Top Castles for Summer Self-Catering Stays

With Winter behind us for another year, or so (we hope!), it’s time to start planning your summer breaks...

Celtic Castles features a selection of self-catering castles scattered throughout 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 are selling fast for summer 2016 and, whilst the festive season may seem only just behind us, now is also the best time to start making plans for Christmas and New Year 2016/17!

Castle Law

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 bathtub. 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 Ayshire Coast, 25 miles from Glasgow and 70 miles from Edinburgh. Hiring Castle Law starts at £2950 per week; three night breaks are available from £2250.

Aikwood Tower

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 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 7 nights from £1900 per week or £1500 for a weekend. Midweek stays are available from £500 per night.

Walton Castle

Walton Castle is a self-catering castle in the South West of England on the edge of the Bristol Channel.

The castle sleeps a maximum of 20 adults 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 pounds per night.

Castle Lachlan

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 its 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 7 night stay at Castle Lachlan can be enjoy from just £2250, with shorter stays also available from £1975 for 3 nights.

Forter Castle

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 were 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 twelve 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.

7 night stays are available at Forter Castle from £4250; 3 nights start at £3250.

Crom Castle

Crom Castle is located on the shores of Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, approximately 90 miles north of Dublin and Dublin International Airport and 85 miles south west of Belfast. During your castle stay why not...

Reawaken the past at Florence Court, one of Northern Ireland's most charming and beautiful Georgian mansions.

Discover the traditions of the ancient folk art of mumming at the Aughakillymaude Community Mummers Centre in Derrylin.

Escape to the shores of Upper Lough Macnean and avail of outdoor activities on site at Corralea Activity Centre.

The West Wing is available to rent all year round on a weekly or long weekend basis for groups of up to 12 people. With its own entrances and terrace, the West Wing offers exceptional privacy and, with superb views of the beautiful Co. Fermanagh landscape from every window, is an ideal retreat from today’s busy world.

7 night stays are available at Crom Castle from €7000, 3 nights start at €3500.

You can see our full list of self-catering castles on our self-catering page

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