This dreamy castle – complete with moat – is set in a fairytale location surrounded by glorious countryside in south-west Poland. Kids and adults alike will love the swings, slides and substantial garden, plus there are bikes for rent and kayaks available for hire for a trip along the nearby river Bóbr. The castle is actually two homes connected together – one house is the ‘party house’ complete with sauna, table tennis, kitchen and fireplace, which can host 16 people (if you want the whole castle to yourself you’ll have to pay for 30 people).
Price: From £12 per night, £12pp for each additional person after one guest.
This has been a labour of love for the owners of this charming castle, who spent two years renovating it. It’s a great hub for day-trips to the beaches at Pilar de la Horadada and San Javier, where you can try your hand at everything from wake boarding to scuba diving. However, if you want to relax closer to home, the castle is equipped with a huge pool, private beach, volleyball pitch and even a giant chess board, plus there’s a pizza oven and barbecue for the foodies among your group. The entire castle is reserved just for you, so you can really live like royalty for the duration of your vacation.
Price: From £66 per night, £22pp for each additional person after four guests.
Interior design fanatics will really appreciate Philipp’s gorgeous 19th-century home, which is constantly being lovingly restored to return it to its former glory. Living here with his daughter, Philipp loves to welcome guests into his charming home, where you’ll get your own very stately apartment in the right wing of the house. The apartment can accommodate up to five people, but would make a truly romantic stay for two.
Price: From £66 per night, £22pp for each additional person after two guests.
If you don’t mind a bit more of a ‘rustic’ stay, you can take over the entire upper floor of this fabulous place in Romania, which can accommodate up to 30 people. It might be crumbling slightly around the edges while substantial renovation work takes place (hence the price), but it’s charming nevertheless and steeped in history – the private park has trees that are more than 600 years old. For those looking for ultimate peace and quiet and a unique characterful stay, this stunning castle won’t disappoint.
Price: From £13 per night, £11pp for each additional person after one guest.
Become king and queen of a medieval castle for a day with your very own self-contained apartment for two in this impressive 13th-century castle. It was originally built as a fortress by the Marquis of Saluzzo, but was then transformed into an impressive Gothic castle in 1800 with a beautiful botanical park. Despite its seemingly remote location, it’s actually only a minute’s walk away from the town of Envie and an hour’s drive from Turin.
Price: From £32 per night.
Food lovers will be keen to stay in this beautiful castle in the Waldviertel, where a young family has transformed it into a farmed estate with a newly opened organic shop selling its produce, including high-quality meat from its highland cattle to homemade vodka. You’ll be staying in a lovely two-bed apartment, complete with your own kitchen if you fancy rustling up your own meals with local produce, plus there’s the option to request a delicious organic breakfast prepared by the owners. It’s a cosy space, with a great view from the living room into the chapel, and the surrounding grounds are ideal for afternoon walks when you want a bit of peace and quiet.
Price: From £56 per night, £14pp for each additional person after two guests.
If you’re all about the sun, sea and sand, this is the stay for you. This tower, which is the second of a pair, is just a 30-second stroll from the entrance to the Orthi Ammos beach – one of the most beautiful sandy strips in Crete. Located in the quiet village of Frangokastello, this self-catered apartment is perfect for couples looking for a bit of seclusion or a small family as there’s no road to cross to get to the beach. Handily, there are also free bikes for you to use for trips into the village.
Price: From £47 per night.
Croatia is one of the hottest places to stay in 2017, but if you’re looking to avoid the tourist hotspots, try this barely touched corner of the island of Brac. The 300-year-old Castle Gligo was built in the Dalmatian baroque style, originally designed to protect the land from pirates. The apartment reflects the rustic charm of the rest of the castle and can accommodate up to six people comfortably. Explore the surrounding villages, stroll along the small hidden beaches and buy the freshest produce from the local fishermen to cook in your self-catered accommodation.
Price: From £69 per night.
For a classic French chateau experience, you couldn’t get much better than this absolutely stunning house that has been restored to tip-top condition. If you’re lucky, owner Françoise may give you a fascinating tour of the castle, which has a rich history. The generous family suite includes a larger master bedroom with a spectacular view of the Nièvre valley, plus there’s a smaller guest room and a bathroom. In addition, if you’re a fan of horse riding, there’s an equestrian centre nearby that’s recommended by the owners.
Price: From £65 per night, £23pp for each additional person after two guests.
Have your cake and eat it by seeing the sights in Rome by day and enjoying the tranquillity of the Roman countryside by night, with the metro only one kilometre away. The apartment in this stunning converted tower used to be owned by Pompey the Great, who was general to Julius Caesar. Left in ruins, it wasn’t until 1876 that Angelo Franceschetti restored the estate and painstakingly reconstructed the building. Guests can enjoy their own private terrace, the garden, plus a pool during summer.
Price: From £58 per night, £23pp for each additional person after two guests.
Known for its fairytale-worthy castles, Bavaria doesn’t disappoint with this medieval moated castle, which is perfect for a romantic getaway. The host, the Countess of Waldburg Wolfegg, has gone out of her way to make the two-bed apartment warm and welcoming, with promises of a ‘blazing fireplace’, ‘fancy tower room’ and the ‘great outdoors on your doorstep’. Go for a stroll in the idyllic nearby village, which has a bakery and small grocers to cater for your breakfast needs, or take up the owner’s offer of use of the barbecue and cook up a storm in the castle grounds.
Price: From £58 per night, £14pp for each additional person after two guests.
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