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Celebrate Christmas at Dalmunzie Castle 2017

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.


Would you like to spend Christmas in a Scottish Castle Hotel, set in a 6500 acre Perthshire Highland estate, wrapped in a blanket of snow? Yes...then read on...

Dalmunzie Castle is offering a fabulous three night break, arriving 24 December 2017, which, in addition to dinners, lunches, breakfasts, afternoon teas and drinks receptions, boasts a whisky-tasting session, and a brass band, plus a falconry display.

Arrival day: Christmas Eve

Arrive and unpack, then meet fellow guests in the lounge for Mulled Wine and Mince Pies and meet the team that will look after you throughout your stay.
Before dinner, enjoy a whisky tasting session with a whisky professional, who will teach you all about how malts are made.
A local piper will play some traditional Scottish music before you enjoy a 5-course dinner in the restaurant at 8.30pm.
After dinner, enjoy a night cap of your favourite malt from the tasting before heading to bed to see if Santa has been!

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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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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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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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Celebrate Christmas at Thornbury Castle 2017

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, with easy access from London. There has even been a vineyard within the castle walls for over 500 years, from which Thornbury Castle wine is still produced.


Roaring log fire places, Tudor décor and unparalleled service are but a few reasons to make Thornbury Castle your destination of choice this Christmas. This once royal residence resonates with history, creating the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a seasonal break to remember.

Rates are from £1785 for the three night break in a Classic Room, based on two adults sharing a double or twin room.

A TRULY MAGICAL CHRISTMAS

Christmas Eve
Arrive during the afternoon and enjoy cream tea in the lounge and library. At 7pm, join your fellow guests for a black tie Champagne reception, where you'll be entertained by festive carol singers. After a fabulous five-course gourmet dinner, you may wish to take a stroll to one of the two local churches for Midnight Mass.

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5-Star Aikwood Tower Celebrates 500th Anniversary - Upto £500 Off 2017 Weddings!!

This exceptional sixteenth century Scottish Castle has been lovingly renovated to accommodate up to ten overnight guests in authentic, relaxing and comfortable surroundings. Aikwood Tower, the former home of Lord Steele, is located just 40 miles south of Edinburgh. It is in the heart of the beautiful Ettrick Forest - the ancient hunting ground of Scottish royalty up to the days of Mary Queen of Scots. The stunning local landscape around Aikwood Tower offers some of the finest shooting and fishing in Scotland, among many other leisure activities.



2017 marks a landmark year for the five-star wedding venue Aikwood Tower, nestled in the heart of the Scottish Borders. It is the 500th anniversary of King James III granting the lands of Aikwood to the Scott family – and it has been owned within the Scott clan since then.

To celebrate the Quincentenary, couples booking a wedding in 2017 will be offered discounts of up to £500 off the standard function hire price. Weddings with up to 30 guests will receive a £250 discount, with £500 off larger weddings of more than 30 guests. Dates are available for 2017 weddings during late summer, autumn and winter.

Owner Vicki Steel said: “This is a very special year for us as we celebrate our 500th anniversary and so we’re looking forward to making new history with this year’s couples. Aikwood is an incredibly beautiful place to say 'I do', and with our dedicated wedding team on hand to put together the wedding beyond dreams, this could be the best year yet for making special memories.”

Aikwood Tower is a perfect marriage of ancient and modern, making it the ideal venue if you’re looking for a unique, intimate Scottish castle wedding with five-star style. Steeped with history and romance, the striking Grade A-listed Scottish tower house is set amongst the peace and tranquility of stunning woodland. It has been sumptuously renovated and restored into five-star boutique accommodation and function spaces, without comprising on the integrity of the original building.

