As Netflix’s compelling drama series The Crown returned to the (small) screen in December 2017, viewers continued their journey into the lavish life of Queen Elizabeth II during her early reign.
Now, The Queen can stay in a castle whenever she likes. The rest of us most likely have to rent a castle to have any hope of getting close. And that’s where we come in.
With stunning backdrops of picturesque gardens, beautiful interiors and even a few corgis making the cut, we’ve put together our very own list of luxurious castles that will make even the most modest individuals feel like they’ve been transported to The Crown’s estates.
Best places to stay in a castle in 2018
Castle with History, Kilmarnock
If the walls of this castle could talk, they’d be reminiscing over Oliver Cromwell’s era. With more than 350 years of history, this authentic castle is located in the beautiful Ayrshire countryside, providing stately accommodation for up to 14 royal wannabees. A vaulted entrance hall, impressive staircase and a stunning exterior represent a nod to bygone times. While the king and queen of the family staying in this castle will be dazzled by the stain glass windows in the master suite. A guided historical tour of the property can also be arranged.
From £2,025/week, sleeping up to 14.
Closeburn Castle, Dumfries
Reputed to be one of the oldest inhabited castles in Scotland, this imposing building looks like it has been plucked straight out of Windsor. Originally owned by the Kirkpatrick family way back in 1232, Closeburn Castle has managed to survive for centuries and remains within a branch of the family to this day. Inside, the elegant living area is filled with armorial and family heirlooms, while four cosy bedrooms provide a comfortable night’s sleep.
From £720/week, sleeping up to 9.
Castle by Arbroath, Arbroath
A beautiful 16th century building, we’re sure you’ll be able to spot the distinctive pepperpot turret feature as you drive in. Set in a fairytale location and surrounded by almost 10 acres of land, this castle features gun-loops, shot-holes and even a vaulted entrance, while outside a wooden barrel hot-tub represents more modern comforts. Nearby Arbroath is the knight in shining armour when it comes to essentials, where a selection of pubs, shops and restaurants can be found.
From £1,900/week, sleeping up to 16.
Dollarbeg Castle Apartment, near Dollar
Restored and converted into a number of impressive apartments, a section of this Scottish baronial style castle offers stylish living for two couples or a small group. Set within three acres of communal grounds, the property is also within easy reach of the stunning cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow – shop ‘til you drop!
From £490/week, sleeping 4.
Wonderful Heritage Castle, Inverurie
Forget Cromwell, the core of this castle can even remember Richard The Lionheart’s reign of England. Originally built during the 12th century with later additions, this castle has retained its authenticity while welcoming modern comforts and furnishings. Think family portraits adorning walls, marble fireplaces and even a library where locked bookcases are full of leather bound novels of centuries past.
From £10,500/week, sleeping up to 16.
Romantic Scottish Castle, Aberdeenshire
Voted one of the ten best castles in Britain by The Independent, this charming 16th century castle is located in the centre of Banffshire. Beautifully furnished with an eclectic collection of art and antiques, the property benefits from a selection of reception rooms, a chapel and a stunning great hall that is complete with a distinctive painted ceiling. An infinity pool caters for those who fancy a dip, while an external pavilion can be used to host drinks parties. Nearby, a tour of the local Banffshire Whisky Distillery is a must for those who love a tipple.
From £2,500/week, sleeping 14.
Sixteenth Century Castle, Selkirk
With its fair share of historical drama, this castle has been fully modernised to provide luxurious accommodation inside its ‘blast from the past’ walls. A network of bedrooms, entertainment rooms and snugs are joined together by original turnpike stairs, while a tipple at the bar in the living area is sure to go down a treat. Upstairs, four spacious bedrooms are split over four floors, with each featuring technologically advanced DUX beds. There will be a struggle to get up in the morning!
From £1,900/week, sleeping up to 12.
Luxury Scottish Castle, Alyth
Standing at the head of a glen, this is what you’d call a stereotypical Scottish castle. Destroyed in 1640 and rebuilt to its former glory in 1990, the property is now refurbished with immaculate style and taste. Think four poster beds, inglenook fireplaces and turnpike stairs, while relaxing in the great hall is a real treat. Don’t forget to look up, you’ll find the tale of the castle represented in the magnificent painted ceiling. How many other places have that?
From £4,500/week, sleeping 12.
Unique Luxury Castle, Duns
Not quite Richard The Lionheart territory, but being built during 1350 is some feat. David II was King of the Scots during this time, although he wouldn’t have experienced some of the modern furnishings that now adorn this castle. Toes are kept toasty by underfloor heating, while internet access and modern accessories including a coffee maker and wine cooler. When you can stay in a castle this close to Edinburgh, you’re practically at Holyrood!
From £7,000/week, sleeping 10.
You don’t have to gather a large group of friends to stay in a castle. Some of these listed here sleep as little as four guests. So why don’t you make someone’s dream come true in 2018 and give them a regal retreat.
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