Castles hold mystery, romance, fairytales, grandeur and history. This heady combination has made people everywhere flock to castles around the world that play host for those who want to spend the night. The cost for an adventure such as this varies from castle to castle but the experience is sure to be a life-altering one. Can you imagine stepping into the enormous castle grounds, being directed to a room that is entirely your own and an inseparable part of the castle itself, and dining in some of the oldest rooms in European history? Well, you don’t have to imagine it anymore, the following castles are for more than day tours, you can stay in them!
Castello di Ripa d’Oricia
One of the oldest castles in Italy, Castello di Ripa d’Oricia was thought to have been built in the Middle Ages and stands high above the Tuscan region. The castle is now a hotel, winery, and olive oil producer. There is everything you could ever want on the grounds of this estate, the only thing you would have to do is get a car to get your up there. The cost per room begins at $95. The grounds have a pool and views of the entire winery and olive tree field. We can already imagine what it would be like to stand and see such a view!
Kilcolgan Castle sits on a river bank in Galway, Ireland. The grounds are green and fertile while the water is fresh and filled with wildlife. You can stay in this breathtaking property for $332 a night, that grants you the entire premises. There are two bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms and sleeps 5 comfortably. While this castle isn’t the biggest one on this list, it is one of the more historically designed in terms of its interior with incredible attention to detail. The property is private and quiet, giving you and your loved ones the rest and relaxation you are looking for. But in a castle. Nice!
Castel Pergine sits on the hills in Trento, Italy, overlooking the greenery and Mediterranean climate all around. The castle was built during the 13th century and expanded into a Medieval fortress that same century. Seven months out of the year, the castle is home to a rotating art exhibition. The rooms at this super historic castle are rather simple but offer a real insight into how those who called this place home lived. The cost is also very appropriate for a simple room, with a starting price of $73 a night.
This property has been around since the Middle Ages and sits in the middle of the Auvergne in Cantal, France. The castle has been in the ownership of the same family for the eight centuries it has been around. For $1,000 a night, you can rent the whole castle for you and 25 of your closest friends. There are 14 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms in this picturesque estate. If you are interested in throwing a, let’s say, wedding party or something like that, the castle can hold up to 160 people.
Parador Oropesa is near the city of Oropesa, Spain. The sprawling castle and fortress was built originally in 1366 but was almost entirely destroyed and reconstructed in 1402 to the castle that stands today. The castle is now a proper luxury hotel (obviously) and boasts incredible grounds that include gardens and a swimming pool to be the envy of pools everywhere. Rooms begin at $112 a night, which we have to say is very reasonable for the surroundings you will find yourself in.
Peter’s Castle, located in Galway, Ireland, is on Airbnb if you are interested in booking a private room in this to die for 13th-century structure. The whole inside has been refurbished to accommodate people who want to stay here and be as comfortable as they can be with modern amenities. The owner of the castle, Peter, stated, “Remember, this is a castle that is over 600 years old. That means it’s not perfect. Castles were never designed with bathrooms and showers, so we’ve improvised.” You can test it out for $143 a night.
Chateau de la Caze
Chateau de la Caze is a beautiful piece of real estate located in Sainte-Enimie, France, on the banks of the Tarn River gorge. The castle has been standing since the 15th century when it was built as a home for a French aristocrat. The decor of the castle is filled with antique furniture, tapestries and original artwork that adorns the castle walls. The castle has a restaurant on premises which serves meals on the outdoor terrace if the weather plays fair. Rooms at the chateau run from $400 a night.
This castle is architecture heaven. Located in the exotic heart of Dausa, Rajasthan, India, the estate was built in 1818 and has been owned by one family from the day it was built to today. The now luxury hotel has some very cool activities for guests, such as camel riding in the desert, traditional Rajasthani lunch in a farm nearby, and polo field. There are various types of rooms to choose from but even the simplest of rooms is quite a treat. There are 18 suites and 8 more rooms on the property, with a starting price of $145 a night.
Dalhousie Castle is a 13th-century structure that is a sight to behold. The inner part of the castle dates back to 1280 (wow!), houses a dungeon dining room (whether it was always like that or those who made this castle into a hotel decided to make an attraction out of it is unknown) and an aqueous spa. There are falconry lessons on the premises if you are interested and the cost per night starts at approximately $110.
Markree Castle is owned by the Cooper family of Collooney, Sligo County, Ireland. The estate as it is seen today dates back to 1802 but was originally around from hundreds of years earlier. The castle is five stories high and is sprawled over 500 acres including its green gardens and parkland. The rooms have every modern convenience but with an added historical feel and all overlook the large grounds. The castle boasts a library of many thousands of books and large fireplaces to curl up next to and read. The rooms begin at $165 a night.
Schloss Sommersdorf has been around since 1208 and is located in Burgoberbach, Germany, the area of Bavaria. The castle is considered on the smaller end, although far surpasses any regular mansion. The castle has been renovated and is fit to host anyone who wants to stay at a historic location with modern conveniences. There are apartment and rooms available, and common areas for guests to enjoy the charm this place has to offer. The price per night begins at $195.
The only Dutch castle on the list, Kasteel Wittem is a ‘modest’ estate with 12 rooms. The structure has been around since the 11th century and was turned into a hotel and restaurant in 1958. The castle went through further renovations just in the last few years when it was purchased by new owners. The castle has gardens surrounding it that date back 300 years and are 8 acres in size. The room at the tower is the most expensive one as it is also the oldest room on the property. The other rooms begin at $125 a night.
