6 Ways To Holiday In European Castles & Chateaus

Have you ever fancied yourself living in a castle? Well, you can do that – just without the fear of roaming bandits and a lack of outdoor plumbing. These are a few affordable castles/chateaus that will give you something special for your vacation, without having to break the bank. This is affordable luxury at a completely new level.

1. Castello Di Magrano, Umbria, Italy

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During the low season, you can get the least expensive rentals in Italy – this means January through May and October through December. Everything about this medieval castle is going to make you feel like royalty. The spiral staircase that leads up to a turreted tower, the original, beamed ceilings, and the period antiques found inside. Not to mention it has been owned by part of the Bonaparte family since 1830.

The historic castle dates back to the 11th century, and the private estate that surrounds it covers more than 1,500 acres. The original castle has been restored and renovated, and is now home to a luxury villa that has nine bathrooms and seven rooms. The views across the Tiber valley are truly spectacular.

2. Chateau de Servigny, Normandy, France

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While it is perfectly understandable that many tourists opt for the coast in France, few seem to remember that the French countryside has a number of amazing options available as wells. The region of Burgundy is not only home to some of the finest wines in France, but it is also quite affordable.

This 17th century chateau is a classified historical monument in Normandy having been the location for the signing of the Treaty of Servigny, the surrender of Cherbourg. Surrounded by open fields and apple orchards, the landscaped gardens comprise more than 17 total acres. The interiors are decorated with furnishings designed by the architect/owner. There are eight bedrooms available, as well as tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, and washer and dryer.

3. Moulin de Boursac, Côte d'Azur, France

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The residence dates back to the 14th century, when it was the main olive mill for the region. There is a stunning parkland garden surrounding the medieval town of Vence. Even though the mill has been transformed into a luxury residence (beautifully furnished and restored) the original workings, millstones, and wheels are still present.

4. Windmill Villas, Santorini, Greece

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Both quaint and quirky, Windmill Villas offers private swimming pools with Jacuzzi jets along with spectacular views of the Aegean Sea. If the weather is clear enough, you can easily see nearby islands such as Ios, Anafi and Amorgos.

Each of the villas here is independent from one another, furnished with a private parking space, private entrance, flower garden, terrace, and private pool. It is possible to have five people in a villa. The ground floor of the villas has small, luminous windows that offer panoramic views of the vineyards and the sea. You can also try the daily breakfast served at your own private area of each villa. A perfect option for honeymooners and families alike.

5. Augill Castle, Kirkby Stephen, United Kingdom

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Located between Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, you can find Augill Castle. This is a traditional luxury Victorian gentlemen's folly, which is now decadently comfortable, informal, and modern. The castle was built in 1841 and it is home to many small corridors and doorways. If you want to explore Northern England, this is an excellent location from which to do so.

6. Castel Porrona, Tuscany, Italy

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You can find a delightful village that dates back to the 11th century deep in the rolling Tuscan hills. Castel Porrona is surrounded by olive groves, sunflower fields, and vineyards. You can get stunning views of the village from each of the 22 rooms, the sweeping landscape, and the castle grounds.

The castle is located inside of the village of Porrona. The castle was named after the village, and it was previously owned by two of Siena’s foremost noble families – the Tolomei and the Piccolomini. The castle is in the heart of the town, and this is one of the most unspoilt, exclusive areas in all of Europe. If you want to experience a night in a castle surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful landscapes gastronomical, artistic, and historical delights, Castel Porrona would make for an excellent option.