Airbnb continues to excite travellers in their quest for the perfect accommodation. With scores of rentals across the globe, kipping on someone’s sofa or crashing in the spare room is no longer the only option available to weary travellers. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to live like a Lord or Lady, you can fulfil your fantasy in one of these five enchanting castles on Airbnb.
Talabgaon Castle, Dausa, Rajasthan, India
Tucked away along India’s Golden Triangle circuit, this beautifully restored Rajput fort tempts travellers off the beaten track into a resort not far from Jaipur and Ranthambore. Built in 1818, to house ruler Thakur Vijay Singh Ji Rathore, today travellers are welcomed by his descendants. Dreamy all-white hues, intricate carvings and spacious rooms create a real maharaja-living experience.
24 bedrooms from £84 per room per night
Domus Civita, Civita di Bagnoregio, Lazio, Italy
Established by the Etruscans, and surviving war, famine and vicious erosion, the town of Civita di Bagnoregio has eluded many a traveller thanks to its precarious location. This astounding, medieval enclave is set high atop a volcanic plateau, soaring over the Tiber river valley in Italy. A fairytale entrance indeed, visitors must travel up the footbridge, passing through an ornate, Etruscan gateway. The luxurious Domus Civita (pictured in featured image) property carves itself from the rock on the edge of the town, overlooking the valley and providing an enchanting array of mod cons, including an impressively cavernous wine cellar.
Whole property from £295 per night, sleeps 8
Augill Castle, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England
Founded in 1841 as a whimsical Victorian escape, this handsome Cumbrian castle is a restored landmark of northern England’s Eden Valley. It operates as a quintessentially English hotel and venue, boasting four-poster beds and rooms full of antiques. Surrounded by spectacular views overflowing from the lustrous Northern Pennines, Augill Castle also offers guests plenty of exciting opportunities to take a turn…or two, around the surrounding Yorkshire Dales or Lake District.
15 bedrooms from £95 per room per night
Le Manoir Equivocal, Corgoloin, Burgundy, France
Settle into the French wine country in this majestic fifteenth century Burgundian manor. Originally owned by Chancellor Nicolas Rolin, this luxurious hilltop B&B carries vestiges of its former medieval glory, from pink-tinted stone walls, an abundance of delicious grapevines and a characterful pigeon tower. The present owners have a penchant for Chinese philosophy and guests can enjoy an eclectic combination of both cultures. Travellers can explore the nearby cities of Beaune and Nuits-St-George, before delicious respite in this rustic gem.
3 bedrooms from £180 per room per night
Caherkinmonwee Castle, Craughwell, Galway, Ireland
Dating from 1450, Caherkinmonwee Castle evokes a true medieval fantasy. A local stonemason restored the building ten years ago, using limestone, oak beams and local stone. Set over four levels with 3 bedrooms, it stands on three acres of lovely Irish countryside, close to the cobbled streets of Galway City, and a two-hour drive to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Guests will discover a host of original quirks, including a turret, several outhouses and winding staircases, all complemented by cosy furnishings.
3 bedrooms from £90 per room per night