For weddings with a difference, the rustic Cart Shed is a bride’s blank canvass: seating up to 70 guests, its exposed stone walls and wooden beamed ceiling are given a 21st century face-lift with a striking glass frontage, creating a real impact and WOW factor. Whether your wedding style is traditional, rustic, bright & colourful or Hollywood glamour, Aikwood Tower’s Cart Shed can be transformed into the wedding of your dreams. An experienced wedding team is on hand to provide specialist and creative advice on all aspects of the wedding day – from venue styling to lighting, flowers to photographers, drinks to music.

Aikwood Tower is just an hour’s drive from the north of England or south of Edinburgh and is easily accessible by car, train and air.

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Lumley Castle Wedding for Two Package

Located in the North of England, with its stone walls, knights in shining armour and authentic historic feel, Lumley Castle is a truly special option for your big (or little!) day. The packages below are perfect for a wonderful intimate wedding.

The Feature Package 

Feature bedrooms are located both in the courtyard and castle and give you an opportunity to make yous stay extra special. Many of the rooms have four-poster beds, feature baths or you may find little surprises like discovering your bathroom behind the wardrobe door!

The package includes:

Room hire;

Private bar;

Order of the day;

Chair covers;

Use of CD player;

Bottle of Champagne and two engraved flutes;

Overnight accommodation in a Feature bedroom with dinner (allocation of £39 per person);

Full English breakfast the following morning.

Total Price: £850

The King James Package

The King James Suite offers a remarkable experience. The suite includes a magnificent 20ft high four-poster Queen Ann bed and reception room. Formerly the chapel of the castle, it boasts its own lounge area, en-suite bathroom and Jacuzzi bath.​​The package includes the following:

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Christmas Party Night Earlybird Offer 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.


Are you in charge of planning your work's get-together or team celebrations for Christmas 2017? Festive party nights are a great opportunity for friends and work colleagues to get together.

We are delighted to offer an 'earlybird' special with 10% off bookings made (and deposits paid) before 30 April 2017.

Dress in your smartest party wear and look forward to an evening of fun, entertainment and music to kick the festive season off to a flying start!

With prices starting from just £44.50 per person, including a mouth watering four course dinner with vegetarian options and a reception drink upon arrival, don't miss out on the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to an amazing experience!

Enhance your experience by staying in one of the abbey's unique bedchambers. Discounted rates are available for those attending an event. Coombe Abbey Hotel boasts 119 individually designed bedchambers; Crown, Feature and Grand Feature. 

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Wild Atlantic Way - Islands & Lobster Experience from €260 Per Person

Ballynahinch Castle is an intimate 4 star Irish castle hotel set in 350 acres of woodlands, rivers and walks at the heart of Connemara. The castle has a charm and aura which may be best described as 'Casual Country Elegance’, so why not savour the rich ambience that makes Ballynahinch Castle the jewel in the crown of Connemara and a truly unforgettable castle experience?



Enhance your Ballynahinch Castle experience with a half-day guided sea trip.

Enjoy 2 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in one of the finest 4 star luxury castle hotels in Ireland.

Take a guided boat trip on Roundstone Bay and visit the deserted, picturesque island of Inishlacken with one of the staff of Ballynahinch, John Sullivan; an experienced skipper and lobster fisherman from the nearby island of Inishnee. On your journey you will visit the grey seal colony located in the Ballynahinch estuary, whilst also spotting numerous sea birds such as Terns, Guillemots, Gannets plus other thriving fauna.

The highlight of the trip for most is the visit to Inishlacken, an idyllic island of stone walls, white sandy beaches, nesting sea birds and ruined houses; echoing of a way of life now lost. With a population of nearly 200 residents in 1900, the last islanders departed in the 1980s.

Pull up some lobster pots and fish for mackerel, maybe even returning with your supper! The trip ends back in Roundstone, an ideal spot for lunch or afternoon tea. This is the perfect way to explore the Wild Atlantic Way.

Prices are based on two people sharing a double/twin room on a bed and breakfast basis, inclusive of the half-day sea trip; a third person or children sharing with two adults are subject to additional charges. Maximum of eight passengers on board; the trip is weather dependent.

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