Who needs the boring, blank walls and faceless anonymity of a ho-hum hotel when you go on your next holiday? It’s all well and good to stay somewhere that’s got functionality down pat, but here at Oliver’s Travels we like to do something a little different. Wherever you’re going, why shouldn’t returning to your accommodation be as exciting and beautiful as the cities and countryside that wowed you during the day?

And let’s face it, everyone loves castles. Be it the girls who want to indulge their inner princess or the chaps who like to strut about like they own the place (and imagine themselves donning a full suit of armour and wielding a broadsword) castles have a tangible magic about them that will captivate and delight anyone of any age.

Staying in one is an experience unlike any other, and so to help you choose the perfect location for your fairytale getaway we’ve scoured our list of properties to find 10 castles that are an adventure for kids and a truly memorable break for anyone who’s got a bit of imagination and romance in their heart.

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1. Chateau Des Joyaux

Chateau De Challagne - Loire Valley - Luxury Villas - Oliver's Travels

Chateau Des Joyaux, Loire Valley – Oliver’s Travels

This magnificent 12 turreted Chateau is the stuff of fairytales. So if you are looking to indulge in unfounded luxury look no further, from the 150ft limestone walls to the giant claw foot bath tub, come and soak in this stunning property’s extravagance.

Location:  Loire Valley, France

Sleeps:  30

Price from: £80 pppn

2. Chateau Seiguier

Chateau Seiguier - Loire Valley - Oliver's Travels

Chateau Seiguier – Loire Valley – Oliver’s Travels

Deep in the Loire countryside, this 17th-century chateau is surrounded by acres of private grounds. The 6 bedrooms and interiors have been decorated in an historic but modern style, with period furniture, high ceilings and exposed beams.Apart from horse riding and the occasional tennis game, visitors can enjoy an occasional glimpse of deer under their windows, and anglers can try their hand at catching fish in the chateau’s private pond. 

Location: Loire Valley, France

Sleeps: 12

Price from: £23pppn

3. C17th Castle

C17th Castle - Somerset - Oliver's Travels

C17th Castle – Somerset – Oliver’s Travels

This unbelievable Grade II listed castle is a phenomenal place to stay for anyone looking for the ultimate medieval experience. With 8 bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool and views that stretch as far as Wales, it really is the perfect partypalace!

Location: Somerset, England

Sleeps: 16

Price from: £63pppn

4. Chateau De Lauzel

Chateau de Lauzel - Dordogne - Oliver's Travels

Chateau de Lauzel – Dordogne – Oliver’s Travels

 

This amazing 6 bedroom Chateau is set into the cliff side with breathtaking views of the surrounding French countryside. With it’s two turrets and 24 hectares of Arcadian rural woodland it is a great place to explore culminating in a refreshing dip in the inviting pool.

Location: Dordogne, France

Sleeps: 10

Price from: £38pppn

5. The Secret Hamlet

The Secret Hamlet - Loire Valley - Oliver's Travels

The Secret Hamlet – Loire Valley – Oliver’s Travels

 

This stunning estate is the perfect place for any sort of gathering. Boasting 15 bedrooms and 35 acre grounds, its a great holiday destination. Each of its 5 out buildings have their own unique character and seclusion, which is sometimes important when travelling with a very large group of people.

Location: Loire Valley, France

Sleeps: 10

Price from: £67pppn

6. Castle Mago

Castle Mago - Tuscany - Castles to Rent - Oliver's Travels

Castle Mago, Tuscany – Oliver’s Travels

Formerly the home the Grand Duke of Tuscany this is really a property to behold. Situated in the ideal spot between two of the most beautiful cities Italy has to offer, Lucca and Sienna it really is a stunning place for any holiday maker.

Location: Tuscany, Italy

Sleeps: 20

Price from: £87pppn

7. Castello Gubbio

Castello Gubbio - Umbria - Oliver's Travels

Castello Gubbio – Umbria – Oliver’s Travels

Castello Gubbio is the perfect regal retreat, with its beautifully rustic wooden beams the breathtaking banquet hall. Three of the bedrooms come with their very own Jacuzzi and one even boasts a mini swimming pool, so you merely have to roll out of bed for your refreshing morning dip!

Location: Umbria, Italy

Sleeps: 14 – 30

Price from: £24pppn

8. Castello Poveromo

Castello Poveromo - Umbria - Oliver's Travels

Castello Poveromo – Umbria – Oliver’s Travels

Exclusive and luxurious Castello Poveromo is the perfect setting for a unique holiday  in Umbria. It has recently been magnificently refurbished in a modern take on the 12th century style of the castle’s history. Each of the eight bedroom suites are individually designed, with sumptuous fabrics and four-poster super-king beds. This medieval castle boasts a Turkish spa, beautiful reception areas inside and out and incredible views of the surrounding mountains and Tiber valley.

Location: Umbria, Italy

Sleeps: 16

Price from: £153pppn

 9. Chateau Chamborigaud

Chateau Chamborigaud - Languedoc - Oliver's Travels

Chateau Chamborigaud – Languedoc – Oliver’s Travels

It’s not often you get the chance to sleep in luxury in an ancient Disney-style castle in the Cevennes Mountains. Surrounded by 5 acres of land – this chateau mixes a modern style with fine medieval character to great effect. With 10 comfy bedrooms, spiral staircases and sparkling chandeliers you’ll feel fully emerged in fairytale-land. There’s even a heated “outdoor” pool and a sunny terrace for enjoying breakfast every morning. For sights, outdoor pursuits and shopping, you are within easy reach!

Location: Languedoc , France

Sleeps: 18

Price from: £63 pppn

10. Fortezza Di Spinola

Fortezza Di Spinola - Umbria - Oliver's Travels

Fortezza Di Spinola – Umbria – Oliver’s Travels

 

 

Fortezza di Spinola is a fantastically restored medieval fortress offering a unique, atmospheric and romantic location for a holiday or special occasion. It has retained all its original features such as the stunning exposed stone work and terracotta tiling, buthas added luxurious modern comforts like underfloor heating, private swimming pool and plasma TVs. At the top of the watchtower is the master suite, with its own private terrace offering unrivalled views of the entire region.

Location: Umbria, Italy

Sleeps: 10

Price from: £60pppn

Have your fairytale  holiday in one of our top 10 castles or contact our concierge team for assistance. They will be happy to help you find the perfect castle according to your wishes. 

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