STAY IN A… CASTLE
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).