Are you passionate about history? Have you ever dreamt of spending a night in a castle? TripAdvisor,the world’s largest travel site* is making this a reality for Australian travellers, with the ten most extraordinary Castle Hotels across the globe and available for you to book.
From South Africa’s fairytale ‘Castle in Clarens’ to Italy’s ‘Castello di Petroia’, a night’s stay in a castle can be experienced for as little as AUD $188 per night.
“With this selection of fantastic castle hotels, TripAdvisor offers inspiration for travellers looking to stay in a unique type of accommodation,” said Janice Lee Fang, TripAdvisor’s Communications Director for Asia Pacific.
“Travellers don’t have to have a royal budget to live like a king, they can still find a great deal by using TripAdvisor’s price comparison tool to unearth and book a great deal on hotels, where they can expect to save up to 30%.”
10 Best Castle Hotels Across the Globe
- Fonab Castle Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland
Located on the banks of Loch Faskally, Pitlochry, in the heart of Perthshire, this hotel has been transformed by the Clark family into a new 5 Star hotel, boasting 26 guest rooms. It was acknowledged in this year’s Travellers’ Choice Hotels 2015 list in the Luxury Hotels category. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “The setting of the castle and all the surrounding areas was picture postcard.” The best time to book is in November 2015 when the average night rate is AUD 528 per night.
- Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
This castle hotel is located above the medieval town of Oberwesel in the middle Rhine valley in Rheinland-Pfalz. Dating back to 911, the castle was burnt down by French soldiers and laid in ruins until its restoration in 1914. It has 22 rooms and was also awarded in the category of Small Hotels by the Travellers’ Choice Hotels 2015. “Excellent service and beautiful castle,” said a TripAdvisor reviewer. The best time to book this property is in December 2015 when the average monthly rate on TripAdvisor is AUD 231 per night.
- Hotel Castello di Sinio, Piedmont, Italy
Marchesi Del Carretto built this medieval castle in 1142. Located at the epicentre of the foremost wine and gastronomic area in Piedmont, it is one of the oldest castles in the Barolo wine region. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “Stay in a 13th century renovated castle and live like a king.” The best time to book this property is in December 2015 when the average monthly rate on TripAdvisor is AUD 363 per night.
- Castello di Petroia, Umbria, Italy
With origins dating back to between the IX and X century, this castle is fit for any aspiring Duke or Duchess. The Castle of Petroia is composed of medieval buildings enclosed within the Castle’s walls, and was recognised this year with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. “An atmospheric castle in rolling Umbrian countryside” and “I felt like a queen in this castle!” exclaimed TripAdvisor reviewers.The best time to book this property is in November 2015 when the average monthly rate on TripAdvisor is AUD 214 per night.
- Castello di Monterone, Umbria, Italy
The castle was originally military headquarters, situated along the road that connects Perugia and Rome. Designed to preserve the atmosphere of the Castle by blending new and old, it offers 18 guest rooms. This property has also been awarded in the category of Romantic Hotels by the Travellers’ Choice Hotels 2015. A TripAdvisor reviewer remarked, “Perfect historic hotel in quiet country setting.” The best time to book this property is in November 2015 when the average monthly rate on TripAdvisor is AUD 188 per night.
- Rowton Castle, Shropshire, England
A 17th century castle located in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, its origins date back to 1234. The castle has stood in the grounds for nearly 800 years and today is a popular wedding venue. This property was awarded this year with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “Simply out of this world…the most perfect wedding venue.”
- Castle in Clarens, Clarens, South Africa
Referred to by many as ‘Rapunzel’s Tower,’ South Africa’s The Castle in Clarens is a medieval manor with a fairytale atmosphere. The castle is ideal for private retreats, originally built to accommodate only four people at a time. Rooms are decorated with scenes from the story of Rapunzel. On the top floor, guests will find the Princess bedroom, boasting a four-post bed and stone bath. A TripAdvisor reviewer said,“Beautiful rooms with a romantic flair…we’ll definitely be back.” The best time to book this property is in November 2015 when the average monthly rate on TripAdvisor is AUD 217 per night.
- Chateau Heralec – Boutique Hotel & Spa by L’OCCITANE, Moravia, Czech Republic
A beautiful and romantic castle located in the breathtaking Vysocina region, known for having the highest amount of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Czech Republic. With 19 guest rooms, this hotel caters to couples and friends alike. “Beautifully restored castle and luxury spa,” commented one TripAdvisor reviewer. The best time to book this property is in December 2015 when the average monthly rate on TripAdvisor is AUD 305 per night.
- Ashford Castle, Western Ireland, Ireland
Founded in 1228, by the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family, this Irish gem welcomes guests with 82 opulent rooms, featuring antique rosewood furniture, custom carpets, and bespoke beds complete with Egyptian cotton linens. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “From the moment we pulled up to the gates, to the moment we drove away, the staff was outstanding! Our room was beautiful, luxurious and so comfortable, and we loved the view of the lake and grounds.” The best time to book this property is in November 2015 when the average monthly rate on TripAdvisor is AUD 377 per night.
- Castle Durrow, County Laois, Ireland
This castle is located in the heart of the village of Durrow. Built by Captain William Flower in 1716, the castle hotel boasts 46 luxurious rooms. The castle was awarded a place in this year’s Travellers’ Choice Hotels, in the Luxury Hotels category. “Amazing castle,” and “A hidden gem,” said TripAdvisor reviewers.