12 Magnificent Castles on Airbnb That Will Make You Feel Like Royalty

Can’t get enough of The Crown and Downton Abbey? Experience a real castle at these Airbnbs!

If you’ve ever loved period dramas like The Crown or Downton Abbey, you may have wondered what it would feel like to live in an actual castle — and thankfully, so have many people on Airbnb! 

Castles have a remarkable way of bringing our childhood dreams to life. For now, we’ll settle for bookmarking these majestic properties from the safety of our homes, and filing them under a wishlist called “All the Beautiful Places We’d Love to Visit Once It’s Safe to Travel Again.”

From the classic fortresses of Great Britain to a lakeview château in Switzerland, these are our picks for the most stunning castles on Airbnb. 

Also read: 10 Dazzling German Castles That Are Straight Out Of A Storybook

1. This enchanting castle with towers in Cumbria, England

Airbnb Castle: Augill Castle in England

Airbnb Castle: Augill Castle in England

Listing name: Live in a Historic English Castle! 
Listing type: Room in hotel 
Max. no. of guests: 2
No. of bedrooms: 1

Looking for a Downton Abbey-style getaway? Seek refuge under the towers of Augill Castle, which will transport you to a time of chivalry and polite romances. This Airbnb castle features a grand staircase, an open fireplace, leather chairs, stained glass windows, a fully stocked bar, and a music room. Whether you’re indulging in afternoon tea or setting off for the Lake District in Cumbria, getting the opportunity to wander around the castle grounds — as if it were your own home — makes this Airbnb very different from sleeping in a hotel. Learn more about this Airbnb here

Also read: 7 Gorgeous and Budget-Friendly Airbnbs in London

2. This historic Gothic fortress in Adare, Ireland

Airbnb Castle: Fanningstown Castle in Ireland

Airbnb Castle: Fanningstown Castle in Ireland

Airbnb Castle: Fanningstown Castle in Ireland

Listing name: Historical Fanningstown Castle Adare in Ireland
Listing type: Entire home
Max. no. of guests: 10
No. of bedrooms: 5

With floral arrangements around the halls and plenty of wood in the fireplace, Fanningstown Castle is highly-sought out on Airbnb for its warm hospitality. Guests are treated to fresh fruits and a traditional Irish breakfast by the owner Mary, who likes to make people feel welcome here. This Airbnb castle is decked out with a kitchen, a dining room, a sitting room with a piano, soft couches, and five bedrooms that can host up to ten people. Luckily, it’s only two and a half hours southwest of Dublin, making it an idyllic stop for anyone road-tripping through Ireland. Learn more about this Airbnb here

3. This storybook castle in Connecticut, United States

Airbnb Castle in Ellington

Airbnb Castle in Ellington, Connecticut

Listing name: Cozy Storybook Castle
Listing type: Entire home 
Max. no. of guests: 5
No. of bedrooms: 3

Here’s a charming home with a staircase that makes you want to take your time approaching the entrance. This 1917 American castle sits on a seven-acre property in the town of Ellington, Connecticut. It boasts three bedrooms that follow a theme: the Jungle Room, the Burgundy Room, and the Romeo & Juliet Room. There’s no television to be found here. But if you’re already reading books by the fire, gazing at stars from the gazebo, and sipping your morning coffee from the balcony, we doubt you’ll need one. Learn more about this Airbnb here

4. This elegant castle in the middle of Loire Valley in France

Airbnb Castle in Loire Valley, France

Airbnb Castle in Loire Valley, France

Listing name: Castel in the Loire Valley
Listing type: Entire home
Max. no. of guests: 16+
No. of bedrooms: 7

Before you can say “let them eat cake” with conviction, you should probably try saying it from a terrace at this Airbnb castle in the Loire Valley in France. Certainly, you’ll feel like a king or queen when you step into these halls with a gallery, a living room, a dining room, a fully-equipped kitchen, and seven bedrooms that are large enough for sixteen people. If you want to immerse yourself in the French countryside without abandoning essential amenities, you can’t go wrong with this palatial home. Learn more about this Airbnb here

5. This chateau with a private library in Třebešice, Czech Republic

Airbnb Castle: Château Třebešice in Czech Republic

Listing name: Chateau Třebešice
Listing type: Private room in a castle 
Max. no. of guests: 15
No. of bedrooms: 9

Picture a historic building and a bohemian art gallery rolled into one — and that’s pretty much Château Třebešice in a nutshell. This Renaissance-era château features nine themed rooms with large beds, sunken claw-foot bathtubs, artworks, and a curated library with thousands of books. Roaming through the sprawling rose gardens, walking around the cobblestones, and playing with the owner’s adorable dogs — if you aren’t allergic, that is — are some of the exciting activities you can do at this castle Airbnb. Learn more about this Airbnb here

Also read: 10 Airbnbs in Prague That Definitely Deserve Your Attention

6. This ancient castle with unbeatable views near Siena, Italy

Airbnb Castle: Castello di San Fabiano

Airbnb Castle: Castello di San Fabiano

Airbnb Castle: Castello di San Fabiano

Listing name: Suite in a Castle | Breakfast & Swimming Pool
Listing type: Private room in a castle 
Max. no. of guests: 2
No. of bedrooms: 1

Going through photographs of Italy feels like a stab in the heart. Some day after the world has stabilised from the pandemic and nations can safely lift their borders again, maybe we can help this kind and beautiful country get back on its feet. 

