castles for rent, writer's retreat

101 incredible castles you can rent right now on AirBNB

October 3, 2016
Castello di Giomici, natura e relax - Castle
$174 per night

Castello di Giomici, natura e relax

Valfabbrica
Private roomsleeps 4

Chateau Třebešice - Castle
$139 per night

Chateau Třebešice

Private roomsleeps 15

Castello di Ronciglione I Torrioni - Castle
$115 per night

Castello di Ronciglione I Torrioni

Entire home/aptsleeps 2

Abbey of Septfontaines - Main building 1 - Castle
$75 per night

Abbey of Septfontaines – Main building 1

Private roomsleeps 12

Ferienwohnung Schloss Planta, Meran - Castle
$165 per night

Ferienwohnung Schloss Planta, Meran

Entire home/aptsleeps 4

Tower-House in Borgo Fontanini - Castle
$301 per night

Tower-House in Borgo Fontanini

Entire home/aptsleeps 12

Castello di Giomici, natura e relax - Castle
$115 per night

Castello di Giomici, natura e relax

Private roomsleeps 2

Castello di Badia - I Veroni - Castle
$114 per night

Castello di Badia – I Veron

Entire home/aptsleeps 2

Apt 4+2 Castello a 15 km da Firenze - Castle
$165 per night

Apt 4+2 Castello a 15 km da Firenze

Entire home/aptsleeps 6

ESCLUSIVA MANSARDA AL CASTELLO - Castle
$58 per night

ESCLUSIVA MANSARDA AL CASTELLO

Entire home/aptsleeps 4

Gothic Palace XIV Century, Cardona - Castle
$40 per night

Gothic Palace XIV Century, Cardona

Private roomsleeps 16

Medieval Castle for 10 persons - Castle
$273 per night

Medieval Castle for 10 persons

Entire home/aptsleeps 10

Sant Feliu de la Garriga - Castle
$166 per night

Sant Feliu de la Garriga

Entire home/aptsleeps 6

Enjoy life in a medieval castle - Castle
$185 per night

Enjoy life in a medieval castle

Entire home/aptsleeps 4

Chateau de Frugie-Bed and breakfast - Castle
$133 per night

Chateau de Frugie-Bed and breakfast

Private roomsleeps 2

Magnificent medieval castle - Castle
$133 per night

Magnificent medieval castle

Entire home/aptsleeps 6

Villa Chianti Florence medieval - Castle
$435 per night

Villa Chianti Florence medieval

Entire home/aptsleeps 8

The Tower in Borgo Fontanini - Castle
$139 per night

The Tower in Borgo Fontanini

Entire home/aptsleeps 6

Breathtaking Maison de Charme - Castle
$174 per night

Breathtaking Maison de Charme

Private roomsleeps 2

Pałac w trakcie remontu XVIIwiek, apartament 85 m2 - Castle
$35 per night

Pałac w trakcie remontu XVIIwiek, 

Entire home/aptsleeps 7

Medieval Tower in Ancient Abbey - Castle
$162 per night

Medieval Tower in Ancient Abbey

Entire home/aptsleeps 4

Château de Gourville (Suite fam.) - Castle
$139 per night

Château de Gourville (Suite fam.)

Private roomsleeps 4

Medieval Castle for 6 people - Castle
$151 per night

Medieval Castle for 6 people

Entire home/aptsleeps 6

Suite au château de la Vernède, Sud de Clermont-F. - Castle
$128 per night

Suite au château de la Vernède, 

Private roomsleeps 4

Castello Medievale 15 km da Firenze - Castle
$140 per night

Castello Medievale 15 km da Firenze

Private roomsleeps 2

Appartamento in un castello unico - Castle
$55 per night

Appartamento in un castello unico

Entire home/aptsleeps 6

CAMERA IN ABBAZIA a Perugia - Castle
$69 per night

CAMERA IN ABBAZIA a Perugia

Private roomsleeps 3

Château de Villarlong "Durfort" - Castle
$83 per night

Château de Villarlong “Durfort”

Entire home/aptsleeps 2
Suite Famiglia Medici - Castle
$232 per night

Suite Famiglia Medici

Private roomsleeps 4

Hatch's Castle - William Hatch Room - Castle
$99 per night

Hatch’s Castle – William Hatch Room

Private roomsleeps 2

The Castle of Ronciglione - Castle
$93 per night

The Castle of Ronciglione

Entire home/aptsleeps 6

La Rectoria. Conjunt monumental. - Castle
$34 per night

La Rectoria. Conjunt monumental.

