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Thornbury Castle Intimate Wedding for Two Package

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. Perfect for a romantic wedding.

Rich in history and romance...where better to elope to than Thornbury Castle? 

This wonderful wedding for two package includes the following:

Three nights' accommodation in a Deluxe bedchamber;

Breakfast each morning;

Full afternoon tea on your arrival day;

Ceremony hire of the Library on your second day;

A long and low flower arrangement for the registrar's table;

Two witnesses provided for your ceremony;

A bottle of 'house' Champagne to enjoy after your ceremony;

3 course dinner in the Oriel Restaurant on the night of your wedding;

A bottle of Thornbury Castle wine to take home.

Priced at £2,000 Monday - Thursday, subject to date availability.

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Celebrate St Andrew’s Day in Style!


St Andrew's Day is celebrated each year on 30 November and is Scotland's national day.

St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland (as well as several other countries, including Greece, Romania, Russia and Ukraine) and was one of the Twelve Apostles (disciples of Jesus) and brother of Simon Peter (Saint Peter). He was a fisherman by trade, who lived in Galilee (in present-day Israel).


The Scottish flag, the Saltire, is based on the X-shaped cross on which St Andrew was crucified on 30 November, 60 AD. An ancient story tells that a St Andrew's Cross was seen in the sky on the morning of a crucial battle in 832 AD between the Picts and the Angles. The Picts were inspired by the symbol and were victorious in the battle.


In Scotland, and many countries with Scottish connections, St Andrew's Day is marked with a celebration of Scottish culture with traditional Scottish food, music and dance. Schools across Scotland hold special St Andrew's Day events and activities including art shows, Scottish country dancing, lunchtime ceilidhs, dance festivals, storytelling, reciting and writing poems, writing tall tales, cooking traditional Scottish meals, and bagpipe-playing!

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Celebrate Christmas at Glenapp Castle 2016

Glenapp Castle is a fairytale castle hidden on the beautiful Ayrshire coast in Ballantrae, Scotland. Imagine exquisite rooms and outstanding cuisine. Perfect for rest and relaxation. The luxurious, award winning five star hotel provides an intimate level of service, with genuine attention to detail. It has great beauty in its period furnishings and interiors and through the breath-taking gardens, forest and the seascapes that surround that castle.

Christmas Eve
Light lunch available from 1pm – 3pm;
Afternoon Tea with Champagne 3pm – 5pm whilst listening to the castle/s pianist on the Grand Bosendorfer piano;
Carols by candlelight in the castle entrance hall at 6:45pm;
A six-course dinner amidst the famous Glenapp Christmas decorations 7pm - 9:30pm;
Goodnight from the Glenapp piper 10pm;
Drinks in the drawing room by the fire.

Christmas Day
Scottish breakfast 8am – 11am;
Santa leaves his presents in your room or under the Christmas Tree 11:15am;
Christmas Day service at Ballantrae church 11:30am;
Pre-lunch Champagne with a four-course Glenapp Christmas lunch to be remembered with chefs David Alexander and Tyron Ellul 1pm - 2:30pm;
Queen’s Speech in the library 3pm;
Endless possibilities for walks, on the coast, in the glen, and through the estate;
Buffet followed by Scottish ceilidh band in the drawing room 7:30pm – 9:30pm;
Night-cap, fresh air, and bedtime;
Midnight Christmas service in Ballantrae.

Boxing Day
Scottish breakfast 8am – 11am;
Morning activities from your own choices;
Buffet lunch 1pm – 2:30pm;
Afternoon...choose from a stunning list of activities and experiences both on and off the estate;
Scottish delight, a three-course gourmet dinner with a harpist 7pm – 9pm;
Optional stargazing with a Dark Sky Ranger, including hot-chocolate and marshmallows.

27 December
Scottish breakfast 8am – 11am;
Checkout up to 1pm with extension to 3pm, when available.

OR

Stay an extra one or two nights and enrol for the Glenapp half-day cookery school for £150 per person, led by Glenapp’s top chefs. The plan is for you to delight and impress your own guests with your culinary skill!

