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There's nothing like a castle experience to inspire a bit of romance. Add a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of bubbly, and a box of handmade chocolates and setting is made... We can recommend a castle based on location and the experience you are looking for, and tailor the package to any budget. 

Here are just a few to get you started...

The Howard Bedchamber at Thornbury Castle, offers a heavy, wooden, hand-carved Tudor bed. This room is situated in the North Wing and has two open fireplaces and stone walls with views overlooking the inner courtyard, the front lawns and vineyard. This is a period room, and very much in-keeping with the history of the castle. It also has an ornate plaster ceiling, and the en-suite bathroom has a large bath and a hand-held shower. Access to this room is via a stone spiral staircase. 

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Here at Celtic Castles, we really like social media. It's a great way for us to share what are essentially some of the most amazing places in the UK, Ireland and France. Not only that, but we get to talk to people who have stayed in castles, who are going to stay and those who never thought they could!

So whichever major social network you find yourself on, you can connect to us and join in the conversation (for want of a better cliché). Likewise, if you have stayed in one of the castles we offer, please do share your photos - it's always great to see the experiences of our guests.

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Gretna is a small town in the far south of Scotland with a population of less than 3000 people, yet estimates suggest one in every six wedding ceremonies in Scotland take place there. What established Gretna as one of the UK’s wedding centres?

Prior to the Act of Union 1707 (the acts of Parliament which joined the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland into a combined United Kingdom of Great Britain), Gretna’s position as a border crossing meant that it mostly functioned as a customs point to collect taxes on cattle - not very romantic, I think you might agree.

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The owners of Carr Hall Castle in West Yorkshire have just completed a £500,000 project, adding a wing to the castle, providing the castle with a grand entrance with sweeping staircase and bespoke Italian chandelier, a modern, spacious kitchen, dining hall, cloakroom and drawing room. The stunning kitchen includes granite work surfaces, miele coffee machine, satellite television, wine fridges, steam oven, fan oven, microwave, two induction hobs, boiling water tap, American fridge-freezer (plus separate fridge), plus a central island and seating.

I'm just going to let the pictures do the talking. Take a look...

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There is something very special about the cold winter days around Christmas and New Year at Bovey Castle, with the fires lit, the trees glistening and the halls decked with festive cheer.

Described by The Sunday Times as ‘the most overstocked Christmas hotel package’, the Christmas and New Year’s Eve packages at Bovey Castle include luxury accommodation for two or three nights, fine dining in the hotel’s restaurants and lounges, entertainment, activities and much more – for family, friends and couples alike.

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Springkell is a renovated Scottish mansion house dating from 1734, located just 7 miles from Gretna Green, with easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

Available on an exclusive use basis, Springkell's fourteen sumptuous bedrooms sleep up to 28 comfortably, with the possibility of up to 33 guests with additional beds. Cottages on the estate are able to accommodate further guests if required.

Set in hundreds of acres of parkland and farmland, you can go for a walk along the five drives or walk along the Kirtle river to Kirkconnel Churchyard, a Scottish National Monument, only 400 metres from the house. 

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If you're looking for that dream fairytale castle for your wedding then look no further; I've got the very castle for you! Lumley Castle, based in the North East of England, has everything you imagine a castle should have. 

From the castle's stone walls, which safely ensconce your wedding guests, to the mediaeval banqueting hall which adds a special atmospheric feel to your wedding breakfast, through to the wide range of Feature Bedchambers (some with hidden bathrooms for you or your guests to find) and the theatrically dressed staff waiting to greet you on reception. All elements come together to offer you and your guests a unique wedding venue and a truly memorable day for all. 

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Coombe Abbey offers a comprehensive selection of events for the festive season, including mediaeval banquets, party nights in the marquee, Bavarian nights, dinners, romantic weekends, a New Year’s Eve ball, post Christmas party nights and banquets.

Why not make Christmas and New Year 2014 a festive season to remember?

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The weekend saw the Tour de France depart from Yorkshire in a two-day extravaganza through the hills and dales of Yorkshire. Broughton Hall, near Skipton, played its part with a fun-filled weekend festival. Guests were invited to join the celebrations from Thursday to Sunday evening in various camping options.

I (Vikki) am a keen amateur cyclist, so this was an ideal opportunity to pack my bags, and the boys for a weekend of cycling fun! We arrived early on Friday evening, unpacked the car, popped up the tent and unloaded the bikes before heading off in search of tea! 

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Thornbury Castle is magical at any time of the year, however the summer sunshine adds an entirely different dimension to the castle experience. With lush green lawns and beautiful flower borders framed by the backdrop of the castle's magnificent Tudor walls, there can be few finer settings in which to soak up the ambience whilst enjoying a light lunch or an indulgent afternoon tea.

The latest addition to Thornbury's grounds is its fragrant herb garden. Although herbs have been grown on the estate for many years, the beds have been re-stocked and re-designed to coincide with some exciting menu developments. 

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