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Celebrate Christmas in True Irish Style at Dromoland Castle.

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.


Enjoy a truly memorable Christmas with your family and friends. Sit back and let the team at Dromoland take the stress out of Christmas.

Christmas 2 Day Package “Deck the Halls”

Arrive on 24 December (Christmas Eve) and enjoy a welcome reception with canapés from 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm (or dinner at 8.30pm for the last minute shoppers!), Christmas carols and a visit from Santa. 

On Christmas Day, enjoy a hearty breakfast and traditional Christmas Day lunch. Later that evening, enjoy a light "Pick & Go" buffet supper on your lap in front of the log fires or in any of the castle's beautiful public rooms.

Before you leave on 26 December, enjoy another hearty breakfast.

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Celebrate Christmas at Fonab Castle 2017

Fonab Castle is an AA 5 star hotel in the heart of Scotland. This Scottish Baronial Castle offers a unique and luxurious stay in one of its 34 bedrooms. Located in Highland Perthshire the sightseeing opportunities are endless, from visiting the Cairngorms to Braemar and Balmoral. State of the art facilities also make this a superb venue for weddings and corporate events.


Set in a magical Scottish landscape of lochs, mountains, rivers and woodlands, Fonab Castle is the ideal place to escape from it all and enter into a Christmas Wonderland. A 'home from home' in beautiful Perthshire.
Enjoy a wonderful three-night Christmas residential break and round off 2017 in style.

Christmas Eve
Arrive to a welcome of mulled wine and spiced fruit cake, served in the lounge or to your bedroom.
Meet the management team and your fellow guests for a Champagne and cocktail drinks reception in the lounge prior to dinner accompanied by the castle's resident piano player.
Enjoy a four course dinner.

Christmas Day
Start the day with a leisurely breakfast.
A five course Christmas Day lunch will be served followed by a relaxed evening buffet.

Boxing Day
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
A falconry display will take place in the castle grounds - an opportunity meet and experience the flight of some feathered friends. Hot chocolate will be served at the start of the display!
Light lunch.
Enjoy a cocktail class or sample some whisky tasting and food pairing prior to your four course dinner.

27 December
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
The team bid you farewell and a safe journey home.

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New Year Fun at Forter Castle 2017

Surrounded by stunning scenery in Glenisla, Forter Castle was built in 1560 and enjoys a history as rich as the countryside in which it sits. All who come to stay at Forter quickly learn to use the castle as their own, and greatly enjoy the warmth of a charming home and the magnificent outdoors that surround it.


NOW FULLY BOOKED FOR CHRISTMAS 2017. 
 BOOK NOW FOR 2018!


Forter Castle is set within 3 acres of private grounds in the southern Scottish Highlands. Every room provides its own wonderful view of the stunning surrounding landscape. Six individually-designed bedrooms offer accommodation for a maximum of 12 adults, and the magnificent hall, which spans the entire width of the castle, affords guests a truly relaxing experience.

The area surrounding Forter Castle offers not only stunning scenery, but also the opportunity to enjoy the glens: walking, riding, cycling or by whichever means you prefer. The mountains offer both skiing and snowboarding during winter months or, if you prefer, mountain-biking and hiking. For those with a passion for water, rivers, lochs and beaches offer numerous aquatic activities. For the purest of thrill-seekers, activities from paragliding to bungy-jumping can also be found within the locality. You could enjoy a round of golf or a visit to a local distillery - so very traditionally Scottish!

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Tulloch Castle Festive Fayre - Book Now!



We are delighted to be able to offer you details of Tulloch Castle's newly-released packages for Christmas and New year 2017.

Tulloch Castle, located in the Scottish Highlands, is a rich, historic castle which still retains many original features. It even boasts a resident ghost!

Two separate three-night meal-inclusive packages are available to guests over both the Christmas and New Year periods. The packages sell out early every year, as demand exceeds supply, so if want to be sure of a 'room at the inn' this coming Christmas or New Year, you'll need to act quickly and take advantage of these early-released packages.

Here are a few snippets of what you can expect at Tulloch Castle across the festive season...

Roaring open fires
Historic castle tours
Bucks Fizz breakfasts
A five course Christmas Day lunch
Highland dancers
Traditional Scottish pipers
A gala Hogmanay dinner
Lazy brunches
Treasure hunts and quizzes
And perhaps even a visit from the infamous 'Green Lady'!

Three-night packages start at £570 for two guests over Christmas and £648 for two guests over New Year.

For details of the full packages, click on the links below:

Celebrate Christmas at Tulloch Castle
Celebrate New Year at Tulloch Castle


You'll need to act quickly if you'd like to make a booking at this 12th century castle...rooms are already selling fast!

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Spring is in the Air at Coombe Abbey!

This unique property was originally a 12th century Cistercian abbey nestling in England’s historic heartland. Coombe Abbey has been restored to its former glory and combines a taste of history with a sense of luxury. Set within 500 acres of breathtaking parkland, it is the perfect backdrop for all occasions.