27 December cookery school timings:
2:30pm – 6pm

28 December cookery school timings:
10am – 1:30pm
2:30pm – 6pm

For these extra nights – normal winter room rates apply.

Package Rates
Garden View: 3 nights full board - £2250
Grand Sea View: 3 nights full board - £2950
Junior Suite: 3 nights full board – £3250
Master Room: 3 nights full board – £3750
Prices quoted are all based on 2 guests sharing a room.


Children's Pricing
0-5: free
Children from 5 - 12 years: £125 per night (full board)
The castle requests that very young children are not present in the drawing room or dining rooms after 6.30pm.

Guests may arrive at the castle from 1pm on the day of arrival. A light lunch is available each day between 1pm and 2pm. For guests extending their stay, check out-time is 11am on departure day.

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Celebrate Christmas at Lismore Castle 2016

A warm Irish welcome awaits you amidst crackling log fires and Christmas trees soaring to the ceiling. 


Your week long stay at this most wonderful time of the year will be tailored to suit your every need and wish, plus there’s a myriad of seasonal activities and events to choose from...From treasure hunts and storytelling for the children to long lazy breakfasts and sumptuous afternoon teas in the Drawing Room for the adults; bracing walks in the nearby Knockmealdown Mountains; trips to Christmas markets to pick up last minute gifts; relaxing spa treatments in the Cliff House in Ardmore; Christmas concerts in nearby villages; golf; river cruises; guided historical tours of the grounds and gardens - there’s something for all the family to enjoy.

Christmas at Lismore Castle 

  • Seven night stay with full butler and concierge service;
  • Airport transfers & chauffeur service throughout the week; 
  • Hearty breakfasts, sumptuous afternoon teas & wonderful dinners; 
  • Special Santa service for little kids & luxury handmade stockings packed with goodies & treats!

Christmas and New Year are sold for a minimum seven night stay, at a price of €140,000 for groups of up to 16 people. Additional Guests (up to 27 guests in total) are charged at €850 per person per night.

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Keep Calm and Pretend It's Not Monday

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.



Enjoy Bovey Castle's 'Time to Sunday' offer at this stunning country hotel on the edge of Dartmoor and enjoy a traditional 3 course Sunday lunch in the Great Western Restaurant, overnight accommodation, an English breakfast and a lazy 1pm check-out.

The 'Time to Sunday' offer is based on a daily room rate and, as such, rates will fluctuate, dependent on time of year and availability; this offer is subject to availability. Sunday lunch must be booked at the time of reservation, with a food allocation of £35 per person.

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Intimate Wedding for Two Package at Glenapp Castle

Glenapp Castle is a luxurious castle hidden on the beautiful Ayrshire coast in Ballantrae, Scotland. It's a truly romantic venue for your special day. 



The romantic 'Wedding For Two' package, detailed below, is ideal for couples wishing to elope for their Big Day. The package includes the following:

- A three night stay in either The Earl of Orkney or Earl of Inchcape 'Master' bedrooms;

- Full Scottish breakfast each morning;

- A three course gourmet dinner on their first and last evening;

- Preparation of the ceremony room;

- A traditional piper for the wedding and reception;

- A master of ceremonies;

- Two glasses of Champagne served with canapés after the wedding ceremony;

- A five course celebration dinner with coffee and petits fours on the evening of the wedding;

- Half a bottle of high quality wine to accompany the meal, per person.


All this and priced at just £2,625.

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Wonderful Wedding for Two Package at Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh

Dalhousie Castle Hotel is steeped in a wealth of history - indeed Queen Victoria and Sir Walter Scott have payed visits. The friendly atmosphere of Dalhousie Castle is created by the relationship between the staff, management and guests who aim to make your weddings day a unique and special one. 

Dalhousie Castle Wedding for Two - £1500

'His & Hers' separate Themed Double Rooms for night before the wedding;
2 course meal in Orangery Restaurant on night of arrival;
Full Scottish breakfast each morning;
Wedding ceremony in Castle Chapel;
Two witnesses for ceremony;
Castle piper for ceremony; 
Bottle of Sparkling Wine after ceremony; 
Wedding breakfast in the Dungeon Restaurant;
Themed Suite for wedding night.


