17 actual castles for rent on airbnb
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Published Feb 1, 2016 5:00 AM
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Traveling Europe is already an unforgettable experience, but how many people can say they stayed in an authentic castle while abroad? Gain bragging rights by staying in one of these utterly phenomenal ancient structures.
Castelnuovo Berardenga, Tuscany, Italy For $535 a night, you can sleep in the Vescovo Tower of this stone Italian castle. The two-story apartment was originally the castles watchtower (read: amazing views) and offers antique furniture and frescoed walls for an authentic castle visit.
Passignano Sul Trasimeno, Ubmria, Italy This fairytale castle was once the home of the famous Borgia family. At a cool $1,226, you can stay in one of 7 bedrooms, tour the 22 acres of park, and make use of both the tennis court and pool. It’s a stunning property with a lot to offer guests visiting from all over the world.
Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom If the medieval architecture and lush green foliage aren’t enough to make you want to stay in this Scotland castle, perhaps the utter charm of the establishment will. At $735 a night, up to 6 guests can stay in the Balvaird Apartment at Scone Palace — a place once used as a crowning site for Scottish Kings.
Aix en-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France For $78 a night you can stay in this nearly 300-year-old castle. Although quite minimal on decor (hence the price), the grounds of the French castle are lively with flowers, trees, and fresh grass.
Cumbria, United Kingdom For just $206 per night, you and a guest can sleep in this 15-bedroom country abode. Guests are put up in a bedroom with a decorative four-poster bed, and everyone receives a complimentary breakfast in the morning. Oh, and did we mention they have a stunning lounge with colored leather couches, a fireplace, and swords.
Unsleben, Bayern, Germany Although this beautiful castle has a 7-night minimum stay, the cheap $89 a night price tag makes it easier to say yes. The bright architectural decoration, stone bridge, and waterfront view are perfect for a weeklong escape.
Burnand, Burgandy, France For $178 a night, you can sleep in The Silver Room of Chateau de Burnand. The room was once a working place for Augustinian monks in the 17th century. Inside the rustic castle are dozens of paintings and wooden accents that make the large 4-bedroom abode come to life.
Serrig, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany $212 a night will get you two rooms at this newly refurbished German castle. The bedrooms, although minimally decorated, boast exceptional views of the vineyards and river below.
Saint-Hippolyte-de-Canton, Languedoc-Roussillon, France An elegant chateau in southeast France has a range of architectural styles dating back to the 14th century. For $524 a night, you can sleep on one of the 10 bedrooms this petite castle has to offer.
Suffolk, England, United Kingdom This beautiful 8-bedroom country house was once a part of a 12th century Augustinian priory. Although not technically a castle, the home has gorgeous stone walls and decorative facade that come from the same era as many of the Airbnb castles listed. You can stay in this gothic structure for $1029 a night.
Monteroni d’Arbia, Tuscany, Italy If you’re looking to feel at home in a castle, this $156 a night Italian Airbnb is exactly what you need. In addition to a gorgeous terrace, crystal clear pool and large gardens, the Airbnb hosts offer a fresh buffet breakfast each morning made from only locally grown products. It’s no surprise the castle owners have a 5-star rating.
Alnwick, Northumberland, United Kingdom In this day and age, $367 will let you live like a king in the historic Craster Tower, a preserved country house from the 15th century. Although recently refurbished, the castle maintains its decorative stone details and ornate marble fireplaces. This UK castle is close to several historic ruins and a charming fishing village.
Eyemouth, Berwickshire, United Kingdom For $120, you can stay in the gatehouse of Ayton Castle. The pink sandstone structure can only accommodate two guests at a time, but that’s no reason not to stay. The surrounding area boasts lively forests, charming bridges, and a rushing river to entertain you during your visit.
Midlothian, United Kingdom This 18th century castle is home to 32 bedrooms, each decorated in a unique style. For about $172 a night, guests can stay in this elegant bed and breakfast, complete with grand chandeliers, iconic columns and some forms of taxidermy — possibly an ode to Mary Queen of Scots who once hunted there.
Fife, United Kingdom Deep in historic Scotland you can find the Dairsie Castle — a 12th century structure that has been home to secret Scottish parliaments, military sieges, and a safe house for fleeing monarchs. For $715 a night, you can sleep in one of 6 themed rooms, including “The Dungeon.”
Poligné, Brittany, France The magnificent decor inside this 5-bedroom bed and breakfast is a perfect reason to stay at this French abode. In fact, we are sort of obsessed with their bright blue living room, complete with golden upholstered chairs and a petite chandelier. And did we mention their bathrooms are covered in marble detailing? For $280 a night, we can’t resist!