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.
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 imagine themselves donning a full suit of armour and wielding a broadsword. Castles have 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 sourced 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.
1. Chateau Crystal, Loire Valley
This magnificent lakeside 19th-century chateau rental is the stuff of fairytales. Extensively renovated with beautiful antiques and fabrics, Chateau Crystal still retains a homely and welcoming feel. Indulge in its unfounded luxury; 22-acre private lake, swimming pool, gorgeous garden and woods overflowing with wildlife.
Open log fires and Wi-Fi, are available and housekeeping, catering and laundry services can be arranged. You won’t need to lift a finger.
Price from: £29pppn
2. Castle Mago, Tuscany
Formerly the home of Leopold II Grand Duke of Tuscany, this is really a castle to behold. Situated between two of the most beautiful cities Italy has to offer, Lucca and Sienna, it’s positioning enjoy views to Elba Island and the sea beyond. Here you can relish the private rose garden, outdoor dining area, swimming pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi hot tub.
The interiors are beautifully dramatic with high ceilings and fitted with family heirlooms, and yet there is every mod-con imaginable. Catering, laundry, housekeeping and day trips are available on request!
Price from: £87pppn
3. C17th Castle, Somerset
This unbelievable Grade II listed castle is a phenomenal place to stay for anyone looking for the ultimate medieval experience. Enjoying 360-degree-views over the North Somerset country and the Bristol Channel, it’ll be the picture you always dreamt of. The main part of the accommodation is housed in an octagonal keep, which sits in the centre of a beautifully maintained lawn and cobbled courtyard. If you can wrangle the master bedroom, you won’t regret it – fitted with a glorious roll-top bath and private terrace.
Other highlights include the patio which boasts a wooden hot tub, BBQ and the indoor pool.
Price from: £63pppn
4. Chateau Chamborigaud, Languedoc
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 is also a heated outdoor pool and a sunny terrace for enjoying breakfast every morning. For sights, outdoor pursuits and shopping, you are within easy reach!
Price from: £63pppn
5. Fortezza Di Spinola, Umbria
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 stonework and terracotta tiling but has added a helping of luxury.
On your arrival, you will be greeted by staff that will help you settle in with ease. Take the rarity to enjoy the valley while you dine al-fresco, sampling the regional wine, olive oil and truffles – all of which can be prepared for you.
Price from: £60pppn
6. Mostyn Castle, Wales
Mostyn Castle is the bee’s knees, set in North Wales’s dotting countryside, you’ll fall in love with this property at first sight. Renovated to accommodate up to twenty-four guests, you’ll have all the creature comforts for a one-of-a-kind stay.
Only a portion of the castle is available to rent. The right-hand side of the property (in the image above) is not included in the rental.
Price from: £30pppn
7. Chateau Seiguier, Loire Valley
Deep in the Loire countryside, this 17th-century chateau is surrounded by acres of private grounds. The six bedrooms and interiors have been decorated in a historic but modern style, with periodic 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.
Price from: £23pppn
8. Castle Nardelli, Le Marche
Choose Castle Nardelli if you’re ready to experience a romantic hill-top castle in all its glory. The Stocchi family opened their doors to the public in 2013 for guests to enjoy the masterpiece for themselves.
The interiors are intrinsic as you’d expect them to be but equally as warm and welcoming. Besides the six captivating bedrooms, the castle also has exclusive wellness facilities. Slip on your robe, slippers and swim cap at the ready and get comfortable in the jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath.
Price from: £140pppn
9. Chateau Bourgogne, Burgundy
The story of how Chateau Bourgogne came to be is beautiful – the devoted owners spotted the castle in an estate agent’s window in Paris and even since they’ve worked hard to make this the home it is. Its origins date as far back as 1000AD; so it definitely has plenty of character to show off.
There are ten bedrooms across the three upper floors, some of them en-suite and with original fireplaces (central heating and Wi-Fi included). Then step outside to the meandering grounds and find the wonderful eco-heated swimming pool or simply sip local wine by the terrace.
Price from: £32pppn
10. Callander House, Scotland
Scotland might not be short of castles, but if you visit just one, make it Callander House. The private residence of the Scottish artist Stuart McAlpine Miller and his wife, Nikki, their house showcases their creative backgrounds in their interiors and amenities. The library especially makes a dotting place to curl up with a good read next to the warming open fire.
Outside, the 12 acres of gardens are completely private surrounded by mature trees. Believe us, you’ll never tire of the views of Ben Ledi.
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!