Top Three Castles to Stay in around the World
From gothic to fairytale and traditional to contemporary, castles and chateaux might just be the ultimate in self-catering for groups of friends, family gatherings, or big celebrations. Think grandeur, luxury, space and character – what’s not to like?
One of Devon's most iconic properties, set high above Exeter yet close to Dartmoor National Park, the grade II* listed Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle) enjoys a fabulous, secluded location in 5 acres of grounds with stunning panoramic views. The top floor has been converted into a romantic apartment for two, with circular turret rooms and panoramic views from the roof terrace. From £325 for 3 nights
With huge bedrooms and bathrooms, four salons, a private cinema, a billiard room, a 14.5m heated pool in 5 acres of private grounds and a professional kitchen with huge dining hall, Chateau de la Couronne is the ultimate family holiday destination. Fashionable and refined without being pretentious or stuffy, it has won plaudits for its warm welcome, its flexibility, its attention to detail and its quality of service. There is sleeping accommodation for up to 26 in individually designed and furnished bedrooms, and the bathrooms are completely over the top – some with two baths, some utilising the Chateau Turrets.
From £1515 per night for up to 25 people
This beautiful private residence, listed on Spain’s register of historic monuments, is over 1000 years old and offers luxurious accommodation and panoramic views in a delightful countryside setting. Once the home of the Bishop of Barcelona, it has now been lovingly restored and offers the unique experience of a holiday in a castle with a gourmet cook and host but none of the formality. The castle sleeps 14 in 7 individually decorated bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms. On the ground floor there is a barrel vaulted dining room which sits 20 and adjoins the wine cellar.
From £660 per night for 14 people.