6 Best Castles for Rent in the U.K. | Unique Vacation Ideas

After binge-watching Netflix’s new royal drama, The Crown, you’re probably waiting with bated breath for Season 2’s release date (which many fans expect will be November 2017). To satisfy your royal vacation cravings this summer, book a trip to one of these castle vacation rentals in Europe and re-watch your favorite moments exploring Scotland or Wales.

Knock Old Castle in Largs, Scotland

Castle Vacation Rentals

This 14th-century castle has been fantastically resurrected into a whimsical, fairytale retreat. Situated in a private setting on the Ayrshire Coast, it’s a short walk from the shore and close to the town of Largs. You’ll find charm everywhere, from its quirky doors and interior to the painted ceiling in the keep. There’s a sauna in the tower too, and stunning views over the sea from the glass-domed lookout. The sheep grazing on the wild flower roof will keep your group welcome company.

Hen Wyrch Hall Tower in Abergele, North Wales

Where to stay in North Wales

This romantic castle is fit for a king and queen, with its open fireplace, heavily carved, Elizabethan-style four-poster bed and Victorian-style bathroom. Less than a five minutes’ walk from the North Wales coastline and beach, and a mile from local pubs, restaurants and shops, it’s one of the best places to stay in Wales and is ideally situated for sightseeing. It’s set into the original curtain wall of Gwyrch Castle, overlooking the 500-year old Hen Wyrch Hall, once home to the poet Felicia Hemans.

Craigcaffie Tower near Stranraer, Wigtownshire

Vacation rentals in Europe

Live like a laird in this historic Scottish castle set within delightful gardens. Built in 1570 by the Earl of Carrick, the castle retains its original beauty with a barrel vaulted ceiling in the dining room, ornamental inglenook fireplaces in the bedrooms, original doorways and turnpike stairs with rope handrails. It’s one of the best places to stay in Scotland and is ideal for exploring the unspoiled area of Dumfries and Galloway or taking a trip to the Ayrshire coastline and Ireland.

Preston Tower in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Where to stay in Scotland

Rent an apartment in the Fyvie Castle, a property steeped with over 800 years of history. Inside, elaborate wood paneling, suits of armor and tapestries will make you feel like royalty. This castle vacation rental also boasts an outstanding collection of art and hectares of landscaped parkland. After exploring the castle grounds, Pitmedden Garden is within easy traveling distance, along with the coast, shops and restaurants.

Kinlochmoidart House in Highlands, Scotland

Castles to Rent

Set on over 2,000 acres of estate grounds, this royal mansion steps back into Baronial elegance with its open fireplace and fine billiard room. Designed in 1884, Kinlochmoidart House features an Art Movement interior with tilings, wallpapers, paint work, paneling and many other intricate architectural features that have been restored to their former splendor. The property is located near Loch Moidart, as well as the Ariundle Oakwoods Nature Reserve, Fort William, the Western Isles, Skye and Ardnamurchan.

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