Lodgings fit for a king! Ten stunning castles around the British Isles you can spend the night in
- Scone Palace in Perthshire has a private wing that can sleep up to 24 guests, with stays from £3,500 per night
- Ashford Castle is one of the oldest castles in Ireland and has previously been named as the world’s best hotel
- Devon’s Kingswear Castle dates to 1502 and was built to defend Dartmouth harbour. Now it’s a holiday let
If the new series of The Crown has got you dreaming of living like royalty, help is at hand.
MailOnline Travel has rounded up some of the most stunning castles in the British Isles that you can actually spend the night in.
From the place where Scottish kings and queens were crowned to a Gothic retreat in South Wales, which one would you like to be king of the castle in?
Scone Palace, Perthshire
Scone Palace in Perthshire, which sits just above the River Tay and is best known as the place where Scottish kings and queens were crowned
Scone Palace, which is set in 100 acres of land, boasts a private wing that is available to rent from £3,500 per night
Scone Palace was the seat of parliament for Scotland and was once visited by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Pictured is one of the rooms in the private wing
One of the wing’s 12 bedrooms. They are described as being decorated in a way that reflects the traditional style of the castle
Sitting majestically above the River Tay, Scone Palace in Perthshire is best known as the place where Scottish kings and queens were crowned.
At one time, it was also the seat of parliament for Scotland and was visited by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1842.
The palace, which is set in 100 acres and even includes a maze, boasts a private wing that is available to rent.
A private entrance leads to a drawing room, which is covered in original artwork and tapestries, while the dining room has enough space for 24 guests.
According to its listing, each of the 12 bedrooms is decorated in its ‘own individual style reflecting the traditional style of the castle and featuring the very best in fabrics and antique furnishings’.
The wing, which can sleep up to 24 people, can be rented from £3,500 to £7,700 per night through Stay One Degree, a travel website that connects owners of exclusive homes with a vetted member base of luxury travellers.
Clytha Castle, Monmouthshire
Clytha Castle, pictured, which is located in Monmouthshire in South Wales, overlooking the Usk Valley. It is described as a Gothic retreat
Clytha Castle is now a holiday rental and has three bedrooms with enough space to sleep up to six guests
Clytha Castle dates back to 1790 when it was built by William Jones. A four-night stay at the castle starts from £682
Clytha Castle is a Gothic retreat in South Wales that overlooks the picturesque Usk Valley.
It dates back to 1790 when it was built by William Jones as a personal memorial to his deceased wife. It was designed by architect John Davenport.
In 1948, the last resident, a gamekeeper, left the castle empty but some 30 years later, it was rescued by the Landmark Trust, which restored it to its former glory.
Now a holiday rental, Clytha Castle has three bedrooms and can sleep up to six people. A four-night stay starts from £682.
Kingswear Castle, Devon
Kingswear Castle in Devon, pictured, was built in 1502 to defend Dartmouth harbour
There are just two rooms in Kingswear Castle, sleeping up to four people. It has been a holiday let operated by the Landmark Trust since 1987
Kingswear Castle can be rented for four nights from £658. The castle has sweeping views across Dartmouth and the rocky coast
Kingswear Castle, at the mouth of the Dart Estuary, was completed in 1502 and was built to defend Dartmouth harbour – large guns were mounted inside on the ground floor.
But just 50 years later, the castle became redundant. This was partly due to the new guns at Dartmouth Castle – on the opposite side of the estuary – being able to cover the whole river and partly because Kingswear Castle’s iron weapons, exposed to fierce weather, rusted too easily.
In 1987 the castle was bought by the Landmark Trust and turned into a holiday let. It boasts two bedrooms that can sleep up to four people, while from the roof there are sweeping views across Dartmouth and the rocky coast.
The castle can be rented for four nights from £658 through the Landmark Trust.
Ashford Castle, County Mayo
Ashford Castle in County Mayo is one of the oldest castles in Ireland, dating back to the 13th century. It is now a five-star hotel
The bed in the castle’s presidential suite, which is named after former guest President Ronald Reagan. The castle has a total of 83 extravagant rooms
The stunning Connaught Room in Ashford Castle. In 2015, the castle was named as the world’s best hotel by luxury travel agents around the globe
Inside Ashford Castle’s Dungeon Bar. The five-star castle hotel underwent a huge €67million (£57million) two-year renovation between 2013 and 2015
Ashford Castle in County Mayo is one of the oldest castles in Ireland, dating back to the 13th century.
Located on the banks of Lough Corrib – Ireland’s second-largest lake – it was built by the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family in 1228 and was once owned by the Guinness family.
Now it has 83 extravagant rooms and previous guests include John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Brad Pitt, John Lennon, Ronald Reagan and King George V.
The five-star castle hotel underwent a huge €67million (£57million) two-year renovation between 2013 and 2015, which included an overhaul of the guest rooms, the spa and the building’s infrastructure.
Later that year it was named the world’s best hotel by luxury travel agents around the globe in the Virtuoso awards.
Prices start from €325 (£277) per night for a standard room and up to €5,000 (£4,265) per night for the presidential suite. Rooms can be booked through the castle’s website.
