When it comes to our built heritage, nothing shouts ‘history!’ quite like the sight of a medieval castle. So many childhood stories have images of handsome Princes who overcome challenges and obstacles to rescue the beautiful Princess, while the castle itself often serves as the refuge of the righteous or the bastion of the maleficent. As such, it plays a formative role in our psychology and not just an interesting building in a landscape. Either way their ability to captivate and charm is almost irresistible.

Across the site I have retold the stories behind several luxury castle hotels (which I have zestfully and enthusiastically visited!) all in the 4 & 5 star range, to provide you with all the inspiration you need for a unique castle break.

My recommend luxury castle hotels:

Thornbury Castle – A dramatic grade I listed Tudor castle surrounded by beautiful grounds.

Bovey Castle – A grand and mesmerising neo-Jacobean, Grade II listed country house. Get a feel for the ambiance of the hotel by viewing this video:

Glenapp Castle – A truly spectacular Michelin starred, Scottish baronial castle with service that is second to none.

Dalhousie Castle – A borders castle once at the centre of the Scottish wars of independence, now renowned for its hospitality.

Langley Castle – Unspoilt architectural gem run by passionate people in the Northumberland National Park.

Peckforton Castle – The last fortified castle built in England and now a magnificently restored luxury castle hotel.

Aikwood Tower – An impressive 16th century Borders tower, lovingly restored to its former majesty.

Ruthin Castle – enjoy a tradition of hospitality and become the latest in a long line of distinguished guests.

Glandyfi Castle – A rare thing in Wales: a castle built out of love rather than fear, conquest and war.

Blairquhan Castle – Home to some of Scotland’s most influential families and nestled in a wooded estate in Burns’ country.

The great thing about Castles is that they feature strongly in the local history of an area. As such, when visiting somewhere new there is no better way to understand the local people and customs than to stay at one of these luxury castle hotels for yourself. As chance would have it, Britain is not lacking for them!

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