in Ayrshire, Scotland, south of Glasgow and ten miles from the west coast. The castle dates back to 1245, making it ones of the oldest in the area.

Craufurdland sleeps up to 16 people in 6 individual bedrooms and also features a barrel-vaulted hall, a fully equipped kitchen (with unusually shaped windows), utility room, drawing room and a dining room with a table to seat up to 16 adults. As an interesting historical feature, you can see the remains of a secret passageway in the Laird’s room.

Despite being within such easy reach of Glasgow, the castle is located within its own estate which is great for fishing, walks or mountain-biking. There are also a number of golf clubs within easy access.

At low season you can book a week long stay at Craufurdland for 16 adults for a mere £1970! That works out at a little under £16 per person per night! The weekly rate rises to £2740 during high season, but that still works out at superb value for 16 adults.

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Damunzie Castle Ski Package

Dalmunzie Castle is a stunning quintessential Laird's mansion turreted in the Scot's Baronial style and standing proudly at the head of a 6500 acre estate dating back to 1510. Enjoying magnificent mountain scenery, Dalmunzie is located in a hidden part of Highland Perthshire, yet is less than two hours from Edinburgh airport. Peace and tranquillity are a feature of life at Dalmunzie with fires & lounges contributing to a relaxing haven from the outside world.

Offer applicable for bookings between 10 January 2017 and 30 March 2017.

Dalmunzie Castle stands proud at the head of a 6500 acre estate, dating back to
1510. 


Enjoy peace and tranquillity whilst admiring the magnificent mountain scenery in Highland Perthshire. Lounge by the fire in this relaxing haven from the outside world. Glenshee’s wild mountainous terrain makes it one of Scotlands most popular ski areas. It is home to the country’s largest skiing centre and some of the most breathtaking
winter mountainous scenery Scotland has to offer. 


The Glenshee Ski Centre operates the largest lift system in Britain with no less than 33 runs over three valleys for skiers and boarders of all standards. 

Wildlife can be spotted at this time of year as herds of wild red deer can often be seen foraging for food above Dalmunzie on the flanks on Ben Gulabin mountain. If you are lucky you may sight a golden eagle or other birds of prey soaring and hunting over the high heathery ground. 

But the best thing about Winter is returning to the hotel to enjoy a wee
dram beside the fire...


Option 1 
Enjoy bed and breakfast, accommodation, plus a five-course dinner for two
(worth £100).

Four Poster Room – £230 
Tower Room - £240 
Family Room (super king room + twin annex) - £250 

Option 2
Book a Dalmunzie Double Room, to include bed and breakfast accommodation -
£154 
Add 2 bar meals - £185 

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing a room.
Addition charges:
£10 per child per night under 10 years of age.
£20 per child per night from 10 to 16 years.

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your accommodation
with the remaining balance payable on departure.

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Limited Edition Sunday Stays at Coombe Abbey

This unique property was originally a 12th century Cistercian abbey nestling in England’s historic heartland. Coombe Abbey has been restored to its former glory and combines a taste of history with a sense of luxury. Set within 500 acres of breathtaking parkland, it is the perfect backdrop for all occasions.


Limited Edition Sunday Stays at Coombe Abbey

Not a fan of Monday mornings? Use this incredible Coombe Abbey deal, and learn to love them.

During your stay, you can look forward to:

One Sunday night’s accommodation in a Crown Bedchamber (based on two people sharing the room);

Full English breakfast;

Dinner* for two for £50 from Chef’s Inclusive Menu in the Garden Room Restaurant.

* Dinner must be pre-booked in advance to take advantage of the dinner offer.

Accommodation prices are based on two people sharing a Crown Bedchamber. Supplements are available for upgraded room types. Offer does not apply on Bank Holidays. 

Featured: Giordino Grand Feature Bedchamber




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Celebrate Christmas at Barcaldine Castle 2017

A Scottish castle set on the shores of Loch Creran, with breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains of Glencoe in early Spring, to the golden colours of Autumn - a memorable experience awaits you.The sumptuous interiors are carefully designed to encourage guests to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of relaxation. Unobtrusive and calm, the team at the castle aims to make your stay as memorable as possible. The open log fires, tall ceilings and wooden beamed roofs give the castle a charm and character of a day gone by. The best part is, you can enjoy it today!

