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Walworth Castle – the hidden gem on Celtic Castle's website.

Walworth Castle, situated in Darlington (only 50 minutes from Newcastle and 30 minutes from Durham), has many a surprise up its sleeve. Although it is 825 years old, the castle is bursting with life. 

Walworth Castle offers its very own falconry experience – 'Walworth Castle Birds of Prey'. This award-winning centre aims to provide visitors with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn not only about birds of prey, but also see them up close in all their glory. In addition to the daily displays (April to October), there is a range of falconry experiences available throughout the year. 

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Step back in time this Christmas with a break at Thornbury Castle, an extraordinary Tudor castle on the edge of the Cotswolds. This, once royal residence resonates with history, creating the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a seasonal break to remember.

Included in this seasonal break are continental and hearty breakfasts, cream tea's, gourmet dinners, tudor quests, cocktails and falconry

Rates start from £2268 for the three night break in a classic room based on 2 adults sharing.

Available from 24 December 2014 to 27 December 2015. Subject to availability.

Avoid disappointment and secure your festive break now...

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The summer is always a nice time to get away and relax. It's a treat when you have the opportunity to leave the routine behind and experience something new. 

Many like to travel abroad and visit new countries, others love to revisit the same places over and over again, often forgetting that there's is a lot to discover just on your door-step. This is the perfect time to do it. It's warm, the sun is out a bit more often and the days are longer; it could be the perfect time for a romantic break in a castle.

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Celtic Castles can help you find the perfect self-catering castle to spend a special Christmas with friends and family. 

Christmas is a time for celebrations, for gathering family and friends together for fun and festivities. However, unless you're fortunate to have a large dining table, and ample parking, space tends to be tight and emergency chairs and mismatched china becomes the norm. So imagine how wonderful it would be to find a castle for Christmas with enough space for everyone.

Look forward to many helping hands during your stay as the chores are shared. And with castles decorated for Christmas there's no searching for the fairy or tripping over tinsel!

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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.

Wednesdays 'Braw Nichts' 

12, 19, and 26 August 2015, from 6.30pm – 10pm.

Enjoy traditional Scottish nights at Cringletie House, near to border town of Peebles, just 40 minutes south of Edinburgh.

Celebrate the superb local food within the menu, plus guid Border drink, all supported by a fine selection of Borders talent, from dancers to the musicians, 'Deleerit', along with a wee story or two!

The 'Great Chieftain' will be piped in and addressed, plus there will be the opportunity to be photographed with the resident Highland cows - another first for Cringletie.

'Braw Nichts' can be added to your accommodation for an additional £39 per person.

Presented in co-operation with 'DELEERIT':

A night of Scottish Borders entertainment;
Arrive to the glorious sound of the bagpipes;
Welcome cocktail and traditional 'Selkirk Grace';
Tunes of bonnie Scotland, whilst you feast on great Scottish fare;
The famous 'Address to a Haggis' ceremony;
That 'Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race';
A story of Scotland;
The ceilidh band plays;
A 'Highland Fling' or two with the Fiona Henderson Dancers;
More stories of the glens;
The band entertains with a wee ceilidh dance or two, if you fancy!;
A dram of the 'Guid Stuff' to toast farewell;
'Auld Lang Syne' and to bed.

Get your dancing shoes on!

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I’ve been part of the Celtic Castles team now for over 13 years and, within that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many of the properties featured on our website. Experiencing the castles for ourselves provides a valuable insight into the type of memories our castles create for our customers. So, with this in mind, I had my latest castle visit this month and I wanted to find out more about what Dalhousie Castle can offer. 

As I drove into the castle grounds there was a Hawk Walk taking place on the lawn. The castle have a falconry team based at the property and there are lots of opportunities to fly the birds and learn about them. It’s a popular service the castle offers and was well received by guests when I was there. 

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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.

Carberry Tower is an award winning venue, located just 7 miles from Edinburgh.

The tower dates back to the mid-15th century and was visited by Mary Queen of Scots prior to the battle of Carberry Hill, which ultimately resulted in her surrender to the rebel Lords, who objected to her rule. More recently it was the home to Lady Mary Bowes-Lyon, sister of the late Queen Mother.

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Located just 6 miles outside Edinburgh City Centre, Melville Castle provides a fantastic base to explore this beautiful Scottish Capital City.

The castle itself has thirty-two stylish en-suite bedrooms; accommodation ranges from classic double rooms, grand four posters to gallery rooms. For those guests who want to make the most of their time at the castle, then you can relax even longer with a late checkout until 12 noon for just an extra £10.

Whilst at the property, there is a range of dining options. Afternoon Tea at Melville Castle can be arranged, where guests can enjoy a lovely selection of teas or coffee, served with finger sandwiches, home-made scones with cream & jam and a mouth-watering selection of seasonal cakes and pastries.

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This month we are looking at some comments from the authentic Lumley Castle. At over 600 years old, this fantastic property dominates the County Durham landscape. Lumley Castle offers a range of options, from Elizabethan Banquets, to stays to include tickets to the famous Bowes Museum! 

See below some of the comments from guests who have stayed at the castle over the last 12 months. 

Thank you for the complimentary bottle of Champagne for our anniversary. It was much appreciated! - Kharmie Neal 

We celebrated New Year at the castle – what a blast. Nice people, great stay. - Christopher Scholl

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* Amongst other publications, Turin has featured in The Times '20 unforgettable Irish castles' list.

* There is a bookcase in the sitting room, hidden behind which is a ladder leading to a secret chamber, where valuables or prisoners would have been held in bygone eras.

* The castle boasts a very ornate stained glass window.

* There is a Musicians' Gallery, which spans the full width of the Great Hall.

* Many of the lavish tapestries and soft furnishings within the castle were sourced from Morrocco and the Far East.

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