Castle Hotels

Britain is blessed with many castles, often in stunning locations, all full of history. Many of these national treasures now offer accommodation, from bed and breakfast to fully fledged hotels… some even offer self catering so you can be your own lord or lady of the manor.

For those of you wondering why England in particular is sadly lacking in castle hotels, this is mainly due to a period of decline they suffered during the 16th and 17th centuries, with many being dealt their final death knell during the English Civil War when Oliver Cromwell used heavy siege artillery on their walls. To view those castles that did survive and have now been converted into hotels, you can view our interactive map below:

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Amberley Castle

Amberley Castle, nr. Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT.

Feel like royalty with a luxurious break in this grand 900 year old castle hotel. With stylish spa bathrooms and a delightfully decadent restaurant, serving an eclectic menu of delectable dishes, this unique hotel offers a scenic spot second to none.

  • 11th Century

Hever Castle Luxury Bed & Breakfast

Astor Wing, Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG.

This stunning, 13th century double-moated castle offers luxury B&B accommodation in the Astor Wing of the property. Access to the castle is included in the rate and the gardens can be privately enjoyed by guests after closing. Free WiFi.

  • 13th Century

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Chateau de l’Ile

Chateau de l'Ile, Ostwald, Alsace, France.

Set on the banks of the Ill River, this authentic 19th-century Château blends traditional Alsatian architecture with modern comforts. Guest rooms are elegant and air conditioned. Free WiFi. Chateau de l’Ile is 10 km from Strasbourg city centre.

  • 19th Century

La Tour Du Lion

La Tour Du Lion, Rochefort-en-Terre, Brittany, France.

Set in a beautiful village and dating from the mid 16th century, La Tour Du Lion offers 5 guest rooms including the Anne de Bretagne room with its four poster bed. Free WiFi in public areas.

  • 16th Century

Castello di Vigoleno

Vigoleno, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

Set atop a hillside within the Stirone Regional Park, this fortified medieval castle boasts 11 elegant en-suite bedrooms, a sun terrace and a restaurant specialising in classic Italian cuisine. Parma is just a 50 minute drive away.

  • 13th Century

Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort

Waterford Castle Hotel, The Island, Waterford, Munster, Ireland.

Home of the FitzGerald family since the Norman invasion of 1170 until more recent times, the hotel and golf resort are uniquely set on a private island on the River Suir. Dating mainly from the 15th century, the castle boasts 19 elegant rooms and suites.

  • 15th Century

Castello Della Castelluccia

Castello Della Castelluccia, La Giustiniana, nr. Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Dating from the 12th century, this former castle was built on the ruins of an ancient Roman villa. Just a short drive north of Rome within the Parco di Veio natural park, the hotel’s beautifully landscaped grounds feature a large outdoor swimming pool.

  • 12th Century

Castello Di Pavone

Castello Di Pavone, Pavone Canavese, nr. Torino, Piedmont, Italy.

Although some of the buildings and structures date from the 800s, the castle itself was built in the 14th century. Now a luxury 4-star hotel, Castello Di Pavone offers classic rooms and an elegant candlelight restaurant with ancient frescos on the walls.

  • 14th Century

Le Chateau d’Etoges

Le Chateau d’Etoges, Étoges, Champagne, France.

Set in a Champagne vineyard, Le Chateau d’Etoges offers stylish guest rooms in the chateau and the orangerie, with private bathrooms and Wi-Fi. In one of its two dining rooms, guests can enjoy regional and traditional gourmet cuisine.

  • 17th Century

Castello Di Monterone

Castello Di Monterone, nr. Perugia, Umbia, Italy.

Built to protect the strategically important Perugia to Rome road, the 13th century Castello Di Monterone stands atop a hill overlooking the green valley below. With 18 luxurious rooms, the hotel’s spa features a sauna, Turkish bath and swimming pool.

  • 13th Century

Lough Rynn Castle

Lough Rynn Castle, Mohill, nr. Sligo, Co Leitrim, Ireland.

Blending traditional elegance with modern comforts and facilities, this luxury castle hotel stands in a secluded setting on the shores of Lough Rynn. Built close to the site of an earlier medieval castle, the current property dates from the early 1800s.

  • 19th Century

Castello Di Meleto

Castello Di Meleto, Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy.

Originally home to Benedictine monks, the castle was first recorded in 1269. Enhanced and extended over the centuries, much of the imposing fortifications date from the 15th century. Now featuring 30 elegant rooms and apartments, with 2 swimming pools.

  • 15th Century