Enjoy a Christmas break on the shores of Loch Creran, with breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains of Glencoe. With interiors designed to encourage guests to relax, the castle aims to make your stay as memorable as possible.

The castle offers their normal bed and breakfast package for a minimum 3 night stay, with the option of taking a Christmas Day lunch, typically priced at £75 per person (Menu's to be confirmed).

With many historic sight-seeing places near this wonderful castle, who wouldn’t want to spend their festive break in this amazing property?

“The quality of this castle is unsurpassed, the hosts Liz and Ronnie were welcoming, knowledgeable and fully aware of their guests' requirements, home from home, top class. David the owner, a very nice man, unafraid to get his hands dirty. Brilliant."

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Have you booked your 2017 vacation yet?

The presents have been unwrapped, Christmas chocolates have been eaten, the tree is all packed away, along with the obligatory Christmas jumper, and here we are at the start of a new year...

Happy New Year from all of the Celtic Castles team…..if you haven’t already done so, now is the time to start planning your 2016 holiday.


Did you know that you can stay in a castle every night of your holiday, from 1 night to a whole month or even longer? The Tours Team at Celtic Castles can tailor make a self-drive castle tour itinerary to suit your requirements. Just tell us your intended date of travel, where you’d most like to visit and we will do the rest. All you need to do is take care of the flights, car hire and insurance and then we will take care of all of your accommodation bookings.

We have a whole area of our site dedicated to castle tours, featuring 2-night mini-breaks to full castle tours. 


Tours can be tailor-made to your particular requirements, adding or reducing night/s, room upgrades and dinner add-on's to create your perfect vacation.

What’s more, our service is completely free. We’ll even give you a call to discuss your requirements before suggesting an itinerary best suited to you.

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Book Christmas in a Castle 2017 Now!


It’s never too early to book your Christmas castle break. Many of the castles have not yet finalised their 2017 packages, however we do have examples available to show what they offered in 2016, which will give you a good idea on what to expect. That said, we have some properties which are now accepting bookings for Christmas and the New Year....
So how do you like to celebrate? Just with family and close friends, or do you prefer to celebrate with with friends that you have yet to meet? To give you a start, here a few options to tempt you...

Chateau Rhianfa, Anglesey, North Wales


Based on two people sharing one of the beautifully-designed Classic Rooms, prices for 2016 started at just £375 per person, offering a good night's sleep during your festive experience. (However, if you want to treat yourself to even more luxury, room upgrades are available)

Cringletie House, Scottish Borders

Take the stress out of Christmas and curl up instead by one of Cringletie's log fires and let the festivities unfold.

The 2016 luxury 3 night Christmas package highlights include: 

  • Christmas Eve drinks reception with a glass of bubbly and Scottish canape's;
  • Chef's tasting menu with matching drinks;
  • Transport to Midnight Mass (optional);
  • Full Scottish breakfasts;
  • Traditional Cringletie Christmas Day Lunch;
  • Boxing Day Treasure Hunt by car or on foot;
  • Country walk with an Alpaca;
  • Traditional Scottish Burns Supper;
  • Cringletie's Fun Casino;Plus, 
  • 3 nights' accommodation in a luxurious bedroom or suite
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A Little Gift from us to Welcome in 2017...


Would you like to escape to the Scottish Borders in 2017? While away your time in a castle once used as a retreat by King James VI of Scotland (son of Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley) who took refuge there as he fled from the rebel army in Fife across the Firth of Forth. 


Located near the coastal town of North Berwick, Fenton Tower is offered on an exclusive-hire option, indulging guests who enjoy the company of friends and family and sharing their castle experience.

If you book your stay prior to 30 January 2017 we are able to offer a 20% discount for stays taken before 30 April 2017 (subject to availability).


If you need any more reasons to visit this stunning property near Edinburgh, here are some great ideas of things to do during your stay:



Enjoy a day trip into Edinburgh; this historic city is bustling throughout the year with a host of exciting places to visit, food to savour and shopping for all tastes; 

Visit the Museum of Flight at East Fortune, now home to Concorde;
Explore Abbotsford, ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott;

Cycle - whether you prefer the road or the mountain, there are many nearby routes to follow;
Walk in the Lammermuir Hills.


With bed and breakfast overnight stays starting at £180 per person (£144 per person with the discount applied) per night, the opportunity to enjoy a castle experience is yours for the taking!

Please note a minimum of 8 guests must book the castle for the above 'exclusive-use' offer.


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