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Date: 21 December 2018

Live like royalty in a castle hotel


There’s a time to budget, and a time to splurge. For a spot of luxury and something a bit different, stay at one of these stunning castle hotels.

Unless you live in a mansion, you’re not likely to be familiar with the sheer splendour that comes with staying the weekend in a grand, luxurious setting. Getting spoilt and pampered, as though you had blue blood in your veins, makes for an unforgettable experience. So dig out your long dress or black suit and prepare yourself for a regal stay.

Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle offers a Presidential Suite, and a hideaway cottage. Choose your favorite

When you go through the enormous gateway to Ashford Castle, you enter a whole new world. There are 800 years of history in these stone walls, and the castle regularly accommodates royalty and celebrities. You may recognise the castle from the outdoor scenes in the TV series ‘Reign’.

Bedroom Ashford Castle in Ireland

Choose your accommodation from 82 spectacular hotel rooms

Here, you’re all set for a bona fide castle stay, with horse riding and angling in between rounds of golf and walks in the magnificent gardens.

You can even try the ancient hunting technique of falconry, with the help of gyrfalcons. These magnificent birds of prey are trained to hunt small birds. Ruthless perhaps, but fascinating nonetheless.

Bar, Ashford Castle in Ireland

Ashford is one of Ireland’s most impressive and romantic castle hotels

Or, should you prefer a more relaxing time indoors, the castle offers its own spa, which was ranked as Ireland’s best in 2017, no less. The hotel itself was voted the second best resort in the UK and Ireland in 2017, so the three-hour drive from Dublin is well worth the effort.

Fly to Dublin, Ireland

Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Edinburgh, UK

Dalhouise Castle in Scotland

Dalhousie Castle is Scotland’s oldest inhabited castle

Dalshousie Castle Hotel & Spa is situated a mere half an hour’s drive south of Edinburgh. It’s said to be Scotland’s oldest inhabited castle and to have survived a siege by Henry IV in the 1400s. The castle was built in 1280 AD and has towers and secret stairways, so just being there is a memorable experience in itself.

Dining table at Dalhousie Castle, Scotland.

Live like a king or queen at Dalhousie Castle

It’s also said that Mary Queen of Scots spent the night here while touring her realm. You can spend the night in the same room, or in one of the other 29 luxurious rooms with views overlooking the Scottish greensward.

What’s more, if you’re a fan of ghost stories, the castle is rumoured to be home to the Lady Catherine, aka the Grey Lady. You can read her story in our post on the ten of the world’s most haunted hotels.

Fly to Edinburgh, UK

Château de Bourron, Bourron-Marlotte, France

Château de Bourron, outside Paris

The present château, which was built to replace a medieval castle, dates back to the 16th century

Château de Bourron is actually a family hotel near Paris where the owners invite you to stay practically in their own home. The boutique-style hotel lies adjacent to a golf course, and is only a 45 minute drive from Paris. It’s also easy to get there by train.

Living room, Château de Bourron

Since 1878 it has been owned by the Montesquiou family

You can play tennis there, take a stroll around the wonderful parks and gardens surrounding the hotel and even order a Shiatsu massage.

Fly to Paris, France

Gstaad Palace, Gstaad, Switzerland

Gstaad Palace Hotel, Gstaad

Discover one of the most luxurious accommodations in Gstaad

Gstaad Palace is the archetypal princess’s castle with tall towers, located a two-hour drive from Geneva. Naturally, there’s a spa and some excellent restaurants there, but you’ll no doubt want to take advantage of all the amazing ski slopes that can be found close by.

Gstaad Palace Hotel dining room

Gstaad Palace is one of the most famous resort hotels in Switzerland

The Swiss Alps form a fantastic backdrop against this charming castle. Wonder what it’s like there right now? Then check out the hotel’s own webcam.

