Back in the day, castles were fortified structures built as an extravagant defence for monarchs to reside in opulently. In pop culture nowadays, they’re more often associated with fairytales and theme parks. Yet many of these great buildings are being converted to something equally as luxurious as their Middle Ages counterparts, in the form of hotels. In order to showcase the best of these, we take a look at magnificent castle hotels around the world.
Estancia la Candelaria, Argentina
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Estancia la Candelaria is a French castle, inspired by a royal chateau in Normandy. Not your typical South American ranch then. Also on the grounds of the castle are charming forest bungalows and a private two-storey suite… inside a windmill. The grounds extend over 100 hectares. Keen tree identifiers will be pleased to know the grounds include around 240 different species of trees.
Glenapp Castle, Scotland
The grounds of Glenapp estate are so large that the entrance is around a mile away from the castle itself. 5,250 hectares surround the castle for anyone to explore, including deep glens, sprawling moorland, and spectacular rock cliffs. The restaurant’s rather fine too – head chef Tyron Ellul was named one of the best young chefs to watch in 2015 by the Good Food Guide.
Zamek Reszel Kreativ, Poland
A Gothic castle, built in the fourteenth century, Zamel Reszel Kreativ has previously served as a church, prison and even a hunting lodge. The great space is taken up by just 21 rooms now, so it feels rather as though you’ve the place all to yourself. In addition to the very large and luxurious rooms, the hotel also has rather the art scene, including the on-site Gallery of Modern Art and ongoing Fine Arts Days.
Dragsholm Castle, Denmark
Dragsholm Castle is home to not one, not two, not even three ghouls. In fact, it is known to be the most haunted castle in Europe – with over 100 ghosts purportedly on the prowl in the property. Nowadays, the castle has been converted so that it includes a number of luxury rooms and an acclaimed gourmet kitchen. Beware, however, for one of the most famous ghosts is named the White Lady. Famous for her white dress, she was imprisoned between the walls of the castle by her own father for years. In the 1930s, renovators found a dead body in one of the walls. She was discovered in a white dress…
Hotel Chateau de Mirambeau, France
In the heart of picturesque wine country, near to Bordeaux and Cognac, this Renaissance castle has been renovated to include the utmost luxury. The eight hectare grounds provide a stunning outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and landscape gardens. What’s more, the market-inspired restaurant includes delicacies such as Gironde estuary caviar and Mirambeau honey.