Live Out Your ‘Bridgerton’ Fantasy With These Castles You Can Rent in Real Life
You don't have to be English nobility to rent one of these stunning castles.
If you're not currently watching Bridgerton, what are you doing? The period drama is already the fifth-most watched original series on Netflix, meaning odds are you've seen it. And if you've seen it, you know a few things to be true: Daphne Bridgerton belongs with the Duke, and Shonda Rhimes is a genius.
Oh, and one more thing. If you're watching this show, you're probably dreaming of living in a castle one day too. While we can't help you own your own castle, we can help you rent one for your next vacation. Here's a selection of castle-style VRBOs that will help you live like you're Lady Whistledown, even for a few days.
Castle — Burnet, Texas
You don't need to travel to Europe to find a castle to stay in. Just head to Burnet, Texas. There you'll find a 14,000-square-foot castle for 12 guests, complete with an oversized primary bedroom and bathroom, balconies throughout the home, a game room for play time, and more. Book it starting at $1,979/night.
Castle apartment — Dollar, Scotland
Want the castle vibes without having to rent the entire castle? Head to Dollar, Scotland where you can rent an apartment inside a castle (just like Will and Kate). Two two-bedroom luxury apartments sit inside the converted former Great Hall of Dollarbeg Castle, which was originally built in 1890. The apartment maintains much of the castle's original charm, including its vaulted ceiling and massive windows overlooking the castle grounds. Book it now starting at $183/night.
Lakeside castle — Headford, Ireland
Take your entire family on a castle getaway to Headford, Ireland. There, you can sleep in the seven-bedroom Carraigin Castle, which comes surrounded by seven gorgeous acres of land. Located on the shores of Lough Corrib, guests can take to the water with the castle's boat, or just sit and relax in the oversized living space, warming their bones by the open hearth. Book it now starting at $280/night.
Poolside castle apartment — Gizeux, France
Say bonjour to the vacation of your dreams at the Château de Gizeux. Located in the Loire Valley sits the two-bedroom apartment, called "Contades," right inside the main body of the castle. The fully renovated apartment comes with every amenity one would need for an epic vacation, and it even sits next to the castle's private heated pool, ensuring it's the absolute place to be in France. Book it now starting at $365/night.
Remote castle — La Saucelle, France
For those seeking a kingdom all to themselves book a stay at the remote castle in La Saucelle, France. The seven-bedroom castle can sleep up to 14 members of your royal family (including pets). It comes with a massive chef's kitchen for those who love to cook, as well as its own lake and plentiful ground for exploring. Book it now starting at $268/night.
Orchard castle — Oye, France
France is dotted with gorgeous castles, but perhaps none are as spectacular as the Gite of the Chateau d'Oye. The two-bedroom, two-bath suite can sleep up to eight guests. The fairytale home comes with views of the French countryside, an adorable kitchen and living space, and orchards to explore. Book it now starting at $78/night.
Stacey Leasca is a journalist, photographer, and media professor. Send tips and follow her on Instagram now.