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Storybook Romance this Valentine's Day

Just like a storybook castle, this fantastic example of Robert Adam's genius stands dramatically on a cliff with superb views across the sea to the mountains of the Island of Arran. Culzean is in the heart of Burns country, a central base for visiting the poet's haunts. There are also a number of other National Trust for Scotland properties within easy driving distance of the castle.

Release the butterflies this Valentine's Day and show your partner just how much you love them...

Acknowledged as Robert Adam’s greatest Scottish masterpiece, Culzean Castle dates from 1792 and took 15 years to build. Rising majestically from its cliff top location, looking over to the Isle of Arran, Culzean is set amidst 600 acres of beautiful Scottish countryside, with an enchanting terraced garden, charming follies and relaxing woodland walks.

The Eisenhower Apartment at Culzean Castle is one of the most exclusive places to stay in Scotland. The apartment has six rooms and sleeps a total of twelve people. All rooms are situated at the very top of the castle.

Offered on 10 and 11 February 2017 for a one or two night stay, rooms are available from £229 per room, per night, for dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation for two guests.

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Celebrate Valentine's Day in Style

This unique property was originally a 12th century Cistercian abbey nestling in England’s historic heartland. Coombe Abbey has been restored to its former glory and combines a taste of history with a sense of luxury. Set within 500 acres of breathtaking parkland, it is the perfect backdrop for all occasions.

Treat the one you love and celebrate Valentine’s Day in real style this year with a romantic stay at Coombe Abbey.

Nestling within the UK’s historical heartland of Warwickshire, Coombe Abbey is a great place for special occasions, so where better to spend Valentine’s Day?

Take a walk with your loved one around the 500 acres of parkland in the grounds of this former 12th-century Cistercian abbey.

On Tuesday 14 February 2016, Coombe Abbey has a special Valentine's package, which includes dinner, bed and breakfast plus drink and canapés on arrival, 4 course dinner and live background music from £265* per room.

*Based on two persons sharing a Crown Bedchamber. Upgrades available upon request, subject to availability. T&C’s apply.

Spoil someone special this Valentine’s Day with a stay at Coombe Abbey.

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Indulgent Valentine's Break at Thornbury Castle

Thornbury Castle Hotel resonates with history. But step behind the heavy oak doors and you'll find a magnificent hotel with roaring fires, delicious modern cuisine and sumptuous bedchambers. Amongst all of the castle hotels in England, Thornbury Castle has the claim of being visited by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Today, the 500 year-old castle with its beautiful oriel windows, Tudor hall and historic parkland is a place of tranquillity, with easy access from London. There has even been a vineyard within the castle walls for over 500 years, from which Thornbury Castle wine is still produced.

Two-night option: 10 +11 or 17 +18 February 2017
One-night option: 14 February 2017

Why not treat your loved one to a superb Valentine’s break at Thornbury Castle, and live like King and Queen of the castle for one or two luxuriously relaxing days?

As you step behind the heavy oak doors of this ancient Tudor castle, you'll find a magnificent hotel with roaring fires, delicious modern cuisine and beautiful, sumptuous bedchambers – a truly magical setting for a romantic Valentine’s break.

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic time of the year; arrive in your spacious bedchamber and be greeted by a glass of bubbly and a box of home-made truffles to start this special occasion in style.

Thornbury's team of award-winning chefs will be preparing a delicious candle-lit Valentine’s dinner for you to enjoy in one of their romantic dining rooms. As you would expect, the cuisine at Thornbury Castle is of award-winning stature and the cellars are stocked with fine and rare wines and Champagnes...all adding to a most romantic evening to remember.

The package includes:
Two nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in a Classic Double Bedchamber (10 +11 or 17 + 18 February 2017);
3 course à la carte dinner for two available on 10 or 17 February;
4 course special Valentine's dinner with classic guitar entertainment available on the evening of 11 or 18 February (and 14 February for one-night stays);
Box of home-made truffles.

Classic Bedchamber - £310
Deluxe Bedchamber - £410
Deluxe Suite - £460

Prices quoted are per room per night for 2 guests, for dinner, bed and breakfast, based on the above package.

A minimum two-night stay is required on all weekend breaks.

Alternatively, a one-night package is available for the evening of 14 February 2017. Price on application.

