Now that Beauty and the Beast just had its dazzling world premiere, you probably have castles on the brain. The good news is that you can actually make your vacation-in-a-real-life-castle fairytale come to life, even if funds are tighter than a princess' corset.
Vacation rental booking site HomeAway has debuted its Castle Collection in celebration of Disney’s new film, and there are a solid list of 20 to choose from in seven countries around the world.
While prices range significantly — with properties that can house up to 120 guests for the ultimate party vacation — there are several that are in the down-to-earth range... starting at $20 per night per person.
Consider these options, no matter your pedigree:
1. Castle of Lisheen — Ireland
Castle of Lisheen is a restored 19th-century castle located in central Ireland in County Tipperary, so it's an ideal location to access Ireland's historic sites on day trips. Rate: $66 per person, per night
2. Pavillon du Chateau de Tocqueville — France
The Pavillon du Chateau de Tocqueville is the former home to 19th-century French diplomat Alexis de Tocqueville; its five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms overlook the surrounding gardens and lakes. Rate: $68 per person per night
3. California Castle — U.S.
The Piru Castle is north of Los Angeles, on 10 acres nestled between two canyons. It's a historic landmark with room for as many as 20 people. Rate: $25 per person per night
4. Castle Wasserburg — Austria
Castle Wasserburg is a romantic moated castle near Vienna and the Danube landscape of Wachau. Think vineyards, monastery, castles, and small old villages — for idyllic sightseeing. Rate: $100 per person per night
5. Castle Sédaiges — France
Castle Sédaiges dates back to the Middle Ages. Since, it's remained in the same family and has many of its original furnishings — like tapestries by King Louis XVI. (NBD!) Rate: $41 per person per night
6. Washington Castle — U.S.
Located on a 200-acre historic family farm with half-mile private waterfront beach, this Washington castle is meant to evoke total storybook fantasy: spiral staircase, stained glass, antique decor. The Gate Keepers Castle has five full-size bedrooms. The main floor has a fully equipped restaurant-style kitchen for partying with your crew on a serious budget. Rate: $20 per person per night
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