Private roomsleeps 2

Renovated 18 Century Former Church - Other
$208 per night

Renovated 18 Century Former Church

Entire home/aptsleeps 5

Historical Castle and Park - Castle
$16 per night

Historical Castle and Park

Entire home/aptsleeps 16

Castle Ellen House, Athenry, Galway - Castle
$122 per night

Castle Ellen House, Athenry, Galway

Private roomsleeps 2

Ancient castle in Monferrato - Castle
$93 per night

Ancient castle in Monferrato

Private roomsleeps 4

Château de Forges- Spa - Castle
$216 per night

Château de Forges- Spa

Private roomsleeps 2

Chambre Geoffroy du Bec, Usseau - Castle
$128 per night

Chambre Geoffroy du Bec, Usseau

Private roomsleeps 2

Main Bedroom - Castle
$40 per night

Main Bedroom

Private roomsleeps 4

Manor by the moated castle - Castle
$90 per night

Manor by the moated castle

Entire home/aptsleeps 3

torre medievale a 15 km da firenze - Castle
$97 per night

torre medievale a 15 km da firenze

Private roomsleeps 2

Falkennest für Verliebte auf Reisen - Castle
$67 per night

Falkennest für Verliebte auf Reisen

Entire home/aptsleeps 2

Château la Chaise -chambre Louis XV - Castle
$87 per night

Château la Chaise -chambre Louis XV

Private roomsleeps 2
Castello Montelifré. Liutfredo Room - Castle
$46 per night

Castello Montelifré. Liutfredo Room

Private roomsleeps 2

Medieval Room of Fosse - Castle
$114 per night

Medieval Room of Fosse

Private roomsleeps 3

Lord's Bedroom - Castle
$34 per night

Lord’s Bedroom

Private roomsleeps 2

Cregg Castle - Castle
$64 per night

Cregg Castle

Private roomsleeps 5

Drummond Tower - Castle
$104 per night

Drummond Tower

Entire home/aptsleeps 2

Cregg Castle - Castle
$53 per night

Cregg Castle

Private roomsleeps 2

Château d'Arc-en-Barrois - Castle
$61 per night

Château d’Arc-en-Barrois

Entire home/aptsleeps 2

Enchanting castle with sea view - Castle
$93 per night

Enchanting castle with sea view

Private roomsleeps 2

CHARMANT APPARTEMENT DANS CHATEAU - Castle
$145 per night

CHARMANT APPARTEMENT DANS CHATEAU

Entire home/aptsleeps 6

Trois chambres dans un château - Castle
$174 per night

Trois chambres dans un château

Entire home/aptsleeps 8

Chateau de Frontenay - Castle
$880 per night

Chateau de Frontenay

Entire home/aptsleeps 15

Castle in the garden of France - Castle
$745 per night

Castle in the garden of France

Entire home/aptsleeps 15

Helen's Tower - Castle
$162 per night

Helen’s Tower

Entire home/aptsleeps 2

Soggiornare nella storia - Castle
$232 per night

Soggiornare nella storia

Entire home/aptsleeps 2

Zamek na wyłączność - Castle
$1012 per night

Zamek na wyłączność

Entire home/aptsleeps 10
Castle of Valle - Castle
$521 per night

Castle of Valle

Entire home/aptsleeps 12

via Teverina - Apartment
$65 per night

via Teverina

Entire home/aptsleeps 4

Apartment with a great view - bikes for free :-) - Apartment
$46 per night

Apartment with a great view – bikes for free 🙂

Entire home/aptsleeps 4

Sarajevo - Best view in Old Town - Apartment
$67 per night

Sarajevo – Best view in Old Town

Entire home/aptsleeps 6

Radika View House - Apartment
$56 per night

Radika View House

Entire home/aptsleeps 3

Lovely Tarnita mountain lake chalet - Cabin
$69 per night

Lovely Tarnita mountain lake chalet

Entire home/aptsleeps 6

Apartment in the heart of Catania - Apartment
$75 per night

Apartment in the heart of Catania

Entire home/aptsleeps 4

IL TERRAZZINO A PICCO SUL MARE - Apartment
$46 per night

IL TERRAZZINO A PICCO SUL MARE

Entire home/aptsleeps 5

Duplex centre historique Colmar - Apartment
$80 per night

Duplex centre historique Colmar

Entire home/aptsleeps 4

APPARTEMENT VUE MONT-BLANC. - Apartment
$45 per night

APPARTEMENT VUE MONT-BLANC.

