STAY IN A… CAS­TLE

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For fam­ily gath­er­ings

Per­fect for fes­tive get-to­geth­ers, this strong­hold can sleep up to 30 guests. En­joy a week­end of win­ter walks, be­spoke din­ners and old-fash­ioned board games in front of roar­ing fires. Augill Cas­tle, Kirkby Stephen, Cum­bria; one-night ex­clu­sive use from £6,700 (stay­i­nacas­tle.com).

For tur­ret views

There may be ar­gu­ments about who is go­ing to sleep in the four­storey oc­tag­o­nal keep at Wal­ton Cas­tle or the tur­rets sur­round­ing it. But all 20 of you can share the un­der­ground swim­ming pool or as­cend to the ‘games tur­ret’ for a game of cha­rades. Wal­ton Cas­tle, Cleve­don, Som­er­set; from £4,000 per night (celtic­cas­tles.com).

For a pri­vate cham­ber

En­joy a pri­vate tour of his­toric War­wick Cas­tle (above), then stay in one of two suites in the cas­tle’s 14th-cen­tury Cae­sar’s Tower com­plete with vaulted ceil­ings, a four-poster bed and rich Ja­cobean ta­pes­tries. There’s even a pe­riod wa­ter closet. War­wick Cas­tle, War­wick; dou­ble B&B from £550 (war­wick-cas­tle.com).

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