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Castles throughout our portfolio have rooms named after figures connected to their history. Some are well known, others less so. Below we investigate the lives of three people whose names have been given to rooms at some of our English castles.

Princess Elizabeth Room – Coombe Abbey


Elizabeth Stuart, born 1596, was the daughter of James VI of Scotland (later James I of England and Ireland). As was often the case for children of nobility, Elizabeth was separated from her parents at an early age. She was 7 years old when she was sent to Coombe Abbey, where she lived under the care of Lord Harrington and his wife.


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The saying goes that the early bird catches the worm and, with this in mind, It’s never too early to book your Christmas celebrations. Many of the castles have not yet finalised their packages, however we do have examples available for you to show what they offered in 2014, which will give you a good idea on what to expect.


That said, we have some properties which are now accepting bookings for Christmas and the New Year.... 

So how do you like to celebrate? Just with family and friends, or do you prefer to celebrate with with friends that you have yet to meet?


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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.



This exclusive offer includes dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a Four Poster or Tower Room, based on 2 guests sharing the room, plus a complimentary 1/2 bottle of Forget-Brimont Champagne in your room on arrival.

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Thornbury Castle, a 26-room luxury property, is the only Tudor castle open as a hotel and restaurant.


Founded in 1511 as the home of The Third Duke of Buckingham, Edward Stafford, Thornbury Castle is the perfect example of a castle designed to serve as a home rather than a fortress, due to its minimal defensive features.


Edward Stafford was an English nobleman and the eldest son of Henry Stafford and Katherine Woodville. His father, Henry Stafford, participated in a rebellion against King Richard III and was beheaded without trial in November 1483, during which all his honours, including his knighthood were forfeited, leaving Edward with no title/property to acquire. For 2 years Stafford was said to have moved between houses throughout Herefordshire in order to avoid the same fate as his father, before being reinstated as a Knight of the Order of the Bath and the Duke of Buckingham by Henry VII, after King Richard III's defeat.


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The following recipe is my all-time favourite for a hearty Leek and Potato Soup...a wonderful winter warmer and nutritional lunch option for a self-catering castle stay. My daughter is vegetarian and so it's great to be able to cook something in one pan that both veggies and non-veggies alike will devour. And speaking of children, the recipe is so simple that my children can now make the soup themselves, with very little input from me...allowing me to relax with a good book by the fireside whilst the culinary preparations are underway!

Velvety Leek and Potato Soup


This soup has a delicious flavour and wonderful smooth texture, but needs a garnish, such as chopped chives or finely grated orange rind scattered over cream or yoghurt.


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Swinton Park is located in the heart of Yorkshire and is surrounded by the family estate in which guests have access to rivers, reservoirs, moorland, dales and beautiful countryside bordering the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Whilst steeped in history and tradition, the atmosphere at Swinton Park is one of warmth and hospitality, and guests cannot fail but to feel at home in this castle.


On selected dates during April/May 2015, Swinton Park are offering discounted stays for as low as £115 pounds per person, per night.  Please enquire for further information.

Yorkshire has so much to offer and, with these special rates, now is the time to make the most of the opportunity.


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Ackergill Tower is a magnificent 15th century Scottish castle, and is situated just 3 metres from the breathtaking waters. You can book individual rooms, or the tower can be yours exclusively, as one of the world's most select retreats located at one the UK's most unspoilt locations. A Scottish castle with accommodation offering unrivalled peace and seclusion, a home beyond 5 stars to spend time with the people that matter most to you.


Escape to the world-famous Ackergill Tower for the ultimate Scottish adventure and experience the very best of the beautiful Highlands.

Package includes:


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Team building, now those two words may conjure up many images in your mind, from the crazy to the down-right strange. I'm sure everyone has a team building story to tell!

The Oxford Dictionary defines team building as, 'The action or process of causing a group of people to work together effectively as a team, especially by means of activities and events designed to increase motivation and promote cooperation'.

So if you have a team that you want to motivate and whose morale you want to strengthen, then why not consider something a little different? Instead of your office environment, head to a castle and let your team shine with their leadership and problem solving skills.


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If you're looking for an interesting place to stay with family or friends in England, then we have two castles, perfect for you.


The first is Brackenhill Tower, the only Scottish peel tower (fortified house) standing now on English soil. Now just in England, but practically right on the border with Scotland, the tower is just 6 miles from the romantic wedding capital of Scotland, Gretna Green.


All of our team have first-hand experience of Brackenhill Tower as we had our Christmas party there two years ago and we would all be happy to share our memories with you. 


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Dromoland Castle is one of Ireland's finest castle hotels, and offers guests the experience of living like landed gentry, surrounded by luxury, beauty and service. Dromoland is one of the few estates tracing its history to native Gaelic Irish families of royal heritage. Today, Dromoland Castle mixes old world elegance with modern day comforts; the castle serves as one of the most desired destinations in Europe. Here, the vitality of the castle lifestyle endures.

'Spring Madness' - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Package - Valid up to 30th April 2015

Overnight accommodation with full Irish breakfast and gourmet dinner for two. 


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