Castles Around the World You Can Actually Stay In

Planning a vacation abroad? Why not treat yourself and spend the night in a castle straight out of a fairytale?

Whether you prefer a relaxing trip to the English countryside à la Swinton Estate or a chic stay at Château de la Caze in France, spending your vacation in a castle is sure to make you feel like royalty. Live like Harry and Meghan for a day and book a stay at any one of the four castles-turned-hotels below.

Château de la Caze (Sainte-Enimie, France)

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The south of France is where you’ll find the historic commune of Saint-Enimie. This sleepy countryside locale is home to Château de la Caze, a 16th century castle-turned-guesthouse. Nestled on the Tarn River, this 4-star hotel is a great option for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris. Forested cliffs surround the property on all sides, providing a calming oasis for guests. Despite the bygone exterior, the castle is equipped with modern amenities, such as Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, in-room dining, a gym, and a lounge area with a bar and fireplace. To top it off, rooms are as elegant as can be and the hotel has a romantic restaurant with its own terrace overlooking the castle moat.

Castello di Pavone Canavese (Torino, Italy)

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Escape to the north of Italy where you’ll find Castello di Pavone Canavese, a castle that dates back as far as the 9th century. This unique accommodation overlooks the village below and comprises 27 suites, each with its own Wi-Fi, television, bar fridge, washroom, and air conditioning. Walk the castle grounds and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped onto the Game of Thrones set. A casual bar, upscale restaurant, and picturesque courtyard are other highlights of the property.

Swinton Estate (Yorkshire, England)

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Live out your Downton Abbey fantasies at Swinton Estate. This 17th century castle has been transformed into a 32-bedroom hotel with luxurious amenities, including antique furniture, a full-service spa, and an on-site restaurant. However, perhaps the biggest draw is the incredible estate, which spans 200 acres (most of which is parkland). The property is home to a walled garden, an aviary, a play area, plenty of walking and cycling trails, and lawns suitable for archery, cricket, falconry, or other lawn games. There is even a cooking school that frequently hosts demonstrations for guests. No wonder Swinton Estate is consistently voted the best hotel in Yorkshire.

Ashford Castle (County Mayo, Ireland)

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In West Ireland, overlooking Lough Corrib is where you’ll find Ashford Castle. This stunning 13th century castle is now a 5-star hotel that is sure to make you feel like royalty, even if just for a day. 350 acres of parkland surround the property, not to mention the 9-hole golf course, luxury spa, cinema, and falconry school. When it comes to the rooms, they’re as opulent as can be with four poster beds and antique rosewood furniture. Suites even have their own separate dining rooms and sitting areas. As if it could get any better, there are four eateries on-site, including a medieval-style pub and a Victorian-era drawing room where guests can indulge in a spot of afternoon tea.

Emily Southey
Emily Southey is a freelance writer from Vancouver. Currently based in Toronto, it was during her time studying History and English at McGill and University College London that she became interested in writing. When she's not working, you can typically find her in a museum, baking cupcakes, watching Disney musicals, or Instagramming her new favourite coffee spot.