9 Fairy Tale Castles You Can Stay In
The highly anticipated season seven of Game of Thrones is premiering on July 16, and we know there will be plenty of battles, dragons, and royal drama. If you want to experience a little of that Westeros castle life (minus the bloodshed), here are 11 real-life ones you can stay in around the world. Click through the slideshow, and get ready to claim your own throne.
Luxury Villa Hvar, Hvar, Croatia: Located on a sunny island in the Adriatic Sea, this Baroque palace was built in 1612 and includes an azure blue pool, a spa and massage room, and a fully stocked wine cellar. The balcony looks out to the crystal clear sea and the tiled rooftops of the Old Town. Hvar is also just a ferry ride away from Croatia's capital, Dubrovnik, which doubled for King's Landing in Game of Thrones.
Tawstock Castle, North Devon, England: This romantic English castle is located on a rounded hilltop with views of the countryside and sea. It has a wood-burning fire, a private castellated roof terrace, two towers (with bedrooms), a secret garden, and a helipad.
Château de Brou, Loire Valley, France: This castle is located within a 247-acre forest in one of France's well-known wine regions. There are 13 rooms and suites, 13 bathrooms, a terrace, and a lounge that can accommodate 60 of your closest friends and family for an epic dinner party.
County Meath Castle, County Meath, Ireland: This castle has its origins in the Iron Age, and there are still suits of armor located throughout. Explore the Great Hall inside, or enjoy the relaxing grounds outside, which are surrounded by tall trees and look out to Lough Sheelin, a 4500-acre lake famous for its native brown trout.
Fenton Tower, North Berwick, Scotland: Fenton Tower is a magnificent, fortified 16th-century tower just east of Edinburgh. The castle has panoramic views of the rolling Scottish countryside and has hosted many distinguished visitors, including King James VI of Scotland. The 20 acres of private land also give you the opportunity to enjoy the secluded loch or try your hand at archery, clay pigeon shooting, or horseback riding.
Stuckgowan House, Loch Lomond, Scotland: This beautiful Georgian building overlooking Loch Lochmond fits 21 guests and has two staircases, a library, hot tub, and private movie theater. Each bedroom is named after a rare tree you can find on the extensive estate.
Private Historic Castle, San Francisco, CA, US: This castle, located in an up-and-coming artist district, is 140 years old and used to be a working brewery. There are still underground reservoirs of spring water, and the historic landmark has had a modern makeover inside.
Castle on Glen, West Elmira, New York, US: This castle in southern New York is located at the top of a hill, over a moat and up a set of stone steps. If you want to get into the royal mood, the castle is also stocked with dress-up clothes.
Westbury Castle, North Wales, Wales: The 200-year-old Westbury Castle was home to the Mostyns, one of the great aristocratic families in Welsh history, and then inhabited by nuns for many years. The stately home can host 30 people and still has many of its original features, including an impressive State Dining Room.
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Lesley Chen is a California native who writes about travel, health/fitness, and other lifestyle topics. She has a serious case of RBF and exercises mainly to balance out an aggressive candy addiction.