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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.


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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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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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.


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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Book a Bovey Christmas 2017 Now and Pay 2016 Prices

Bovey Castle Castle Hotel is idyllically set in the heart of England's Dartmoor National Park, and is the perfect retreat whatever the occasion. Whether you wish to indulge in a round of golf, a relaxing weekend, a wedding or even an activity break, this castle hotel in England is the perfect place for you. Choose from either the Castle, the Lodges or the Rose Cottage for luxury overnight accommodation, which all enjoy a variety of views of the beautiful grounds.

If you make a 2017 Christmas booking for Bovey Castle before 31 March 2017, the 2016 rates quoted will be honoured! This is a fantastic offer and a particularly good reason to book your festive stay early!

There is no place like Bovey Castle to experience the magic of a country house Christmas.

The castle is, with the hotel, transformed into a festive hideaway. Plump armchairs nestle against tables laden with walnuts and oranges, rooms are illuminated by spectacular Christmas trees and sparkling decorations.

Christmas Eve
Arrive for lunch and then get into the Christmas spirit with a host of festive activities, including a Christmas country fair, cider & sloe gin making, Bovey rangers' activities and a playroom for the little ones.

Afternoon tea will be served in the Cathedral Room accompanied by carol singing. The castle also offers a children's high tea in Smith's Brasserie for the little ones.

Your evening includes welcome drinks and a candlelit dinner, followed by the opportunity to attend Midnight Mass at the local church.

Christmas Day
After breakfast, the excitement mounts as Father Christmas arrives at Bovey Castle.

In the morning take part in the exciting scavenger hunt, then enjoy some fresh air and beautiful scenery with a guided walk.

The revelry begins with a drinks reception, followed by a fabulous Christmas Day lunch in the Great Western Restaurant.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the Queen's Speech, tea and mince pies. A buffet will be served in the Great Western Restaurant during the evening.

Once the children are tucked up in bed, sit and listen to the storyteller weave some tales in front of the fire.

Boxing Day
After brunch, sign up for the golf tournament or join the castle team for a guided walk. The castle's much loved ferret racing competition is a firm favourite, as is the 'nearest the pin' golf competition, served with hot chocolate and mulled wine on the south terrace. Afternoon tea will also be served in the Cathedral Room.

The castle's storyteller will keep the children entertained, followed by high tea and a festive movie.

Finish up your day with a 5-course dinner and entertainment in the Great Western Restaurant.

Bovey ranger activities and the playroom are also available all day for the little ones.

27 December
A full English breakfast will be served before you are bid a fond farewell.

Christmas at The Castle Three Night Break (check in 24 December):

Total price for two adults:
Classic Room: £2500
Castle Room: £2800
Superior Castle Room: £2950
Valley View Room: £3100
Junior State Room: £3300
State Room: £3800
Grand State Room: £4100
*Lodge: £4200

Up to 4 years: no charge;
5 - 14 years: £600 sharing adults' room (Castle Room & upwards);
In own single room: £950;
2 children sharing a Classic Room: £1500.

*This price is based on two adults sharing a double/twin room. Minimum occupancy for the Lodge over Christmas is four guests. Children will be charged at £650 each and additional adults at £850 each.

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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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