Castles and Chateaus

Chateau de Bagnols, France

Château de Bagnols is the finest five-star deluxe château hotel in France and is regarded by many as the finest vineyard chateau hotel in the world. Dating from the 13th century, the chateau features impressive towers, the original dry moat, honey-coloured stone known as pierres dorées and a dramatic entrance across a drawbridge. The Château de Bagnols is one of France ‘s major historic monuments as well as a unique luxury hotel with 21 of the most superb rooms and suites in France .

Rooms from Euro 445 per person per night, sharing. The Chateau can also be exclusively rented out.

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Chateau de la Barre, France

Hidden away in the midst of the idyllic wooded hills of the Perche, Château de la Barre progressively unfolds its history. The Count and Countess of Vanssay (she is Anglo-American, he is the twentieth generation at this family château) welcome you to their home, where the rooms combine elegance and authenticity with all the important modern comforts. The living rooms, with portraits of various family ancestors, rival in grandeur with the immense dining room, a veritable chef d’oeuvre of the 18th century, complete with its monumental buffet displaying an exquisite collection of china. Take a step into history…

The Chateau can be exclusively rented out, from Euro 5,500 for 3 days accommodating up to 15 people.

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Thornbury Castle, England

Kings and queens have stayed here. Courtiers have flirted with ladies-in-waiting in the ancient yew-hedged gardens. Serving girls have chattered in the stone-flagged courtyard. Today, Thornbury Castle still resonates with history and is the only Tudor castle in England to be open as a hote. However, step behind the heavy oak doors and you’ll find a magnificent hotel with roaring fires, delicious modern cuisine and sumptuous bedchambers – a truly special setting for an overnight stay, a weekend away or for more formal occasions. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once walked these rooms and grounds. There has even been a vineyard within the castle walls for over 500 years, from which Thornbury Castle wine is still produced.

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Culzean Castle, Maybole, Scotland

The Kennedy family are one of Scotland ‘s oldest families and trace their ancestry to Robert the Bruce. Culzean Castle was their principal seat from 1759, the castle and its landscape reflecting their status and aspirations. Over the centuries, the Kennedys transformed a Medieval tower house, built to protect its inhabitants during dangerous times, into one of the grandest country houses in Ayrshire. The armoury display is the largest collection of its type in existence, apart from Her Majesty the Queen’s at Windsor Castle . In 1812, the flamboyant and ambitious 12th Earl bought the pistols and swords from the Office of Ordnance at the Tower of London . The arms were dispatched from London in twelve chests along with ‘one of the men from the tower with the Arms, who will fix them up in a proper manner’.

Rooms from GBP 250 per person per night, sharing.

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Ashford Castle, Ireland

For over 700 years, Ashford Castle and its 350 acre private estate have offered a myriad of ways to enjoy the hospitality of a castle in Ireland . From the imposing exterior one enters a richly decorated interior that speaks of centuries of care and love of fine craftsmanship. Enjoy the award-winning gourmet in the Connaught Room and George V Restaurants, leisurely afternoon tea in the Drawing Room or pre-dinner drinks in the Prince of Wales Cocktail Lounge. While vacationing on the estate, the choice of activities will fill many a happy day. Take the challenge of the castle’s 9 hole private course, the Ashford Equestrian Centre or fishing the great lake and rivers on the estate.

Rooms from Euro 450 per person per night.

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Castle Stuart, Scotland

Castle Stuart, set magnificently on the Moray Firth in the Scottish Highlands, is located close to the town of Loch Ness . Fully restored and furnished in Jacobean elegance, Castle Stuart is ready for entertaining in traditional grand manner or modestly with your chosen guests in regal luxury (8 bedrooms). Enter its portals and step back in time. Walk its battlements with Charles the First before he lost his kingdom and his head.

The entire castle can be exclusively rented out, from GBP 2,950 per night and can accommodate up to 16 guests.

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Augill Castle, England

Augill Castle , built in 1814, in the Upper Eden Valley stands in open country, little changed for centuries. The castle’s backdrop is the dramatic North Pennines with gardens opening out to views of the nearby Yorkshire Dales and the Lakeland fells beyond. The castle provides the chance for guests to step out of reality and into a more relaxed place altogether. It is a place where the background is of creaking floorboards, ticking clocks and distant laughter. Interesting antiques lurk in every corner and artifacts on every mantle have a genuine story to tell.

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