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The World's Most Beautiful Castles You Can Actually Stay In

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Updated: 7 February 2017

Wouldn’t your holiday feel a lot more enchanting in a Victorian castle or an exotic palace? Even though not many people have the chance to live in an actual castle, they can stay in one while on holiday. Here is a list of the most beautiful castles you can stay in around the world.

Château de la Caze, France

Complete with a rich romantic history, Château de la Caze is a 14th-century castle that lies at the heart of the Gorges du Tarn and includes a Royal Suite, Junior Suite, and Michelin-star menu.

Château de la Caze, Route des Gorges du Tarn, 48210 Sainte-Énimie, France, +33 4 66 48 51 01

Château De La Caze | © Pierre Bona/ WikiCommons

Château De La Caze | © Pierre Bona

Culzean Castle, Scotland

Along the Ayrshire coast in scenic Scotland, since 1777, Culzean Castle has decorated the Royal Scottish Banknote for 30 years and is rumoured to hold seven famous ghosts.

Culzean Castle, Maybole, Scotland, UK, + 44 1655 884455

Castello di Pavone, Italy

Located in the Turin province, Castello di Pavone is a medieval national monument, restored in 1888, and is believed to bring luck and prosperity to its guests.

Castello di Pavone, Via Dietro Castello, Pavone Canavese TO, Italy, +39 0125 672111

Castello Di Pavone │© Laurom/ WikiCommons

Castello Di Pavone | © Laurom

Château Frontenac, Canada

Château Frontenac is the most photographed hotel in the world, both for its stunning exterior, designed by William Sutherland Maxwell, and its view of the surrounding city of Quebec.

Château Frontenac, 1 Rue des Carrières, Quebec City, QC, Canada, +1 418 692 3861

Château Frontenac, Québec | © Bernard Gagnon/ WikiCommons

Château Frontenac, Quebec | © Bernard Gagnon

Ashford Castle, Ireland

Located in the County of Galway, Ashford Castle was built in 1228 under the Anglo-Norman rulers. The exterior is a mix of original Norman design and several Victorian extensions constructed in the 19th century.

Ashford Castle, Leaf Island, Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland, +353 94 954 6003

Neemrana Fort-Palace, India

Once home to the son of Prithviraj Chauhan III who fled Delhi in 1192, Neemrana Fort-Palace is the jewel of this ancient city in Rajasthan. Today, it’s a popular film location and is the halfway point between Jaipur and New Dehli.

Neemrana Fort-Palace, 122nd Milestone, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Alwar, Neemrana, Rajasthan, India, +91 95878 85001

Amberley Castle, England

Since 683 AD, Amberley Castle has a long history, transforming from a lodge to a Royalist stronghold in the 17th century to a heritage hotel in 1989. The castle includes 19 rooms, junior and deluxe suites, each with its own individual name and historic character.

Amberley Castle, Amberley, Arundel, UK, +44 1798 831992

Amberley Castle | © Michael Coppins/ Flickr

Amberley Castle | © Michael Coppins

Dornröschenschloss Sababurg, Germany

The Sababurg is the star of the historical Reinhardswald region, named after Sleeping Beauty’s castle in the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale. Restored in 1959 as a beautiful hotel, it also has its own theatre venue.

Dornröschenschloss Sababurg, Sababurg 12, 34369 Hofgeismar, Germany, +49 5671 8080

Sababurg Castle | © Bytfisch/ WikiCommons

Sababurg Castle | © Bytfisch

Parador de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Built as a hospital in 1499 for pilgrims travelling to Santiago, Parador de Santiago de Compostela is considered to be the oldest hotel in the world. This historic site includes a cathedral and the San Martiño Pinario Monastery grounds.

Parador de Santiago de Compostela, Praza do Obradoiro, 1, 15705 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain, +34 981 58 22 00

Parador de Santiago de Compostela | © Paradores/ WikiCommons

Parador de Santiago de Compostela | © Paradores

Dromoland Castle, Ireland

Built in 1835 in County Clare, Dromoland Castle was a place of residence for the famous O’Brien family. Today, this first-class hotel has its own golf course and Michelin-star restaurant, plus it has hosted many celebrity guests, including Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela.

Dromoland Castle, Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare, Ireland, +353 61 368 144

Château de Bagnols, France

Château de Bagnols has sat in the Beaujolais region, known as the country of golden stone, of France since the 13th century. The beautiful grounds include a vineyard, terrace gardens and orchard.

Château de Bagnols, Le Bourg, Bagnols, France, +33 4 74 71 40 00

Taj Lake Palace, India

The Taj Lake Palace, built sometime between 1743 and 1746, is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. With over 83 rooms and 17 deluxe suites, this luxury hotel is a prime destination in the historic city of Udaipur.

Taj Lake Palace, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, +91 294 242 8800

Hotel Schloss Dürnstein, Austria

Situated along the banks of the Danube River, Krems-Land district, is Hotel Schloss Dürnstein, a five-star hotel that includes an art gallery and private gardens. The surrounding town of Dürnstein has a rich history, playing an important role in Austria‘s port trade since 1019.

Hotel Schloss Dürnstein, Dürnstein 2, Dürnstein, Austria, +43 2711 212

Schloss Dürnstein | © Wag/ WikiCommons

Schloss Dürnstein | © Bwag

Parador de Oropesa, Spain

Legend has it that Hercules founded the town of Oropesa in 1716 BC – a town that the historic Parador de Oropesa has called home since 1336. Rebuilt in 1402, the castle has since become the luxury hotel it is today.

Parador de Oropesa, Plaza Palacio, 1, Oropesa, Toledo, Spain, +34 925 43 00 00

Parador de Oropesa | © Paradores

Parador de Oropesa | © Paradores

Château de Mirambeau, France

Located in the small town of Mirambeau, Château de Mirambeau, built in the 16th century, is a unique fort, complete with a mixture of Renaissance and medieval architectural influence. The surrounding perimeter conceals this château from the public, including its 22 luxury rooms and private gardens.

Château de Mirambeau, 1 Avenue des Comtes Duchatel, Mirambeau, France, +33 5 46 04 91 20

Château de Mirambeau, France | © Jon Caves/ WikiCommons

Château de Mirambeau, France | © Jon Caves

Hotel de la Cité de Carcassonne, France

Hotel de la Cité lies in the World Heritage Site of Carcassonne, a town famous for its architecture and wine-making since its discovery in 3500 BC. Since 1909, Hotel de la Cité has allowed guests to stay in the historic fortress, in one of its deluxe, family or terrace suites.

Hotel de la Cité, Place Auguste Pierre Pont, Carcassonne, France, +33 4 68 71 98 71

Disney’s Cinderella Castle, Florida, USA

Lucky guests are selected to stay in this invitation-only suite in Cinderella’s famous castle at the Disney World Resort®, Florida. Originally meant for Walt Disney’s family before his death in 1966, this suite has its own salon, master bedrooms, and beautiful marble bathroom, decorated with five-star taste and a little Disney magic.

Disneyland World Resort, 1180 Seven Seas Dr, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 939 5277