Entire home/aptsleeps 4

Château historique et familial - Castle
$579 per night

Château historique et familial

Entire home/aptsleeps 16

DEMEURE FAMILIALE EN BORD DE MER - Castle
$232 per night

DEMEURE FAMILIALE EN BORD DE MER

Entire home/aptsleeps 9

Suite St. Augustin, inspirational.. - Castle
$185 per night

Suite St. Augustin, inspirational..

Private roomsleeps 3

River Rhee Watermill, Huge Space - Other
$802 per night

River Rhee Watermill, Huge Space

Entire home/aptsleeps 16
Chateau De Baloigne - Castle
$488 per night

Chateau De Baloigne

Entire home/aptsleeps 12

DOMAINE VAL ATUR 15 PERSONNES - Castle
$628 per night

DOMAINE VAL ATUR 15 PERSONNES

Entire home/aptsleeps 16

Wilton Castle - Castle
$1159 per night

Wilton Castle

Entire home/aptsleeps 14

Ecodomaine des Gilats - Castle
$1100 per night

Ecodomaine des Gilats

Entire home/aptsleeps 16

Hilltop Chateau near Toulouse - Castle
$508 per night

Hilltop Chateau near Toulouse

Entire home/aptsleeps 15

Château des Girards - Castle
$1448 per night

Château des Girards

Entire home/aptsleeps 16

Your very own Tuscan castle! - Castle
$1159 per night

Your very own Tuscan castle!

Entire home/aptsleeps 16

A Castle between clouds - Castle
$347 per night

A Castle between clouds

Entire home/aptsleeps 16

The best place for your holidays. - Villa
$568 per night

The best place for your holidays.

Entire home/aptsleeps 16

Exquisite views, Pool, Vineyards - House
$468 per night

Exquisite views, Pool, Vineyards

Entire home/aptsleeps 10

Château médiéval à louer - Castle
$661 per night

Château médiéval à louer

Entire home/aptsleeps 16

Villa with amazing infinity pool - Villa
$695 per night

Villa with amazing infinity pool

Entire home/aptsleeps 14

B&B Le Chateau de Frasne - Castle
$53 per night

B&B Le Chateau de Frasne

Entire home/aptsleeps 15

Kasbah Bab Ourika - Gateway Atlas - Castle
$174 per night

Kasbah Bab Ourika – Gateway Atlas

Private roomsleeps 16

Rental of the medieval Keep - Castle
$521 per night

Rental of the medieval Keep

Entire home/aptsleeps 10
Montelifrè's castle. Duke's suite - Castle
$58 per night

Montelifrè’s castle. Duke’s suite

Private roomsleeps 2

Château de Madières, 4* luxe 26 pax - Castle
$1738 per night

Château de Madières, 4* luxe 26 pax

Entire home/aptsleeps 16

Medieval Castle for 16 persons - Castle
$396 per night

Medieval Castle for 16 persons

Entire home/aptsleeps 16

Château de saint-loup sur Thouet Fr - Castle
$4576 per night

Château de saint-loup sur Thouet Fr

Saint-Loup-Lamairé Entire home/aptsleeps 16

large, exclusive historical villa - Villa
$464 per night

large, exclusive historical villa

Entire home/aptsleeps 16

Château dans parc de 10 hectares - Castle
$579 per night

Château dans parc de 10 hectares

Entire home/aptsleeps 15

Chateau De Castet - Castle
$1975 per night

Chateau De Castet

Entire home/aptsleeps 16
Suite in a Petit Medieval Chateau - Castle
$289 per night

Suite in a Petit Medieval Chateau

Brigueil-le-Chantre
Private roomsleeps 2
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Ds un Château au Bord du Lac Léman - Castle
$87
per night

Ds un Château au Bord du Lac Léman

Lugrin ·

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Private roomsleeps 2
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château Laubesc - Castle
$69
per night

château Laubesc

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Entire home/aptsleeps 4
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Castello dependance - Castle
$104
per night

