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Grand Castle Stays To Make You Feel Like (I’m) A Celebrity!

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Published 14/11/2020 Grand Castle Stays To Make You Feel Like (I’m) A Celebrity!


This year's ‘I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' is relocating from the Australian jungle to the grounds of Gwrych Castle, a 19th century, Grade I-listed retreat that was once known as ‘The Showpiece of Wales'.

The switch got us thinking about the unique castles dotted throughout the UK, and how staying in one is more than just a holiday, but a journey through centuries of history and heritage.

So, we've pulled together some of our favourite castle escapes, for time-travelling stays with a hint of celebrity grandeur...

...and no Bushtucker Trials in sight!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Orchardleigh Castle | Somerset

Tawstock Castle

Tawstock Castle

Be the king or queen of your own castle when you stay at the magnificent Tawstock Castle, in the heart of the North Devon countryside. A truly unique holiday home, Tawstock Castle is an impressive sight.  Standing on a motte, surrounded by lawned gardens, and enclosed by a circular bailey, this Grade II listed castle now offers a luxurious self-catering stay for eight…

Castle Levan

Castle Levan

Stunningly situated on Scotland's beautiful West Coast, come and experience history and Scottish tradition with an authentic castle stay at Castle Levan. Small and intimate with just three guest rooms, Castle Levan is your gateway to a historic era, a charming retreat dating back to circa 1457. As a grade B listed building with Historic Scotland, you will find no shortage of…

Torrisdale Castle Estate

Torrisdale Castle Estate

Set on the stunning spine of Kintyre, just footsteps from a private sandy beach and sensational views, is the Torrisdale Castle Estate.  With four marvellous accommodation options, both in the Castle itself and its magnificent grounds, there's something to suit every holidaymaker.  Gorgeous scenery, sustainable living, sheer indulgence and utter relaxation - you'll find…

Walton Castle

Walton Castle

If you've always dreamed of your very own castle in the English countryside, complete with turrets, a keep, and acres of grounds, those dreams will come true at Walton Castle. The perfect place for that ‘once-in-a-lifetime' retreat or that very special occasion, this 17th-century castle in stunning Somerset should be right at the top of your list, and was featured on This…

Belle Isle Castle and Private Island

Belle Isle Castle and Private Island

Gather your favourite people to experience a life of historic luxury, in your very own fairytale castle and private island accommodation set by the sparkling Fermanagh water's edge. For group holidays and celebrations with a unique, natural and seriously opulent difference, stay at 17th century Belle Isle Castle and begin your very own magical fairy story. Belle Isle Estate, an Area of…

Snape Castle Undercroft

Snape Castle Undercroft

Retreat to a Grade I listed majestic castle and historic retreat in the North Yorkshire, previously the home of Henry VIII's sixth wife!If it's good enough for royalty, it's good enough for us. Catherine Parr's former residence is a magnificent castle home underneath the chapel, now opening its doors to visitors looking for a unique holiday setting and ambience.The village of Snape in South…

The Black Castle

The Black Castle

Travel back through time with an ‘over-knight' stay for two in a majestically authentic 16th century Gaelic castle.   It may be a long way to Tipperary, but travelling back to the 16th century is a far shorter journey than you may think!   Secluded within the breathtaking natural landscape of the shimmering Lough Derg, amongst the invigorating backdrop of North Tipperary, you…

Scargill Castle

Scargill Castle

Stay in a 15th century Teesdale castle, magically transformed into a sumptuous living space fit for romantic royalty. Scargill Castle cuts an imposing dash on the spectacular Teesdale landscape, set within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   Close to the refreshing Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Park, Scargill Castle was built in 1560, on the…

Penn Castle

Penn Castle

An exclusive use Castle, situated on the scenic Isle of Portland, Dorset, perfect for family staycations, extraordinary celebrations and special occasions.   Located on the Jurassic Coast, Penn Castle can sleep up to 20 guests within 9 luxury en-suite bedrooms, each individually decorated to provide your guests with their own unique space to relax. Enjoy spectacular sea views from…

Orchardleigh Castle

Orchardleigh Castle

Give your break a touch of regal polish, in a private castle with a scenic outdoor hot tub, set on an historic, 500-acre Somerset estate.   Spanning 500 exquisite acres, and dating back over three centuries, Somerset's Orchardleigh Estate is a location worthy of the grandest celebrations.   In fact, if you think the estate seems familiar, it could be because you've already seen it on…

The Earl and Countess

The Earl and Countess

An exquisite apartment in a magnificent castle setting, standing proudly in the ancient heart of historic Scottish Borders countryside. A grandly unique family and dog-friendly retreat, The Earl and Countess is a beautiful three-bedroom apartment that was once the private quarters of the 14th Earl and Countess of Lauderdale. Accessed via the south wing of the majestic Thirlestane Castle - one of…

Kilmartin Castle

Kilmartin Castle

An authentic, exquisitely restored Scottish castle that dates all the way back to the 16th century, set within acres of unspoilt Argyll wilderness. How would you like to travel magically back in time, without forsaking any contemporary creature comforts in the process? That's exactly what a stay at Kilmartin Castle offers. Standing proudly amongst an ancient Argyll glen on Scotland's windswept…

Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle

Meet the resident ghosts of Britain's ‘most haunted historic castle', surrounded by Northumberland countryside just 20 minutes from the coast. Haunted castles don't come more spine-shiveringly authentic than Chillingham, a 13th century, Grade 1 Star-listed fortress in rural Northumberland. Here you'll discover a captivating juxtaposition of beautiful gardens, sparkling fountains, impossibly…

Dairsie Castle

Dairsie Castle

Plan your escape to a magical medieval castle in the heart of Scotland, filled with charm and comfort, and just an hour away from Edinburgh. Boasting a unique history that leads all the way back to the 12th century, Dairsie Castle was once a safe royal escape, playing host to King James I and VI, as well as a base for secret Scottish parliaments and military sieges. Carefully restored to its…

Neidpath Castle

Neidpath Castle

A luxuriously romantic royal suite in a medieval castle on the unspoilt Scottish Borders, with the River Tweed rushing gently below. Bursting with historic tales, Neidpath Castle dates back many centuries, and its rugged stone walls remain as soothingly unchanged as the majestic, rolling views of the Scottish Borders beyond.   The beautifully preserved castle can boast an array of…

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