It’s the show that everyone’s talking about. BBC’s reality TV hit The Traitors began airing its second season in early January, with new episodes every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening.
At the start of the series, 22 players were split into two groups - traitors and faithfuls - each fighting for the chance to win a share of up to £120,000. The faithful are the innocent and must banish the traitors from amongst their midst. Meanwhile, the traitors are tasked with eliminating the faithful as they aim to stay hidden and keep the money for themselves.
With the final set to take place on Friday 26 January, audiences wait with anticipation to see which side will come out on top. But what makes the show so special?
Aside from the obvious drama and tension, we can't argue that there is something alluring about the setting of the show. The castle location gives a real sense of theatricality thanks to sweeping staircases, large fireplaces and lavish interiors - think tartan wallpaper, velvet curtains and stag's heads mounted to the walls. Its gothic-style interiors make it the perfect spot for deception and betrayal.
So, is the castle open to the public? And, more importantly, can it be hired out for an event or party? We answer all your frequently asked questions below, including where it's located and if you can stay there.
Where is The Traitors' castle located?
The Traitors is filmed at Ardross Castle, a 19th century castle located just north of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. It is here where most of the TV show's action takes place: from the daily missions to the evening discussions and banishments at the round table.
Can you hire out The Traitors castle?
Yes! Andross Castle is available for exclusive hire if you're looking for an outstanding location for a wedding, corporate or private event. Of course, it's also available as a stunning location for a film or TV show. Hire of the castle includes use of both the main building and its extensive grounds, with the property being set in over 100 acres of parkland.
Can you stay at The Traitors castle?
Unfortunately, Andross Castle does not let out individual rooms and doesn't function as a hotel, so if you were hoping to spend the night at this iconic location, then sadly you will be disappointed. But it's not personal: not even the show's contestants get to spend their nights at the castle and are instead whisked away each evening to the Courtyard Hotel in Inverness.
Castle venues for hire in the UK
If you've always dreamed of hosting a wedding or event at a castle, then fear not! We have a few options for you. Each of the following castle venues offer the same level of grandeur as Andross Castle - just with a few less murders!
Amberley Castle, West Sussex
What: Enclosed by a 60 foot medieval wall, Amberley Castle has got to be one of the country’s most impressive hotels. Balancing both period and contemporary design features, and surrounded by acres of rolling countryside, guests are sure to be awe-struck by this historic castle. The venue is available for exclusive hire for up to 250 guests if you're happy to venture out into its sprawling gardens. Amberley Castle also provides private spaces for up to 40 guests if you're looking for somewhere to host a meeting or special occasion.
Where: Pulborough, BN18 9ND
Enquire now: Amberley Castle
Leeds Castle, Kent
What: Leeds Castle boasts an enviable lake-side location and is surrounded by acres of stunning parkland. This venue is steeped in over 900 years of rich history, providing plenty of regal grandeur for your next event. Private parties, corporate events and meetings can all be hosted here with guaranteed high quality service and bundles of charm that comes from its unique location. Engaged couples can also tie the knot in the recently refurbished Ceremony Room, with space for up to 100 guests.
Where: Maidstone, ME17 1PL
Enquire now: Leeds Castle
Bovey Castle, Devon
What: Taking up residence in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, this five-star resort invites you to hire out one of its private dining spaces for your next exclusive dinner. Or, plan a party in The Great Western, an excellent spot for larger gatherings that can seat up to 120 guests banquet-style. Planning on tying the knot? Bovey Castle provides a luxurious and romantic backdrop to say ‘I do’, with options for both indoor and outdoor weddings. In-house catering is sure to go down a hit, no matter what you're planning, with menus tailored to meet your needs.
Where: Dartmoor National Park, TQ13 7RE
Enquire now: Bovey Castle
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