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, and now resemble something more artistic and modern.

One thing’s for certain though – these UK castles for rent have bundles of charm and ooze character! If you love the sound of that, our Heritage Collection will be right up your street. 

Here’s our pick of the top castles in the UK you can actually rent. 

Callander House – Scotland

callander house scotland castle

If you’re looking for a  UK castle you can stay in with a slight twist, then Callander House is perfect.

Looking like a miniature castle, surrounded by the scenery of Loch Lomond, the baronial home could easily be thought of as a classic retreat. However, when you step inside you’ll come across 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 lighting and music system, all within these luxurious walls. 

Sleeps: 12-24
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 here).

C17th Castle – Somerset

c17th castle somersetPerched 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 inside C17th Castle, while outdoor dining spaces, a roof terrace, courtyard and attractive lawns surround 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

Sleeps: 16
Price from: £107pppn/$140pppn
Fun optional activities: Have a game of archery on the grounds, or go kayaking/canoeing.

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 regal energy, while the surprisingly modern and stylish apartments give an interesting contrast. The castle has a group of four apartments that you can rent singularly or as part of large group accommodation, and you have the option of a fully catered stay by the award-winning chefs. Marvel at the ornate and antique furnishings, the rustic vaulted cellars, and the beautiful staterooms of Timeless Castle.

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, whisky tasting or book some Highland games.

Penn Castle – Dorset

penn castle dorset This neo-Gothic castle is located on the Isle of Portland, giving it Penn Castle unique viewpoint over Church Ope Cove and the sea.

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 are a mixture of English, Italian, Japanese and tropical, and the outdoor dining and terraces take full advantage of their Jurassic Coast viewpoints

Sleeps: 18-20
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.

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 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. With 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 too.

Sleeps: 16
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.

Kirkliston Castle – Scotland

Kirkliston Castle exteriorsAnother abode for lovers of contemporary style, this renovated UK castle you can stay in 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 too.

Sleeps: 24
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.

Lothian Castle – Scotland

Lothian Castle HallIf 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. 

Sleeps: 24
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.

Tamar Castle – Cornwall

Tamar Castle in Cornwall, EnglandThe luxurious Tamar Castle dates all the way back to 1698, and still holds much of that original charm, alongside a host of modern amenities to make your stay even more spectacular. 

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 paying homage to the noble roots, making for a unique nights sleep. 

Tamar Castle stands proud in 55 acres of woodland making walks around the stunning gardens an excellent way to spend an afternoon. During warmer months, take a dip in the solar-heated swimming pool, and enjoy the lure of the warm Cornish weather in this top castle in the UK.

Sleeps: 22
Price from: £107/$141pppn based on 22 people sharing 
Fun optional activities: Our concierge team can help you 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 ScotlandThis 16th-century castle still has many of its original features, including gun-loops and shot-holes, as well as the vaulted entrance and Great Hall – perfect for history lovers! 

Burns Castle is set in the open countryside in Scotland, within ten acres of ground that are ideal for exploring. With a games room, small library, and even an eco-friendly rustic wooden barrel hot tub, there’s more than enough to keep a large group entertained. 

Bring your dog (up to two) and discover the glorious nearby Angus and Tayside area, where this distinctive home is located. 

Sleeps: 16
Price from: £33/$44pppn based on 16 people sharing
Fun optional activities: Go fishing for salmon on the Southesk, or take the seas and try your luck there. Back at the castle, a gourmet dining experience can be arranged with our fantastic concierge team

Ayrshire Castle – Ayrshire

ayrshire castle interiorsA UK castle you can stay in 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 at Ayrshire Castle, a murder hole where they used to pour oil on intruders, and a secret staircase too. Imaginations (young and old) will run wild when wandering the castle, as it’s bursting with original features, antique furnishings and medieval vibes.

Enjoy rooftop 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.

Sleeps: 14
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! QuadBikes R Us has all the Yamaha quad bike parts UK you need to fix you up and get you back out on your quad.

 

 

Feeling the mystical, fairytale castle vibes? If you’re thinking about renting a castle for a wedding, celebration or just because you fancy it, 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 Oliver’s Travels concierge team, who can organise everything from tours to catering!

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