It’s a dream come true: we mere mortals can live like royalty… or at least pretend while on holiday in an honest to goodness, goddamn castle. A CASTLE!
Gone are the days of having to build an army and plot a siege. These days if you want a castle of your very own (for a little while, at least) all you need is a few mates, a valid credit card and a quick squizz at Airbnb.
Who wouldn’t want to stay in a castle? So the traditional servants, jester and your own personal cook aren’t included, but these beautiful modern castles have history, charm, luxury, privacy and – most importantly – working plumbing and electricity!
You might have to get a MASSIVE loan or eat 2-minute noodles for a while to save enough to book these, but besides all of that, think of your Instagam shots! To. Die. For.
Here are the 7 Airbnb castles we wish we could stay in this year:
1. Medieval Castle, Italy
Let’s just take a moment to admire how magical this medieval castle looks covered in frost and snow, and how fresh and lively it looks in summer! You can rent an apartment in the main tower of the ancient fortress for four guests over two bedrooms. There’s plenty of nature and art to immerse yourself in, and if you’re looking at a night out you’re still within walking distance of many local restaurants and pizzerias.
Location: Veneto, Italy
Price per night: $253
Price per person (at full capacity): $63.25 each for four guests
2. Private Castle, Ireland
If you’re looking at going off the grid for your next holiday, you can create your empire here! Kilcolgan Castle provides a private regal escape with historical elegance and plenty to do. There are nine acres of fields on the property to explore, including a local watering hole for fishing and horses that can be arranged for supervised riding.
Location: Kilcolgan, Galway, Ireland
Price per night: $472
Price per person (at full capacity): $94.40 each for five guests
3. Dairsie Castle, Scotland
Overlooking the River Eden in Scotland, this unique self-catered castle is an ideal location for large family holidays or a location wedding, as it sleeps 13 in six bedrooms. You can even stay in ye old dungeon with a vaulted ceiling!
Location: Fife, Scotland
Price per night: $1002
Price per person (at full capacity): $77 each for 13 guests
4. Torre Trasita Tower, Italy
This luxurious tower on the coastal cliffs of Positano was once used as a defence tower to warn of pirate raids. With its open-air rooftop and various balconies with mullioned windows overlooking the sea, this location is perfect for a summer holiday. The tower fits six guests in three bedrooms and three beds.
Location: Positano, Campania, Italy
Price per night: $1259
Price per person (at full capacity): $209 each for six guests
5. Somerleyton Hall, England
Pretend you’re in the royal family, the Downtown Abbey cast, or you're Kimye (whichever you prefer) in this lavish and large castle. The hall is perfect for summer holidays with horse riding, water skiing, open water swimming, trail running, tennis and excellent estate-grown produce to pick from, but is particularly famous for the garden which is one of the most prestigious in the region.
Location: Suffolk, England
Price per night: $8654
Price per person (at full capacity): $540.90 each for 16 guests
6. Martello Tower, Ireland
While this Irish tower looks like it’s about 1/6th the height of Rapunzel’s, you’ll still want to let your hair down and relax, stairs and doors included! This gorgeous granite historic tower is exquisitely restored inside from its original use as an 1804 defence tower and is perfect for a romantic getaway or a writers’ retreat.
Location: Dalkey, Ireland
Price per night: $707
Price per person (at full capacity): $353.50 each for two guests
7. Castello Tancredi, Italy
This castle is a UNESCO-recognised historical landmark site in the heart of Tuscany. The castle is surrounded by 600 hectares of rolling hillside views, and while the interior still holds some historical charm, there’s also a very modern and lush pool with the with the magical Italian scenery as a backdrop.
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