Back in time, only royals and clan chiefs were allowed to sleep in castles in the highlands. Today, however, the times have drastically changed with luxury castle hotels everywhere welcoming all, and yes, even rumored resident ghosts.
Hallowed hallways, fairytale-like charms and romantic turrets – castles have always been intriguing to travelers, especially to Americans and Asians who have not experienced royal history. Fortunately, the chance is here! If you are traveling to Europe, then here are 5 of the best luxury castle hotels worth the splurge:
- Ashford Castle – Co Mayo, Ireland
- Belmond Hotel de la Cite – Carcassone, France
- Castel Fragsburg – Merano, Dolomites, Italy
- Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden – Austria
- Glenapp Castle – Ayrshire, Scotland
The best thing about these castle hotels is that they are surrounded by vast grounds. There’s just always something to do and see. Aside from top-class accommodation, you also get to enjoy manor-born activities that ordinary hotels do not offer. Among most common are horse-riding, archery, falconry, boating and swimming. You might even want to explore dungeons and wineries underground.
Castle hotels are great places for where you can take your entire family for a vacation as well. Imagine taking your little princesses to the towers and turrets where Rapunzel and princess Fiona were kept. It will definitely fulfill their fairytale fantasies!
And if you are one who’s into luxury arts and history, these castle hotels are brimming with museum-worthy antiques. Look through collections of armor suits, weaponry, paintings and such similar vintage displays. The quaint interiors of atmospheric common areas, with all the heavy oak paneling, will add to heightening the wondrous spell. Just a quick tip though: If you are bringing along little children or an elderly, be so cautious since some castle hotels are located on hilltops and remote locations. And more importantly, make the most of your regal stay!