Indulge in delusions of grandeur by renting 16th-century Forter Castle, Perthshire. Sleeping up to 12, its sumptuous interior makes it perfect for a family gathering or friends getaway. Turreted rooms, vast candelabras and roaring fires are all in place at the castle. But the looks imaginative, not clichéd. A highlight is the Lairds room: its an entire floor with an elaborately draped four-poster and screened-off candlelit bathing area.
Seven nights from £3,950, via Alastair Sawdays special-escapes.co.uk