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Thornbury Castle 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. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once walked the castle's rooms and grounds. Today, the 500 year-old castle with its beautiful oriel windows, Tudor hall and historic parkland is a place of tranquility.

Thornbury Castles Wonderful Wedding Offer

Thornbury Castle is a Tudor castle offering the perfect luxurious retreat – combining 500-year-old architecture with sumptuous facilities and a picture perfect venue for your Big Day. 

And for those looking to celebrate their wedding in these stunning surroundings then there's a fantastic price to take advantage of:

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This exceptional sixteenth century Scottish Castle has been lovingly renovated to accommodate up to ten overnight guests in authentic, relaxing and comfortable surroundings. Whether you are looking for peace, calm and to be left alone to enjoy your stay and surroundings or wish to be spoilt with fine food and drink, the discreet, efficient and friendly staff of Aikwood Tower will meet your every need.

The castle sleeps 10 guests in 5 Double Rooms, 1 of which can be made into a Twin Room.

The following September dates are discounted to the below prices:

Monday 8th September – Monday 15th September 2014
Friday 19th September – Monday 22nd September 2014

Weekend breaks are reduced from £2650 to £2120.
Week breaks are reduced from £3150 to £2520.

This means 10 people can stay for a week at £36 per person per night.

Book now to avoid disappointment!

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Celtic Castles came into being back in 1998. The first online booking service dedicated to castles, our portfolio of venues has expanded from just a small selection of castles in Scotland, to a range of castles covering most of the UK, Ireland and France.

Arriving long before the likes of Youtube, Facebook and Twitter, the web was a very different place in the early days of the business. Our original website consisted of just a few simple pages, designed for computers with low-resolution monitors and slow dial-up internet connections. We weren’t too concerned with how many people found us through the newly launched Google search engine, as it tried to make itself known in a (then) competitive market, and we certainly didn’t find that a large percentage of users were browsing our website using their mobile phone. What we did have, was the most in-depth knowledge about staying in a castle, knowledge that we always passed on to our clients to ensure that their castle experience was one to remember.

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The team at Cringletie House are waiting to receive you with a warm welcome for your wedding day. Being family-owned means you are guaranteed personalised attention encouraged by the owners' love for their property and their desire to share this with others.

So aside from the excellent service you'll receive on your "big day", what else can a wedding at Cringletie offer you? The property provides an intimate setting with 13 beautifully appointed rooms in the main house and two rooms in the adjacent cottage. This means they can cater for up to 30 resident guests and we can accommodate up to 100 guests in total for your ceremony and reception. The size of the property is also ideal for those smaller weddings-for-two, as you can opt to hire a room for the ceremony, then enjoy a lovely romantic dinner in the restaurant. And the outside of the property is just as inviting! The 28 acres of grounds provide amble photo opportunities which you can utilise to capture those special memories. 

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Imagine staying in a place with a history dating back to 1171. Situated in an amazing location, (I do like my castles high up above water!), Lismore Castle offers a panoramic view over the Blackwater River Valley and beyond rolling, tree-lined hills to the Knockmealdown Mountains on the horizon.

Henry II visited Lismore in 1171 and chose this site for a castle, but he did not build it. Raymond le Gros and his Anglo-Normans ransacked the town two years later and Henry’s castle site was built upon by Prince John in 1185. 

Now some historical name-dropping... the castle then passed, in 1589, to Sir Walter Raleigh, the Elizabethan adventurer who introduced tobacco to the English. Raleigh sold it to Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, in 1602. He immediately set about adjusting and fashioning the countryside around Lismore in a very English way, with deer parks, fruit orchards, fish ponds and other features of the English lordly manor estate of the day. 

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The private estate of Castle Lachlan extends to 1500 acres consisting of a livestock farm, hill ground woodlands and three miles of coastline, all of which are accessible to guests. This unique self-catering castle has now been divided into two properties, with the superior south facing half available for letting accommodation, with superb views overlooking the shores of Loch Fyne.

The castle sleeps 13 guests in 4 Double, 2 Twin and 1 Single Room. Two additional camp beds and 2 cots can be added for children.

September rates are discounted from £2400 to £2100, and October from £2250 to £1950. That means a party of 13 can stay for as little as £150 per guest for the week!

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What evokes Christmas cheer with you…?

Images of loved ones sat by the tree?
Festive fare stacked on table tops, dressed with baubles and holly?
Carollers wrapped in woollen scarves with rosy red cheeks?
Steaming glasses of mulled wine dressed with a mince pie?
Pine-scented trees trimmed with striped candy canes?
Stocking hung by an open fire?

You can experience all of these with family and friends this year (but without the washing up!). Stay in one of our many castles offering a Christmas Package this year and leave the washing up gloves behind.

We have packages to fit all budgets and experiences to marry with each and every one, from bed and breakfast stays, all-inclusive packages to self catering rentals. 
Call us for guidance to what we have available, but don’t leave it too long, or you may miss out!

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For brides-to-be, choosing your wedding location is one of the most important decisions you will make for your "big day"... aside from perhaps choosing your dress and, oh yes, the groom!

So what does a castle have to offer?

For many, marrying in a castle satisfies a childhood dream of being a princess for a day. Most castles offer fabulous backdrops, both inside and out, to frame your perfect day. From turrets to keeps, thrones to great halls, moats to walled gardens, the architecture and history can transport you back to a bygone era in an instant, where lords and ladies sat in waiting for their kings and queens.

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António has been part of the Celtic Castles team for a few months now, and thought it would be a great idea to hear his thoughts on Celtic Castles and the castles we offer.

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

My name is António Paris and I am a Celtic Castles Sales Advisor. I try to provide the best service possible, but it is hard to compete with the rest of my team - they set a high bar!

What's your favourite castle and why?

I don't have a favourite castle, but a few favourite castles.

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Traquair Castle is a unique property as it is one of the most historic castles in Scotland. It is in fact the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, just 29 miles south of Edinburgh and 6 miles away from Peebles.

Here are some of the top reasons why Traquair is a great place to stay, and should be top of your “next castles I want to stay in” list:

Traquair Maze

Traquair Maze is one of the largest hedged mazes in Scotland. Over the years, this maze has been a popular attraction for families and couples. The maze has been a romantic location for weddings and for anyone who wants to pop the question in the centre of the maze.

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