There is a magic often associated with ancient castles which makes them exciting hotel locations. Spread across the European continent are hundreds of restored castles which have been turned into amazing hotels, garnering a respectable star rating, usually a minimum of 3 stars. Usually set in idyllic secluded location castle hotels make ideal retreat and romantic locations. Italy, Wales and Ireland have some of the most awesome castle hotels in Europe and this article introduces a few of them.
Ireland Castle Durrow
Commanding an impressive 4 stars, Castle Durrow is located in the Midlands of Ireland along the river Erkina. Conveniently located midway between Dublin and Cork, the hotel represents an interesting getaway location close to two of the biggest cities in Ireland. Often described as a gardener’s paradise or a romantic cubbyhole, the Castle Durrow offers its visitors a luxurious stay with its immaculate gardens and spa facilities. To add to that there is always activities on the hotel calender for guests to partake in during the day and topping off the evening in one of the fine dining restaurants.
Italy Palazzo del Capo
Without a doubt one of the most magnificent pieces of middle ages architecture still standing today, and within it are 10 lavishly decorated rooms. Located on the doorstep of the Tyrrhenian Sea Palazzo del Capo offers an intimate destination for anyone looking for history, art and good food. Its proximity to some out of the way tourist attractions in this South West Italy region such as the Island of Dino and Papasidero (an area of archeological importance) makes the Palazzo del Capo a great staging point for excursions to experience the attractions of the surrounding towns and villages of rural Italy. One of the unique and most exciting features of this location is the outside dining area right on the beach with a view of the Tyrrhenian sea, open only in the summer called the “Rotonda”. Come and experience the authentic taste of rural Italy, enjoy good food and wine while taking in all the beautiful landscape and cultural heritage too.
Wales Castell Deudraeth
Joining this list of impressive castles turned into hotels is the Castell Deudraeth in Wales. Lovingly restored to maintain the exterior as it was on at construction in the 19th Century, stepping across the threshold of this imposing building is a whole different story. Located in the coastal village of Portmeirion, Castell Deudraeth brings modern exuberance to the Welsh countryside. Forming one half of the a dynamic and complementary duo (also in the same village is the Hotel Portmeirion), the village has a lot more to offer from a highly rated spa to hidden coves and beaches. The rooms are furnished to a very high standard and guests have the option to dine at the Castell Deudraeth or the sister Hotel Portmeirion. If you are looking for a coastal location for your next holiday then the Castell Deudraeth ticks a quite a few boxes for a luxurious and welcoming holiday stay.
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