While most of us don’t get to live like royalty all the time, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the feeling every once in a while. You might be surprised to learn that there are castles in Europe you can rent through Airbnb. Ideal for any romantic stay, there are options that include everything from luxurious private rooms to literally becoming the King and Queen of your own castle.
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You can stay at this nearly 22,000-square-foot castle located just a short drive east of Porto’s Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport and have it all to yourselves, but there’s plenty of room to invite another couple or two and still have plenty of privacy. There are nine bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms and two include their own fireplaces. It also includes a huge kitchen and two dining rooms, three living rooms and chapels. On the first floor, views of both the Lima River and Atlantic can be enjoyed. The beautifully landscaped grounds include a watchtower for gazing out at the over four acres of gardens, a dovecote and an outdoor swimming pool.
Want to enjoy an authentic Irish castle experience? Cahercastle is nearly 600 years old. While it was refurbished to provide modern amenities in the last decade, this is the original medieval stay you’ve been looking for, less than 30 minutes from Galway City. Guests stay in its highest room, enjoying full use of the top two floors which include the master bedroom, living room, a kitchen and bath. There’s also a huge fireplace to cozy up to among the fairytale-like stone walls.
Just an hour and 20 minutes northwest of Dublin Airport in County Meath, 500-year-old Ross Castle also offers a unique stay in an authentic Irish castle along the shores of Lough Sheelin. B&B accommodation is provided, with the tower bedrooms arguably the most romantic, complete with en-suite bathrooms and large comfy beds. Home-cooked dinners can be enjoyed upon request, with dishes made using locally grown and the host’s own certified organic produce whenever possible. The castle has a history of unexplained happenings which you can learn about from your host.
Recently renovated, La Bastane is located about a 40-minute drive from Bordeaux and sits across picturesque grounds that include organic vines. It includes a living room with a fireplace, private terrace and three bedrooms that you’ll get to enjoy on your own. The hosts live in an annexed part, which means privacy while still having access to readily available assistance if needed. Nearly every room offers a spectacular view of the valley and vineyards below.
Looking as if it came straight from the pages of a Bavarian fairy tale, this castle/manor house even has a moat that surrounds its medieval walls. A private apartment inside comes with a living room, fully-equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a fireplace and a library filled with books and games. It’s the ultimate in romantic seclusion, yet it’s just 10 minutes from the small walled city of Bad Neustadt.
Elegant Wilton Castle makes an ideal wedding venue or a spot for any celebration, accommodating up to 14 guests with seven bedrooms, all with their own bathrooms and living rooms. They can be rented individually, or you can rent the entire castle. The magnificent 19th-century retreat sits on the banks of Boro River about two hours from Dublin. It has a fully renovated interior that includes a grand dining room with a fireplace, a huge gourmet kitchen and cozy sitting rooms. The grounds are spectacular, complete with a tranquil brook, medieval ruins and dungeons.
Balintore Castle is located in a remote, picturesque glen near Dundee, Scotland, about an hour and 40 minutes northwest of Edinburgh. Built in 1860, a century later it was abandoned and left to rot, lying empty until 2007. It’s been lovingly restored, and today, guests can rent the kitchen wing which has kept many original features while providing the necessary modern amenities. It has three bedrooms, one bath and offers direct access to hiking, mountain biking and bird-watching.
Located in the Tuscan countryside an hour’s drive east of Florence, this castle offers a cozy stay for two, ideal for becoming the King and Queen of a Castle. You’ll have it all to yourselves, a paradise for romance and relaxation. It’s surrounded by nature and comes with its own private outdoor swimming pool.
This adorable castle built in 1917 on grounds with gardens, a pond and other attractive features, is truly a storybook. Located in Ellington, Connecticut, it comes with three bedrooms, each with a theme like the Romeo-Juliet room, along with a modern kitchen, a large dining room, living room with a fireplace, and an inside porch that’s guarded by a medieval knight. Enjoy your morning coffee on the balcony and strolls on the scenic trail through the woods.
Upton is a 700-year-old castle that offers a trip back in time, located in beautiful Pembrokeshire. Guests stay in the west wing of this family home which has a private suite with a queen-size bed and bathroom. The grounds include scenic woodlands and historic gardens with peacocks and horses wandering about. The pretty seaside town of Tenby is nearby, filled with pubs, restaurants, boutiques and tourist attractions, as is Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with famously beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs and hiking trails.
Built in 1856, Blackcraig is surrounded by miles of peaceful forests in the Highlands, about 70 miles from Edinburgh. It’s been extensively restored and includes a two-bedroom garden apartment for rent with a living room and kitchen, ideal for enjoying the beautiful Scottish countryside, with opportunities for hiking and fishing nearby.