From ancient fortresses in the Scottish highlands to quintessentially British palaces, our out-of-this-world collection of UK castles to rent will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. While some pay homage to their past with antique furnishings and historic decor, others have been transformed inside and out, featuring artistic modern accents. 

One thing’s for certain though – each one boasts bundles of charm and oozes with character! All taken from our Heritage Collection, here are our top 10 castles in the UK you can actually rent. 

C17th Castle – Somerset

c17th castle somersetPerched on a hilltop with 360-degree views of the Somerset countryside, this 17th century Grade I-listed castle will have you feeling like you’re the star of your very own period drama. There are various rooms located in each of its turrets, including a swimming pool, library room and games room, while outdoor dining spaces, a roof terrace, courtyard and attractive lawns surround the castle. If you can tear yourself away, you’re also right near a beach and Clevedon Golf Club, allowing everyone to get active outdoors.

Sleeps: 16

Price from: £107pppn/$140pppn

Fun optional activities: Have a game of archery on the grounds, or go kayaking and canoeing along the River Wye.

Timeless Castle – Scotland

timeless castle scotlandIf you’re looking for that classic castle feel (somewhere you can imagine Downton Abbey being filmed) then Timeless Castle is the one for you. Lavish interiors and elegant decor give off a real regal energy, while the rustic vaulted ceilings and antique furnishings provide an interesting contrast.

The castle has a group of four apartments that you can rent singularly or as part of large group accommodation – ideal for giving everyone their own space. You also have the option of making your stay fully catered, with meals prepared by award-winning chefs throughout.

Sleeps: 16

Price from: £47pppn/$62pppn

Fun optional activities: Book one of the staterooms for a memorable dinner, have an exclusive castle tour, get a bagpiper’s welcome, enjoy a whisky tasting or arrange some Highland games.

Penn Castle – Dorset

penn castle dorset This neo-Gothic castle is located on the Isle of Portland, giving it a unique viewpoint over Church Ope Cove. What’s more, the sophisticated and stylish interiors include a library with sea views, a conservatory opening out onto the terrace, and a fabulous orangery with a swimming pool, making this one of our top castles in the UK.

Outdoors, the sumptuous gardens offer a mixture of English, Italian, Japanese and tropical plants, while the al fresco terrace is perfectly positioned to look out across the Jurassic Coast

Sleeps: 18-20

Price from: £112pppn/$146pppn

Fun optional activities: Foodies in your group? A private gourmet dining experience can be arranged. You’re also only 500m from the nearest beachy cove, with local day tours available.

Fenton Tower Estate – Scotland

fenton tower bagpipers on hills

Photograph by Phil Wilkinson

Nestled in the heart of East Lothian, you’ll find Fenton Tower Estate, an impressive 16th century tower. While it looks like a medieval fortification on the outside, you’ll find it has been lovingly restored within, combining contemporary features with original quirks.

Boasting panoramic views across the rolling countryside, this historic fortress is the perfect base for golf lovers (Muirfield, Gullane & North Berwick are all nearby). However, those who prefer to stay home will love exploring all five floors, which are interlinked by spiralling staircases. With a Great Hall, vaulted dining room, and library room with its very own bar, you’ll never be bored here.

Sleeps: 16

Price from: £140pppn/$183pppn

Fun optional activities: This stay is available fully catered, with local top-class chefs serving up the finest Scottish cuisine. Our concierge team can also organise day trips and tours for you.

Kirkliston Castle – Scotland

Kirkliston Castle exteriorsA fairytale building with its own private tennis court, Kirkliston Castle is nestled in 32 acres of manicured parkland, amping up the countryside retreat feel. As you venture indoors, you’ll find each room decorated in its own unique way, with opulent furnishings giving off a sophisticated feel.

There are plenty of places to entertain too, with a marble lounge, piano room, orangery and even a fully-stocked bar. Best of all, the buzzing heart of Edinburgh is only 20 minutes away if you’re eager to explore this vibrant city.

Sleeps: 24

Price from: £162pppn/$212pppn

Fun optional activities: Day tours, excursions, catering and celebrations can all be arranged with our concierge team as well as the on-site concierge.

