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This month's castle expert interview is with Lou-May who has been at Celtic Castles for over four years. Here's her insight into her castle experiences...

Who are you, and what do you do here at Celtic Castles?

My name is Lou-May and I am a Castle Sales Advisor here at Celtic Castles.

What's your favourite castle and why?

It is hard to say which castle is my favourite as we have so many wonderful properties. One that I have visited a couple of times is Coombe Abbey. I do love the abbey as it is full of history and the grounds and gardens are beautiful. It has a wonderful theatrical feel as soon as you walk in, and as you leave you definitely wish you were staying longer!


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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 Friday 13 February or Saturday 14 February, Coombe Abbey has a special 1 night Valentines Package which includes the following:

Champagne and canapés served on arrival


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I love working at Celtic Castles - we are a great team and we all work towards the same goal. We have fantastic opportunities to visit castles throughout the year, and for the last few years, our Christmas party has been at a castle. There are not many work places that get to experience what they are selling. 

Now as we are a small team we can't all work for Celtic Castles unfortunately, however there is no reason why you're team can't experience a bit of the Celtic Castles magic!


Imagine, at your end of year meeting, handing out your team rewards and giving your team a piece of magic. Celtic Castles offers once-in-a-lifetime castle experiences and you could be giving your team a token towards their experience. Not only do these make great thank-you and achievement tokens, but they are great to add on to throughout the year as an incentive. 


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Nestling in the foothills of the Ben Nevis mountain range, you'd expect no less than views of Scotland's finest scenery. Boasting views of snow-capped mountains from lavishly furnished rooms, Inverlochy Castle is a place like no other and a must-visit for those with a taste for the great Scottish outdoors.


The castle was originally built in 1863 by the First Lord Abinger and after serving as a private family home for over 100 years Inverlochy Castle was converted into a hotel and has since then earnt a 5 star rating and been described as “Scotland's finest country house hotel” on numerous occassions.


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Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (also known as Robbie Burns, Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and, in Scotland, The Bard) was a Scottish poet and lyricist.


It’s time to pipe in the Haggis and pay tribute to the great poet as we celebrate this special occasion with Lumley Castle's very own Medieval Burns’ Banquet and Ceilidh in the Barons Hall.

Saturday 24 January 2015

£41.50 per person

Make the most of your Burns' Night experience and stay over in one of the castle's unique bedchambers.


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This month, Joanne, one of our Castle Experts, shares with us her favourite castle, and what makes it so special to her.


Although it does not have 'castle' in it's name, Coombe Abbey holds all the characteristics and charm of a castle, albeit in the body of a 12th-century monastery.


I love the décor, grounds and the look of the building itself; everything about this property is flawless. However, the thing I love most about Coombe Abbey is the bedrooms. This is no ordinary hotel! Even it's standard rooms (Crown Doubles) are decorated superbly and fit the traditional feel of the abbey, plus the value for money is incredible - you wouldn't get such a high standard of room for so little anywhere else.


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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas – and if you are looking to treat your loved ones to an awesome Christmas in a castle this year, then its not too late. However, that said, availability at the castles is changing on a daily basis. 

Hiring a castle exclusively this Christmas allows you to relax... No need to worry if the turkey will fit in the oven, no last-minute food shopping, and no worrying where grandma will sit. There's space for all, and a team at the castle to ensure that all you have to do is get yourself to the castle, open a chilled bottle of bubbly and... relax!


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What do you buy the person who has everything? Or perhaps you know a person who doesn't (actually, literally) have everything but you want to gift them something really different this year. When you really think about it, can you actually remember who bought you what last year for Christmas? I can't! But I can remember that fantastic afternoon tea I had at Swinton Park Castle which was bought for me. Buying someone an experience is a guaranteed memory-maker. And that's exactly what a Celtic Castles Gift Voucher can do. 

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We have two options available. Our Celtic Castles monetary vouchers allow someone to choose their ideal property and the voucher can be used as full or part-payment dependent upon the cost of the stay and the value of the voucher. Or alternatively, the Celtic Castles Bed and Breakfast Gift Voucher provides you with an overnight stay in one of five of our castle properties plus there's a free gift on arrival! 


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Step back in time into this extraordinary Tudor castle on the edge of the Cotswolds to wave goodbye to 2014 and embrace 2015...


New Year's Eve:

You are invited to arrive in the afternoon and enjoy tea in one of the castle's lounges, after which you can unpack and settle into your bedchamber.

Early evening - join the team and your fellow guests in the lounge for pre-dinner drinks, where you will have the opportunity to place any Champagne orders for midnight.

A six course gourmet dinner will be served between 7pm and 8.30pm and at midnight guests will welcome in 2015 with a grand firework display.


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John Montague, fourth Earl of Sandwich and inventor of the sandwich was born on this day, 3rd November, back in 1718. With this in mind, we thought now would be a good time to feature some castles where you can enjoy afternoon tea:

LUMLEY CASTLE, England


600-year-old Lumley Castle stands overlooking the historic city of Durham in North East England. Afternoon tea is served daily in the Library Bar and Black Knight Restaurant. Menus are priced from £14.95 for assorted sandwiches and fruit scones, with more expensive packages including a glass of House Champagne.


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