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Just like Prince William and Kate Middleton, you can be queen of the castle and lord of the manor at your wedding. Here are the best places to stay and celebrate a regal affair:

England

Pentillie Castle, Cornwall

Pentillie Castle, near Plymouth and Saltash, on the banks of the River Tamar in Cornwall, has recently been fully restored to its rightful glory. There are nine luxurious en-suite guestrooms available for five-star stays. Pentillie Castle can also be hired for exclusive stays -- perfect for a wedding or anniversary. For more information, visit pentillie.co.uk.

Augill Castle, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
Augill Castle (pictured left) is a castle with character, offering chic accommodation near Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria. Along with fairytale turrets and towers, Augill offers Egyptian cotton linens, homemade biscuits, fresh ground coffee, indulgent toiletries and a decanter of sherry for grown-ups, while little ones can enjoy Little Cooks courses, a game room, toys and books, DVD library, playground, tree-house and a fort in the forest. Roaring fires, peaceful grounds and long leisurely breakfasts complete the perfect package for decadent breaks in this magical place. For more information, visit stayinacastle.com.

Rowton Castle Hotel & Restaurant, Shropshire

Rowton Castle is a beautiful 17th-century Grade II listed building, set in 17 acres of tranquil grounds, six miles west of the historic market town of Shrewsbury. A castle has stood on the grounds at Rowton Castle for nearly 800 years, seeing many changes and alterations over the centuries. It has remained primarily a family home until being transformed into a luxury country castle hotel, retaining the splendor of yesteryear while providing facilities for the most discerning of guests.


Rowton Castle Hotel & Restaurant is set within the stunning scenery of Shropshire, and also within easy reach of Telford, Birmingham and the Midlands Motorway network. It is, therefore, one of the most desirable castle hotels offering accommodation and weddings in England. For more information, visit rowtoncastle.com.

Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham
Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, Ellenborough Park is a majestic country house situated adjacent to the famous Cheltenham Racecourse in the village of Southam, just outside Cheltenham, England. Ellenborough Park offers guests luxurious accommodation, fine dining, country sports and spa facilities in a relaxing countryside setting. Once the estate of the Earl of Ellenborough, a former Viceroy of India, this hotel boasts 62 luxury guestrooms including three sumptuous open-plan suites and one split-level suite, named after famous racehorses such as Arkle and Kauto Star. The hotel also features an Indian-themed spa with a hydrotherapy pool, fitness suite and heated outdoor swimming pool. For more information, visit www.ellenboroughpark.com.



Thornbury Castle, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
Thornbury Castle resonates with history and is the only Tudor castle in England to be open as a hotel. Today, the 500-year-old castle-palace with its beautiful oriel windows, Tudor hall and historic parkland is able to be hired exclusively. There has been a vineyard within the castle walls for over 500 years, from which Thornbury Castle wine is still produced. Guests can enjoy a regal night's sleep in the Duke's Bedchamber, where King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn slept or the Gloucester Bedchamber, where they can wake up to a view of the oldest Tudor gardens in England -- the Privy Garden and Goodly Garden. For more information, visit thornburycastle.co.uk.


Scotland

Castle Stuart, Highlands
Visitors will find five-star lodgings in this romantic castle, set magnificently on the Moray Firth near Inverness. Castle Stuart is just a 20 minute drive from Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Fully restored and furnished in Jacobean elegance, this Scottish castle is ready for entertaining in traditional grand manner or modestly in regal comfort. Each of the eight bedrooms is named after the clans who fought and died for "Bonnie Prince Charlie" at Culloden, and are decorated in their individual tartans. For more information, visit castlestuart.com.

Borthwick Castle, Edinburgh
Tranquillity, history and service -- the perfect castle getaway is all of these things, and this one is only 13 miles from Edinburgh Airport. For nearly 600 years, Borthwick Castle has overlooked the gently rolling hills on the edge of the romantic Scottish Border. One can easily imagine Mary, Queen of Scots, looking from her bedchamber window onto a very similar landscape in the 16th Century. The castle's long and illustrious history has romance and drama and the walls still bear the battle scars of Cromwell's cannon. The castle retains a medieval ambience that charms even the most seasoned travelers. For more information, visit borthwickcastle.com.

Airth Castle Hotel & Spa Resort
Airth Castle is steeped in history, dating back to the 14th century. During the 15th century it was once owned by the family of King Robert the Bruce. Today's resort sits majestically overlooking the River Forth and the countryside of Forth Valley and Central Scotland. The hotel complex is a luxurious and unique modern venue crafted around a core of ancient history. From the moment guests arrive at Airth Castle Hotel & Spa Resort, a true Scottish welcome awaits. For more information, visit airthcastlehotel.com.

Wales

Gwydir Castle, Llanrwst
Gwydir Castle, Llanrwst, has a long tradition of entertaining royalty. King Charles I is said to have visited in September 1645 as guest of Sir Richard Wynn, Treasurer to Queen Henrietta-Maria and Chief Groom of the Royal Bedchamber. In 1899, King George V and Queen Mary also stayed here as Duke and Duchess of York. The castle is primarily a family home, though guests are warmly welcomed to share in Gwydir Castle's tranquil and timeless atmosphere and languish by a log fire in one of the candle-lit halls. Two rooms are available, the "King's Room," with its en-suite bathroom, and the "Duke of Beaufort's Chamber," with its own private bathroom adjacent. Both rooms have four-poster beds and garden views. For more information, visit gwydir-castle.co.uk.

Ruthin Castle
Set within acres of woods and park land, a little over 20 miles from Chester, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Ruthin Castle is a truly romantic hotel steeped in history. The castle dates back to the legend of King Arthur with notable owners including King Edward I, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Book a stay in one of the many rooms; dine on award-winning cuisine created using only the freshest local produce; bring a team of merry men for a themed night of fun, food and laughter; book the wedding dreams are made of within the ancient walls and picturesque grounds. Ruthin Castle is a royal Welsh gem just waiting to be explored. For more information, visit ruthincastle.co.uk.

Information provided by visitbritain.org

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