We’d all like to experience the royal treatment while on holiday, but what if you could actually live like a royal? Here are the top 5 castles where you can spend the night on your next holiday:
1. Ashford Castle — County Mayo, Ireland
Ireland is well-known for the stunning castles that dot the countryside, but Ashford Castle, just an hours drive north of Galway, is perhaps one of the best. With five-star service, luxury rooms, and a 350-acre estate, this hotel will truly have you feeling like a king. If you can tear yourself away from your gorgeously-decorated room, make time for a lesson in falconry or a lake cruise with live traditional music.
2. Castel Porrona — Tuscany, Italy
Set in the heart of the medieval village of Porrona, this castle hotel offers spectacular views over the vineyards that circle the property. The bespoke rooms have been fitted with the closest attention to detail and offer glimpses of the rolling hills of Tuscany. Foodies will have their plates full with servings of local delicacies and may even want to try the “Gourmet Experience.”
3. Castlehotel Schönburg — Oberwesel, Germany
Looking for the ultimate in romantic getaways? It doesn’t get more swoon-worthy than Castlehotel Schönburg. Enjoy a cocktail on the terrace at sunset with staggering views of the Rhine River before cuddling up in the cozy fireplace room. By day, you can explore the small medieval town of Oberwesel or take a refreshing hike in the surrounding area.
4. Hever Castle — Kent, United Kingdom
This 700-year old castle where Anne Boleyn spent her childhood is a fascinating blend of visual history and modern charm. Book your Tudor-style room in the Astor Wing, built in the early 1900s and now a quaint bed and breakfast. No matter the weather, a stroll about the gardens, around the castle and its dual moats, and through the Yew Maze will round out your trip to this English beauty.
5. Château de la Treyne — Lacave, France
The glittering river, the dark forest, the lush grounds — everything about this French château seems straight out of a painting. Carefully selected period furniture blends seamlessly with modern amenities and the hotel offers Michelin-starred dining at their restaurant Salon Louis XIII to round out your luxe experience.