Castello dependance

San Casciano in Val di pesa
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The Castle of Ronciglione - Castle
$93
per night

The Castle of Ronciglione

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Entire home/aptsleeps 6
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House, Restored former small castle - Castle
$53
per night

House, Restored former small castle

Lecce Nei Marsi
Entire home/aptsleeps 16
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Grande demeure familiale 300m², vue panoramique - Castle
$267
per night

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Ayse · 1 review
Entire home/aptsleeps 13
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appartment in old KURHOTEL - Castle
$212
per night

appartment in old KURHOTEL

Sent · 1 review
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UNE CHAMBRE AU MANOIR: DE 70 A 120€ - Castle
$104 per night

UNE CHAMBRE AU MANOIR: DE 70 A 120€

Private roomsleeps 10

Gothic Palace XIV Century, Cardona - Castle
$40 per night

Gothic Palace XIV Century, Cardona

Private roomsleeps 3

Très bel appartement. A découvrir ! - Apartment
$46 per night

Très bel appartement. A découvrir !

Bordeaux 

Entire home/aptsleeps 7

Château de Gourville / La chapelle - Castle
$99 per night

Château de Gourville / La chapelle

Private roomsleeps 1

Castle near Montpellier - Castle
$67 per night

Castle near Montpellier

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Private roomsleeps 6

Vörös Kastély - Castle
$37 per night

Vörös Kastély

Private roomsleeps 16

Suggestiva Suite in Castello - Castle
$226 per night

Suggestiva Suite in Castello

Private roomsleeps 2
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Nanowrimo castle 2016, early plans…

December 16, 2015

I’m so excited about renting a castle next November for NaNoWriMo.

I’ve been looking at castles for the past few years, here are my favorites.

I’ll be looking for something with 7 to 9 rooms. The tricky thing about castles are that some look great on the outside but are too modern on the inside.

I want both the outside and inside to look and feel like a castle. These are the best I could find.

 

This one is in Italy

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9621806

Not as exciting but… near Pisa and Florence.

Massive Chateau

Pretty area, lots of rooms and spaces. Kind of digging it, for the privacy, and it has more bedrooms so we can invite more guests. France.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4204519

Spooky mansion

Leading favorite…  because it looks authentic and a little spooky. France.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6235931

One more, kind of awesome

France.

https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p614543a

Authentic Baroque

I can’t see what the outside of this one looks like, but inside is awesome. Amazing decoration – it’s in Germany.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6617187?guests=12&s=51pfwWaU

 

Also OK…

This one has a lot going for it too… spacious, high ceilings, lots of room. France

https://www.charmingholidayrentals.com/castles-manors-rentals/agel/herault/languedoc-roussillon/france/219-chateau-dagel.html

 

—Save for another time—

Spanish Highground

I love this one but it’s probably too casual… I might use it sometime but for NaNoWrimo I want something visual stunning and impressive.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2328455

 Forest Ruins

I love this one; the property is amazing, but the living quarters are very normal and plain. Quiet and quaint.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6235931

Dordogne Palace

This one seems to be a pretty good mix of interior and exterior, though parts of it seem pretty bland compared to the others.

http://www.oliverstravels.com/france/dordogne/chateau-de-ruffiac/

Weird, Quirky

I’m not sure how I feel about this one but it’s different. Parts of it look comfortable.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5224620?guests=12&s=51pfwWaU

Which do you like?

It will depend partly on cost and who else is sharing it, but I’d like feedback on which seems the most fun. Keep in mind it will probably be cold in November, so we might be inside a lot. I want somewhere I’ll be comfortable enough to get a lot of writing done; somewhere with lots of space so we won’t all be stuck in the same room; somewhere we can have dinner guests or throw a party.

Ideally there will also be at least one desk in every bedroom, but if there aren’t I could pick up a few at Ikea. There will need to be plugs/wifi, at least in central areas. If you have other considerations/worries, let me know and I’ll plan accordingly.

Frankfurt book fair

Since we’ll be in Europe next fall, I’m thinking of going to the Frankfurt book fair, the word’s largest, and doing it really well… with my own booth, and probably giving a talk about visibility in the YA genre (how to reach teen readers). This year I’ll be aggressively testing instagram, tumblr and snapchat to see what works.

If you want to come early and attend/maybe speak, it would be pretty awesome… if not I can still put your books in the display.

