From picturesque ruins perched high on craggy cliffs to majestic castles set on the shores of some iconic lochs, the fascinating medieval structures of Scotland evoke not only the country’s stormy past, but also its beauty and romance, its spirit and unique identity.
Chateau Le Cagnard - Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
Situated in Haute-de-Cagnes, a hilltop medieval village in the heart of French Riviera, the recently refurbished Le Cagnard welcomes its guests in 26 charming rooms and suites, all beautifully decorated with period furniture, original artwork and exquisite bathrooms. Each unit has been named after a famous artist, and individually designed to make your stay welcoming, luxurious and unique. The chateau’s restaurant offers the chance to discover the flavors of Provence in a spectacular setting overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Clontarf Castle - Dublin, Ireland
There’s no better way to experience the culture and history of Dublin than to stay in one of its charming castle hotels. One of the finest is Clontarf Castle Hotel, a luxurious, boutique-style property tucked away in a quaint coastal suburb of Dublin. Besides being a remarkable wedding venue, the hotel offers world-class conference facilities, exceptional dining options and exquisite accommodation in 111 elegantly decorated guest rooms. And it’s not only the historic setting that makes you feel like a royalty here, but also the warm Irish hospitality and the lavish interiors that recall all the charm and prestige of a bygone era.
Castello di Spaltenna - Gaiole in Chianti, Italy
There’s nothing more quintessentially Tuscan than staying in a historic castle surrounded by picturesque vineyards, and the astonishing Castello di Spaltenna offers just that and so much more. One of Chianti’s most sought-after addresses, this hotel is actually a charming medieval complex whose rooms and suites lie in the old hamlet’s church, castle and ancient houses. Simple and elegant, the interior design mixes rustic charm with modern amenities, ensuring guests a welcoming and traditional atmosphere with a chic contemporary twist. Additional features include two delightful swimming pools (indoor and open-air), a tennis court and an excellent Italian restaurant with its own wine cellar.
Le Chateau Marteret - Biran, France
Idyllically located in the foothills of the Pyrenees amidst the unspoilt landscapes of Gascony, the charming Chateau Le Marteret offers a tasteful mix of original decorations by contemporary architects and illustrious artists such as Gaudi, Spencer Fung or Eriko Horiki. Most alluring amenities include the enchanting designer bedrooms with rustic appeal, the atmospheric lounge and the beautifully decorated kitchen, all of them featuring the very best of old and new.
Snow Castle - Kemi, Finland
Every year, amazing ice architecture and gorgeous light effects set up quite a scene in the heart of Kemi, Finland. Named the world’s biggest snow fort, The SnowCastle of Kemi boasts many attractions, including the SnowRestaurant, the SnowChapel, a cool ice bar, an art gallery and the delightful SnowHotel with its spectacular rooms and suites made out of snow and ice.
Adare Manor - Adare, Ireland
Located in a picturesque village in Ireland, Adare Manor is a luxury five-star hotel surrounded by medieval ruins. Offering unique castle accommodation in Ireland and with an unsurpassed level of service, this fairy tale manor house awaits you for a unique experience.