Belle Isle Castle (shown above)
If you’re planning a break for 2017, one of our self-catering castles can provide an authentic castle experience, without necessarily breaking the bank!
Below are some of the best value venues to get your started…
CRAUFURDLAND CASTLE - SLEEPS SIXTEEN
Craufurdland Castle is located in Ayrshire, Scotland, south of Glasgow and ten miles from the west coast. The castle dates back to 1245, making it ones of the oldest in the area.
Craufurdland sleeps up to 16 people in 6 individual bedrooms and also features a barrel-vaulted hall, a fully equipped kitchen (with unusually shaped windows), utility room, drawing room and a dining room with a table to seat up to 16 adults. As an interesting historical feature, you can see the remains of a secret passageway in the Laird’s room.
Despite being within such easy reach of Glasgow, the castle is located within its own estate which is great for fishing, walks or mountain-biking. There are also a number of golf clubs within easy access.
At low season you can book a week long stay at Craufurdland for 16 adults for a mere £1970! That works out at a little under £16 per person per night! The weekly rate rises to £2740 during high season, but that still works out at superb value for 16 adults.
BRACKENHILL TOWER - SLEEPS TEN (PLUS SIX)
Brackenhill Tower is a unique example of a Scottish Clan tower house, which now stands in England. At the time of its construction, the area where the tower stands was known as the “Debatable Lands”, a lawless area controlled by neither country and populated by reivers. In the more peaceful times in which we now live, the location of the tower is just south of the border in Cumbria, approximately ten miles north of the city of Carlisle.
The tower itself sleeps up to ten adults, with an additional nearby cottage accommodating a further four to six people. The tower features a lounge area, Great Hall (with a table seating up to fourteen for dinner) and a fully equipped kitchen with an impressive vaulted ceiling. Two of the bedrooms feature four-poster beds and the floors are connected by a spiral staircase.
A seven-night stay starts at £1,500, which works out at only a little over £21 per person per night (based on ten adults), increasing to £2,250 pounds during July and August.
Shorter stays are also available.
KILLAHARA CASTLE - SLEEPS TWELVE
Killahara Castle is located in County Tipperary (about 1.5 hours' drive from Dublin). Its central location makes it a great base to visit each corner of Ireland.
After years of neglect, Killahara Castle was renovated in 2008 to provide self-catering accommodation for up to twelve adults.
The castle’s bedrooms span five levels, each connected by the original stone staircase (unusually for the time, this also has a hand rail). Stone walls are found throughout the castle and Lady Emily Trant’s room has a stone-vaulted arch ceiling. One interesting historical feature is the “Murder Room” which sits directly over the entrance and has 2 holes through which hot liquids were poured onto unwelcome guests.
Twelve adults can stay at Killahara for a week for only €1,800, which translates to a mere €21 per person per night! Shorter stays are also available at €1,200 euros for three nights.