Dalhousie Castle 'Luxury' Wedding for Two - £2000

'His & Hers' separate Themed 4 Poster Rooms for night before the wedding;
Afternoon tea on arrival; 
3 course meal in Orangery Restaurant on night of arrival;
Full Scottish breakfast next morning;
Wedding ceremony in Castle Chapel; 
Two witnesses for ceremony; 
Castle piper for ceremony; 
Owl ring delivery during ceremony; 
Bottle of Laurent-Perrier Champagne after ceremony; 
Wedding breakfast in the Dungeon Restaurant; 
Themed Suite for wedding night; 
Champagne breakfast in bed the next morning.

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Celebrate Christmas at Dalhousie Castle 2016

Dalhousie Castle Hotel is steeped in a wealth of history - indeed Queen Victoria and Sir Walter Scott have payed visits. The friendly atmosphere of Dalhousie Castle is created by the very special relationship between the staff, management and guests. With the timeless style of the castle, every stay will be memorable, and many guests return year after year.


Light-up your festive season with glistening events, sparkling Champagne and sumptuous dining. This magnificent 13th-century fortress is the perfect place for all your festive celebrations. 

Christmas Eve

Arrive at Dalhousie Castle on 24 December and you will be welcomed to your individually-styled bedroom. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon tea followed by the castle's 'Owls, Myths and Legends' experience with the Castle Falconry.

Christmas Day

Enjoy a leisurely morning relaxing in the castle or exploring the beautiful grounds. A traditional Christmas lunch will be served with all the trimmings, followed by an evening snack whilst being entertained by a live jazz band.

Boxing Day

This is the perfect opportunity to pamper yourself in the Aqueous Spa after a hearty farewell breakfast in the Orangery Restaurant or perhaps shopping the 'sales' in Edinburgh city centre.

Tariff (based on 2 adults sharing for the two night package).

Castle Rock/Lodge Double - £750 per room
Castle Double - £750 per room
Themed Double - £825 per room
Themed Four Poster - £900 per room
Executive Themed Suite(Louis XIV) - £1000 per room
Themed Suite £1200 - per room

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Halloween Approaches - Haunted Castles!


My son asked me over the weekend if we could work together on a project for October. I was intrigued, after all, once a child hits their teenage years, spending “ quality time” with mom is not high on their agenda. However, I am not that naive that I did not realise that he wanted something from me…

The project, I am sure some of you will have already guessed…Could I create for him a Halloween costume, which will impress his friends, attract the girls! And cost less that those he had seen on various websites. HELP!

My eldest son will never venture into a Castle again, after a visit to a popular castle that told a few ghost stories before bed! His night, if fact all the children’s night was spent on the floor of mum and dads room, listening for ghosts footsteps through the long, dark night!


This got me thinking…

Many of us are looking for more from a castle stay than a good dinner, a warm and comfy bed, and a lovely cooked breakfast. We want an experience…a long remembered memoir…a story to pass on to our grandchildren.

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Celebrate New Year at Dalhousie Castle 2016

Dalhousie Castle Hotel is steeped in a wealth of history - indeed Queen Victoria and Sir Walter Scott have payed visits. The friendly atmosphere of Dalhousie Castle is created by the very special relationship between the staff, management and guests. With the timeless style of the castle, every stay will be memorable, and many guests return year after year.


TWO NIGHT HOGMANAY BREAK 


Hogmanay

The New Year's Eve celebrations begin with an opportunity to enjoy clay pigeon shooting before a light lunch in the castle. From 2pm the castle have a cocktail masterclass or ceilidh dancing lessons available; choose one or do both, and master a new skill(!) before enjoying a delicious dinner. Welcome the "bells" with the castle's ceilidh band.

The 'Hogmanay Dinner Dance' will begin at 7pm with a drinks' reception, running right through to the wee small hours, before taking part in the Scottish tradition of first footing. 

New Year's Day

New Year's Day starts with a lazy brunch, then enjoy the castle's 'Owls, Myths and Legends' display and learn to play the pipes, followed by afternoon tea.

Your deduction skills are put to the test with a murder mystery buffet dinner in the evening.

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