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Lumley Castle Wedding for Two Package

Located in the North of England, with its stone walls, knights in shining armour and authentic historic feel, Lumley Castle is a truly special option for your big (or little!) day. The packages below are perfect for a wonderful intimate wedding.

The Feature Package 

Feature bedrooms are located both in the courtyard and castle and give you an opportunity to make yous stay extra special. Many of the rooms have four-poster beds, feature baths or you may find little surprises like discovering your bathroom behind the wardrobe door!

The package includes:

Room hire;

Private bar;

Order of the day;

Chair covers;

Use of CD player;

Bottle of Champagne and two engraved flutes;

Overnight accommodation in a Feature bedroom with dinner (allocation of £39 per person);

Full English breakfast the following morning.

Total Price: £850

The King James Package

The King James Suite offers a remarkable experience. The suite includes a magnificent 20ft high four-poster Queen Ann bed and reception room. Formerly the chapel of the castle, it boasts its own lounge area, en-suite bathroom and Jacuzzi bath.​​The package includes the following:

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Christmas Party Night Earlybird Offer 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.


Are you in charge of planning your work's get-together or team celebrations for Christmas 2017? Festive party nights are a great opportunity for friends and work colleagues to get together.

We are delighted to offer an 'earlybird' special with 10% off bookings made (and deposits paid) before 30 April 2017.

Dress in your smartest party wear and look forward to an evening of fun, entertainment and music to kick the festive season off to a flying start!

With prices starting from just £44.50 per person, including a mouth watering four course dinner with vegetarian options and a reception drink upon arrival, don't miss out on the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to an amazing experience!

Enhance your experience by staying in one of the abbey's unique bedchambers. Discounted rates are available for those attending an event. Coombe Abbey Hotel boasts 119 individually designed bedchambers; Crown, Feature and Grand Feature. 

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Book a Bovey Christmas 2017 Now and Pay 2016 Prices

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.


If you make a 2017 Christmas booking for Bovey Castle before 31 March 2017, the 2016 rates quoted will be honoured! This is a fantastic offer and a particularly good reason to book your festive stay early!

There is no place like Bovey Castle to experience the magic of a country house Christmas.

The castle is, with the hotel, transformed into a festive hideaway. Plump armchairs nestle against tables laden with walnuts and oranges, rooms are illuminated by spectacular Christmas trees and sparkling decorations.

Christmas Eve
Arrive for lunch and then get into the Christmas spirit with a host of festive activities, including a Christmas country fair, cider & sloe gin making, Bovey rangers' activities and a playroom for the little ones.

Afternoon tea will be served in the Cathedral Room accompanied by carol singing. The castle also offers a children's high tea in Smith's Brasserie for the little ones.

Your evening includes welcome drinks and a candlelit dinner, followed by the opportunity to attend Midnight Mass at the local church.

Christmas Day
After breakfast, the excitement mounts as Father Christmas arrives at Bovey Castle.

In the morning take part in the exciting scavenger hunt, then enjoy some fresh air and beautiful scenery with a guided walk.

The revelry begins with a drinks reception, followed by a fabulous Christmas Day lunch in the Great Western Restaurant.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the Queen's Speech, tea and mince pies. A buffet will be served in the Great Western Restaurant during the evening.

Once the children are tucked up in bed, sit and listen to the storyteller weave some tales in front of the fire.

Boxing Day
After brunch, sign up for the golf tournament or join the castle team for a guided walk. The castle's much loved ferret racing competition is a firm favourite, as is the 'nearest the pin' golf competition, served with hot chocolate and mulled wine on the south terrace. Afternoon tea will also be served in the Cathedral Room.

The castle's storyteller will keep the children entertained, followed by high tea and a festive movie.

Finish up your day with a 5-course dinner and entertainment in the Great Western Restaurant.

Bovey ranger activities and the playroom are also available all day for the little ones.

27 December
A full English breakfast will be served before you are bid a fond farewell.

Christmas at The Castle Three Night Break (check in 24 December):

Total price for two adults:
Classic Room: £2500
Castle Room: £2800
Superior Castle Room: £2950
Valley View Room: £3100
Junior State Room: £3300
State Room: £3800
Grand State Room: £4100
*Lodge: £4200

Children:
Up to 4 years: no charge;
5 - 14 years: £600 sharing adults' room (Castle Room & upwards);
In own single room: £950;
2 children sharing a Classic Room: £1500.

