HOLIDAYS & HOTELS
See below a selection of hotels and holidays, giving you opportunities to stay and soak up some history
Peter Sommer Travels
Multi award-winning tour operator specialising in expert-led archaeological and cultural land based tours and gulet cruises. We offer scheduled and private tours for small groups: walking holidays, food tours and family trips in Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the UK. Rated one of the world’s ‘Top Ten Learning Holidays’ by National Geographic.
petersommer.com // 01600 888 220
Mingary Castle, a Scheduled Monument, dating back to the 13th Century, recently renovated from a complete ruin to the highest standards. Mingary is unique, intimate & homely, a true escape on the beautiful Ardnamurchan peninsula. With only four suites, the castle is ideally suited for exclusive hire for that special occasion, or just a room for that romantic escape.
mingarycastle.com // 01972 510 715
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel & Estate
Located on a 700-acre estate in Connemara, Ballynahinch is a luxury hotel & sporting estate. The elegant Owenmore Restaurant & casual Fisherman’s Pub serve the best of local produce. On site explore over 10 miles of scenic river & lakeside walks, fly fishing, clay shooting, hiking and cycling with expert guides available and a boat trip on Roundstone Bay.
ballynahinchcastle.com // + 353 95 31006
Island Cottage Holidays
We specialise in lovely character cottages, situated throughout the historic Isle of Purbeck, in Dorset. Enjoy the picturesque village of Corfe Castle with its 11th century castle. Our delightful stone cottages, with beams and wood burners, are equipped to a high standard. Only a short walk from traditional public houses & tea rooms. Fantastic walking and cycling areas.
purbeckcottageholidays.com // 01929 481555
Hidden History Travel
Fascinating journeys into history, prehistory and the ancient world. Unhurried, expertly guided, small group tours exploring the history and archaeology of Britain, Europe and the Mediterranean. Perfect combinations of leisure and interest in beautiful locations with special-access visits, lectures, excellent hotels, flight flexibility and personal service. Wonderful holidays, historic wonders.
hiddenhistory.co.uk // 0121 444 1854
Blakeney Hotel is a family owned hotel located directly on the Quay with panoramic views across the estuary and salt marshes to Blakeney Point – ideally placed for visiting the many local places of interest. The hotel has over 60 bedrooms, two comfortable lounges, a recently refurbished bar and a stylish award winning restaurant, a swimming pool with spa bath, steam and sauna room and mini gym.
blakeneyhotel.co.uk // 01263 740797
Rich with history and a beautiful 30-acre setting, Petwood Hotel was once the wartime officers’ mess of the 617 ‘Dam Busters’ Squadron. Located in the heart of Lincolnshire, the Petwood is an ideal base for exploring the county and its aviation heritage sites. Visit the historic city of Lincoln, discover the Lincolnshire Wolds and charming market towns. ‘3 for 2’ midweek special offer available Sunday to Thursday.
petwood.co.uk // 01526 352411
Dundas Castle is one of Scotland’s finest castles. A five star exclusive-use venue where events and weddings are held in the 600-year-old Auld Keep, the main Castle or a modern Pavilion seating 200. Complete with 17 luxurious bedrooms for exclusive-use bookings. Secluded within a 500 acre estate Dundas Castle is only 25 minutes from Edinburgh city and 15 minutes from Edinburgh Airport.
dundascastle.co.uk // 0131 319 2039
Thornbury Castle & Hotel Restaurant
Thornbury Castle Hotel, the 1535 honeymoon destination of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, is located on the edge of the quintessentially English countryside of the Cotswolds and within easy access of Bath, Bristol and the M4 and M5 motorways. Having exceptionally grand architecture with towers, battlements and Tudor chimneys, it is one of the UK’s few Tudor Castles converted to a hotel.
The Tudor Walled Gardens, landscaped grounds and vineyard, add to the historical experience. The 27 bedchambers are fabulously atmospheric, regal and traditional. Most with coronet or four-poster beds, open fire places and feature bathrooms. Tudor tapestries, ornate carved ceilings, suits of armour and stone walls add to the ambience, with all bedchambers incorporating high- end facilities and fittings. The variety of dining areas including The Tudor Hall, Dungeon and Wine Cellar boast luxuriant décor and are perfect for fine and private dining in a dramatic and unique setting.
thornburycastle.co.uk // 01454 281182