Below, we feature a selection of self-catering castles scattered throughout each corner of the UK and Ireland; some luxurious, some rustic...and some a combination of the two! Although they’re sold on a self-catered basis, in almost every instance catering can be brought in for one, several or even every night of your stay! Your own private castle for you, with family or friends, to enjoy throughout the duration of your time there!
Weeks for summer 2016 are expected to sell out very early in 2016. Secure your dates now to avoid disappointment.
Castle Law was purchased in 2002 by Davey and Kate Hutton, fulfilling Davey’s childhood dream of owning his own castle. They set about restoring the property from its run-down state into the warm, welcoming - yet very authentic – building seen today.
The castle sleeps up to 14 adults in 7 luxurious rooms, many with four poster beds (hand carved on site as they wouldn’t fit up the stone staircase!) as well as other unique features, such as a stone bath-tub. The Great Hall of the castle comes complete with a large dining table and seating area, at the centre of which is a large log fireplace. Many features from the past are still visible, such as the hole above the entrance where boiling water was poured onto attackers, or the trapdoor used to throw prisoners into the dungeon below.
Castle Law is located on the Ayrshire Coast, 25 miles from Glasgow and 70 miles from Edinburgh. Prices start at £2950 pounds per week; three night breaks are available from £2250.
Aikwood Tower is located just 40 miles south of Edinburgh. Following an award-winning restoration, Aikwood Tower was opened to the public in Spring 2011.
Inside, the Great Hall, with roaring fire and luxurious furnishings, creates a comfortable atmosphere for guests to relax. Meal times take place under the vaulted ceiling of the dining room and kitchen. There are four double bedrooms in the main tower, with the master bedroom being the highlight, and a fifth in the extended wing. The floors are connected by a left turning spiral staircase.
Sleeping groups of up to 10 adults, this intimate property is available for seven nights from £1900 pounds per week, or £1500 pounds for a weekend. Mid-week stays are available from £500 pounds per night.
Walton Castle is a self-catering castle in the South West of England on the edge of the Bristol Channel.
The castle sleeps 16 people in total, housed in 8 en-suite bedrooms. The main four storey building sits at the centre of a surrounding octagonal wall. Five of the bedrooms are located within the turrets of the wall, as is the castle’s dining room. The final turret is the castle’s utility room. The central section of the castle features two further bedrooms, the kitchen, the sitting room, the hall and an indoor swimming pool. On a sunny day, the roof terrace makes for a great area for pre-dinner drinks.
Week long stays are available from £10,900; short stays start at £3500 per night.
Castle Lachlan is the traditional home of the Maclachlan Clan.
Sitting on the banks of Loch Fyne, the current Castle Lachlan was built in the 18th century to replace the original property (the ruins of which are nearby) that was bombarded by English warships in 1746. The castle comfortably sleeps up to 13 people, with beds for an additional 2 available if required. Public areas of the castle include the drawing room, with it’s Italian marble fireplace and Steinway grand piano, the dining room with a table sleeping up to 14 adults and another large fireplace sitting at the centre, and the billiard room, complete with a full-sized table. The area is rich in wildlife and walking, fishing, golf, sailing, cycling, shooting, pony trekking and driving can all be enjoyed locally.
A seven night stay at Castle Lachlan can be enjoyed from just £2250, with shorter stays also available from £1750 for 3 nights.
Forter Castle, in Glenisla, Perthsshire, was originally built in 1560 as a base to protect the Balloch Pass to Glenshee and the important Moneca Pass to Braemar and the North. By the time it was purchased by the Pooley Family in 1998, the castle was in ruins; it’s only residents the two trees which grew inside! Restoration began in 2003 and since then the castle has been transformed with a style that combines a traditional Scottish feel, antiques and art from travels abroad and modern luxurious comforts.
The castle can sleep 12 people comfortably, with three four-poster bedrooms and a further three rooms that can be set up as either doubles or twins. The magnificent Great Hall spans the entire width of the castle, with a dining table that seats up to 16 and a large log fireplace that is surrounded by a seating area.
Seven night stays are available at Forter Castle from £4250; three nights start at £3250.
Share the magic of the beautiful Crom Estate located on the shores of Lough Erne. The West Wing offers modern comfort with superb views of the beautiful County Fermanagh landscape, while maintaining the authentic castle experience.
The West Wing sleeps 12 guests comfortably, in three double and three twin rooms. The dining room is situated in the castle’s former 'Billiard Room'. Beneath the spectacular barrel-vaulted ceiling, guests can dine in the utmost splendour. In addition to a state-of the-art cooking area, complete with a serving island and an oil-fired Aga cooker, a fully-equipped modern kitchen leads off this room for extra catering comfort.
A seven night stay at Crom Castle is offered at £7,000: three nights are offered at £3,500.
If the castles suggested here don’t quite fit what you are looking for, there are more options available on our website!
Take a look at the following locations...
Brackenhill Tower (sleeps up to 16 adults)
Craigston Castle (sleeps up to 10 adults)
Craufurdland Castle ( sleeps up to 16 adults)
Muckrach Castle (sleeps up to 10 adults)
Lochhouse Tower (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Thirlestane Castle (sleeps up to 2 adults)
Ballyportry Castle (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Belle Isle Castle (sleeps up to 17 adults)
Cloghan Castle (sleeps up to 17 adults)
Killahara Castle (sleeps up to 14 adults)
Lisheen Castle (sleeps up to 16 adults)
Lough Cutra Castle (sleeps up to 40 adults)
Turin Castle (sleeps up to 10 adults)