*This price is based on two adults sharing a double/twin room. Minimum occupancy for the Lodge over Christmas is four guests. Children will be charged at £650 each and additional adults at £850 each.

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Enjoy a Scottish Christmas at Culzean Castle 2017

Just like a storybook castle, this fantastic example of Robert Adam's genius stands dramatically on a cliff with superb views across the sea to the mountains of the Island of Arran. Culzean is in the heart of Burns country, a central base for visiting the poet's haunts. There are also a number of other National Trust for Scotland properties within easy driving distance of the castle.


The Kennedy family are one of Scotland's oldest families and trace their ancestry back 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 the Medieval tower house, built to protect its inhabitants during dangerous times, into one of the grandest country houses in Ayrshire.

Like a storybook castle, this fantastic example of Robert Adam's genius stands dramatically on a cliff top, with superb views across the Firth of Clyde to the mountains of the Island of Arran. Culzean Castle is located approximately 50 miles south of Glasgow and Glasgow International Airport, 17 miles from Glasgow Prestwick Airport, and 100 miles from Edinburgh. There are railway stations at Ayr and Maybole.

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Wild Atlantic Way - Islands & Lobster Experience from €260 Per Person

Ballynahinch Castle is an intimate 4 star Irish castle hotel set in 350 acres of woodlands, rivers and walks at the heart of Connemara. The castle has a charm and aura which may be best described as 'Casual Country Elegance’, so why not savour the rich ambience that makes Ballynahinch Castle the jewel in the crown of Connemara and a truly unforgettable castle experience?



Enhance your Ballynahinch Castle experience with a half-day guided sea trip.

Enjoy 2 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in one of the finest 4 star luxury castle hotels in Ireland.

Take a guided boat trip on Roundstone Bay and visit the deserted, picturesque island of Inishlacken with one of the staff of Ballynahinch, John Sullivan; an experienced skipper and lobster fisherman from the nearby island of Inishnee. On your journey you will visit the grey seal colony located in the Ballynahinch estuary, whilst also spotting numerous sea birds such as Terns, Guillemots, Gannets plus other thriving fauna.

The highlight of the trip for most is the visit to Inishlacken, an idyllic island of stone walls, white sandy beaches, nesting sea birds and ruined houses; echoing of a way of life now lost. With a population of nearly 200 residents in 1900, the last islanders departed in the 1980s.

Pull up some lobster pots and fish for mackerel, maybe even returning with your supper! The trip ends back in Roundstone, an ideal spot for lunch or afternoon tea. This is the perfect way to explore the Wild Atlantic Way.

Prices are based on two people sharing a double/twin room on a bed and breakfast basis, inclusive of the half-day sea trip; a third person or children sharing with two adults are subject to additional charges. Maximum of eight passengers on board; the trip is weather dependent.

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Book New Year at Bovey Castle 2017 Now and Pay 2016 Prices

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.



If you make a 2017 New Year booking for Bovey Castle before 31 March 2017, the 2016 rates quoted will be honoured! This is a fantastic offer and a particularly good reason to book your festive stay early!

There is no place like Bovey Castle to experience the magic of a festive hideaway.

New Year's Eve brims with the decadent glamour and excitement that surrounds the last night of the year, drawing to a dramatic close with fireworks over the estate and Champagne flowing.

30 December
Arrive in time for lunch, settle into your room and explore Bovey's estate and spa. Afternoon tea is served in the Cathedral Room and Bovey rangers' activities and the playroom will be available in the afternoon for the children.

In the evening, get the party started early with whisky and cocktail tasting, before a three-course dinner served in the Great Western Restaurant.

New Year's Eve
After breakfast, choose from a host of activities including egg collecting, falconry display, scavenger hunt, golf tournament and a guided walk. Bovey rangers' activities and the playrooms are available all day for children.

Enjoy a light lunch, then take a tipple in the Long Barn with a cider and sloe gin making class.

Afternoon tea will be served in the Cathedral Room, then try your hand at ferret racing or the 'nearest the pin' golf competition on the south terrace.

Wine and Champagne tasting will also be available.

Dress for dinner and arrive to welcome drinks with a piper, a five-course gala dinner, dancing to a live band and fireworks at midnight.

On New Year's Day, enjoy a full English breakfast before departing.

New Year at The Castle Two Night Break (check in 30 December):

Total price for two adults:
Classic Room: £1750
Castle Room: £1900
Superior Castle Room: £ 2000
Valley View Room: £2150
Junior State Room: £2400
State Room: £2650
Grand State Room: £2900
*Lodge: £3100

Children:
Up to 4 years: no charge;
5 - 14 years sharing adults' room: £450 (Castle Room & upwards);
In own single room: £650;
2 children sharing a Classic Room: £990.

