Published on November 30, 2018

Unless you are Dracula, you probably don’t frequent castles on a daily basis. Though according to a recent travel report, that may be about to change with the New Year: HomeAway’s 2019 trend survey revealed that demand for castle rentals is up 55 percent from last year. Your fellow travelers have expensive taste.

Or do they? From a survey of a few popular vacation rental services, it looks like there are actually quite a few relatively affordable castles you can commandeer for the holidays. They’re particularly conducive to group travel due to the sheer square footage a castle necessitates. Plus, if you’re looking for a unique stay and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, spending your holiday in a centuries-old palace trumps any regular apartment rental.

So before you book your next getaway, consider jumping on the lavish bandwagon and take a look at some of the coolest castles you can rent right now. From massive properties fit for a king to smaller chateaus that still feel luxe (it’s hard to make a castle feel plebeian, no matter its size), you’re going to love these picks.

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Torre Trasita, Positano

This is one of those aforementioned “smaller” castles; but if you stay here, you’ll hardly be slumming it. Nestled cliffside in Italy’s foremost summer hot spot, the stunning sea vista is only one reason to book a stay. Modern amenities and bright, cheery interiors balance out the older bones of the place. With room for six guests, it’s the ideal space to play host to your group travel next summer.  

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Dairsie Castle, Fife

Craving something a bit more traditional? This Scottish castle is for you. It’s a great base from which to explore Scotland’s cities and more rural locales, boasting rustic and cozy interiors perfect for warming up after a day of exploring. The historic property is situated on six acres of grounds that span a riverside walk and an orchard. Get a taste of the past by paying a visit to the gallery on the top floor—that’s where you’ll find original artwork and antiques, plus grade A views of the surrounding countryside.

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Castle Wasserburg, Sankt Pölten

This Austrian castle is absolutely massive—it sleeps 20 people, so grab 19 of your closest history-loving friends and relatives and get packing. The fully modern amenities almost feel like an intrusion on the past (though surely a welcome addition for prospective guests who need to charge their iPhones and Instagram the baroque frescoes). There’s a full-on moat surrounding the castle, as well as several grand rooms for more formal group dinners and gatherings. It’s strategically situated in a region famous for its vineyards and picturesque old villages, so there’s a lot to do beyond just soak in the history of this castle on your holiday.  

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Unsleben Castle, Unsleben

Technically, you’ll be renting an apartment in the medieval wing of this German castle, but that’s because the main space is still inhabited—how’s that for authenticity? The tranquil grounds and stunning exterior have all the makings of a real storybook castle. Inside, the cozy guest rooms come complete with charming features like antique furniture and original wood flooring. Its smaller size is perfect for that romantic getaway you might be planning.

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Gite of the Chateau d’Oye, Prizy

Located in Eastern France, this countryside chateau is exactly what we think of when we think of a classic French country sensibility: rustic style and character balanced out by tall ceilings and spacious grounds that lend an elegant feel to the property. It’s located near a quaint little village perfect for early morning baguette runs.

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Castle of Tancredi, Montalcino

The Tuscan retreat sleeps up to 17 people, each of whom will find a different space of the aristocratic property to make their own. Experience all the luxury amenities and services that come with a One Fine Stay booking (more on that here), plus the added benefits of staying near the Orcia Valley—a UNESCO historical landmark site. Enjoy access to an in-ground pool, a tennis court, a spa, and even a gym to round out your castle experience.

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