A good way to break up the winter - and wedding planning - is with a few days in the countryside.These five castle picked by Crisp White Sheets offer an extra special experience across Britain.
Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Aqueous Spa, Edinburgh
Greeted by imposing turrets and towers that rise up from the red stone façade, the grand exterior of Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Aqueous Spa near Edinburgh will leave you awestruck at first sight. Dating back to the 13th century, this spectacular fortress lies within beautiful grounds just eight miles from the vibrant city of Edinburgh, and it has been titled as 'Scotland's Oldest Inhabited Castle'. However you choose to spend your time at Dalhousie Castle in Edinburgh, you are sure to fall in love with its totally unique and historic charm.
Hever Castle, Kent
Resembling a scene from a romantic novel, Hever Castle in Kent is 13th century castle, once home to Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife. The castle is steeped in a wonderful history and played a significant role in the country's ancient past, being home to major events that changed British religion. Enveloped by 125 acres of grounds and award winning gardens, this is possibly one of the most magnificent places to stay in England. Each of the 28 bedrooms are unique in style and have features such as panelled walls, chaise longue, leaded windows, four poster bed or a roll top bath. Original aspects fused with more contemporary comforts create a perfect match for a luxurious stay.
Leeds Castle in Kent
Magnificent almost seems like an understatement when it comes to describing Leeds Castle in Kent. With 900 years of history and the most spectacular backdrop of parkland, this is one of the most romantic and fascinating castles in the UK. The imposing building has taken many different forms throughout the centuries, including a Norman stronghold, Tudor palace, Jacobean country house and Georgian mansion, and has been graced by many notable figures from the past, such as Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, and six medieval queens. As such, Leeds Castle is one of Britain's most visited historic sites. As you approach this grand moated castle, you can feel yourself drawn into an enchanting world full of history, romance and excitement. There are several wonderful places nestled within the grounds where you can spend the night and escape from reality, from the gorgeous cottages and Maiden's Tower, to the Knights' Glamping pavilions, each property offers a unique experience. With so many attractions in the extensive grounds, it's easy to while away the hours exploring. History lovers, outdoor adventurers and children will be in their element at Leeds Castle. The Maze and Grotto, playgrounds, falconry, golf course and gardens provide guests with a wealth of things to see and do. Leeds Castle in Kent has become one of the finest venues for a host of celebrations. Whether you're looking for castle wedding venues in Kent and South East England, somewhere to host a corporate event or special celebration, this is the perfect place for any occasion.
Pentillie Castle and Estate, Cornwall
An impressive B&B set inside a historic castle, Overlooking the beautiful River Tamar and stunning Cornish countryside of the Tamar Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Pentillie Castle in Cornwall is possibly the grandest B&B in the country and regular winners of tourism awards for their outstanding accommodation and green credentials. The castle is home to nine beautifully appointed bedrooms, which are light, bright and airy, providing total tranquillity. Pentillie Castle not only preserves its history, but with eco-friendly initiatives in place it also respects its environment. As well as being a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, it has also been awarded Gold for its green enterprises. The Bathing Hut, which juts out onto the River Tamar, is one of the most romantic little buildings, and never fails to win the hearts of guests who are looking for an idyllic wedding venue.
Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire
Roch Castle is an ancient stronghold with boutique rooms, towering above the city of St Brides Bay and the Preseli Hills. The castle is just a short drive from the coast, in stark contrast to its ancient exterior, the interior of the castle has been immaculately restored and given a contemporary designer makeover. Mullioned windows, arched doorways and stone, spiral staircases blend with fresh white walls and charcoal grey furnishings. This is one sleek place, and the glass-fronted Sun Room simply adds to its wow factor. No expense has been spared in the bedrooms. Minimalist in design, the rooms don't require too much fuss as the views take all the glory. Philippe Starck strikes again with his cool design in the bathrooms. Each room has a different layout but all with individual quirks.
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