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Christmas or New Year in Quintessential English Style at Broughton Hall!

Stay in a castle in England and celebrate Christmas or New Year in Style at Broughton Hall!

Broughton Hall is an historic country house, situated on the edge of The Yorkshire Dales, near the market town of Skipton.

This year the estate is opening its doors over Christmas and New Year to a group of up to 29 guests, looking for an exclusive let.

Broughton Hall is available at a special rate for the festive season of £18,000, plus VAT, for a 3-night stay.

This rate is for exclusive hire of the hall itself and meals are offered from £125 per person, per day, dependant on menu choices (breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea & 3 course dinner) and staffing.

Alternatively, a tailored quote can be provided to suit your specific group numbers and requirements.

29 guests can be accommodated in the hall's fifteen bedrooms (14 doubles, 10 of which are en-suite, and 1 single). 

Unlike a private club or hotel, there are no rules and regulations and no set times for anything; enjoy the luxury of afternoon tea in the red drawing room or immerse yourself in one of the library’s ancient books as you discover the magical history of the Broughton Hall Estate. 

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Individual Rooms for Christmas at Carberry Tower

Carberry Tower, a sumptuous hotel, just 7 miles south of Edinburgh, boasts 30 luxurious bedrooms, tastefully furnished in keeping with traditional classical styles, but with a bright and spacious feel to create an atmosphere and aesthetic that truly is fit for royalty.

Experience a truly magical Christmas this year at Carberry Tower, the Queen of Scottish Castles.


Arrival late afternoon/early evening to traditional carols and cocktails in the drawing room.

Dinner: 3-course dinner served in the restaurant.


Relax and open presents before a sumptuous 5-course Christmas lunch.

In the evening, enjoy family board games, charades and the Queen's Speech before a light buffet dinner.


Enjoy a leisurely start to the day with a Scottish breakfast to set yourself up for the journey home.

Stretch your legs in the tower's landscaped gardens before your departure.

Haste ye back! 

Incredible value at just £299 per person for a 2-night stay.

Extend your stay to 3 nights for just £350 per person.

Please take a look at the 2016 package details, including menus.

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Celebrate Christmas at Inverlochy Castle 2016

Inverlochy Castle sits nestled amongst the foothills of Scotland's highest mountain - the mighty Ben Nevis - and in some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. A 19th century Scottish castle hotel that you will never forget staying in.

Festivities begin on Christmas Eve with a Champagne reception and canapés at 6.30pm. During the reception, The Music Shed Community Choir will perform on the main staircase at 6.45pm with some new and traditional Christmas Carols, followed by dinner accompanied by the castle's resident clarsach player, playing in the Great Hall.

Wake up on Christmas Day to a truly festive breakfast, then why not brave the Winter weather with a stroll around Inverlochy's grounds, which offer stunning views of the castle with Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, in the background. For those looking for less energetic pursuits, log fire burns brightly in the Great Hall, ideal for snuggling up to with a good book.

A glass of Champagne is served as Father Christmas visits at 11am, bearing gifts for all guests.

A traditional Christmas Day lunch is served from 12.30 pm, with resident clarsach player, Marie Jo playing along.

The castle's Christmas night cold supper will be served from 7.30 to 9.30 pm in either the Dining Room or through Room Service, during which resident pianist, Jillian, will entertain on the piano.

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Luxury Edinburgh Exclusive Use Castle for Christmas, Upto 18 Adults

Offering modern luxury in a traditional setting, and located just outside Edinburgh, Carlowrie Castle can accommodate up to 18 guests for exclusive hire. Full housekeeping is provided and upon request, the discreet private butler will ensure no detail is overlooked, making your stay truly luxurious. Spend the night in one of nine luxurious bedrooms, individually styled, spacious and with breathtaking views of the 32 acre grounds. The ensuite bathrooms feature hand made, roll top baths, marble tiles, underfloor heating and walk in showers.

For the first time, the doors and 32 acre estate of Carlowrie Castle are being opened to invite generations of friends and family to house parties that will meld history and tradition with contemporary style and luxury.

Carlowrie Castle was built by a family, for their family. For nearly two centuries only two families have had the privilege of celebrating this special time of year here. The castle's Butler, Chef and Housekeeper will oversee every detail of your stay. Because this year it could be your house party, the team will make it as relaxed and informal or as ‘full on formal’ and grand as you like.

Spending Christmas at Carlowrie Castle will not fail to satisfy the inner child in all of guests as they experience the magic and wonderment of the season’s celebrations. This December the castle will be lighting the entrance with twinkling candles and enhancing the elegant rooms with breath-taking decorations, created to enhance sparkling flutes of Champagne and exquisite dinners.

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Wedding Gift List Idea

Your wedding day is booked. All the big decisions have been made and now it's time to decide on the finer details. One of those is trying to politely steer your guests into purchasing the right gift for you. Well, no need to deliberate any longer; I have the answer! Celtic Castles vouchers are a brilliant present for wedding couples who want a unique and special memory-making gift. The vouchers can be used as part or full payment towards any of the castles featured on our website. You can choose the perfect property for your romantic stay. We have castles located throughout various countries, ranging in price, and they vary greatly in terms of the type of experience they offer, so you're bound to find something that you'll love. 

And aside from being a wonderful present, to purchase the vouchers is all-so-easy. Simply give the link to the Celtic Castles voucher page to your guests, let them know if you'd like a bed and breakfast gift voucher (you can stay at one of 4 selected properties with this voucher) or a monetary one (these denomination vouchers can be used for any of the castles featured on our website), they fill in a form, complete their order and voilà, a voucher purchase is made!