*This price is based on two adults sharing a double/twin room. Minimum occupancy for the Lodge over New Year is four guests. Children will be charged at £450 each and additional adults at £575 each.

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Celebrate New Year at Lochhouse Tower 2017

Lochhouse Tower is an historic, luxurious self catering castle for rent sleeping up to 6 guests. Located in Moffat, in the heart of southern Scotland.

Lochhouse Tower is ideally positioned in the heart of the beautiful Southern Uplands of Scotland, surrounded by nature reserves, rolling hills and open countryside, but only a short walk from the attractive tourist town of Moffat. What better way to spend a relaxing festive break with family, than walking the hills, taking in the sites and scenery, then relaxing and unwinding in your own hot tub spa, overlooking your own loch?

Available for Christmas or New Year 2017, Lochhouse Tower is offered for a 7 night stay. The tower sleeps a maximum of 6 guests and can be yours for just £2318 per week.

Perfect for your family festive getaway!

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Half Term Castle Holiday Like No Other



The South West of Scotland is full of surprises for guests staying at Glenapp Castle. The beautiful isles off the west coast of Scotland, with their whisky distilleries and wildlife, are there to be discovered and accessible by the castle's boat. On land, the history of the region can be seen through its ancient monuments and castles, while the local traditions are celebrated in the many music and arts festivals and country shows.

Welcome to a truly hidden place. A place to be inspired, reflect, recharge and reconnect; where you will feel 'at home' with your family and go away with life-long memories plus the kids saying, “Can we please go back to Glenapp...?”

So how many of these activities can you pack into a short break or a week's holiday?

1. A night with an astro-physicist in the Dark Sky National Park surrounding Glenapp. Drink hot chocolate and explore the wonders of the nights skies.

2. Lunch for four in the private Eisenhower suite at Culzean Castle with a guided tour.

3. Deer stalking for the morning or afternoon on one of the castle's local estates (photographing only).

4. A day at the local shore line spa.

5. Quad biking off-road.

6. Tank driving. Yes, tank driving!

7. A half-day sea fishing on “Glenapp Castle”, the castle's own amazing boat.

8. Clay pigeon shooting.

9. Half a day at the Laggan Outdoor Centre, including Europe’s longest known zip-wire.

10. A picnic and bird-watching experience for half a day on Ailsa Craig island, taken by boat.

11. A two-hour cooking lesson hosted by the Glenapp kitchen team.

12. A private falconry display (minimum six guests).

Glenapp Castle offers an amazing family retreat at Half Term, both for adults and children alike.

Prices start from £395 - £675 per room per night for dinner, bed and breakfast for two guests.

Minimum two night stay applies.
Includes in the price are two activities from above for a three night stay, three activities for a five night stay, or five activities for a seven night stay.

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Falconry - An Ancient Art

Falconry is an ancient art as old as any, with some researchers dating it back to around 700BC. The noble act, often associated with the Medieval period and castles, is still practised by dedicated professionals to this day and can be experienced at a number of the properties throughout the Celtic Castles' portfolio.


Our very own Castle Man (pictured above) enjoys the occasional avian encounter, and other guests rave about the unique and memorable experiences they’ve had, and rightly so! Perfect for family days out and corporate events alike, a falconry show is definitely a 'must see' if you get the chance!

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Falconry can be experienced at a number of castles, here are just a few of them:


​ASHFORD CASTLE

The home of Ireland's 'First School of Falconry'.



​Dromoland Castle

Set in 450 acres of parkland, Dromoland Castle offers the perfect setting for falconry experiences.


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Celebrate the New Year at Traquair Castle 2017

Traquair Castle was originally owned by the kings of Scotland, then later became the home of the Earls of Traquair and is still lived in by their decendants, the Maxwell Stuart family. It is well known as the oldest inhabited and most romantic house in Scotland, and today this vibrant yet historic property welcomes you to experience the true Scottish culture.


Enjoy New Year in Scotland's Oldest Inhabited House!

Traquair offers its normal bed and breakfast package for the New Year. Dinner is not available, however the Traquair Arms, a short stride from the castle, offers great local Hogmanay celebrations, which previous guests have enjoyed.

With many attractions to see, both within the grounds of Traquair itself and in the local Scottish Borders towns, Traquair offers a lovely relaxing start to 2018.


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