Real-life castles you can rent
(Photo: Carpe Diem Luxury Travel)
So far, we've featured beachfront villas, gorgeous rental mansions with pools, and even villas with cool modern architecture. But now we're talking real luxury: castles you can rent. And not just any old castles—castles approved by our carefully vetted villa specialists.
Chateau La Merveille
Between Le Mans and the Loire Valley, France
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The only caveat (though we can’t imagine you’d care as you study the family portraits of court attendants and cardinals): no swimming pool. From €20,000 a week for five suites, including continental breakfast, cleaning and laundry; extra rooms and cook on request.
Contact: Marina Gratsos, Carpe Diem Luxury Travel
(Photo: El Sol Villas)
Near Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Mary Vaira of El Sol Villas tells us that from the lookout tower, you can see the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean coast and the French border—useful views in case you need to protect this 11th-century castle's giant stone-vaulted dining room and two kitchens from unwelcome vacation invaders. From $8,000.
Contact: Mary Vaira, El Sol Villas
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Villa il Borgo
Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Pool: check. Tennis courts: check. Room for 34 guests: check. Plus you’ve got Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and all of Tuscany around you.