Sleep Like a King (or Queen) at These Castles for Rent

Yahoo TravelJuly 31, 2014

Being a member of the royal family certainly has its perks: fancy clothes, lavish vacations, no nine-to-five desk job, and beautifully massive castles. While the chances of finding a prince (or princess) charming to sweep us off our feet are slim to none, there is one way to live like a king or queen even if it’s just for a couple of nights. Here are the top 10 castles around the world that you can stay in tonight!

Stay in one of the 32 guest rooms at Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate (Photo: Oheka)

What: Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate

Where: Huntington, New York

Cost: $395 a night

Long Island might be better known for its lack of regal accents than for any castles. But one almost-century-old French-style chateau has long been a playground for VIPs and Hollywood’s elite. Sitting on 443 acres, this grand hotel features 32 guest rooms and suites, formal gardens, eight reflecting pools, spa services, and complimentary breakfast. 

Sleep like royalty at Chateau de Sologne in France. (Photo: Airbnb)

What: Chateau de Sologne

Where: Brinon-sur-Sauldre, Centre, France

Cost: $250 a night

Have your own family retreat in this castle located in the famed Loire Valley. You’ll feel like royalty in this four-bedroom palace that has a pool, grand living room, and river views. In addition, the village is within walking distance, so you can enjoy a morning croissant while on holiday. 

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This charming Irish castle also features a five-star restaurant. (Photo: Joel Sowers/Flickr)

What: Dromoland Castle

Where: County Clare, Ireland

Cost: $350 a night

The lineage of this home dates back to the 15th century, but it has all the five-star conveniences of a modern hotel. Enjoy the historic charm in a variety of carefully curated rooms and suites that have drawn in A-listers like John Travolta and Jack Nicholson. You can also enjoy the golf course and onsite Michelin-rated restaurant Earl of Thomond

Relax on the expansive grounds of Estancia la Candelaria. (Photo: Diego Wyllie/Flickr)

What: Estancia la Candelaria

Where: Lobos, Argentina

Cost: $40 per person, per night

A French chateau in South America? Yup, you read that correctly. This country-chic hotel, located an hour outside of Buenos Aires, was inspired by a royal home in Normandy. It features historically decorated guest rooms, forest bungalows, and a private two-story suite in a circular brick windmill. And it’s not without its perks. You can enjoy the expansive grounds that are home to 240 species of trees, horseback riding, and gaucho festivals. 

The views from Inverlochy castle in Scotland are stunning. (Photo: Inverlochy Castle)

What: Inverlochy Castle

Where: Fort William, Scotland

Cost: $544 a night

With its very own loch, this Relais & Châteaux property offers such stunning Scottish panoramas that Queen Victoria said she “never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot.” At the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the U.K., this charming castle has 13 rooms, five suites, a billiards room, and stately interiors. It’s an ideal base from which to explore Fort William, the “Outdoor Capital of the U.K.,” and surrounding areas on the west coast of Scotland. 

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Bubaqra castle in Malta is the perfect destination for a large group. (Photo: Homeaway)

What: Bubaqra Castle

Where: Zurrieq, Malta

Cost: From $4,400 a week

This is the perfect location if you really need to get away from it all. Pack up 14 of your family members and friends and head to this gorgeous medieval limestone castle. You’ll get nine bedrooms (three of which are in the turrets), a Romanesque swimming pool, and a beautiful five-acre garden with an orange and lemon orchard, all lined by olive trees to ensure total privacy. 

Dine on local fare at this castle in Tuscany. (Photo: Airbnb)

What: The Castle of San Fabiano

Where: Tuscany, Italy

Cost: Starting at $166 a night

At this castle, you won’t just sleep like a king—you’ll eat like one too! This romantic villa offers traditional Tuscan meals made from the castle’s own organic garden and private cooking classes to learn the secrets of the trade. After indulging in Italy’s best, you can retire to one of six suites in the castle. 

At Eichstaett Castle, you’ll feel like a king without breaking the bank. (Photo: Homeaway)

What: Eichstaett Castle

Where: Hofstetten, Germany

Cost: Starting at $76 a night

Once home to the stepson of Napoleon, Eugène Vicomte de Beauharnais, this almost-thousand-year-old property features a variety of sleeping arrangements for up to 16 people. The historic gardens and peaceful surroundings will bring you back to a simpler, yet regal, time.

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A view of the moat at St. Pölten castle in Austria (Photo: Homeaway)

What: St. Pölten Castle

Where: St. Pölten, Austria

Cost: $18,000 a week

This baroque castle is a fairy tale come true. First, it has a moat. If that’s not enough to sell you, then the 10 bedrooms, large salon, fireplaces, swimming pool, horse farm, tennis court, and optional chef service will. But at $18,000 for the week, you might need to find a real-life queen to foot the bill.

Amberley Castle, in West Sussex, England, is royally amazing. (Photo: Amberley Castle)

What: Amberley Castle

Where: West Sussex, England

Cost: Starting at $320 a night

Steeped in 900 years of history, this castle-turned-full-service-hotel has rooms and suites with comfy four-poster beds, antique furnishings, large en-suite bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, and views of the exquisite gardens. You can relax in your plush accommodations after spending the day playing tennis, golf, and croquet or discovering the magical tree house. 

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