Fancy spending the Aussie winter in a European castle? Look no further.
1. Historic castle in Cumbria, England
This Airbnb was built as a Victorian man’s vanity project in 1841 and sits on 15 acres of land.
You can book a room or two for your family, or even rent out the entire castle for up to 30 adults and ten kids.
Gorgeous as the outside is, the interior will make you feel equally royal, with four-poster beds, clawfoot baths, and cozy fireplaces.
Make sure to hunt for the secret garden, too!
2. Melville Castle in Midlothian, Scotland
You’d never guess you could find a rent-able castle just 20 minutes away from Edinburgh, Scotland.
This stunning palace was designed in 1791 as a space for Mary Queen of Scots’ major parties.
Because it’s surrounded by woodland and sits by the North Esk River, the queen also used it as a place to stay when hunting.
You won’t need to deal with lack of amenities, though; the insides are completely modern.
3. Suite St. Augustin in Burnand, France
Built in the 17th century, this Burgundy castle has housed nobles, monks, artists, and more over the years – and now you can add yourself to the list.
If you happen to get tired of strolling more than 2,200 acres of woods, explore the narrow streets of nearby St. Gengoux-le-National, a medieval town with markets, horse riding tours, and more.
4. Chateau Bordeaux in Saint-Sulpice-et-Cameyrac, France
For a real retreat, this Airbnb chateau in southwest France is your place.
Despite its medieval exterior, the rooms inside are contemporary, and you’ll love the amenities. A
long with the eight bedrooms, there’s an entertainment room complete with a pool table and bar – or you can always tap into your love of wine at one of the nearby vineyards.
Plus, an outdoor pool, grilling space, and hammock let you relax without staying cooped up inside.
5. Lickleyhead Castle in Insch, Scotland
Nestled near a Scottish village, this secluded castle gives you the privacy you need for a major get-together with 14 guests.
Sure, there’s the original medieval fireplace, towering trees, and a stream flowing by, but you’ll want to explore further out, too.
Within a 30-mile radius of the castle, you can climb the iconic Bennachie hill (and take a peek at the Iron Age fort at the top), explore other castles, and visit distilleries on a whisky tour.
6. Castle of Badia in Poggibonsi, Italy
Wine lovers, rejoice! This Tuscan castle just might be your perfect getaway in wine country.
The castle was originally built before the year 1000, when it was used as a monastery.
It was destroyed in the 15th century but rebuilt in 1886, and it holds on to its medieval history – aside from one cool quirk.
Step across the cloister and you’ll have access to a picturesque pool.
7. Illieston Castle in Newbridge, Scotland
This family home is a mere 10 minutes from Edinburgh Airport, though it feels totally secluded.
Illieston Castle was built as a royal hunting seat used by kings James II and James IV in the 15th and 16th centuries, though it was restored in the mid-1850s.
Explore the riverside valley and you’re sure to spot deer, herons, badgers, foxes, and more wildlife.
But no one would blame you if you’d rather stick with badminton, croquet, a trampoline, and other outdoor sports the Airbnb host has on hand.
8. Chateau Třebešice in Třebešice, Czech Republic
There’s something for everyone in this Czech Rennaisance chateau, from flowering gardens to a home farm to historic buildings.
Just three miles away, stop by the Bohemian city Kutná Hora to tour the semi-morbid Sedlec Ossuary (a church decorated with human skeletons), a chocolate museum, gothic architecture, and more.