You might like to surprise your loved one this Valentine’s with a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers, available from just £45, or a bottle of Champagne from £57. Alternatively (or additionally!) you may like to really treat yourselves with a day of pampering at the nearby Vicarage Farm Holistic Therapy Centre.

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Celebrate New Year at Corsewall Lighthouse 2017

Corsewell Lighthouse Hotel invests the charm and romance of an 1815, functional lighthouse with the comforts of a small, very unique luxury hotel and restaurant. The lighthouse is a listed 'A' building of major national importance. Its light still beams a warning for ships approaching the mouth of Loch Ryan, as it has done for 185 years, and the property provides guests with an opportunity to experience an all-round different experience.


Many properties offer a special dinner on New Year's Eve, however Corsewall Lighthouse, renowned for its AA 3 Star Recommended restaurant, offers its own five-course table d'hôte dinner, with a full Scottish breakfast with Champagne and smoked salmon, every day.

The lighthouse is an 'A'-listed building of major national importance. Its light still beams a warning for ships approaching the mouth of Loch Ryan, as it has done for 185 years.

The lighthouse offers stunning views of the Kintyre Peninsula, Aran, the Firth of Clyde, Ailsa Craig and even the coast of Ireland. Wildlife is abundant within the estate and you can also track beams from other lighthouses!

With rooms starting from just £320 per person for a 2 night stay, this is a Hogmanay Experience not to be missed.

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Valentine's One Night Package at Ashford Castle

Seeing really is believing at Ashford Castle Hotel, which is surrounded by its very own private 350 acre estate. The castle offers all guests a myriad of ways to enjoy the warm hospitality of Ireland. With its colourful 700 year history, guests can savour the wealth of bygone eras and Irish culture throughout their stay, from the grand castle exterior to the richly decorated interior that speaks of centuries of care and love of fine craftmanship.

Enjoy a fairy-tale castle experience this Valentine's Day in a Castle Hotel in Ireland.  

Package description: 
~ One night's accommodation with full Irish breakfast for two.
~ One candle-lit evening meal in George V dining room for two.
~ A dozen red roses and a bottle of house Champagne in your room on arrival.
~ Please note that a jacket is required and a tie is requested for gentlemen in the George V dining room. Ladies - no denim please.
~ 7 day cancellation policy.

Compliments of the castle: 
- Unwind in the castle's premier cinema room, with sumptuous red velvet chairs, jars of sweets and popcorn; private screenings are available by prior arrangement.
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Love is in the Air at Langley Castle!

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.

Where better to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than Langley Castle?

Langley Castle is offering its standard bed and breakfast options for Valentine stays and will be adding special Valentine’s dishes to the regular menu between 10 and 12 February, plus on Valentine’s Day itself serving an exclusive menu.

Valentine's Menu

Available 10, 11, 12 & 14 February 2017

Oysters served two ways

Poached –Shallot Red Wine Vinegar


White Onion and Cider Veloute
Crispy Shallots

Venison Tartar
Mushroom Ketchup – Cornichons

Hot Smoked Salmon – Roasted Salmon – Caviar – Horseradish


Pan Seared Fillet of Beef
Foie Gras – Rosti Potato – Spinach

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Bovey Castle Valentine’s Celebration

Bovey Castle Castle Hotel is idyllically set in the heart of England's Dartmoor National Park, and is the perfect retreat whatever the occasion. Whether you wish to indulge in a round of golf, a relaxing weekend, a wedding or even an activity break, this castle hotel in England is the perfect place for you. Choose from either the Castle, the Lodges or the Rose Cottage for luxury overnight accommodation, which all enjoy a variety of views of the beautiful grounds.

Dartmoor is the destination for you and your loved-one, with a spectacularly indulgent getaway for two and a location that will inspire an adventure onto the moorland or an afternoon spent together in front of a roaring fire.

This cosy break includes a two-night stay with breakfast each morning, a bottle of Champagne and a red rose in the room on arrival, a couple's 25 minute **spa treatment, a six-course Valentine’s menu in the Great Western Restaurant on one evening and dinner in *Smith’s Brasserie the next evening.

Prices are from £770, based on two people sharing.

