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For an amazing weekend look no further than Springkell.

This castle has to be one of the most flexible to make your holiday experience one to remember, and not because it will break the bank!

If you have a favourite meal they will cook it. Fancy a hog roast, curry, barbeque, tapas or just sandwiches? No problem - it's available, and the bar prices will suit everyone's pocket. You can have fireworks, falconry, a Scottish piper or even a murder mystery event. Games consoles are on-hand for a bit of fun. Large grounds, huge rooms and a real lord-of-the-manor feel - Springkell has it all.

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When choosing a location for filming a high-budget movie or even a low-cost television series, picking the venue is crucial to the success of the piece of work. Our 90 castle properties vary greatly and, as such, have wide-ranging appeal, ideal for any genre. As well as providing accommodation, offering 'wow' weddings and delivering exciting corporate team-building away-days our castle properties also lend themselves to being fantastic film locations. And we have the proof!

Blairquhan Castle

In 2006, Blairquhan Castle provided the perfect location for the Oscar-winning film, The Queen, starring Helen Mirren as Her Majesty and Michael Sheen as Tony Blair. Blairquhan doubled as Balmoral during the filming of the highly acclaimed film. Mirren's portrayal of the monarch won her several accolades, including the Academy Award for best actress in a leading role. 

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Now, we all know that Christmas is an amazing time of year, well at least I do as I LOVE Christmas! Having a young child, this time of year only becomes even more special. 

Me and my husband are big kids at heart, and even though staying at home is lovely, there is some excitement in finding a place we can go to sit back, relax and enjoy the festivities. Below I have included a selection of castles that would be great options for families, where children are welcomed and where they, as well as you, can enjoy the magic of Christmas in a castle!

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We 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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Julie is one of the co-directors of Celtic Castles and is the definition of "castle expert". In this month's installment of our series of interviews with the Celtic Castles team, we hear Julie's thoughts.

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

Hi, I'm Julie and I look after anything to do with people and finance at Celtic Castles, plus organise the day-to-day running of the office.

What's your favourite castle and why?

I've been very privileged to stay in lots of castles over the years and so have several favourites for many different reasons, however if I were to pick just one, it would probably be Castle Law on the west coast of Scotland. We went to stay there as a family a number of years go to celebrate a special birthday of mine... sadly not my 21st! The celebrations lasted the full week, with friends and family popping in and out, each staying a night or two, and all being wowed by the authentic castle experience offered at Law. My Grandma, in her 80s at the time (see above!), joined us on the trip. She genuinely felt like a 'queen' for the whole week and still talks about it to this day!

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I love snow, and I love Christmas; it brings families and friends together. 

Imagine... what could be more beautiful than a majestic castle, covered in snow, with acres of untouched snow just waiting for the disturbance of crunchy footsteps? 

That blanket of snow stretches as far as the eye can see, anticipating the echo of children's laughter, while they tumble over themselves in their rush to build the snowman complete with coal and a scarf and a hastily borrowed hat!

Inside, snuggled up around a roaring fire, adults listening to the calls from the children to join in the fun, escape into the warmth of a castle drawing room while sipping a welcome malt with a home-baked mince pie!

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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.

The best Valentine's Day you could ask for:

At Swinton Park, love is always in the air, so it's no surprise that we are already promoting next year's Valentine's Break.

Swinton Parks 2015 Valentines Package:

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Cringletie House is a former Scottish Baronial Castle. It is located near Peebles, and only 30 minutes south of Edinburgh.

In addition to the twelve beautiful bedrooms, there is also a beautiful new cottage called "The Ardean Spa Cottage", which can accommodate up to six people.

As beautiful and relaxing as Cringletie is, one of the focal points of the castle, is the special attention given to the disabled access infrastructures, and especially their disabled access room - the Traquair Room.


Cringletie House has been made completely accessible for wheelchair users, and it includes a range of disabled facilities quite exceptional for a historic building. The design brief was to give people with disabilities full access to all facilities. The new car park and ramp allow wheelchair users full access to the house. The chairlift is located at the entrance to the ground floor of the house. All facilities are designed for use by guests, and staff are, of course, on-hand to assist if necessary.

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The season of summer may be coming to an end, but who’s to say that the holiday season has to end too? Now the roads are less busy as the children are back at school, why don’t you treat yourself to a post-summer castle tour?

We have so many tours on offer. Explore the UK in depth with the ‘Wales, England and Scotland Tour’ or perhaps you want to get a feel for Ireland with the ‘Taste of Ireland Tour’. If a city break is what you’re after, why not try the ‘London to Edinburgh Historic Cities Tour’ and explore some of the UK’s most interesting cities. Alternatively, you could see a part of Scotland you may never have seen before with the ‘West Coast of Scotland Tour’; there is no better way to see this fantastic country! 

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Having slept in hundreds of castles, nothing has ever moved in the night for me, but saying that, I have heard some amazing stories, sitting beside large, open fires, from people who have and continue to experience these spooky events regularly. At breakfast the next morning we then hear who hadn't slept as their imagination got the better of them. 'Oh, was that a bump I heard?'

Lumley Castle is supposedly haunted by the spirit of a 14th century lady of the manor, Lily Lumley. The story goes... she was murdered by two priests after she refused to follow the Catholic faith and was thrown down a well in the castle grounds. She continues to haunt the castle to this day, wandering the corridors and rooms, spooking guests and staff alike.

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