To celebrate the arrival of Springtime we are delighted to offer this lovely package to guests staying at the abbey prior to 5 June 2017.

During your stay, you can look forward to:

– Rates from £99 per room, per night in Feature Double Room (based on 2 adults sharing the room);
– A glass of Prosecco per person on arrival;
– A delicious breakfast the following morning;
– A 10% discount VIP card for Bicester Village.

Rates are pre-payable at the time of booking and non-refundable or transferable. They apply to Sunday through to Thursday bookings, subject to availability, excluding Bank Holidays.
Supplements may be applied to Friday and Saturday dates if these are available.

The above offer is valid on stays prior to 5 June 2017.

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Celebrate New Year at Dromoland Castle 2017

Dromoland Castle is one of the finest castle hotels in Ireland, 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.


Enjoy a fantastic New Year's Black Tie event at Dromoland Castle. The castle's Executive Chef and his team have created a wonderful six-course degustation menu to awaken your culinary senses. The evening also includes pre-dinner cocktail reception; wines with dinner; Champagne toast at midnight; fireworks and the musical beats of Sunset Lounge.

Package inclusions:
-Two nights' luxury accommodation;
-Full Irish breakfast on both mornings;
-Table d'hote dinner on one evening.

NEW YEARS EVE:
-Cocktail reception;
-Six-course degustation menu;
-Wines with dinner;
-Champagne toast at midnight;
-Entertainment until the small hours.

Enjoy exploring the grounds of the 450 acres estate:
- Experience the self-guided walks through the woodlands;
- Leisure centre and Swimming pool available during your stay;
- Wifi in bedrooms and public areas;
- Daily morning newspaper.

Queen Anne Bedroom - €750 per adult
Deluxe Bedroom - €790 per adult
Executive Deluxe Room - €840 per adult
Stateroom - €900 per adult
Executive Suite - €1000 per adult


All of the above prices are based on 2 adults sharing a double or twin room.

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Swinton Park March Offer

Swinton Park is the only one of our castle hotels in England to be located in 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 March 2017, we are delighted to be able to offer you discounted stays at Swinton Park Hotel for as little as £109 per room, per night.

Rates offered are subject to availability for stays up to and including 2 March 2017:

Sunday to Thursday dates, for bed and breakfast:

- £109 per room per night - Knights and Barons Bedroom
- £129 per room per night - Earls Bedroom
- £159 per room per night - Dukes Bedroom
- £199 per room per night - Junior Suite
- £229 per room per night - Turret and York Suite
- £249 per room per night - Wensleydale Suite

Sunday to Thursday dates, for dinner, bed and breakfast:

- £194 per room per night - Knights and Barons Bedroom
- £214 per room per night - Earls Bedroom
- £244 per room per night - Dukes Bedroom
- £274 per room per night - Junior Suite
- £314 per room per night - Turret and York Suite
- £334 per room per night - Wensleydale Suite

Friday/Saturday dates, for bed and breakfast:

- £146 per room per night - Knights and Barons Bedroom
- £199 per room per night - Earls Bedroom
- £220 per room per night - Dukes Bedroom
- £235 per room per night - Junior Suite Bedroom
- £299 per room per night - Turret and York Suite
- £319 per room per night - Wensleydale Suite

Friday/Saturday dates, for dinner, bed and breakfast:

- £221 per room per night - Knights and Barons Bedroom
- £284 per room per night - Earls Bedroom
- £305 per room per night - Dukes Bedroom
- £320 per room per night - Junior Suite Bedroom
- £384 per room per night - Turret and York Suite
- £404 per room per night - Wensleydale Suite

All rates quoted are based on two guests sharing a double or twin room. No single occupancy reductions can be applied. Rates apply for new bookings only. Supplements are charged for extra beds, cots and dogs.

Yorkshire has so much to offer and, with these special rates, now is the time to grab a bargain and make the most of this opportunity for a spring-time castle break.


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Muckrach Castle 15% Discount

This fantastic self-catering property is set in an acre of beautiful gardens; the castle offers outstanding views over the Spey valley and the Cairngorm mountains. Bird lovers may visit the RSPB reserves at Loch Garten and Abernethy, the nearby native pinewoods, and may be lucky enough to view the majestic osprey fishing in its natural surroundings.


Are you looking for a great value self-catering break this August? Perhaps we can help....

Enjoy the freedom of a self-catering holiday at Muckrach Castle, located in the Highlands of Scotland, with spectacular views of the surrounding Spey Valley and Cairngorm Mountains.

Book your stay prior to 31 March 2017 and receive a 15% discount off all available August dates.

Weekly rates (7 nights) are reduced from £2140 to £1819
Weekend rates (3 nights) are reduced from £1391 to £1182.35

The above rates are offered for up to 8 adults and 2 children for self-catering accommodation.

"The castle met our needs perfectly. The rooms and all aspects of the castle were very well described and matched those descriptions. The check-in/out process was easy and all facilities worked as expected."
John Scally, Muckrach Castle, USA

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Saint Patrick and Turin Castle



Turin Castle, Ireland, is a magnificent example of a Medieval square towered fortress. It was erected by the powerful De Burgo family, who controlled a huge swathe of territory across the principality of Mayo and Galway. The castle is now privately owned and let out for self-catering castle heritage holidays.