Castello di Montegiove
This castle is unique in that it only has 3 bedrooms. Castello di Montegiove, in Umbria, Italy, dates back to the 13th century and was an olive mill before it was transformed into a modern hotel with everything you could dream of within. The bedrooms and bathrooms are up to par and luxurious, while the grounds boast an infinity pool. The area around the castle is littered with truffles so you can go truffle hunting if you feel so inclined, or you could tour the on-premises winery! Renting out the entire estate costs around $275 a night and has a stay minimum of seven nights.
Ashford Castle in located in County Mayo, Ireland. It was once owned by the Guinness family (like the beer) and dates back to 1228! Ashford is now a hotel and spa. The rooms are super luxurious, the spa treatment is renowned and the grounds are nothing like you have ever seen in your life. The cost per room begins at $650 and go well above $3,500 depending on your room. The hotel offers a wide range of activities, such as fishing, golf, horseback riding, tennis, and archery, to name a few.
Atop an extinct volcano and breathtaking scenery of green gardens, grape vines, trees and small village homes, lies the beautiful Schloss Kapfenstein Castle turned hotel. What else is there to do with an estate as big as this one? The castle is family-owned and run and is located in southern Austria in Styria. The castle is from the 11th century and contains a large number of airy and rustic rooms that are designed to portray the history of the building. There is a winery on the grounds that is also run by the family. Rooms start at just $97 a night!
Château Le Petit Verdus
This stunning castle sits near Bordeaux, France and looks like it came out of a fairytale – both inside and out. The castle dates back to the 19th century and has been renovated to accommodate it’s shift to rental status. This piece of magical property costs a mind blowing $1,268 a night but it sleeps 12 people and has a sauna and private pool (so you if you split the bill by 12 then it’s totally worth it!).
Another Airbnb property, Dairsie Castle is located in Fife, Scotland. You can rent the entire castle for $726 a night. The property was destroyed and rebuilt during the 1800s and has six bedrooms and an inspiring art gallery. The grounds have an apple orchard and herb garden (can you imagine how good the property must smell?!). The property sleeps 13 people and is close to St. Andrews and Edinburgh. This place is PERFECT for family events that need an extra bit of luxury.
Chateau Loire is located in the Loire Valley, France. The castle itself is available for rent, and when we mean it is available to rent we mean that you can rent the ENTIRE castle. For $6,500 a night, you can rent out this 23 bedroom, 18 bathroom estate that sleeps, 55 people! This is the spot for a destination wedding if you ask us. During the off season (between November and March), the castle turns into a bed and breakfast so you can cuddle up beside a fire and look out the castle window at the scenery.
There is something about castles that are rented out by the whole and not by the room, quite surprising actually. Duns Castle is no different, you can rent the entire place for $3,643 a night. The beautiful castle is located just south of Edinburgh, Scotland, and has been standing since the 14th century. The castle sleeps 23 people in 12 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. The grounds surrounding the property are massive and green, there is plenty to do in this idyllic place, like falconry, four wheeling, archery, and going into town for a nice whiskey tasting.
Château de Salettes
This charming estate is located in Cahuzac-sur-Vère, France. The property has an on-site vineyard and spa and dates back to the 13th century. The chateau has a tower that rises far above the rest of the structure while it is surrounded by the vines and trees all over the property. The cost per night starts at $160. This spot is perfect for an event or a weekend getaway in a romantic and relaxing environment.
This impressive castle is one of the most stunning properties we have ever laid our eyes on. Inverlochy Castle is now an incredibly luxurious hotel that was built in the 19th century. Around the build of the castle, there is plush greenery and water from the nearby lake. The castle is in a rather remote part of Scotland, near Fort William. The nearest city is Oban, which is 50 miles away. A room at this beautiful castle starts at $670. The castle offers many activities and if you can swing it, an airport pickup and drop off in their Rolls Royce!
Pousada do Castelo
Pousada do Castelo, yet word for castle, sits around 70 miles away from Lisbon, Portugal, in Obidos. Obidos is a town that is surrounded by a wall that is wrapped around the castle. The structure has been there since the 12th century and boasts 17 bedrooms. The hotel is modern and comfortable and offers an array of things to do and places to see around the castle. Walking around the grounds of this estate will undoubtedly take you back to the time the palace and town were bought for Isabel, the wife of King Dinis.
On an elevated platform lies the grand structure that is Schoenburg Castle. It is located in Oberwesel, Germany and has incredible views of the Rhine River. The hotel within the castle is closed between January and March every year in order for upkeep and renovations, it is, after all, a castle from at least from the year 911. The castle was burnt down in 1689 and restored to its former glory in 1914 when it was purchased by Mr. Rhinelander. The castle is now the property of the Oberwesel town council. A room starts at $185 per night.
This castle is not only awe-inducing, but it is also a historic site of British history. King Henry VIII walked the grounds of this castle with his second wife, Anne Boleyn, as he stayed at this once royal property. The castle is located in South Flouctershire, England and is every bit as royal as it was when it was built in the 16th century. The interior design of the castle matches the outer and the overall historic theme. Rooms begin at $100 a night and are well worth the experience. It’s as if you stepped into the 1400s, only with modern appliances.