Binge “The Crown” or “The Tudors” then bed down in a castle of your own, without those annoying power struggles, attempts to lop off your head or whiny subjects grumbling about your lavish lifestyle.
Here are 17 castles you can rent in the U.S., some with a moat, private chef, chapel and your own private pub. Several of them have decor in keeping with the theme and include knights in shining armor. Please note that rates fluctuate, so the ones listed here are approximate.
Murphy Castle of Joy
Location: Murphy, North Carolina
Enjoy views of the mountains in Western North Carolina from this 3,500-square-foot castle that is set on 11 acres with trails and sculptures. The castle has two master suites, hot tub, terrace, art gallery and two fireplaces. Kids would love exploring the many rooms and sleeping in the bunk beds in the dungeon. And it even has a moat!
Location: Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Set on 52 acres of private woods, this castle has a three-story turret, two master bedrooms, Jacuzzi, fireplace, tub, stained-glass windows and inviting outdoor fire pit. Eureka Springs is a charming small town in the Ozarks in northwest Arkansas.
Location: Spruce Pine, North Carolina
This amazing castle set on more than 100 acres comes with a private chef who will serve you a three-course gourmet dinner in the Royal Dining Room with breakfast served on the Royal Balcony in the morning. Take in magnificent views from the Great Room that features a Swarovski crystal chandelier.
This castle is perfect for a large group or family, sleeping up to 14 guests. If you’re into food as art, check out the dozens of photos of dishes served by the chef.
Sequim Lavender Castle
Location: Sequim, Washington
Decorated with medieval décor, this castle has a large fireplace in its center. Get into the spirit by dressing up in the prince and princess costumes and playing with the castle toys and games. Stroll through the lavender when it’s in bloom.
Castle in the Forest
Location: Skyforest, California
Don’t get lost as you roam around this 10,000-square-foot castle near Lake Arrowhead in Southern California. The home has seven suites, formal dining room, study, game room and Bavarian-style pub. The living room has a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows for spectacular views.
Location: Covington, Louisiana
We don’t typically write about Airbnbs that have shared spaces as I prefer whole homes to myself. However, I made an exception because guests raved so much about this place so much, calling it a stay-of-a-lifetime and wanting to give it 10 stars out of 5. In addition to a private suite, guests here can enjoy common areas that include a movie room, kitchen and a pool.
Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Formerly a family home, this castle is on 22 acres in the Avila Valley on the California coast, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The beach is four miles away. A popular place for weddings, the castle has two kitchens and a finished attic with floor mattresses reached by a secret bookcase. Remind anyone else of “Young Frankenstein?”
Location: Los Angeles, California
Enjoy views of Hollywood from The Castle on the hill with five bedrooms, fireplace, 80” TV and a fantastic rooftop lounge area with a hot tub overlooking the city. There’s even a knight in shining armor.
Location: Burnet County, Texas
Take in the view from the balcony of this 14,000-square-foot castle set on 113 acres in central Texas that includes a koi pond, waterfall and gazebo with a grill. There is a huge master bedroom, two Jacuzzi tubs, chapel, game room and more than 100 pieces of art. You know you’re in the right place when you see the dragon statue.
The Castle at Lake Livingston Village
Location: Lake Livingston, Texas
This German-inspired castle has two bedrooms and bath. A kitchenette is located in a small guesthouse next door. Enjoy a fire pit and private neighborhood boat dock on Lake Livingston.
Casa de Josefina
Location: Lake Wales, Florida
This stucco castle an hour from Orlando was built in 1923 by a banker from Minneapolis and named after his wife. The large grounds include statues, fountains and a pool.
Lakeview English Tudor
Location: Glenbrook, Nevada
This Tudor-style castle has a gorgeous setting on Lake Tahoe. Enjoy water activities in the warmer months and access to ski resorts in the winter. The home is also close to casinos if gambling is your thing.
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Take a trip to medieval Scotland when you say at this amazing castle surrounded by a nature center but just 10 minutes from downtown Knoxville. It has 500 feet of riverfront, a massive deck, chapel and even has its own pub.
Location: Bolton, New York
This stunner is located on a mountaintop overlooking Lake George with views of the Adirondack mountains. The Great Hall has 21 windows with lake views, fireplace with two wooden hand-carved knights. The large terrace has views for miles. See details on the smaller castle on the left below. The castle was built in 1982 by a man who told his young son he’d build him a castle.
The Castle Cottage
Location: Bolton, New York
The mini castle adjacent to the Highlands Castle also has magnificent views from the home and the private terrace.
The Castle Gatehouse
Located on the same property at The Castle Cottage and Highlands Castle, this home can sleep up to seven guests and is a short walk from the lake.
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