Gone are the days when castles were strictly reserved for royalty. Nowadays, you can easily book a stay in fantastic fortresses all across Britain! From fairy tale castles to majestic manor houses, we’ve got plenty of castles to rent here at Big Cottages. If you fancy living like a Lord and Lady for the weekend, then why not take a look?


If you’ve been on the search for a large holiday house to rent, why not go all out and book a castle stay? Castles are the perfect choice for memorable family holidays and special occasions. Often, you’ll not only have your private residence but also use of the impressive country estate grounds that surround your castle. 


Of course, you’ll want an opulent interior to complete your castle experience. Well, you’re in luck. From hot tubs and saunas to four-poster beds and games rooms, we’ll help you find the ideal castle for your holiday plans. With hundreds of historic castles dotted all around the UK, where will you choose to go? England, Scotland and Wales...the choice is all yours!


Best locations to rent a castle


In need of some inspiration? Here are our top choices for locations worth a royal visit.


Best for: Making a visit to the renowned Edinburgh Castle
Castle to rent: Enjoy a true castle experience at the impressive Auchentroig House, sleeping up to 12 guests.


Scotland is home to many castles - over 2000 in fact. If a regular holiday home isn’t going to cut it, then a Scottish castle might be what you’re after. Walkers and mountain climbers will feel at home here, with its abundance of dramatic mountain landscapes and rugged hills. Of course, you could always enjoy a weekend of retail therapy in the capital city of Edinburgh if you prefer.



Best for: A traditional seaside holiday with a twist
Castle to rent: Live like royalty for the weekend at the mighty Mostyn Castle, sleeping up to a grand total of 34 guests!


If there’s another worthy competitor for the title of ‘most medieval castle’, it has to be Wales. It’s also home to grand country houses and private estates, which make an excellent setting for reunions with friends and family, as well as weddings and other family celebrations. Whether you’re looking for the coast, countryside or 14th century castles, you’ll certainly find all three here.



Best for: A relaxing break away surrounded by the rolling valleys of Somerset
Castle to rent: Enjoy glorious panoramic views over the North Somerset countryside at C17th Castle, sleeping up to 16 guests.


While you’ll find lots of lovely holiday cottages in Somerset, it’s also got some great castles to rent. Ideal for families and large groups, there’s something for everyone in this picturesque county. Explore picture-perfect towns and villages, or pack your walking boots and discover the natural beauty that surrounds you here. Best known for its cheddar cheese, be sure to visit a farm shop or two to try authentic Somerset cheddar!



Best for: A walking holiday exploring the national parks of Northumberland

Castle to rent: The grand Belsay Tower Estate is perfect for big family get-togethers, sleeping up to 30 guests in total.


Home to some of the most beautiful national parks and Areas of Natural Outstanding Beauty, Northumberland is a gorgeous county steeped in history. Not only will you find historic remnants such as the world-renowned Hadrian’s Wall, but you’ll also find a whole host of medieval castles, too. While you might not be able to reserve a stay at the magnificent Alnwick Castle, there’s still plenty of excellent castle stays available in the area!



Best for: A fun-filled break of swimming, surfing and paddle boarding on the coast
Castle to rent: Live in complete luxury at the gorgeous Newton Manor House in Swanage, sleeping up to 16 guests.


The picturesque county of Dorset is the perfect location for a holiday by the sea among family and friends. With famous landmarks including Durdle Door and the Jurassic Coast, there’s so much to explore and discover. Be sure to make a visit to Lulworth Cove to view its beautiful blue waters and popular pebble beach.



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