Have you always dreamt of staying at a huge magical castle, just like in the fairytales? Well, your dream might just come true! There are castles that have been transformed into hotels; they look ancient and impressive from the outside, and are absolutely charming on the inside!
Amberley Castle, England
Dating all the way back to Henry I in 1100, the Amberley Castle is one of England’s best castle hotels; with an original medieval architecture, it has elegant rooms and luxurious landscaped gardens. Each of the 19 rooms is designed in a unique way, and it has the most beautiful views of the picturesque village and countryside!
Hôtel de la Cité, France
If you’re exploring the fairytale city of Carcassonne, staying at this UNESCO World Heritage site is a must. Enjoy a glass of wine in the garden, rest by the pool, have a magnificent dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant and be amazed by the stunning view of the Saint-Nazaire Basilica.
Castel Porrona, Italy
Amidst the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, between the olive groves and vineyards, you can find the 11th century Castel Porrona. Every one of its 22 rooms has a unique design. The best part is, the hotel provides a mixture of modern comfort and accommodations such as a wellness center, tennis and a football court.
Burg Wernberg, Germany
The 12th century castle of Wernberg was converted into a hotel in 1953. It is located on the top of a hill and is overlooking the most beautiful Bavarian countryside. Within the Gothic charm of the castle, you can enjoy a magnificent meal from their grand chef and golf on the Schwanhof Golf Course attached to the castle.
Ashford Castle, Ireland
Ashford Castle dates back to 1128, but it was transformed in 1939 becoming the perfect getaway for those who love outdoors activities. They have it all: golf, falconry, lake cruising, horseback riding, fishing and even clay pigeon shooting. The castle contains 83 bedrooms, a spa, 140 hectares of parkland and the most beautiful view of lake Lough Corrib.
Pousada de Óbidos, Portugal
Considered to be one of the 7 wonders of Portugal, the walled fortress of Óbidos has been converted into one of the country’s finest hotels. It has preserved its unique medieval design, from stonewalls to canopy beds. It only has nine rooms, but you may have to fight for the tower room since it is known to be the most popular one!
Schlosshotel Igls, Austria
This beautiful white castle, was built more than a 100 years ago, and was later used as headquarters by US, German and French Generals during WWII. Nowadays, the castle offers a luxurious accommodation, surrounded by mountains and parks making it a perfect quiet getaway for any traveler.
The Xara Palace, Malta
In Mdina, you can find the 17th century Xara Palace, whose walls are integrated into the walls of the bastions of the medieval city. The bedrooms are decorated with original Maltese artwork, and offer beautiful views of the internal courtyards as well as the Vilhena Palace. To top it off, the rooftop Mondion restaurant is definitely a stunning dining experience!
Fenton Tower, Scotland
The magnificent 16th-century tower used to provide refuge to King James VI of Scotland on the run from a rebel army. Nowadays, the tower has been transformed into a luxurious accommodation for up to 12 guests. The hotel offers outstanding service and you will feel entirely secure within the fortified tower clad with two meters thick walls.
Parador de Alarcon, Spain
The 18th century Moorish castle has witnessed and survived numerous sieges and conquests throughout the centuries, and has now been renovated with a military theme. The decorations include red accents and Castilian wood, while the cuisine is enriched by the flavors of La Mancha and the main activity is horseback riding!
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