For many, staying in a castle is all about the history. How many centuries old is the building? Which battles have been witnessed from the fortresses? Which beds have been slept in by royalty? 
For others, it's about the location. How accessible is the property by air, rail or road? What visitor attractions are located on the doorstep? How close is the nearest round of golf?
For some, it's much more about the culinary delights on offer once guests have checked in to their castellated haven. For all the foodies out there, here are a few of our tops picks...

Glenapp Castle

This 5-star Scottish castle hotel offers an incredible dining experience, with a traditional 3-course option, or a 6-course taster menu, and service second-to-none. The staff are very proud of the locally sourced produce they use and make a point of ensuring you know exactly where your meal has come from.

Crossbasket Castle

A 'must' visit if you're in the Glasgow area. The restaurant at Crossbasket, overseen by the legendary French chef Albert Roux and son Michel Roux Junior, offers guests the opportunity to dine in the luxuriously embellished Baillie Room, surrounded by gold leaf and opulent antiques.

Ashford Castle

Dine beneath stunning Waterford Crystal chandeliers amidst the rich blue furnishings of the George V Restaurant at Ashford Castle. Enjoy exceptional dishes from the castle's 2 AA-Rosette kitchen whilst the resident pianist plays softly in the background.