Castles Hotels in Europe
Nowadays, you no longer need to be a special royal blood or a rich feudal lord to live in a castle. Now that many of the former residences of rulers who have sunk into oblivion have been turned into hotels, anyone can feel like a king or queen. The fact that castles become hotels is easily explained: the maintenance of such large-scale buildings requires a lot of money, therefore, states are often ready to transfer them to private hands.
Contrary to popular belief, you can stay at the castle-hotel for very little money. Even in the best hotels in England, where guests are entertained, for example, by falconry, the price per night usually does not exceed $ 150-300. Lower rank hotels offer rooms for $ 100, $ 60, and even $ 40. And Burg Staleck Castle in Germany is completely turned into a hostel. Standing there will cost you only $ 20.
Of all the countries of the Old World, Britain is perhaps the richest in castles. They are silent and, at the same time, eloquent witnesses of the outstanding past of this country. Thanks to the talent of their builders, even having endured more than one siege and constantly exposed to the far from the most pleasant climate of the British Isles, they still continue to amaze visitors with their grandeur. We will name some of them.
Amberley Castle (England, about 120 km from London) was built in the XII century as the residence of the Bishop of Chichester. He is famous for staying in King Charles II after the Battle of Worcester. And in the period from 1588 to 1603, it even belonged to the Queen Elizabeth I of England. During the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell himself besieged his walls. Today, Amberley is one of the most famous castles and hotels in Europe.
Balfour Castle (Scotland) is considered the northernmost castle in the world. It is located on one of the foggy Orkney Islands. From Kirkwall by ferry, it can be reached in 20 minutes.
Waterford Castle (Ireland) is a good choice for those who want to escape from the daily rush. This secluded hotel is located on a large island, washed by the waters of the Suir River.
Enough castles and hotels in continental Europe. It is impossible to list all of them, so we will limit ourselves only to the best.
Gritti Palace in Venice was built specifically for the Doge of Venice Andrea Gritti in 1525. Since then, he has hosted many high-ranking guests: heads of state, royal people, famous writers, musicians, actors and directors. At different times, he was visited by Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway and Greta Garbo.
Burdesiere Castle (France) was built in the 15th century by King Francis I for his favorite Marie Goden. For a long time after that, it served as a traditional residence for the lovers of the French kings. Now this castle, located in the Loire Valley, turned into an elegant, but rather inexpensive hotel. The cost of one night is from 115 euros.
Anholt Castle (Germany) is located about 80 km from Dusseldorf, near the Dutch border. Built back in the XII century, it has been redone by the owners more than once and acquired its present look only a couple of centuries later. In 1968, a hotel was opened in the castle, which amazes guests with a successful combination of tradition and modernity. Ancient interiors are adjacent to all the achievements of modern technology. Near the castle is a beautiful garden.
The traditions of castle architecture in Russia and the former Soviet republics are not as rich as in Europe. In addition, the Russian public is very wary of turning monuments into hotels. It is for these reasons that most castles and hotels in Russia and the countries of the former USSR are just stylizations.
The list of architectural monuments of Russia, which may soon pass into private hands, has already been prepared by the Ministry of Culture. The fate of the Vyborg castle, built in the 13th century on a small island in the Vyborg Bay, is most actively discussed. If the list is accepted by the government, then, probably, real castles-hotels will appear in our country.