Lothian Castle – Scotland

Lothian Castle HallStep back in time when you visit this 600-year-old castle, which has played host to historic icons like Mary Queen of Scots and Oliver Cromwell – both have a room named after them. Featuring dark woods and rich tapestries adorning the walls, its various furnishings serve to uphold Lothian Castle’s original charm.

Come evening time, so many choices await: will you cosy up by a roaring fire, tinkle the piano keys in The State Room, dine like royalty in the Great Hall, or host a cocktail evening in The Garrison?

Sleeps: 24

Price from: £252pppn/$329pppn

Fun optional activities: A chef is included in your stay, so you can work with him to decide on your menu – and perhaps host a party or two!

Tamar Castle – Cornwall

Tamar Castle in Cornwall, EnglandStanding proud within 55 acres of woodland, the luxurious Tamar Castle dates all the way back to 1698. Today, it still retains many period features alongside a whole host of modern amenities, ensuring that your stay is truly a special one.

The elegant drawing room has a roaring open fire, while the formal dining room has enough seating for all 22 guests. An accessible bedroom with a wet room can be found on the ground floor, while upstairs, the rest of the sleeping quarters are decorated in a manner that pays homage to the home’s noble roots.

During warmer months, take a dip in the solar-heated swimming pool and enjoy the warm Cornish weather before enjoying a stroll around the stunning gardens.

Sleeps: 22

Price from: £107/$141pppn based on 22 people sharing 

Fun optional activities: Our concierge team can help you to organise day tours to the beautiful Cornish coast and nearby Dartmoor National Park, as well as various other locations across Cornwall and Devon.

Burns Castle – Scotland

Burns Castle in ScotlandPerfect for history fanatics, this 16th century castle features original gun loops and shot holes, as well as a vaulted entrance and Great Hall. It’s set in the open countryside of Scotland, within ten acres of ground that are ideal for exploring. When you throw in Burns Castle’s games room, small library, and eco-friendly rustic wooden barrel hot tub, there’s more than enough to keep a large group entertained.

 your dog along for the fun and discover the glorious nearby Angus and Tayside area together. 

Sleeps: 16

Price from: £33/$44pppn based on 16 people sharing

Fun optional activities: Go fishing for salmon on the South Esk, or take to the seas and try your luck there. Back at the castle, a gourmet dining experience can be arranged with our fantastic concierge team – perhaps they’ll even cook what you catch!

Ayrshire Castle – Ayrshire

ayrshire castle interiorsA UK castle you can stay in that truly brings history to life, this 15th century fortress was once a wedding gift for Princess Mary. You’ll find remarkable original features here, like the hidden prison under a flagstone door, a murder hole where they used to pour oil on intruders, and even a secret staircase. No matter your age, imaginations will run wild when wandering around Ayrshire Castle.

You can also enjoy rooftop views across the Firth of Clyde and take a stroll around the acre of gardens, all before cosying down in the Great Hall.

Sleeps: 14

Price from: £33pppn/$55pppn

 

Fun optional activities: Our concierge team can help organise a whole host of activities, from white-water rafting and abseiling, to quad biking and race car driving! There are also several top golf courses located nearby.

Tarbert Country ManorScotland

Tarbert Country Manor

Found on the shores of West Loch Tarbert, Tarbert Country Manor offers 17 guests unrivalled views over the loch to Kintyre and the hills of Arran. The turreted 19th century home has recently been modernised, providing you with all the luxury amenities you could ask for, coupled with the regal feel of staying somewhere truly special.

Outside, guests can explore the estate’s spacious gardens, oak woods and walled garden, as well as the private pebble beach and foreshore. However, you’ll also be just a 15 minute drive away from the nearby village and its selection of shops, restaurants and pubs – great for explorers who can’t stay still for long!

Sleeps: 17

Price from: £37pppn/$46pppn

Fun optional activities: Dine in style with the Oliver’s Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience. Available through our concierge, this add-on has our chefs take care of everything from start to finish, meaning you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience.

Ready to live out a real-life fairytale? If you’re thinking about renting a castle for a wedding, special celebration, or just for a holiday less ordinary, then have a look at our castle collections in England, Scotland and Ireland.

And if you’ve got any questions or would like to add one or two fun activities to your stay (a casino night or whisky tasting, perhaps?), then have a talk with our Oliver’s Travels concierge team, who can organise everything from tours to catering.

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