From ancient fortresses in the Scottish highlands to quintessentially British palaces, our out-of-this-world collection of UK castles 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 turned inside out and resemble something more artistic and modern. One thing’s for certain though – these UK castles have bundles of charm and ooze character! If you love the sound of that, our Heritage Collection will be right up your street.
So, without further ado, here’s our list of the top 10 UK castles you can actually rent.
Price from: £193pppn/$251pppn based on 12 people sharing
Fun optional activities: Salmon and trout fishing in the grounds, clay pigeon shooting, hire a ghillie for the day, host a whisky tasting or be welcomed with high tea on arrival! Plus a whole lot more (just look at the ‘extras’ tab on this link).
If you’re looking for a castle with a bit of a twist, then this baronial country “house” will be right up your street. Looking like a miniature castle, surrounded by the scenery of Loch Lomond, Callander House could easily be thought of as a classic retreat. However, when you step inside you’ll find state-of-the-art interiors, quirky decor and an ever-changing exhibition of contemporary artwork. You’ll find a digital baby grand piano, 7ft pool table, cocktail bar, aerial yoga swing and a jacuzzi with underwater music and lighting, all within its walls!
Price from: £107pppn/$140pppn
Fun optional activities: Have a game of archery in the grounds, or go kayaking/canoeing!
Perched on a hilltop with 360-degree views of the Somerset countryside sits this 17th-Century Grade I listed castle. Feel like you’re the star of your very own movie in this impressive fortification, with rooms in each of its turrets. A swimming pool, library room and games room can be found indoors, while outdoor dining spaces, a roof terrace, courtyard and attractive lawns can be found around the castle. If you can tear yourself away from the magical tower and turrets, you’re also right near a beach and just elevated above Clevedon Golf Club.
Price from: £47pppn/$62pppn
Fun optional activities: Book one of the state rooms for a memorable dinner, have an exclusive castle tour, get a bagpiper’s welcome, whisky tasting or book some Highland games!
If 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 regal energy, while the surprisingly modern and stylish apartments give an interesting contrast. The castle has a group of 4 apartments that you can rent singularly or as part of a larger group, and you have the option of a fully-catered stay by the award-winning chefs. You’ll get complementary entry to the castle itself so you can marvel at the ornate and antique furnishings, the rustic vaulted cellars, and the beautiful state rooms.
Price from: £112pppn/$146pppn
Fun optional activities: A private gourmet dining experience can be arranged, you’re only 500m from the nearest beachy cove, and local day tours can be organised!
This neo-Gothic castle is located on the Isle of Portland, giving it a unique viewpoint over Church Ope Cove and the sea. The sophisticated and stylish interiors include a library with sea views, conservatory opening out on to the terrace, and a fabulous orangery with a swimming pool. Outdoors, the sumptuous gardens are a mixture of English, Italian, Japanese and tropical, and the outdoor dining and terraces take full advantage of their Jurassic Coast viewpoints.
Price from: £140pppn/$183pppn
Fun optional activities: This stay can be fully-catered, with local top-class chefs! Our concierge team can also organise local day trips and tours.
Nestled in the heart of East Lothian, you’ll find this impressive 16th-Century tower. While it looks like a medieval fortification on the outside, you’ll find its been lovingly restored and brought into the 21st-Century, while still remaining sympathetic to its original features and quirks. With panoramic views across the rolling countryside, this historic fortress is the perfect base for golf lovers (Muirfield, Gullane & North Berwick are all nearby), and its interiors are sure to delight! Five floors interlinked by spiralling staircases, you’ll find a Great Hall, library room (complete with its own bar!), vaulted dining room, and a separate lodge!
Price from: £162pppn/$212pppn
Fun optional activities: Day tours, excursions, catering and celebrations can be organised with our concierge team and their own on-site concierge!
