Second maybe to a treehouse hotel, it’s hard to imagine a more exciting place to spend the night than in a castle ⏤ for kids as much as for adults. Who wouldn’t want to be a knight for a night? And while sleeping in a medieval castle usually requires a flight to Europe (and/or some creative handiwork with a cardboard box), thanks to rental and resort sites like Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway, it’s as easy as booking a hotel room ⏤ except, of course, it includes a drawbridge.
Admittedly, most castle rentals in the United States are simply houses built to resemble castles (obviously), but they’re still fun to stay in and certain to spark the kids’ imagination. Not only that, but most are equipped with all the amenities of a modern luxury rental and are absolutely huge, accommodating big groups for a festive family getaway back to the middle ages. With that in mind, here are five of the coolest castles families can rent for their next getaway.
Gothic Castle With 500-Acre Estate
Rindge, New Hampshire
Accommodations: Sleeps 22 guests, eight bedrooms
Rate per night: $1,500
Gothic arches. Check. Secret stairways. Check. 500 acres of land for guests to roam and serfs to farm. It’s got that too. This luxurious, 11,000-square-foot castle on a hill in New Hampshire is built for big groups and comes equipped with a hot tub, giant pool, and even a bar built into the downstairs game room ⏤ and not a small wet bar, like, a full tavern.
The Castle Cottage Overlooking Lake George
Bolton, New York
Accommodations: Sleeps six guests, two bedrooms, three beds
Rate per night: $495
It may not be the North Mountain or the fjords of Arendelle, but the panoramic views of Lake George and the Adirondacks offered from this gated New York castle cottage are equally as stunning. It accommodates a family of six, is guarded by a giant lion statue, a sits adjacent to the entirely separate Highlands castle. The only catch, the owners restrict kids under the age of 9-years-old.
Accommodations: Sleeps 21 guests, five bedrooms
Rate per night: $893
Dating all the way back to the late middles ages of 2004, this modern castle for 21 boasts five wood-burning fireplaces, a game room with a pool table, and even a private observatory. It’s also located on a 40-acre forested estate complete with a pond, beach, and pontoon boat.
The Idaho Castle
Accommodations: Sleeps 16 guests, five bedrooms
Rate per night: $350
Overlooking beautiful Lake Pend Oreille in the tiny town of Hope, Idaho, this 6,300-square-foot castle/house on VRBO sits on the side of a mountain (its three striking spires jutting out through the trees) and features an extended front patio, bunk beds for the kids, and a pool table.
Castle In the Woods
Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Accommodations: Sleeps eight guests, three bedrooms
Rate per night: $91
Hidden in a forest on Tubbs Mountain outside of the South Carolina town of Travelers Rest (about 25 minutes from Greenville), this three-bedroom stone house accommodates eight guests and includes a turret (yes, a turret), wood-burning fireplace, and a library that looks straight out of Hogwarts. The only issue, the host still lives there so you don’t get the run of the castle.