Standout elements of this Italian castle in Tuscany include its gorgeous verandas, chandeliered suites, olive gardens, and a swimming pool with a hydromassage lounge. Meanwhile, the hosts spoil guests every morning with fresh ricotta cheese, tarts, and marmalades, which were made using fresh fruit from the vegetable garden. Wine-tasting sessions and cooking classes can be requested in advance. Learn more about this Airbnb here

7. This pretty-in-pink castle in Dolnyslask, Poland

Pink Airbnb Castle in Poland

Pink Airbnb Castle in Poland

Listing name: Nice Stay in a Castle Near Wroclaw 
Listing type: Entire home 
Max. no. of guests: 10
No. of bedrooms: 5

Full of character and charm, this rosy palace looks like it came straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. Set in the countryside near Wroclaw, this Polish castle can accommodate up to ten guests in five spacious bedrooms. Outside, a fairytale moat and a private forest provide the perfect scenery for leisurely strolls. You might even spot peacocks in the trees and fallow deer grazing in the backyard. Learn more about this Airbnb here

8. This rustic castle with old-world charm in Fife, Scotland

Airbnb Castle: Dairsie Castle in Scotland

Airbnb Castle: Dairsie Castle in Scotland

Airbnb Castle: Dairsie Castle

Listing name: Dairsie Castle
Listing type: Entire home 
Max. no. of guests: 14
No. of bedrooms: 6

Revel in the unique ambience of a 12th century-castle in Scotland, which just so happens to be one of the most wishlisted Airbnb listings in the United Kingdom. Most popular for weddings and anniversaries, Dairsie Castle takes up four floors with six lavish bedrooms, a well-stocked kitchen, a breakfast room, a spiral staircase, a watchtower, a garden, and a Great Hall. From this medieval sanctum in Fife, you can also take a fifteen-minute drive to St. Andrews, the town where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate Middleton) went to university together. Learn more about this Airbnb here

9. This hilltop castle with its own winery in Rions, France

Airbnb Castle: Bastane in France

Airbnb Castle: Bastane

Listing name: La Bastane
Listing type: Entire home 
Max. no. of guests: 11
No. of bedrooms: 3

La Bastane might look like a fortress from the distant past, but it’s really a wine-making estate with organic vineyards. Perched on a hill in Rions, nearly every room — the three bedrooms, the private terrace, and the living room with a fireplace — in this French château flaunts exceptional views of the surrounding valley. Don’t forget to taste the rosé, white, and red wines from the family-run winery of your hosts Anaïs and Bastien. Learn more about this Airbnb here

Also read: These 10 Airbnbs in Paris Will Take Your Breath Away

10. This romantic castle hideaway in Kilmartin, Scotland

Airbnb Castle: Kilmartin Castle in Scotland

Airbnb Castle: Kilmartin Castle

Listing name: The Snug | Romantic Double Room | Kilmartin Castle 
Listing type: Private room in castle
Max. no. of guests: 2 
No. of bedrooms: 1

Experience life as a Scottish laird or lady in Kilmartin Castle, a rustic and comfortable retreat around two hours from Glasgow. This 16th-century stone castle for rent on Airbnb is what we imagine a traditional Scottish abode must look like: cosy blankets piled high on the bed, vaulted ceilings, antique treasures, a fireplace, and a whiskey room of its own. 

Modern perks include a walk-in shower, free Wi-Fi, and central heating that keeps guests warm during chilly winters. Wind down with music from the owner’s stellar vinyl collection, or ask the local chef to prepare dinner in the castle’s private dining room. Either way, this Scottish castle does all the romancing for you. Learn more about this Airbnb here

11. This sprawling estate with lemon trees in Tuscany, Italy

Airbnb Castle: Castello di Montegufoni

Listing name: Montegufoni 3 – Apartment in Castello di Montegufoni in Tuscany
Listing type: Entire home
Max. no. of guests: 5
No. of bedrooms: 2

Castello di Montegufoni makes an incredible base for the Italian wine region of Tuscany. Restored by a noble family in the 17th century, the tower of this castle mimics the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Two bedrooms are available at this Airbnb castle, but we doubt anyone can resist going out to enjoy the swimming pool, maze gardens, vast courtyard, ancient library, and the fragrant olive and lemon trees around the estate. Have a classic Italian aperitivo at the castle’s restaurant, where you can bask in the fading glow of a Tuscan sunset. Learn more about this Airbnb here

12. This Swiss château with a view of Lake Geneva in Montreux, Switzerland

Lakeview Castle Airbnb in Montreux, Switzerland

Listing name: Château du Châtelard – Montreux Castle
Listing type: Entire home 
Max. no. of guests: 6
No. of bedrooms: 2

We can’t guarantee that you’ll crash into anyone by paragliding here, but this lakeside château is one of the few things in Switzerland that won’t give you a run for your money. Looming in the hills of Montreux, Château du Châtelard comes with two clean and spacious bedrooms, a studio couch, fine paintings, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and an indoor fireplace. But the views are the real treat here, offering astonishing lookouts over Lake Geneva, the vineyards of Lavaux, and the Swiss Alps. From this castle, you’re only a train ride away from the resort town of Zermatt and the cheese-making capital of Gruyere! Learn more about this Airbnb here

Also read: 10 Unique Airbnbs for an Unforgettable Travel Experience

If we have a bit of stardust in our eyes after viewing these castles, it could be that all our wanderlust has nowhere to go at the moment. Though we’re doing our part to stay indoors, we’re also hoping there will be a future when we can book these Airbnb castle properties for real. Here’s to believing it comes sooner rather than later!


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