Finished those Wolf Hall and Game of Thrones box sets? Getting twitchy for a spot of castle action? Well, it happens to the best of us. Sometimes only a turret or two, some battlements and 600 year-old stone will do.
Today’s Big Deal gets all medieval on you, with a great little break in the beautifully-restored 15th-century Comlongon Castle. Once a fortress against pesky English invaders, nowadays it has put away the crossbows and boiling oil and presents a more hospitable aspect as an elegant and luxurious baronial hotel.
Comlongon ticks off all those Middle Ages must-haves, such as a Great Hall for feasting and carousing, a well-stocky armoury with plenty of plate and weaponry, open fires and romantic landscaped gardens. It is the perfect location for a relaxed escape for any knight and lady (or teachers, bar staff, IT professionals, estate agents…)
Available seven days a week, the Big Deal option one is for two people to enjoy an overnight break in any room or suite at Comlongon, with full Scottish breakfast.
Option two is for two people to stay two nights at Comlongon, with full Scottish breakfast.
Both options also include bottle of Prosecco and local handmade chocolates on arrival.
Escape into the past
Its Borders location meant that Comlongon saw plenty of action in the Middle Ages. That rich heritage is combined with an attention to contemporary comfort in the guest facilities at the castle.
The hotel has fourteen, luxury, en-suite bedrooms combining medieval atmosphere with modern flourishes. All rooms are individually themed and feature tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview TV and free Wi-Fi.
Full Scottish breakfast is included in the offer, but you may also opt to sample the fine local produce on the dinner menus. There is a choice of two elegant, period décor restaurants, with seasonal menus that change daily to reflect the availability of the finest ingredients.
Comlongon Castle has been besieged by complimentary reviews on TripAdvisor, with the vast majority rating it as excellent. The latest messages to reach the castle include the following, edited for length:
‘Just spent several nights at Comlongon Castle and cannot even begin to describe what a welcoming, awesome stay my friend and I had. The staff went out of their way to meet our every need and it resulted in an entirely individualised experience.’
‘Lovely overnight stay. Unique setting, highly professional, yet warm and personable staff. Began with beautiful afternoon tea. Dinner was a delight in the small dining room, an intimate setting. The castle tower and grounds are enchanting.’
Out and about
Comlongon Castle is situated in spacious and attractive grounds, situated at the end of a mile-long, tree-lined drive. Exploration options within easy reach include the Solway coast and the Galloway and Kielder forest parks. The nearby Caerlaverock Wetland Centre is a fantastic destination for wildlife lovers.
The romantic wedding village of Gretna is close by, and Dumfries, with its historic centre and Burns connections, is ten miles away.
Break for the Borders
With vouchers valid until the end of July, this Big Deal break at Comlongon Castle offers a relaxing summer getaway in a beautiful and romantic setting.
For anyone who likes to combine a medieval ambience with very contemporary comfort, this castle break is the perfect option, ideal as a birthday or anniversary gift.