We often make our choice of accommodation for our holiday, or small break, based on the activities the place we will stay in can offer. One activity that is sure to please both grown ups and children, is swimming. Not only is it a great way to relax, but also a wonderful way of exercising and making sure that your children are tired when it comes to bed-time. So the next few paragraphs are dedicated to the top five castles on our website that have swimming pools...
The first one is Broughton Hall, which I had the pleasure of visiting recently. Broughton Hall is situated on the edge of The Yorkshire Dales...one of the country's most beautiful National Parks, and set in a 3000 acre privately owned estate.
This alone is a great reason to want to visit, but to that reason, you can add the list of activities that Broughton Hall can offer. Activities such as fishing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, 4x4 driving and of course swimming; perfect for those who like to keep active during their holiday.
The next one on the list is Bovey Castle.
Bovey Castle is situated in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park, in the heart of Devon. It's the perfect place for a small break, offering a wide range of stunning rooms that can accommodate both couples and small families.
The castle's indoor swimming pool overlooks the sun terrace and the River Bovey, plus it offers stunning views for miles over the National Park.
The castle’s facilities also include a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room for those who enjoy relaxing after a good swim.
Also in England and not to far from Bovey Castle, Walton Castle makes a stand as one of the favourite castles for family gatherings.
Walton Castle is set in acres of private grounds, and it is usually let on a self-catering basis, which gives you complete freedom to be totally at ease with your family.
It is a short drive away from Clevedon Town, and only a half hour walk, which would be a delight for those who prefer walking over swimming, as it offers some of the most beautiful scenic surroundings.
The indoor heated swimming pool is just an added bonus, that will be sure to captivate the interest of most guests while staying at the castle.
Moving on to Scotland, we have Barony Castle, the corporate paradise; a business man's favourite and rightfully so.
Set in 25 acres of tranquil gardens and woodland, just 35 minutes south of Edinburgh, the castle's facilities offer you the perfect opportunity to unwind, after a busy meeting or presentation.
There is an indoor pool, mini-gym, spa bath and sauna, 5-a-side football pitch, croquet lawn and a rope course.
In Ireland, situated at the brow of Killiney Hill, and just nine miles from Dublin's bustling city centre, we have Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel.
It has its own leisure centre, which features a fully equipped gym, along with a 22-metre indoor swimming pool with an on-deck whirlpool spa and Scandinavian wood sauna and steam room. In addition there are many other activities that can be enjoyed in the local area.