Ever fantasized about living in a castle or falling asleep beside the clouds in your own private tower? Tripping is here to remind you that these fabulous fortresses don’t have to only be for kings, queens, and fairytale characters.
These 5 magnificent European castles have been restored and are ready to accommodate visitors looking for an extraordinary getaway or destination to host an unforgettable function.
So go ahead, “ooh and ahh!” as you browse through these stately, romantic castles. You’re only a few clicks away from living like the royals!
County Clare Castle, Ireland
This medieval Celtic castle, designed and constructed in the 15th century, could be yours for the night. With room to sleep up to 15 all together, you’ll want to bring your loved ones along to share this amazing experience with you. For those of you who would prefer not to compromise on your present day comforts, modern conveniences and appliances have been sensitively and discreetly incorporated into this 600+ year old castle.
Towerhouse Castle in Kilkenny, Ireland
This magnificent, five-story 16th century towerhouse is located just south of the medieval city of Kilkenny. Modern comforts have been incorporated into the interior, including a fully fitted kitchen, to ensure that guests feel comfortable during their stay. The castle has been carefully and completely restored using the same techniques and materials as the original 16th century builders so to not detract from the structure’s historic charm. With full cleaning and catering available, this amazing abode is a great destination for special a get-together or a big bash.
Countryside Castle, County Meath, Ireland
This stately castle, situated in the countryside, sits above Lough Sheelin, a massive 4500 acre lake. Its secluded estate offers a great escape for those looking for a relaxing vacation and also provides ample space for private functions. Once you you pass the castle’s beautiful stone wall and continue through its original archway from 1536, you’ll feel like you’re traveling back in time. With unique features like an elaborate Tower Bedroom, resting at the top of a 65 step stairway, you’re sure to feel like a VIP when you stay in this property. All guests also enjoy great amenities such as complimentary access to nearby Tennis courts.
Fabulous Fanningstown Castle Adare, Ireland
Fanningstown Castle is a romantic, gothic style castle situated within the heart of Ireland’s Golden Vale farming region. It has been beautifully and carefully restored over the years and now operates as a comfortable five-bedroom vacation rental. With, Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages just three miles away, guests can enjoy golf, fishing, horseback riding, scenic country walks, quaint shops and boutiques, and great restaurants & pubs nearby.
Stunning Scottish Castle
Nestled in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Forest in Scotland lies Duchray Castle, a 500-year-old tower house. Now newly renovated, it offers luxury accommodation for 12 guests in a stunning, secluded location. With amenities including wireless internet, satellite TV, and laundry to name a few, guests can enjoy the home’s old world charm and modern amenities.
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This post was written by Alexa Perman, Tripping blogger.