(CNN) — Not everyone can afford to buy a castle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rent one (or a small part of one). At least for a night or two.
1. Hotel de la Cite, Carcasonne, France
Hotel de la Cite is located in the Medieval citadel of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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2. Swinton Estate, Masham, England
Guests will feel like they have stepped inside a Jane Austen novel at Swinton Park.
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3. Hotel Schloss Thannegg, Grobming, Austria
Hotel Schloss Thannegg is perfect for exploring the Austrian Alps
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The ceilings date back to 1150, the wine cellar is over 850 years old — plus the hotel has its own free ski shuttle that will whisk you away on an alpine skiing adventure. It’s perfect for families as well as couples, this is a whimsical mountain retreat.
4. Ashford Castle, Ireland
Take a dip or a stroll, but not the bathrobe.
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Its first stones were laid in 1228 by the de Burgo family, and for eight centuries its inhabitants, including the Guinness family of brewing dynasty fame, have gazed out upon the blue waters of Lough Corrib, Ireland’s second-largest lake. Today, the castle has 83 bedrooms, a spa, and 140 hectares of wooded parkland.
5. Castel Porrona, Tuscany, Italy
Deep in the heart of Italy’s Tuscan hills.
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Each of its 25 rooms offers stunning views of the village, the castle grounds and the sweeping landscape. In the summer, sit on the flower-bedecked terrace and enjoy a glass of Tuscan wine.
6. Burg Wernberg, Germany
Perfect spot to walk and woo.
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Since then, guests have been able to enjoy the Gothic charm of the building, along with the more contemporary appeal of the cuisine, much of which is reliant on regional produce, including game from the nearby forests.
7. Dornröschenschloss Sababurg, Germany
The setting of Grimms’ fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty.”
A real-life fairy tale.
What could be more romantic than a castle that was the setting for the legend of Sleeping Beauty, who is said to have slept here for 100 years before Prince Charming’s kiss saved her?
8. Pousada de Óbidos, Portugal
Spectacular views in an unforgettable setting.
With only nine rooms, the hotel is charming and intimate, though it can be difficult securing a booking, particularly in the summer months. The tower room is particularly popular.
9. Ruthin Castle, Wales
Feast here at one of the many banquets.
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The castle in Denbighshire has a gory history, and comes complete with its own dungeon, whipping pit and drowning pool; but those days are long gone, and the castle is now a romantic hotel that holds regular medieval banquets where you can feast like Henry VIII, who once called this castle his own.
10. Abbaye de la Bussière, Burgundy, France
Charm, history and luxury.
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The interiors include dramatic vaulted ceilings, six-meter-high stained glass windows, stone balustrades and a romantic sweeping staircase.
While the Abbaye is unmistakably ecclesiastical in appearance, there’s nothing remotely monastic about the 11 rooms, which are more redolent of an English country house hotel. The food, however, is undoubtedly Gallic.
11. Amberley Castle, West Sussex, England
Nestled in bucolic English countryside.
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They never close the portcullis nowadays.
The castle may be steeped in history, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about the quality of accommodation; with 19 luxurious rooms, many with four-poster beds and all featuring whirlpool bathrooms, you will be cosseted like royalty.
12. Fenton Tower, North Berwick, Scotland
Fancy staying in a fortified tower? Fenton’s your place.
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It once provided refuge to King James VI of Scotland on the run from a rebel army; now it’s been converted into luxurious accommodation for up to 12 guests. With its dedicated staff, it offers outstanding service and cuisine in a secluded and secure environment — after all, you are staying in a fortified tower with walls that are two meters thick.
13. Château de Bagnols, France
A boutique bolthole with a difference.
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The rooms are exquisite — all individually decorated and filled with an array of antiques and works of art.
14. Balfour Castle, Shapinsay, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Escape from it all at Orkney’s Balfour Castle.
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Northerners do it better.
The Laird’s bedroom features a magnificent four-poster bed carved with the Balfour family’s coat of arms. And you can even get married in the castle’s tiny chapel, which holds just 20 people.
15. Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Just your average Gothic fantasy.
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With its lavishly indulgent, antique-filled suites secreted within dreamy 16th-century building, guests are swept into an opulent, Gothic fantasy. Oak-paneled walls hang with tapestries, mirrors and carvings, and ornately painted and gilded ceilings pile on the atmosphere.
The Inner Sanctum suite boasts an antique four-poster bed, red and gold walls, and a sitting room with views over the historic Royal Mile.
Editor’s note: This article was previously published in 2013. It was most recently reformatted, updated and republished in 2017 and again in May 2018.
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