Castle hotels, the hotels with magical and dreamy touch are the hotels built in old castles after some beautiful refurbishment. These hotels maintain the beauty of the old castles and provide the visitors with a luxurious and comfortable stay. They take the guests to the old era of passion, love, beauty and charm of the historic days of kings, queens and lords. They are most built in country side surrounded by lakes and mountains, making them the perfect place for a romantic and passionate holiday. It seems that these hotels have grown out of the fairytale books.
10. Inverlochy Castle Hotel – Fort William, Scotland
Inverlochy Castle Hotel
Inverlochy Castle Hotel – Bedroom
Inverlochy Castle Hotel is a 19th-century mansion near Fort William, Scotland. It was built in 1863 by James Scarlett, 1st Baron Abinger. Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy during an 1873 visit to Balmoral, remarking “I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot.” The house has been used as a hotel since 1969. It was declared as the “best hotel in Europe” by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2006.
9. Mansfield Castle Hotel – Royal Burgh of Tain, Scotland
Mansfield Castle Hotel
Mansfield Castle Hotel – Bedroom
This Victorian style hotel is spread on 3.5 acres of picturesque countryside, with award winning cuisine and magnificent oak and pine paneling and ornate plaster ceilings. Standing gracefully in the heart of the highlands of Scotland, the hotel is easily accessible by being just one hour from Inverness airport. The lands on which Mansfield Castle stands dates back to 10th November 1772. It was passed to George Murray, Merchant, of Tain on 6th October 1801 and from then on became known as Mansfield. The hotel is an excellent choice for people of fine taste who find pleasure in countryside and enjoy old art and architecture. Mansfield House Hotel is a luxury country house hotel, rated 4 star by the Scottish Tourist Board. The house, built in the 1870s and substantially extended in 1902 by the then Provost of Tain.
8. Abbeyglen Castle Hotel – Connemara, Ireland
Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
Built in 1932, The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is owned and run by two generations of the Hughes family. It is set in beautiful gardens in the heart of Connemara, 50 miles west of Galway City. The hotel is renowned for it’s luxurious accommodation and matchless cuisine. Abbeyglen has 45 superior rooms with comfortable four poster beds made for kings. The hotel gives the touch of the historic days and at the same time provides it’s guests with all modern day facilities. The peace and tranquility of the area makes the place all the more special. This is a 4 star hotel having won AA Courtesy and Care Award 2002 and two AA Rosettes for Food. It is also a member of Manor House Hotels.
7. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel – Cashel, Ireland
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel – Cashel
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel – Room
The elegant and beautiful Ballynahinch Castle is set in a private 450 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara Co. Galway. The hotel has a beautiful background of the 12 Mounatin range. This luxurious 4 star castle hotel is famous for it’s graceful exterior, elegant and well kept interior and breathtakingly charming view of the mountain range and the surroundings. It has excellent cuisine and is known for serving fresh locally produced salmon fish. For booking, please visit the website.
6. The Bussaco Palace Hotel – Portugal
The Bussaco Palace Hotel
Standing proudly in the mountain range of Serra do Bussaco, in the municipality of Mealhada, in central Portugal is the beautiful Palace Hotel of Bussaco also known as The Bussaco Palace Hotel. It was built between 1888 and 1907 for the last Kings of Portugal. The first architect of this legendary palace was Italian Luigi Manini, who designed a Romantic palace in Neo-Manueline style, evoking the 16th-century architectural style. The Bussaco Palace is inspired in iconic Manueline buildings like the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower, both located in Lisbon. History says that the area around the Buçaco Palace was part of a Discalced Carmelite convent established in 1628. The monks not only built a convent but also created a luxurious garden with many species of trees. The garden represented Earthly Paradise. The hotel is the perfect place for art lovers and love buds.