Have you ever had the urge to stay in a castle? Well 2017 could be the year that you do! At Snaptrip we love a staycation in a traditional cottage, but sometimes something a little more unusual is in order. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, putting on a big group get together, or just want to live your own fairytale for a week – a staycation in a castle could be just the thing for you.
We’ve got several dotted across the UK, but here are our top 5 UK castle holidays for you to choose from…
This amazing castle dates back to the 15th century and was originally build as a wedding present! The great hall was even once used as a stately court room; and now you can stay in this very building with Snaptrip. Situated up in North Ayrshire, Scotland, there is a spiral stone staircase which connects all five floors which continues all the way up to the roof, offering grand views over the village. There’s no doubt this is one magnificent movie-set destination for your short break with friends.
This Grade II listed, hill top castle in North Somerset is a highly unusual, but infinitely beautiful, spot for your next staycation. The majority of the accommodation can be found within a four storey octagonal keep, and the castle is set within an acre of private grounds. The 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside are nothing short of spectacular, while inside, several luxurious features including a Jacuzzi bath, indoor swimming pool, roof terrace and a home cinema room await. If you’re looking for a truly a unique way to experience Somerset, this is the one for you!
This beautiful Grade II listed Devon castle has original parts which date way back to the 18th century. Sat atop a hill, this castle offers panoramic views of the surrounding area and is found within a whopping eight acres of its own parkland. Nearby there are beaches and the Tarka Trail – a famous walking and cycling path – to enjoy. This is an excellent, quirky place to enjoy some quality time with friends or family, with more than enough room for everyone to sit down together and truly relax.
4. Splendid Dover Cottage
A Grade II listed, mini Gothic castle – this exceptional building was built in 1850 part way up a hill, close to both Dover Castle and the town itself. There’s the classic turret, exposed beams throughout, plus many other historical features over which to marvel. Oh and you won’t be bored in Dover, especially not with the walks along those famous white cliffs. If you needed any more convincing, there’s a pub just 330 yards down the road and a gorgeous canopy bed that’ll have you feeling like medieval royalty.
5. Gorgeous Banchory Cottage
An annexe of the stunning Skene Castle in Aberdeen, Scotland – this property exists in peaceful seclusion, with the wonderful landscapes of Royal Deeside and the golden sands of the coastline nearby. The region boasts more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK, so take time to soak up the historic past in some of the many others in the surrounding area. There are double bedrooms in the property – one four poster! – and a great wood burner in the living room, too. Plus, check out those reviews!