These are the most booked castle hotels in Europe

Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored
Tue January 23, 2018

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  • has rounded out the most booked castle hotels in Europe.
  • Topping the list includes stays in the Irish countryside and French châteaux.

You don't have to be royalty to stay in a hotel fit for a king or queen. There are castle hotels around the world that offer the old world ambience that can make your vacation unique, while also delivering on all the perks you'd expect in a luxury modern accommodation.

So if you're looking to change things up on your next vacation and live a bit more regally, consider booking into one of the many castle hotels in Europe.

To help get your search started, we spoke to the folks at, who rounded up their most booked castle locations across Europe. From sprawling estates in France to quaint Polish castles perfect for backpackers, scroll ahead to see where travelers are flocking to stay.

But fair warning -- these are so tempting, you may be booking your next vacation very soon.

Note: The price below reflects the retailer's listed price at time of publication.

Hindsgavl Slot, Denmark (rooms starting at $85/night; Customer Rating: 4.5/5

This waterfront property overlooks the Fænø Sound and Little Belt Strait in Middelfart, Denmark. Close enough to the town center, but far enough out to feel like you're in the countryside, Hindsgavl Slot allows you to experience both city and country life. Go for a hike, visit the picturesque waterfront (where you can enjoy whale watching during certain months), take a journey into the town of Fredericia for some shopping, or visit the CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art.

Schlosshotel Fürstlich Drehna, Germany (rooms starting at $67/night; Customer Rating: 4.2/5

Attention hikers: This former 13th-century castle is in the middle of the Spreewald forest, an ideal spot for guests to roam the Brandenburg countryside. And after you're done being one with nature for the day, you can head back to the Schlosshotel's indoor pool or sauna to wind down. Not a bad way to spend a vacation at all, if you ask us.

Schloss Thurnau, Germany (rooms starting at $85/night; Customer Rating: 4.6/5

Much like Schlosshotel Fürstlich Drehna, the Schloss Thurnau is a 13th-century castle. The Schloss Thurnau is situated on the outskirts of Franconian Switzerland (a popular tourist region in Bavaria -- not in Switzerland, despite the name) and describes itself as one of the largest castle complexes in Franconia. On the grounds, you'll find architectural elements that span Franconian art history, making it the perfect locale for historians and art enthusiasts. Additional amenities include a golf course and a landscaped garden.

Zamek Czocha, Poland (starting at $21/night; Customer Rating: 4.3/5

Situated next to Lake Leśniańskie, Zamek Czocha is a castle hotel that's both idyllic and affordable on a backpacker's budget. Guests can enjoy guided tours of the 13th-century castle, snack on Polish specialties at the hotel's restaurant or enjoy a local chamber music concert, all for as little as $17 a night.

Wilton Castle, Ireland (starting at $179/night; Customer Rating: 4.9/5

Wilton Castle's nearly perfect customer satisfaction rating speaks for itself. The property was built in 1247 and is located in Wexford, Ireland, near the southeast coast. While the estate itself remains rustic, the interior decoration of the rooms is wholly modern. It's the perfect mix of new and old.

Teleborgs Slot, Sweden (starting at $105/night; Customer Rating: 4.8/5

Teleborg castle sits next to the heart of the Linnaeus University campus in Vaxjo, Sweden. The castle was originally commissioned by Count Fredrik Bonde of Björnö to give to his bride, Anna Koskull, as a wedding gift in 1990. Guests can enjoy free guided tours of the castle and explore the local countryside around Lake Trummen.

Château la Fleunie, France (starting at $100/night; Customer Rating: 4.4/5

If you're looking for an excursion from Bordeaux, travel about two hours east by car and you'll find Château la Fleunie in the Condat-sur-Vézère area. The hotel sits on a 260-acre estate that features a swimming pool, two tennis courts, a wildlife park, two bars and a restaurant, all sprawled across the stunning Dordogne countryside.

Castello di Mugnana, Italy (starting at $73/night; Customer Rating: 4.8/5

If your ideal holiday includes staying in a quaint Chianti castle near the Museo Vino (Wine Museum), taking leisurely dips in a stunning outdoor pool, and enjoying Italian delicacies, look no further than Castello di Mugnana. The historic estate features just seven guest rooms for a private, low-key experience in the middle of the Tuscan countryside.

Château de Bourdeau, France (starting at $133/night; Customer Rating: 4.9/5

Château de Bourdeau is proof you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. On the outside, you'll find a castle built in the 11th century next to scenic Lake Bourget, which has been referenced by the likes of philosopher Michel de Montaigne, author George Sand and even Queen Victoria, who gushed about the view in her personal diary But once you step inside, you'll find a quirky interior, featuring abstract murals and bold color schemes. It makes staying in a historical site much more interesting.

Château des Tesnières, France (starting at $133/night; Customer Rating: 4.6/5

If you imagine a castle in the French countryside, most likely the architecture of Château des Tesnières -- think Renaissance Chateauesque style -- is what comes to mind.. The property,only 10 minutes from the medieval town of Vitre, is the perfect luxury escape from the cities of Brittany. You can wander the 15-acre estate, golf on the nearby grounds of Rochers-Sevigne Castle, and when the weather is nice, even take a hot air balloon ride on the premises.

Château de la Pommeraye, France (starting at $156/night; Customer Rating: 5/5

Tucked away in Normandy is Château de la Pommeraye, a boutique bed and breakfast inside a historic castle that has received high praise from guests around the world. Highlights include breakfast in the 19th-century lounge with antique furniture and relaxation in the picturesque library area. From the B&B it's fairly easy to drive to the D-Day landing beaches or the seaside resort of Cabourg.