Valid 10 – 12 February 2017 or 13 – 15 February 2017. Dinner in Great Western Restaurant available on 11 or 14 February.
*£30 per person allocation for dinner in Smith’s Brasserie.
**Couple's spa treatment consists of a 25 minute treatment per couple.

Spread the love this Valentines Day!

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2017 Great Value Self Catering Castle Breaks

Belle Isle Castle (shown above) 

If you’re planning a break for 2017, one of our self-catering castles can provide an authentic castle experience, without necessarily breaking the bank!
Below are some of the best value venues to get your started…


Craufurdland Castle is located in Ayrshire, Scotland, south of Glasgow and ten miles from the west coast. The castle dates back to 1245, making it ones of the oldest in the area.

Craufurdland sleeps up to 16 people in 6 individual bedrooms and also features a barrel-vaulted hall, a fully equipped kitchen (with unusually shaped windows), utility room, drawing room and a dining room with a table to seat up to 16 adults. As an interesting historical feature, you can see the remains of a secret passageway in the Laird’s room.

Despite being within such easy reach of Glasgow, the castle is located within its own estate which is great for fishing, walks or mountain-biking. There are also a number of golf clubs within easy access.

At low season you can book a week long stay at Craufurdland for 16 adults for a mere £1970! That works out at a little under £16 per person per night! The weekly rate rises to £2740 during high season, but that still works out at superb value for 16 adults.

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Damunzie Castle Ski Package

Dalmunzie Castle is a stunning quintessential Laird's mansion turreted in the Scot's Baronial style and standing proudly at the head of a 6500 acre estate dating back to 1510. Enjoying magnificent mountain scenery, Dalmunzie is located in a hidden part of Highland Perthshire, yet is less than two hours from Edinburgh airport. Peace and tranquillity are a feature of life at Dalmunzie with fires & lounges contributing to a relaxing haven from the outside world.

Offer applicable for bookings between 10 January 2017 and 30 March 2017.

Dalmunzie Castle stands proud at the head of a 6500 acre estate, dating back to

Enjoy peace and tranquillity whilst admiring the magnificent mountain scenery in Highland Perthshire. Lounge by the fire in this relaxing haven from the outside world. Glenshee’s wild mountainous terrain makes it one of Scotlands most popular ski areas. It is home to the country’s largest skiing centre and some of the most breathtaking
winter mountainous scenery Scotland has to offer. 

The Glenshee Ski Centre operates the largest lift system in Britain with no less than 33 runs over three valleys for skiers and boarders of all standards. 

Wildlife can be spotted at this time of year as herds of wild red deer can often be seen foraging for food above Dalmunzie on the flanks on Ben Gulabin mountain. If you are lucky you may sight a golden eagle or other birds of prey soaring and hunting over the high heathery ground. 

But the best thing about Winter is returning to the hotel to enjoy a wee
dram beside the fire...

Option 1 
Enjoy bed and breakfast, accommodation, plus a five-course dinner for two
(worth £100).

Four Poster Room – £230 
Tower Room - £240 
Family Room (super king room + twin annex) - £250 

Option 2
Book a Dalmunzie Double Room, to include bed and breakfast accommodation -
Add 2 bar meals - £185 

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing a room.
Addition charges:
£10 per child per night under 10 years of age.
£20 per child per night from 10 to 16 years.

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your accommodation
with the remaining balance payable on departure.

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Limited Edition Sunday Stays at Coombe Abbey

This unique property was originally a 12th century Cistercian abbey nestling in England’s historic heartland. Coombe Abbey has been restored to its former glory and combines a taste of history with a sense of luxury. Set within 500 acres of breathtaking parkland, it is the perfect backdrop for all occasions.

Limited Edition Sunday Stays at Coombe Abbey

Not a fan of Monday mornings? Use this incredible Coombe Abbey deal, and learn to love them.

During your stay, you can look forward to:

One Sunday night’s accommodation in a Crown Bedchamber (based on two people sharing the room);

Full English breakfast;

Dinner* for two for £50 from Chef’s Inclusive Menu in the Garden Room Restaurant.

* Dinner must be pre-booked in advance to take advantage of the dinner offer.

Accommodation prices are based on two people sharing a Crown Bedchamber. Supplements are available for upgraded room types. Offer does not apply on Bank Holidays. 

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