Manor Castles


What is a Castle Hotel?

A castle hotel is basically a castle, or castle like structure, that offers overnight accommodation.

What exactly constitutes a castle though has long been open to interpretation. A purist will demand that a castle be primarily a defensive structure, with thick, high walls, turrets, a moat etc.

They should therefore all be from the medieval times, before improved cannon technology began to shatter their core purpose.

Only a very small minority of modern castle hotels are actually these latter types though. Many may be centuries old but their defensive-like structures were mainly ornamental.

The modern understanding of a castle thus has evolved to include both these types of structures, as well as, more recent, 19th century, castle follies. All of which are represented in our lists.

What Do We Do Exactly?
We research, review and choose the best castle stays (plus some similar historical buildings – manor houses etc.) in each of, at present, eleven European countries.

All our chosen properties date back at least 100 years, and they wear their history on their sleeve. Though they generally have modern comforts, facilities and services they also retain much the aesthetic, and atmosphere, of much earlier times….

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