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Celebrate Christmas at Cringletie 2016

Cringletie House is a splendid Victorian baronial mansion, located just south of Edinburgh, and stands proud as the only AA Top 200 Hotel in the Scottish Border region. The hotel has 13 individually designed rooms, each one with its own unique character and furnished to a high standard with views over the grounds and local countryside.

Take the stress out of Christmas this year and curl up instead by one of Cringletie's log fires and let the festivities unfold.

The 2016 luxury 3 night Christmas package highlights include: 

  • Christmas Eve drinks reception with a glass of bubbly and Scottish canape's;
  • Chef's tasting menu with matching drinks;
  • Transport to Midnight Mass (optional);
  • Full Scottish breakfasts;
  • Traditional Cringletie Christmas Day Lunch;
  • Boxing Day Treasure Hunt by car or on foot;
  • Country walk with an Alpaca;
  • Traditional Scottish Burns Supper;
  • Cringletie's Fun Casino;
  • Plus, 3 nights' accommodation in a luxurious bedroom or suite

Prices for the above 3 night package start at £775 per person in a Classic Room. Upgrades to more spacious rooms and suites are also available. 

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"Don't worry about that, we'll take care of it for you..."

At Celtic Castles, we often receive feedback from our clients regarding their castle stays. We would like to share some of the testimonials we have recently received, as we understand how important it is to hear about the experiences that guests have had, in their own words.

Below is some of the fabulous feedback we received, from some of the most recent guests staying at the beautiful Ashford Castle...

"Service is the first thing I noticed when we arrived. It would be easy to assume that the staff would be pretentious or snooty, given the world-class quality of the hotel. What I found was that everyone was welcoming, from the moment we arrived at the outside gate to the moment we left. All staff greeted us with a handshake and they introduced themselves using their names. When my wife asked where we should park the car, the staff member said "don't worry about that, we'll take care of it for you." He said it in a way where we didn't even worry if we parked the car in a parking space or in the middle of the driveway. Everyone was very accommodating. Thank you so much for an enjoyable stay."

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Celebrate Christmas at Crom Castle 2016

Crom Castle is situated on the shores of the Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, and set within a 1,900-acre estate. Dated to the 19th century, this castle offers self catering accommodation for up to 12 guests.

On the shores of Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh lies one of the most important nature conservation sites owned by the National Trust – Crom Estate.

Hidden amongst the trees is Crom Castle, owned by the Crichton family, Earls of Erne, in what is known as Ireland’s Lake District!

The West Wing is the Irish home of Lord Erne’s son, Viscount Crichton; it exudes all the charm of a personal residence, whilst offering the most modern facilities in line with its five star accreditation from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. What is quite unique about this castle is the feeling that you are staying in someone's home as a personal guest, rather than an impersonal hotel or guest house.

The dining room is situated in the castle’s former billiard room. Beneath the spectacular barrel-vaulted ceiling, it is a relaxing area that would be the hub for guests in the West Wing. This is a very warm room with an oil-fired Aga cooker at one end and a very nice kitchen area with serving island. There is also another kitchen behind this room, offering a lot of space if you are taking this part of the castle on a self-catering basis.

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Edinburgh - A City of History

A cosmopolitan city, such as Edinburgh, is packed with many different, interesting places to visit.

Edinburgh is divided between the Old and New Towns. They are, as their names suggest, uniquely characterised by features from two contrasting historic areas.

The Old Town has a much more Medieval feel to it, with its labyrinth of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards.

While the Georgian New Town, constructed between 1767 and 1890 (not so new), has broader streets and spectacular buildings that have been immaculately preserved since their construction. 

Both towns distinctively represent the rich Scottish heritage, and have more to offer than you would be able to take advantage of in one day.

One of the best well-known places is, of course, Edinburgh's Castle, Scotland's number one tourist attraction. This is an historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh. 

A majestic building worth visiting. 

The city is also home to Holyrood Palace, built between 1671-1678, and the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. 

Between these two historical locations runs The Royal Mile, a succession of streets forming the main road between the two monuments. It is also packed with historic places to visit and large mix of shops, restaurants, pubs and visitor attractions.

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Celebrate Christmas at Langley Castle 2016

Built in 1350, during the reign of Edward III, Langley Castle has retained its architectural integrity and is regarded as one of the few Medieval fortified castle hotels in England. The castle offers guests an exclusive centre from which to explore Hadrian's Wall, the Northumbrian countryside and history. With southern Scotland including Edinburgh, the English Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales no more than 2 hours drive away, this is the perfect venue for, private functions or just a getaway weekend.

Christmas at Langley Castle will be no ordinary Christmas!

The castle's team have prepared a Christmas treat which will combine the excitement of the occasion, the traditional celebrations and the castle's customary high standards of cuisine and service with tranquillity, set in the splendour of one of England's only genuine, fortified castle hotels...

You will be pampered with the care and attention of the castle's team of friendly and courteous staff. Chefs will prepare sumptuous menus, which will incorporate traditional yet innovative ideas for your delectation and evoke memories of a bygone and oft forgotten era.

The "Langley Traditional Christmas Experience" will include accommodation, full Northumbrian breakfast and dinner for three days, commencing 24 December. Also included will be cocktail parties, Christmas Day lunch and Langley's inimitable style of family entertainment and fun.

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