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As anyone with a dietary requirement will know, eating out can be a real struggle. As a person with a gluten intolerance, I find I frequently cannot eat what I want; there’s rarely a decent tasting alternative and the “gluten-free” option is usually the same meal, at the same price, but without bread!

What a pleasant surprise I had when I stayed at Cringletie House Hotel! Before dinner we all met for drinks and canapés. I expected to be unable to eat any of them, so what an absolute treat it was to find I had a specially prepared plate of canapés just for me. 


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Spring-time is a gorgeous season; it is an early flourishing stage of development for flowers, the nights become lighter and longer and the weather becomes more clement. So what better time of year to choose for your 'Big Day'?


I chose Spring myself for my own wedding and we were fortunate enough to have glorious sunshine, with a beautiful backdrop of blossom falling from the trees.

Tying the knot in Spring will give you lots of inspiration when planning the details of the day. Here are some ideas on how:


Wedding dresses - most wedding dresses seem made for a spring wedding. Look for a versatile dress that can be paired with a wrap if you're chilly, yet is still light and airy.


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These days, everyone seems so busy that it can be hard to find time for family activities, whether they are weekend trips, week long holidays, gatherings for lunch or dinner, or even just brief visits.


Get-togethers with your relatives may be more important than you think. 

Even though technology allows families to keep in touch and share personal milestones more easily, nothing replaces the experience of actually gathering in the same location with family. 



Family trips are a great way to get to know family members more deeply and to spend some quality time together, outside of our normal routine interactions in our day-to-day lives. No matter how simple or extravagant the holiday, the act of getting together with relatives and doing things together strengthens family relationships. The benefits of close family relationships extend far beyond the good times that are shared during family outings.


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With the arrival of Spring, and the days starting to get warmer and brighter, the desire to be outside and get away somewhere grows in all of us.


There's something about being outside and enjoying nature, that brings an inner peace you cannot achieve when you're indoors.


This is the perfect time to visit and explore new sights. And if you're looking for peaceful, rural scenery to make an escape to, then look no further.

Turin Castle is a Medieval castle standing sentinel in the picturesque countryside. It is a self-catered castle, which means that you can make it your home for as long as you stay. 


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Not all 'Big Days' are 'Big'. More than ever before, smaller weddings are on the increase and offer an intimate day for those wedding couples who are either eloping and it will be just the 2 of them, or those who prefer a smaller celebratory gathering. 


Here, I've narrowed down some of our fantastic castle properties, highlighting those that offer wedding days for smaller parties... 

Bovey Castle, England

Bovey Castle has a range of luxurious ceremony, dining and entertainment options that will guarantee a wedding day with a difference. Choose from four unique rooms within the hotel for your wedding venue, from an outdoor civil ceremony and celebratory drinks in the Summerhouse to the regal setting of the beautiful Cathedral Room. Packages for smaller weddings can be tailored to suit clients' needs. 


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Now, one would hope that you take good care of your mum every day of the year, however Mothering Sunday or Mother's Day falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, so it gives the perfect excuse to spoil your mum. This year it falls on Sunday15th March. Far from the day’s religious beginnings, it is now an occasion for honouring mothers everywhere. 


So, now you know the date, all you have to decide is what to treat mum to. As a parent there is something special about staying in a castle with your children, whatever age. Young children find all the hidey-holes and corridors fascinating to explore, looking for magic everywhere, and even for the grown-up children, the surroundings are so relaxing it is a great opportunity to enjoy each other's company and take a moment out from the fast-paced nature of our busy lives.


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Last-minute discounts are available on selected dates at Swinton Park this Spring!

Whether you are looking for an individual night or a short break, give the team at Celtic Castles a call on 01422 323200 and we will offer you the best available rate.


If you are looking to enjoy the Yorkshire Dales next week, for example, rooms are offered from just £165 per room, per night, for bed and breakfast accommodation.

Yorkshire has so much to offer and, with discounted rates, now is the time to make the most of the opportunity.

We look forward to your call!


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Are you looking for a great value self-catering break this year?

Perhaps we can help....


Enjoy the freedom of a self-catering holiday at Aikwood Tower. Located in the Scottish Boaders, Aikwood Tower is a luxury sixteenth-century renovated castle for upto ten overnight guests. Priced from £1900 per week, that's less than £28 per guest per night!

Whether you are looking for a relaxing break, or the opportunity to explore the Scottish Borders, Aikwood Tower offers exceptional value in a traditional castle with all the modern conveniences.


"We learned a little of Border history. We saw an amount of beautiful Border scenery. We experienced the very best Border hospitality.


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Growing up, quite often, Pancake Day landed on my birthday (5 March, don’t forget!). Not only was this already the best day of the year due to my birthday, but I also got to eat pancakes for my birthday tea! 


Obviously I've grown up slightly now, however, Pancake Day is always a great fun day in my household. We all get stuck in making the batter and flipping the pancakes…then scrapping them from the ceiling after my overly ambitious husband’s turn!


Below I have included my own personal recipe for my pancake batter, I will do my best to give you some tips for the cooking, however, even the best cooks can struggle with a pancake!


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Easter, for many, is the first opportunity of the year for a break away – whether it be for a week, a weekend or just the odd night! Celtic Castles has a selection of castle properties waiting to make your Easter break an eggs-perience which will be the highlight of your Spring.


Here's just a few to whet your appetite... 

Bovey Castle 

Ideally located on the edge of Dartmoor with a host of activities to entertain the young and the “young at heart”, this is perfect for guests wishing to relax with a touch of luxury. For those looking for more flexibility, self-catering lodges are also available, set on the castle's estate.


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