The Frankfurt book fair seems to attract a lot of cosplayers:

http://www.ibpa-online.org/ibpa-report-from-the-2014-frankfurt-book-fair/

I’d like to go and do crazy/fun stuff, not stuffy publishing insider stuff.

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Nanowrimo 2016 – write your book in a castle!

September 22, 2015
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In 2016 I’m going to rent a castle for a month during Nanowrimo. I’m inviting some bestselling authors to join me – and I’ll be doing a giveaway so two or three other people can come and write novels with us (no charge for them, but they’ll have to get to Europe on their own). If that sounds exciting, sign up on the list below so you don’t miss your chance to win.

nanowrimo 2016 castle
nanowrimo 2016 castle

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Stay at a castle for FREE

September 15, 2015

In the back of my mind, I’ve been thinking that for CreativCastle to be achievable, I need a list of 100,000 people who are interested in the idea. Conversion of 1% of a list is industry standard… so I thought I’d just keep doing what I’ve been doing and growing my lists.

The obvious problem with that is, although I’m growing an email list of authors and writers interested in publishing, but not necessarily the type I will need to fund/support CreativCastle.

Recently I’ve been using some giveaways for list building and last night I finally decided to listen to all those people who have told me I shouldn’t just go out and buy a castle, I should rent first.

Test the idea out. So I’m going to: I’ll rent out a magnificent place for a couple weeks, maybe 2 or 3 times a year, and invite other people to come stay for free. I’ll run giveaways for the chance to win.

I’ll share pictures and videos and testimonials of how amazing the experience was. This could seriously work. 🙂

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3 Welsh Castles to Check Out in Powys

June 3, 2015

Since Wales is considered to be the “castle capital of the world,” it is a given that, of course, there are a lot of castles to visit around the place. Today, we focus on three amazing castles from Powys, that can serve as potential locations you can use to set your writing in, or as places you can visit when you are on your own personal writing retreat, and you happen to find yourself in Wales, at some point.

1. Montgomery

Montgomery Castle is located in Montgomery, in Powys, and is just one of the many Norman castles between the Welsh and English border. The original parts of the castle were built under the Earl of Shrewsbury, Roger de Montogomery, during the late 11th century. The castle, after weathering a few events, was rebuilt in stone during 1223, on Henry III’s 16th birthday, but Huberd de Burght. The castle also served as a place for treaty negotiations, and it was where Llywelyn ap Gruffud was given the title of Prince of Wales. Today, what is left of Montgomery Castle are only its ruins, although it is still a place worth visiting, as the ruins are beautiful and the view majestic.

montgomery 1

“Castle and Path” by Stoker243 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 

 

montgomery 2

“Montgomery Castle, Wales, 360° Panorama II” by Farwestern Photo by Gregg M. Erickson – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 

 

2. Powis

Powis Castle is found near the town of Welshpool, and has been given many names in historical records, among which are: Castell Coch, Castell Pola, and Red Castle. It’s a beautiful place, home to a lot of gardens, a wonderful parkland, and a landscaped estate. Today, Powis Cstle is under care of the National Trust. The castle was built during the 13th century. Much of the original castle was improved over a two-hundred year period from 1600 to 1800, adding terraced gardens and the State bedroom.

 

powis 1

“PowisCastle” by Alexander Forst-Rakoczy – photo taken by Alexander Forst-Rakoczy. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 at via Wikimedia Commons – 

powis 2

“Powis castle terraces” by Sjwells53 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 

 

3. Dolforwyn

Found in Abermule, Dolforwyn was established by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd as a fortification during the 13th century. It is said that the the maiden Sabrina of legend drowned at Dolforwyn. John Milton writes about this maiden. Historical fiction author Bernard Cornwell also wrote about Dolforwyn in his book “The Winter King.” This castle, then, appears to be a great inspiration for writers, who have used legends attached to it – and not just the place itself – in order to inspire, fuel, or to add to their writing – something which you may want to try someday, if you ever get the chance to visit the place.

dolforwyn 1

“Dolforwyn Castle Powys Wales” by user Llywelyn2000 – 

dolforwyn 2

“Dolforwyn Castle” by Ralph Rawlinson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 

 

Those are just some of the many castles in Wales, of course, and those are just some of the beautiful places that may serve as locations for your writing retreat. It may be fun if you manage to find writing retreats in the area (we will cover that sometime – keep checking back), but it would be amazing if you manage to visit the place on your own pace and walk around, see the sights, and the ruins and castles that are steeped in history and have played their part in the shaping of Wales’s story.

