There are many reasons why people choose to stay in a Celtic Castle... a gathering of family and friends; a birthday celebration; a corporate event or perhaps even a castle wedding. Often a couple may be looking for a special place to stay; a break from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives or maybe to celebrate an anniversary or other special occasion. One of the questions the Celtic Castles team gets asked most is, 'which is your most romantic castle?'. This is especially so at this time of year in the run up to Valentine's Day. There is no set answer to this question as it will vary from person to person and couple to couple, depending on the type of experience you are looking for. I asked members of the Celtic Castles team to come up with their most romantic castle in the UK and this is what they came up with...
Marc's choice - Swinton Park
Set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens in the North East of England, the castle is surrounded by the family estate in which guests have access to rivers, reservoirs, moorland, dales and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Go for the Turret Suite, located over three floors, connected by a steep curved staircase, including a free-standing rain bath on the top floor. The Turret is a real fairytale suite, ideal for a romantic break.
Louise's choice - Thornbury Castle
Retrace the steps of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in this 500 year old castle in England. Treat yourselves to a Deluxe Four-Poster Room; the Howard and Plantagenet are firm favourites of visitors to the castle, looking for a romantic hide-away.
Vikki's choice - Ballynahinch Castle
An intimate four-star castle hotel set in 450 acres of woodlands, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara, in the West of Ireland. Choose a Riverside Suite for an indulgent stay...once in the room, you really won't want to leave so why not opt for the castle's Duvet Package for a night of self-indulgent pleasures, includes room service dinner, chocolates, a movie & popcorn.
Simon's choice - Coombe Abbey
Nestling in England's historic heartland, originally a 12th century Cistercian abbey, Coombe combines a taste of history with a sense of luxury. Choose one of the 14 Grand Feature Rooms for the most lavish of stays...from the impressive surroundings of The Lady Craven Suite to the sumptuous elegance of The Chinoiserie.
Roger's choice - Ackergill Tower
Five-star luxury in a Scottish castle hotel, located just 3 metres from the sea and with 3 miles of sandy beach all the way to the river. Imagine romantic strolls in the sand or, on colder days, look out to sea, sitting by a huge peat fire. Seek out the Daffodil Room for warm, rich colours and the epitome of luxury.
Hopefully the above suggestions will have given you some food for thought for when you are planning your next romantic stay in a castle...and remember...an intimate castle stay can be for any time of the year, not just for Valentine's Day!