The castle dates back to the 16th century, but has all the modern fixings for a comfortable stay.

By Jessica Poitevien
January 29, 2021
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Exterior landscape view of 500 year old Scottish castle
Credit: Courtesy of Love Home Swap

So, you've binge-watched all eight episodes of Bridgerton and don't know what to do with yourself until the next season arrives. You're suddenly craving afternoon tea, dreaming of living in a castle, and hope to find your own Daphne or Duke of Hastings. You're not alone. While not much can be done about that latter desire, the house exchange platform Love Home Swap can help you book a vacation at Whistledown-worthy castles all over the U.K.

Inspired by the movie "The Holiday," Love Home Swap is a member's-only home-swapping platform with thousands of abodes — from city studios to rural chateaus — in more than 110 countries around the world.

Now, for travelers wanting to live out their Bridgerton-inspired dreams, the owners (and Love Home Swap members) of Duchray Castle are looking to do a house swap once lockdown is over. Dating back to the 16th century, Duchray Castle is a 500-year-old tower house tucked away in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. The castle even has a royal connection, as many believe it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for the kings of Scotland.

Exterior entrance of 500 year old Scottish castle
Credit: Courtesy of Love Home Swap

Despite its age, this property has undergone a complete renovation to bring it into the 21st century. Duchray Castle now consists of four bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, a formal lounge, a separate TV room, and a stone-vaulted dining room.

500 year old Scottish Castle bedroom
Credit: Courtesy of Love Home Swap

So, pull the carriages around and get ready for your very own adventure in the U.K. You'll just have to join Love Home Swap first. Members of the platform can choose from a classic exchange, where they can swap houses with someone else, either at the same time or on different dates, or opt for a non-simultaneous points swap, allowing them to travel without having to match their plans with another member.

To check out Duchray Castle and other homes like it, head to Love Home Swap's official website.

Jessica Poitevien is a Travel Leisure contributor currently based in South Florida, but always on the lookout for the next adventure. Besides traveling, she loves baking, talking to strangers, and taking long walks on the beach. Follow her adventures on Instagram.