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Markree Castle Hotel: A Beautiful Castle Hotel in County Sligo, Ireland

June 2, 2015

There are a lot of amazing castle hotels in Britain, but we’re putting the spotlight on one of these castle hotels today. Located in Ireland, this castle hotel is interesting because it’s located in the place the inspired the famous poet, William Butler Yeats. This is the Markree Castle Hotelin County Sligo.

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The bedrooms in this castle hotel are unique. Each has its own style and charm, so you could stay here twice and receive different – but equally wonderful – experiences in terms of accommodation.

markree 3

There are a lot of things to do while staying at Markree, as well. One can go riding around the estate, exploring the surrounding areas. You can go on treks and trailrides, as well, and there are different packages for that depending on what you want to do. The location of this hotel makes several golf courses accessible for anyone who’s into golf. As well, one can go to Queen Meave’s grave, which is on top of Knocknarea mountain. There are a lot of things to do, and a lot of places to experience.

markree 2

Sadly, though, at the time of this writing, this castle hotel is for sale, so the management is unable to take reservations. You are welcome to visit the website and check back, however. Once you get the opportunity to visit, it will be great to stay at the Markree Castle Hotel.

Guest comments:

We were extremely pleased with our brief stay at Markree Castle. I hope that in the near future we will be able to schedule a longer visit. The staff was most pleasant and helpful, from the receptionist to the housekeeping staff to the servers in the dining room.
– Carl Webber, from USA

Markree Castle was the highlight of my trip to Ireland. I’ve always wanted to stay in a castle, and I finally had my chance. It was magical.
– Arlene Scallon, from USA

All images and comments are credited to the website, Manor House Hotels of Ireland.

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Culzean Castle and the Tower of Hallbar: Two Scottish Castle Hotels Worth Checking Out

June 1, 2015

Here are two more Scottish castle hotels worth checking out!

1. Culzean Castle

Found in Ayrshire, this castle is great for both corporate events and wedding ceremonies. It originally belonged to the Kennedys, descendants of Robert the Bruce. It was during David Kennedy’s – the 10th Earl of Cassillis’s – time, however, that a castle was built and designed to showcase the family’s wealth and legacy.

Guest comments on Culzean Castle:

“Our stay at the castle was beyond anything we could have hoped for! The staff so accommodating we couldn’t have had a more magical time! I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone.”
– Chrissy Bradburn

“Excellent, inspiring location. Wonderful amazing castle and grounds. We were looked after incredibly well for our 16th wedding anniversary. The surprise at finding that we were the only people staying for the night was delightful! Wonderful food, hospitality second to none.”
– Joyce Hunt

culzean 1 Camellia House. culzean 3 Culzean Castle, Ayrshire

All images are from the castle hotel’s website. For more information, click the castle hotel’s name to get redirected to the website.

2. Tower of Hallbar

The Tower of Hallbar was once home to the Lockharts of Lee. Built during the late sixteenth century, it was a response to the 1535 Act of Parliament. A parapet was added to the structure during the Victorian era.

Comments on Tower of Hallbar:

“A wonderful, unusual house combining ancient grandeur with modern luxuries.”
– Ron and Mary Davis

hallbar 1 hallbar 2 hallbar 3 hallbar 4

All images are taken from the castle hotel’s website. For more information, click the name of the castle hotel.

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5 Brilliant Castles and Palaces in Scotland

May 27, 2015

Here is today’s list of beautiful castles, this time ones found in Scotland!

1. Linlithgow Palace

linlithgow 1

Credit: “Am linlithgow palace south”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 

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Credit: “Am linlithgow palace north west” by Alistair McMillan. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 

While already in ruins, Linlithgow Palace is still a site frequented by travelers and tourists, under the care of Historic Scotland. During the 12th century, a royal manor was on the site on which the palace now stands. This manor is later replaced by a fortification built during the 14th century under the guidance of Edward I. This site became a military base. During the 15th century, the town of Linlithgow was destroyed by fire, and King James I decided to have the Palace rebuilt for Scottish royalty. Different people – from James III, James IV, and James V – added to the structure.

