Looking for a venue for a special birthday celebration? Why not consider hiring a castle exclusively for you and your special group of family and friends?
Amongst our portfolio of castle properties here at Celtic Castles, we have a selection of castles which can be booked on an exclusive hire basis; this means that you have the place to yourselves for the duration of your stay, with complete flexibility to come and go and do as you please.
Many of our exclusive hire properties are available on a self-catering (vacation-rental) basis, allowing you full run of the castle's kitchen to prepare foods to your own liking. This is a particularly favoured option of my family...we tend to organise the week, or however long we are staying, 'Come Dine With Me' style, with different people cooking up a culinary delight each evening. But beware: this can get very competitive!
Typically self-catering properties will have links with local chefs, so if you would like to be pampered for the evening of the special birthday celebration itself, a chef can be hired in for the occasion, to cook up a feast for you all...and also take care of the washing-up!
Some great party castles available on a self-catered basis are:
Walton Castle - near to Bath and Bristol
Castle Law - on the west coast of Scotland
Ballyportry Castle - in County Clare, Ireland
Alternatively, if you are looking for an exclusive hire venue, which is offered on a fully catered basis, here are some of my personal favourites:
Aldourie Castle - located on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland. Watch out for Nessie!
Lismore Castle - in the south of Ireland, just 50 minutes' drive from Cork International Airport
Springkell - in Dumfriesshire, Southern Scotland, close to the historic town of Gretna Green
Here's some feedback from a client who spent their 30th birthday party at Springkell in October 2014:
'Absolutely amazing. Gorgeous venue. Staff were wonderful. 6 * * * * * *.
I can't thank you enough for the outstanding weekend we have just had celebrating my brother's birthday. Springkell has set a standard for all future parties. What a wonderful time in the main room drinking and dancing the night away. What I particularly loved was when James said "the place is yours for the weekend", he meant it. I've hired venues that say that, but in reality they start imposing restrictions; ("It's your venue, but don't do this and don't do that, and you can't do that at that time, and you can't go there between X and Y"). At Springkell it felt like home (just 100x bigger and nicer). The organisation and staff were top drawer. So thoughtful and caring. The food was great. The rooms were stunning and the beds felt like a cloud. As for the afternoon 'Sports Day', well, I haven't had that much fun since I was a kid. I would highly recommend that you ask James to organise that for you. All in all I can just WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your hearts should swell with joy forever at how great a time we had. Congratulations again, thank your staff a thousand times.'
So, when planning your 'big' birthday celebrations, contact the team here at Celtic Castles with your chosen date, an indication of your guest numbers, preferred geography and approximate budget, and we will gladly come back to you with some castle suggestions. Our castle venue finding service is absolutely free-of-charge, so why not tap into our expert knowledge and allow us to find the perfect location for your special occasion?