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1. Posted by Hensku (Budding Member 83 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

I got this idea in my mind that it would be great experience to sleep in a real Castle! Have any of you done that, and if so, how was it like and where were you?

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1373 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

I've stayed at Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum in Scotland. A marvel of dilapidated Victorian glory.

Plans are afoot to restore and reopen the place so it may be possible again.

3. Posted by JenniferWhite (Budding Member 22 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Hensku

I got this idea in my mind that it would be great experience to sleep in a real Castle! Have any of you done that, and if so, how was it like and where were you?

Wow! I've never thought about that, now that you mention, sounds like a great experience to do!

4. Posted by Hensku (Budding Member 83 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Andy, I take that you enjoyed your stay in Kinloch Castle?
Jennifer, i got the idea from tv, they restored Hellifield Peel Castle on Grand Design. I wanted to visit there but they have closed it already

5. Posted by JenniferWhite (Budding Member 22 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

oh no! Now i'm curious to know how much would that cost and how would it feels haha.

6. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 537 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

I've not done it yet....to be honest, I prefer just exploring historical sites and sights. But there are lots and lots of castle-stay options in the UK:

https://www.historic-uk.com/CastleHotels/

and

https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/Search-and-Book/holiday-ideas/stay-in-a-castle/#Search

Using those two sites you can easily explore locations, facilities and costs......... :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Aug-2018, at 11:05 by leics2 ]

7. Posted by Hensku (Budding Member 83 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Jennifer, the most expensive one which i founded was 12000£/night
But those links what leics2 gave, are really useful, thank you! Have you visited any of those castles?
I saw that some of them were open for visitors too :)

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 876 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

There are some in Portugal Castle Hotels of Portugal

9. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 537 posts) 24w 1 Star this if you like it!

> those links what leics2 gave, are really useful, thank you! Have you visited any of those castles?

I've visited most of the Medieval ones that are open to the public (e.g. Hever, Leeds, Ruthin, Bodelwyddan) but most of the UK 'castles' in which one can stay are not really castles at all. Castles were built as fortifications in the Medieval period but many buildings which are called 'castle' were built purely as impressive houses, often in the 17/1800s. Some were built on the site of an earlier castle but for me they have little historical interest.

There are of course castles/'castles' in the majority of European countries, many of which offer accommodation. For example, there are umpteen French chateaux & castles e.g.:

https://www.historic-uk.com/France/FrenchChateaux/

Ireland (where 'castles' are usually of the 'impressive house' type) e.g.:

https://www.celticcastles.com/

Spain has many castle (and 'castle') paradores:

https://www.paradores-spain.com/

and there are also lots of castle/ 'castle' hotels in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal etc etc etc......

Finding a European castle to stay in is certainly not difficult though usually, not cheap. If you're looking for an authentic castle then imo it's best to find somewhere which dates from the 11-1500s.

Of those in the UK/Ireland I'd go to Lundy..not a hotel but self-catering in the original castle keep (the main castle building, dating from the 1200s). Lundy is a tiny island off the SW coast of England. It's full of history with a stunning coastline, birds, seals etc. Once the daytrippers leave in the late afternoon you're one of the very few island residents. Lundy is owned by the National Trust, there's a pub with food, a small shop, no traffic and imo you'd be hard put to find a more authentic or atmospheric castle experience! :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Sep-2018, at 00:11 by leics2 ]

10. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1373 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Lundy sounds good - I've not made it there yet.

The other place that springs to mind for a unique stay is Portmeirion. An Italianate village in North Wales built last century by a mad architect, most of the buildings are let as holiday cottages and there is a lot of amazing architecture to enjoy, particularly after hours once the day visitors go home and it's residents only.

Hensku, yes I loved staying in Kinloch Castle and have been back to visit a couple of times. It was built a century ago as a shooting lodge and party house for a rich mill owner, so it's in that category Leics describes of grand houses rather than defensive castles. In later years they ran a hostel in there plus some luxury rooms. The accommodation has been closed due to parts of the building now being dangerous but I'm involved with a group trying to restore it and the plan is to offer self catering accommodation again. You can still take a day tour but it's not the same as staying there and getting to wander in the interesting bits which are off the tour route. A visit is highly recommended as it's a very hands-on tour, including made Victorian opulence such as one of the last three working orchestrions being built into the understairs space to summon guests to dinner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPYsROXyPCM

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Sep-2018, at 00:42 by AndyF ]