2. Dunnottar Castle

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Dunnottar Castle is a medieval fortress in Scotland, located south of Stonehaven. The buildings on the site were generally built during the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site itself dates back to the Early Middle Ages. Dunnottar Castle has played so many parts in the history of scotland, from the Jacobite risings to being the hiding place of the Scottish crown jewels, the Honours of Scotland. The area itself is surrounded by cliffs that overlook the North Sea.

3. Tantallon Castle

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Credit: “The curtain wall of Tantallon Castle, East Lothian, Scotland, 1972″ by Phillip Capper from Wellington, New Zealand – Flickr. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 

The 14th-century fortress, Tantallon Castle, is located in East Lothian, Scotland, and looks out onto the Firth of thE Forth. It is the last medieval curtain wall castle built in the country, constructed by William Douglas, the 1st Earl of Douglass. Douglas’s descendants kept it for years until it was besieged by both James IV and James V – during different times, of course. Apart from that, Tantallon Castle was also there when Oliver Cromwell invaded Scotland during the 17th century, when it sustained severe damaged. The Marquis of Douglas eventually purchased it, and the site is now in the care of Historic Scotland.

4. Spynie Castle

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Spynie Castle belonged to the Bishops of Moray for about half a millenium. The castle was founded in the 12th century, and was built thanks to the grants made by King William I to the Holy Trinity of the Bishopric of Moray, as the Bishops of Moray needed housing.

5. Dunfermline Palace

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Credit: “Dunfermline Abbey gatehouse and pend, Dunfermline” by user:kilnburn. Licensed under Attribution via Wikimedia Commons – 

The former Scottish royal palace of Dunfermline is found in Dunfermline, Fife, and is, again, another castle under the care of Historic Scotland. It is also a prominent tourist destination in Dunfermline. Many Scottish monarchs loved the place – during the 11th century, Malcolm III made it his capital, and even had Malcom’s Tower built nearby. Two other monarchs, David II and James I, were born at the place. During the 16th century, James VI gave it to his wife, Anne of Denmark, after their marriage. Their three children were born there. Today, what remains of the old Dunfermline are the kitchen, the cellars, and the south wall.

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Parador Mazagon and Parador Oropesa: Two Amazing Spanish Castle Hotels

May 26, 2015

We’ve been looking at a lot of castles in England, Wales, and France. This time, the spotlight is on two Spanish castles, Parador de Mazagon and Parador Oropesa.

Parador Oropesa

Parador Oropesa has served as a refuge for all kinds of people, from monks to travellers. The castle was restored in the 15th century, and this restored version still stands today. The castle has its own restaurant, which specializes in a lot of interesting and delicious local dishes, and the chef will recommend some of them, including a partridge stew and their version of cream puffs.

Guest comments on the Parador:

We had a fabulous two night stay at Oropesa on the way down to Mijas. The parador and staff were excellent.
– Alison Staniforth

We arrived at the Parador of Oropesa having travelled through the Gredos mountains and as ever had a good welcome. The room as always was most satisfactory. The public areas were very interesting. The food was good and the hotel has an excellent position near to the town. The staff throughout were as usual helpful and happy. This will be another Parador we would visit again.
– M. Winborn

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All photos are from the parador’s webpage gallery. Visit the site here.

Parador de Mazagon

Parador de Mazagon is located near Huelva, Spain. This beautiful castle hotel is named after Christopher Columbus, or Cristobal Colon, who, for a time, lived in the area. The Donana Nature reserve and the Mazagon beach front are found nearby. The hotel’s restaurant serves all kinds of food, but specialties include fish dishes, particularly shell shrimps, prawns, and cockles found in the area. A lot of interesting places surround the parador – churches like the church of San Pedro and La Merced, and the Monestary of La Rabida, are places worth visiting.

Guest comments:

My wife and I spent a lovely week here in September this year and would recommend it it anyone. The location is stunning, the room was superb (with a terrace overlooking the gardens and pool for reading and sunbathing). The staff were welcoming and always friendly and helpful.
– John Costello

As usual the Parador hotels are excellent and the staff are also very good and attentive to your needs. Rooms are excellent and we had a sea view. Easy car ride into Huelva which has good night life and restaurants. many local places of interest and a day trip to San Antonio also recommended.
– Mr. and Mrs. Berry

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All photos taken from the parador’s webpage gallery. Visit the site here.