The De Burgos, who later became the Burkes or Bourkes, controlled this huge kingdom through a network of strategically placed castles, which also protected their trade routes to Lough Corrib and Galway.

The orientation of Turin Castle, Ireland, is significant, as was common with important Medieval buildings of the time; it was built with deference to an astronomical event or sacred landmark, in this case it was the latter. In the north-west corner of the building, there is a small room with a lancet opening at floor level. This small window can only be looked through at floor level, necessitating one to assume a kneeling position, and is aligned with the summit of Croagh Patrick, the sacred mountain of St Patrick.

The Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre, Teach na Miasa, is situated in Murrisk on the Pilgrim's path at the base of Croagh Patrick mountain and opposite the National Famine Monument.




According to the Book of Armagh ’Patrick proceeded to Mons Aigi (Croagh Patrick) intending to fast there for forty days and forty nights following the example of Moses, Elias and Christ’. Legend has it that St Patrick returned to Ireland in 441 AD on a mission to convert the Pagan Irish to Christianity. To achieve this aim, he would first have to demonstrate his God’s superiority over the ancient beliefs and superstitions of the natives. This was no mean feat; Irish beliefs were inextricably linked to nature, the cosmos and mountains, especially of the conical variety were viewed as immensely spiritual places - in this case the domain of Lugh, the all-powerful Sun God. The Christian interpretation of Patrick’s sojourn on the mountain became an epic battle between God and the Devil in the shape of hordes of tormenting demons with good eventually triumphing over evil.

On two days of the year, 18 April and 24 August 24, a most incredible phenomenon known as the rolling sun can be witnessed. If the summit of the mountain is clear, the sun can be observed to set on the peak and then appear to roll down the north-west flank of the mountain. This is best observed from a deliberately calibrated setting, called the Boheh stone. The stone, also known as St Patrick’s chair, is positioned in a natural stone outcrop located on the eastern slope of Croagh Patrick, close to the village of Brackloon. The stone is profusely carved with bronze-age motifs covering virtually its entire area.


Turin Castle is located in the barony of Kilmaine. Kilmaine is derived from the old Irish Cill meaning church and Mhean meaning middle. It is believed that St Patrick established three churches in Kilmaine.

The area in St Patrick’s time was controlled by the Cuil Toladh tribe and the presence of two major iron-age hill-forts, Lisantreanduff and Rausakeera, would suggest that it was of great significance. Lisantreaduff would have dominated the surrounding landscape and was probably the largest structure of its type in County Mayo. Rausakeera, although smaller, was still sufficiently impressive to warrant its adoption by the De Burgos/Burkes as an inauguration site for their Chieftains from the 12th century onwards.

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The Castle Man's Top 3 Dungeon Experiences in Castles



There is something special about eating in a dungeon, especially when you have the keys to get out!

In the quiet village of Thornbury, beneath the stalwart walls of its Tudor castle, the 16th century dungeon plays host to a bonded wine cellar, now opened to adventurous diners who are seeking a very special & intimate ‘wine & dine’ experience. You can be imprisoned by candlelight with your favourite people around you, surrounded by an award-winning wine collection from some of the best artisan winemakers and estates in the world.

There are styles and regions to suit every palate and pocket – the castle's talented sommelier will help with your choices to create an enchanting evening. Alongside amazing wines, the chef will design an equally sensational menu to enhance your wine choices and ensure the perfect balance is created.

Thornbury Castle offers guests a rare and intimate opportunity to spend a decadent evening in a Tudor dungeon, to create lasting memories with friends, family or perhaps to impress your most prestigious clients. You may just wish to pop the question as well...how romantic! A three-course meal and matched wines starts from £85 per person. Maximum party size of eight people. Available from May until September.



Heading across the border to Scotland, you come across one of the largest dungeon restaurants at Dalhousie Castle in Edinburgh. Situated in the bowls of the castle, this used to be the entrance to the castle and has high ancient barrel-vaulted rooms. Yes rooms; there is a lot of space in this area of the castle, and you can seat up 20 people in one of the vaulted areas. It is just as nice for individual tables for two and is a very romantic area in candle-light.

The rich ingredients and exquisitely presented creations are befitting of such an elaborate location, with dishes that include roast partridge with a purée soubise, served with creamed haricots blancs and pickled girolle mushrooms. Elsewhere on the menu, try loin of pork with crackling and apple and bramble compote, or the aromatic cod with pak choi, smoked mussels and lemongrass sauce. Dessert is the award-winning confection of white chocolate and vanilla parfait with pistachio sponge, meringue and griottine cherries. 

The dining experience fits the back drop of this 13th-century fortress on the banks of the River Esk. Following dinner you can climb the stone steps to the library and sit beside the fire for a coffee or liqueur before retiring for the night. Two courses from £42.50 / three courses from £49.50 per person.

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