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5 Castle Hotels of Europe

A great number of castles can be found across the British Isles. All of which were covered with mystery and stories of love and romance. Some of these castles are now lovingly restored into wonderful lodgings so that travelers could get a taste of royalty by staying in one once they visit.

A great number of castles can be found across the British Isles. All of which were covered with mystery and stories of love and romance. Some of these castles are now lovingly restored into wonderful lodgings so that travelers could get a taste of royalty by staying in one once they visit.

The British Isle is home to many magnificent castles. The Inverlochy Castle, Amberley Castle, Dromoland Castle, Ashford Castle and Thornbury Castle are among the most famous ones. The designs of these castles are from Gregorian to neo-gothic Victorian. They are timeless relics of a proud heritage who continue to attract history lovers and romantics from around the world.

Some of the other castles now lie in ruins, and others like those mentioned, were restored and made into luxurious hotels where travelers can experience living like a king or queen.

The Inverlochy Castle of Scotland

The Inverlochy Castle was built in 1270 and was finished in 1280. In 1505, the partially ruined castle was granted to George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly, who was given the task of repairing it for the use of King James IV as a Royal garrison. In 1645, the castle served as a stopping-off point for the royalist army of James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose during his campaign against the Covenanter forces of the Marquess of Argyll. In the 19th century, 1969 to be exact, the estate was bought by James Scarlett, 1st Baron Abinger, who built a Scottish baronial style mansion to the north-west, which is now the Inverlochy Castle Hotel.

It is a multi-awarded luxurious hotel and restaurant in Fort Williams, Scotland set in the stunning highlands of Scotland at the foot of UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Each of the 17 bedrooms in this castle hotel has their own individual design and character, along with splendid views of the grounds and surrounding mountains.

Guests can dine in like a visiting royalty in one of the three dining rooms elaborately decorated, with furniture owned by the king of Norway. There are many various activities and attractions to enjoy both at the hotel and close by.

Images are from Google Images

The Amberley Castle of West Sussex, England

It was erected as a 12th century manor house and fortified in 1377, then was used as a hunting lodge in the 12th century for the Bishop of Chichester. It has a stonework enclosure with high curtain walls, towers, a hall and a gateway. It was now modified and turned in to a luxurious hotel. It has 19 luxurious rooms and suites that are furnished with antiques and fine fabrics, and all have en-suite whirlpool baths. The excellent service includes little touches in the room like fresh fruit and homemade biscuits.

The most romantic spot in the castle is the enchanting rose gardens where, if with a lover, would make you feel like Romeo and Juliet with all the sweet smelling and beautiful roses around you. It’s a perfect place for a wedding proposal.

Images are from Google Images

The Dromoland Castle of County Clare, Ireland

In 1551 the Dromoland Castle was granted to Murrough O’ Brien the first Earl of Thomond . He gave it to his son Donough but later on was hanged for accusations of rebellion. The government forfeited his properties for the Queen. Later on, various O’ Briens attempted to re-possess Dromoland and the ownership was passed down to their clan.

It was made into a hotel in 1962. This Irish 5 star luxury Castle Hotel has its own Championship Golf Course (18-hole par 72 golf courses), and a glistening lake which commands the panoramic beauty of the surrounds. It has the atmosphere of a plush private club with stately halls, open fires, family portraits and mahogany. It has a spa that is a contemporary oasis of calm within the castle walls and six luxury treatment rooms and an outdoor gazebo-covered hydro spa.

Blending Old-World elegance with contemporary luxuries, guests can relax and enjoy an exquisite selection of gourmet fine dining and delicious wines or enjoy a good book beside a crackling evening fire.

Images from Google Images

The Ashford Castle of County Mayo, Ireland

The castle was built in 1228 by the de Burgo family following their defeat of the O'Connors. After more than three and a half centuries under the de Burgos, whose surname became Burke or Bourke, Ashford was passed into the hands of a new master, following a fierce battle between the forces of the de Burgo's and those of the English official Sir Richard Bingham, Lord President of Connaught, when a truce was agreed. In 1589, the castle fell to Bingham, who added a fortified enclave within its precincts. In 1715, the estate of Ashford was established by the Browne Family (Baron Oranmore), and a lodge in the style of a 17th-century French chateau was added to the medieval splendor of the castle.

It was opened as a hotel in 1939. From the magnificent exterior, one enters a richly decorated interior that speaks of centuries of care and love of fine craftsmanship. Guest rooms are individually and stylishly designed with marble bathrooms, elegant fabrics and stately furnishings.

They also have an award-winning gourmet in the Connaught Room and George V Restaurants. One can enjoy an afternoon tea in the Drawing Room or pre-dinner drinks in the Prince of Wales Cocktail Lounge. The castle has a 9 hole private course, an equestrian center and guests can also enjoy fishing the great lake and rivers on the estate.

It is where actor Pierce Brosnan married Keely Shaye Smith in a traditional Irish reception.

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The Thornbury Castle of South Gloucestershire, England

It is not a true castle (designed to serve as a fortress), but rather an early example of a Tudor country house, with minimal defensive attributes. This was a manor house in 930. In 1521, on the orders of Henry VIII the Castle was confiscated. He stayed at the Castle for ten days in 1535 with his queen, Anne Boleyn. Following the English Civil War, the castle fell into disrepair, but was renovated in 1824 by the Howard Family.

This is the only Tudor castle in England to operate as a hotel and has the oldest Tudor gardens in England. Guests will enjoy a regal night's sleep in the Duke's Bedchamber where King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn slept or choose the Gloucester Bedchamber and wake up to a view of the oldest Tudor gardens in England - the Privy Garden and Goodly Garden. The menu offers delicious modern internationally-inspired British cuisine. Croquet, archery, clay pigeon shooting and falconry are available on the castle grounds while other activities can be arranged nearby.

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The castle hotels give both fine examples of medieval architecture and an unrivalled atmosphere of peace and tranquility, but with a mix of some of today’s modern conveniences like TV, broadband connectivity, and Jacuzzi bathrooms. They are also equipped with great hotel facilities like restaurants, lounge areas, tennis court, croquet lawn, gardens and lakes, and a golf course.

These castles are surely the perfect fairytale escapades when visiting the British Isles. It’s like stepping back in time, yet all the modern day luxuries are always available.

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Comments (16)

Welcome, AJ. Very nice share.

Great travel to different great castles, many thanks Alma.

A great comeback article. Well written, Alma.

Nice to see you back Alma.

Very nice article. V'd, T'd, Dugg, SU'd

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Thanks to all who voted and left a comment on this article. Thanks to all who welcomed me back... actually I never left, I was just busy with my studies. I'll go publish more if I find time. Again thank you! ^_^

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Would love to stay at any of these castle hotels!

Very enjoyable article and beautiful pictures. I would so live in a castle!

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Interesting article with good info about these 5 castles.

Nice idea Alma, castle hotels with beautiful interiors. I am out of votes but will tweet and vote tomorrow. Hope your doing well at college and enjoying it.

Good to see your new articles AJ!

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A wonderful article and so beautifully illustrated. Welcome back here, Alma.

Any of these would be amazing to stay in! They all look very lovely and interesting. Thanks. : )

These are great! Excellent article.

You must be feeling like a royalty in such hotels.