Fly to Geneva, Switzerland

Parador de Cardona, Cardona, Spain

Parador de Cardona in Cardona, Spain

Parador de Cardona watches over the charming town of Cardona

Parador de Cardona takes you on a journey back to the Middle Ages.

Parador de Cardona is situated in a beautiful castle overlooking the Catalonian town of Cardona, where centuries old treasures are retained for safekeeping.

The castle dates back to the 9th century and within its walls you’ll also find a church dating back to the 1100s. The castle offers a panoramic view of the town and the river that flows calmly past.

Fly to Barcelona, Spain

Hvedholm Slotshotel (Castle Hotel), Faaborg, Denmark

Hvedholm Castle Hotel in Faaborg

Hvedholm Castle Hotel is a marvellous castle, with charming interiors

Hvedholm Slotshotel offers four-poster beds as the standard in every room and is heated by wood fires. The castle is situated on the outskirts of Faaborg, overlooking the Øhavet archipelago, south of Fyn, and originally dates back to 1587, but was renovated in 1880.

Bedroom at Hvedholm Castle Hotel

Sleep well in a four-poster bed at Hvedholm Castle Hotel

Hvedholm Castle Hotel boasts magnificent halls, stylish rooms and its own wine cellar. Those staying at the hotel can take part in wine tasting events every Saturday.

The easiest way to get to this hotel is to hire a car in Billund.

Fly to Billund, Denmark

Amberley Castle, Amberley, UK

Amberley Castle, Amberley in the UK

Amberley Castle is a unique luxury hotel located in the picturesque village of Amberley

A mere 50-minute drive from Gatwick, you will find the historic gem of Amberley Castle, with its luxurious accommodations within its 900-year-old medieval walls. The beautiful grounds include an 18-hole golf course and no less than two lakes.

Guest room Amberley Castle, UK

Sleep in a guest room steeped in over 900 years of history

The hotel is family-owned and there’s plenty of history in the walls here. The castle offers a wealth of activities for those opting to spend their holidays inside this enchanting castle, or out in the neatly groomed gardens. Afternoon tea is a must, of course.

Fly to London, UK

Hesselby Slott, Vällingby, Sweden

Hesselby Castle, Sweden

Hesselby Slott is Sweden’s Castle of Music – a place full of life, movement and music

At Hesselby Castle the staff promise to do everything they can to ensure that you’re always satisfied. And the way this is done, is via your stomach. Their top restaurant serves classic dishes and creations by innovative chefs.

They’ll keep you happy with music, too, offering excellent musical events in the same rooms where Carl Mikael Bellman gave concerts.

Hesselby Slott room

Sweden’s Castle of music, is situated in Stockholm and is run by passionate music lovers

And naturally enough, they have yet another good card in their hand, having the pleasure of accommodating you in this venerable castle with roots dating back to the Swedish aristocracy of the 1600s.

Fly to Stockholm, Sweden

Lough Eske Castle, Donegal, Ireland

Lough Eske Castle in Donegal

Lough Eske Castle lies in the Irish town Donegal, named the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’ by National Geographic Traveller in 2017

Lough Eske Castle is just short of a three-hour drive from Dublin. However, once you get there, the castle will treat you to five-star, world class, VIP service.

This amazing building is situated near the famous Blue Stack mountains, surrounded by four acres of forest.

Red drawning room in Lough Eske Castle

Exclusive interior in the red drawing room of Lough Eske Castle

The castle’s luxurious rooms are a charming blend of the old and the new.

There’s a spa here, plus a gym and a swimming pool. And should you wish to try your hand at angling, Lough Eske itself is less than a ten minute walk away.

Fly to Dublin, Ireland

Stay in a castle, earn CashPoints

If you book your hotel via Norwegian, you’ll earn 5% CashPoints on your stay, which you can put towards yet another new adventure, while enjoying the exclusive experience of a castle holiday.

Want more hotel inspiration? Check these 11 unique hotels to add to your travel bucket list.


Top travel trends for 2019