Airbnbs that Are Straight Out of 'Game of Thrones'

The Old Tower in Hvar, Croatia eerily resembles the Tower of Joy in Game of Thrones.
The Old Tower in Hvar, Croatia eerily resembles the Tower of Joy in Game of Thrones. | © Janos Gaspar / Alamy Stock Photo
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Home & Design Editor23 October 2020

Imagine you could transport yourself to Westeros. The fictional lands created by R. R. Martin may not exist, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel to the real-life filming sites or stay in castles, riads or villas that remind you of your favourite characters from Game of Thrones.

Durhamstown Castle (County Meath, Ireland)

Short-term Rental, Luxury
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This Norman Castle in County Meath, Ireland goes all the way back to 1420. If GoT was based on a real time period, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say it took place in the 15th century (Wars of the Roses, anyone?). Experience 600-year-old plaster inside the four original vaulted rooms, have a feast in the quaint dining room and retire to the drawing or music room in the evening hours for a carafe of wine (Cersei style, of course).

Boulder House (Yucca Valley, California)

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This artist-designed, four-bedroom home (appropriately called Boulder House) may be located in the Yucca Valley in California, but it looks like it’s straight out of Dorne. Just imagine the Martells roaming through the 15-acre (6ha) property, plotting new ways to get back at the Lannisters.

Medieval Castle Bed and Breakfast (Umbria, Italy)

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This medieval Italian castle, located in Fontignano, appears to be made for House Tyrell of Highgarden. It’s relatively affordable, too. Good thing, because Jamie Lannister took all the hard-earned Tyrell family money to pay back his debts in the last season. Enjoy the end of a fictional elegant dynasty by roaming the green Umbrian hills and soaking in the breathtaking views of this castle from a bygone era.

I Sette Coni-Trullo Lavanda (Apulia, Italy)

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This ancient two-bedroom trullo (dry stone house) located in Apulia, Italy is surrounded by olive trees and stone walls. It is reminiscent of any of the Free Cities in Game of Thrones. In real life, this Italian gem neighbors the town of Cisternino and boasts beautiful stone interiors.

Farmhouse Flat (Ballycastle, Northern Ireland)

Farm, Guesthouse
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Located in Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, this farmhouse is perfect for Game of Thrones lovers. The Dark Hedges (the cinematic tunnel of trees made famous by the HBO series) is close by to this idyllic property. Much of the series was filmed in this area, so you can enjoy a bit of sightseeing during your stay.

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  • The Old Tower (Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia)

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    The Old Tower in Hvar, Croatia eerily resembles the Tower of Joy in Game of Thrones. You know, the birthplace of Jon Snow near the Red Mountains of Dorne? In actuality, this ancient home was built by the Franciscans in 1761 and was meant to just be a windmill. It’s now protected by Hvar Cultural Heritage as a cultural monument, and guests can enjoy modern furnishings, wifi and a private garden.

    The Cozy Palace (Marrakesh, Morocco)

    Boutique Hotel
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    Venture across the Narrow Sea to Pentos to visit this exotic rental with stunning tiles, meticulous stonework and a courtyard made for a queen. You’re not really going to see Dany Targaryen here, but you can at least imagine it, right? This traditional riad (a traditional Moroccan home) is located in Marrakech and embodies the vibrant culture with its soft, tranquil furnishings.

    Chateau classé en Normandie (Lower Normandy, France)

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    This eight-bedroom chateau in Fontenay-sur-Mer in Lower Normandy is only 3mi (5km) from the sea and dates back to the 17th century. While France wasn’t a major filming location for Game of Thrones, the elegant estate is too pretty to pass up on our list.

    Dar walili, maison d'hôtes (Tangier-Tetouan, Morocco)

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    Now it’s time to take a visit to the rich trading city of Qarth. You won’t actually get to meet any Warlocks from the House of the Undying here, but that’s probably a good thing anyway. This beautiful four-bedroom house is located in Asilah, Morocco (where a lot of GoT was filmed), only 7km (4.3mi) from the beaches, and boasts luxurious patios where you can re-read A Song of Ice and Fire.

    Want to check out more homes for rent? Here is our list of quirky architectural homes from around the world that you can actually stay in.

    These recommendations were updated on October 23, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.