Historic castle in Cumbria, England
This Airbnb was built as a Victorian man’s vanity project in 1841 and sits on 15 acres of land. You can book a room or two for your family, or even rent out the entire castle for up to 30 adults and ten kids. Gorgeous as the outside is, the interior will make you feel equally royal, with four-poster beds, clawfoot baths, and cozy fireplaces. Make sure to hunt for the secret garden, too! But before you book, make sure you aren’t making these common vacation rental mistakes.
Melville Castle in Midlothian, Scotland
You’d never guess you could find a rent-able castle just 20 minutes away from Edinburgh, Scotland. This stunning palace was designed in 1791 as a space for Mary, Queen of Scots’ major parties. Because it’s surrounded by woodland and sits by the North Esk River, the queen also used it as a place to stay when hunting. You won’t need to deal with a lack of amenities, though; the insides are completely modern. Want something a little more thrilling? Don’t miss these haunted places for rent on Airbnb.
Suite St. Augustin in Burnand, France
Built in the 17th century, this Burgundy castle has housed nobles, monks, artists, and more over the years—and now you can add yourself to the list. If you happen to get tired of strolling more than 2,200 acres of woods, explore the narrow streets of nearby St. Gengoux-le-National, a medieval town with markets, horse riding tours, and more. Check out these other real places that could come from fairy tales.