Another castle for lovers of contemporary style, this renovated castle looks just as impressive inside as it does outside! A fairytale building with its own private tennis court, Kirkliston Castle is nestled in 32-acres of manicured parkland, making it feel like a real retreat in the countryside. As you venture indoors, you’ll find each room decorated in its own unique way, with opulent furnishings giving off a sophisticated feel. There’s plenty of places to entertain – the BBQ outdoor dining area, marble lounge, piano room, orangery and even a fully-stocked bar! Best of all, the buzzing heart of Edinburgh is only 20-minutes away, and you can get to the Edinburgh Gin or Glenkichie Whisky Distilleries in less than 30 minutes!
Price from: £252pppn/$329pppn
Fun optional activities: A chef is included, but you can opt to have your stay fully catered! Host a Scottish Ceilidh in the Great Hall, or drink tastings in the Garrison.
If you’re looking for a castle that pays homage to its roots, then Lothian Castle has plenty of tales to tell within the confines of its walls! Step 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. Dark wood and rich tapestries adorn the walls, and while the original charm can be felt in its features and furnishings, it has been modernised for the 21st-Century visitor. Cosy up with a roaring fire and piano in the State Room, dine like royalty in the Great Hall, or host a cocktail evening in the Garrison.
Price from: £905pppn/$1,180pppn based on 10 people sharing
Fun optional activities: Falconry, clay pigeon shooting, truffle hunting, croquet coaching and more! Just head to the ‘extras’ tab on this page.
Feel like you’re in your very own Jane Austen novel when you stay in this 40,000-acre Georgian estate. A luxurious and quintessentially English home that is steeped in history; its elegant, decadent interiors will transport you back in time. Historic portraits hang in every room, while some rooms boast lavish four-poster beds. There’s so much to explore indoors and outdoors; inside you’ll find a billiard room, cinema room and wine cellar as well as a drawing room, library and smoking room/bar. Outdoors is even more exciting, with its boating lake, croquet lawn, cricket pitch, tennis court, swimming pool and 10-acres of gardens (including an elegant glasshouse, English rose garden, serpentine walk and sculpture pond!). Jane Austen, eat your heart out!
Price from: £131pppn/$171pppn
Fun optional activities: This home is set in a private estate, which offers all sorts of optional activities such as ranger tours, archery, axe throwing, fishing, scavenger hunts, yoga, wine tasting and more!
This Grade II listed Georgian house is set amongst 5,000-acres of private grounds in the heart of beautiful Suffolk. The mansion is nothing short of grand, with its serpentine driveway leading over an ornamental bridge. The private estate boasts its own tennis court and lakes, where you can go rowing and paddleboarding – or you can cycle around the grounds to explore! Beautiful, stylish interiors give it a sense of opulence, and the many rooms are a treat; the property boasts a Moroccan room, drawing room, library, vaulted hall, games room, cinema room, gym and wine cellar! Honestly, do you need to go anywhere else?!
Price from: £33pppn/$55pppn
Fun optional activities: Our concierge team can help organise a host of activities from white-water rafting and abseiling, to quad biking and race car driving!
A castle that truly brings history to life, this 15th-Century fortress used to be a court and prison, and was once a wedding gift for Princess Mary! You’ll find remarkable, original features like a prison space under a flagstone door, a murder hole where they used to pour oil on intruders, and a secret staircase! Imaginations (young and old) will run wild when wandering the castle, as it’s bursting with original features, antique furnishings and medieval vibes. Enjoy roof top views across the Firth of Clyde and Isle of Arran, cosy down in the Great Hall, explore the acre of private gardens, or even head for a game of golf at one of several nearby top golf courses!
Feeling the mystical, fairytale castle vibes? If you’re thinking about renting a castle for a wedding, celebration or just because you fancy it – and this list of 10 top-notch UK castles has got you excited – then have a look at our castle collections in England, Scotland and Ireland! If you’ve got any questions, or would like to add one or more fun activities to your stay (casino night or whisky tasting, perhaps?) then have a talk with our concierge team who can organise everything from tours to catering!
P.S. If you’re a fan of Netflix’s Bridgerton, you might be interested to hear we actually offer a Bridgerton package – live out your dreams of living in high society in beautiful Norfolk!