Before I put my Christmas Village away until next year, I just had to make a castle. This one is based on a Scottish Tower House, and there are many of these dotted around the countryside hear abouts. Particularly in the Borders area of Scotland (near the border with England) as there were many cross border skirmishes and lots of cattle rustling in days gone by. These houses were built as defensible strongholds, no windows near the ground and usually only one door to defend. Livestock would be kept secure on the ground floor and people lived up high, away from fire and arrows.
Here's a couple of real tower houses, but I not sure what the names are..
Gorgeous to look at, but probably not very cosy to live in.