Gordon Castle in Fochabers, Moray
Gordon Castle in the village of Fochabers in Moray is described as a ‘traditional Highland estate’
According to the listing, Gordon Castle blends ‘contemporary comforts with authentic Scottish charm’ and boasts a grand drawing room, study, billiard room and two large reception rooms
Gordon Castle, pictured, has enough space for 18 guests and comes fully staffed. Stays start from £3,560 per night
Gordon Castle in the village of Fochabers is described as being in a ‘traditional Highland estate’ and comes fully-staffed with space for up to 18 guests.
It blends ‘contemporary comforts with authentic Scottish charm’ and boasts a grand drawing room, study, billiard room and two large reception rooms.
The listing for the property explains: ‘Comfortable living areas feature classic, charming furnishings, dazzling chandeliers and warming fireplaces, creating a cosy space to relax in with a glass of whisky.’
The castle also has portraits that hang around the rooms and is filled with ‘beautiful wooden antiques’ and ‘unique ornaments’.
The property can be rented from £3,560 per night through Stay One Degree.
Kilmartin Castle, Argyll
Kilmartin Castle, pictured, is set in the breathtaking countryside of Argyll in the historic Kilmartin Glen in Scotland
Inside Kilmartin Castle is a collection of antiques from across the world as well as original pieces of artwork dating back to 1886
There are five bedrooms, sleeping up to 10 people as well as a fully equipped kitchen and dining room. Stays start from £500 per night
This stunning castle is set in the breathtaking countryside of Argyll in the historic Kilmartin Glen.
According to its listing, Kilmartin Castle has been renovated with ‘amazing attention to detail’ and its ‘contemporary comforts blend perfectly with the traditional and rustic feel of the building’.
Inside the castle is a collection of antiques from across the world as well as original pieces of artwork dating back to 1886.
There are five bedrooms sleeping up to 10 people, five bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room and a warm living space with a fire.
Stays at the castle start from £500 per night and can be booked via Stay One Degree.
Lumley Castle, County Durham
Lumley Castle, pictured, in County Durham, which now operates as a hotel. It has previously been owned by the Bishop of Durham and Durham University
There are 74 guest rooms at Lumley Castle, including the grand Castle State suite, pictured, and the King James suite
Lumley Castle is a 14th-century building that stands on the banks of the River Wear in Chester-le-Street and now operates as a hotel.
It takes its name from its creator, Sir Ralph Lumley, who was a popular soldier and renowned for his bravery in battle.
The castle has previously been owned by the Bishop of Durham and Durham University but in 1976 was transformed into a hotel.
There are 74 guest rooms, including the grand Castle State suite and the King James suite.
Rooms cost between £109 and £256 per night, bookable through the castle’s website.
Wardhill Castle in Meikle Wartle, Aberdeenshire
Wardhill Castle, pictured, in Aberdeenshire, which is surrounded by the stunning Bennachie Hills
Wardhill Castle has a selection of reception rooms, a ‘contemporary farmhouse-style’ kitchen and a lavish dining room
One of the eight bathrooms in Wardhill Castle. Stays cost between £1,300 and £3,500 per night
Dating back to the 12th century, Wardhill Castle has been owned by the same family for more than 800 years.
It is surrounded by the stunning Bennachie Hills and the Aberdeenshire countryside and is described as offering the ‘perfect country escape for discerning guests’.
The castle has a selection of reception rooms, a ‘contemporary farmhouse-style’ kitchen and a ‘lavish dining room’ that has arch-framed windows, emerald green walls and is decorated with selected family heirlooms.
There are also eight ‘traditional and utterly unique bedrooms’ with space for up to 16 people.
Six of the rooms have huge king-size beds, while the other two suites have antique twin beds.
Stays start from £1,300 to £3,500 per night and the castle can be booked through Stay One Degree.
Forter Castle, Perthshire
The striking Forter Castle near Folda in the Scottish Highlands, which has been restored to its former glory and is now a holiday let
Whisky can be enjoyed in Forter Castle on the large Ralph Lauren sofas and chairs. The castle can be rented from £611 per night
One of the seven large bedrooms at Forter Castle. Most of the bedrooms come with four-poster beds and the property can sleep up to 16 people
Lovingly restored to its former glory, striking Forter Castle near Folda in the Scottish Highlands in Perthshire is described as a ‘warm, welcoming and traditional base for a very regal break’.
Its Great Hall spans the entire width of the castle and is traditionally furnished with an expansive inglenook fireplace as its focal point.
Dinners can be eaten at the 16-seater dining table while whisky afterwards can be enjoyed on the soft large Ralph Lauren sofas and chairs.
There are seven large bedrooms, most with four-poster beds, that can sleep up to 16 people. The huge master bedroom also comes complete with its own turret and open plan bathroom with roll-top bath.
The castle can be rented from £611 per night through Stay One Degree.
Lough Eske Castle, Donegal
Lough Eske Castle, pictured, which has stood on the banks of Lough Eske in County Donegal since 1861
The castle is now a five-star hotel with 96 rooms over three floors. As this image shows, luxuriousness is the name of the game
Lough Eske Castle has stood on the banks of Lough Eske in County Donegal since 1861.
It was built on the site of the old Brooke Mansion and the seat of the O’Donnell clan.
Now the castle is a five-star hotel with 96 rooms over three floors. It also boasts a luxury spa, three restaurants and several bars.
As well as being close to the lough, the castle is just three miles from the Bluestack Mountains and six miles from Donegal Castle.
Stays cost between £230 and £1,580 per night and can be booked through Lough Eske Castle’s website.
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