With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee fast approaching, now’s the time to get into the spirit of the occasion – with a stay in a castle for a taste of life as a royal.
Britain has a bewildering number of options for spending a few nights amid timeless regal splendour, but help with narrowing the search is at hand thanks to Airbnb, which has unveiled its 10 most wish-listed UK castles.
The list comprises a gem in Cornwall in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, towers in Teignmouth lovingly restored over the past 11 years and a pile in Scotland that left one visitor awestruck.
Amanda Cupples, General Manager for Northern Europe at Airbnb, said: ‘With celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee sweeping across the UK, hosts on Airbnb are opening doors to their homes that suit every traveller’s taste and budget.
‘From castles to shepherds’ huts, incredible and unique spaces on Airbnb are providing guests with inspirational and memorable stays every day. After all, we all deserve to feel like royalty when we’re on holiday, especially this year.’
Scroll down to see the full ranking, with the castles presented here in reverse order and the prices indicating the amount for block-renting the entire Airbnb offering…
NO.10 – Carnell House, Carnell Estates, Ayrshire, Scotland
Reviewer Melissa said after her stay at historic Carnell House: ‘This place is magic. I almost don’t want to write a review because I don’t want anyone to find this gem of an estate. [I want to] keep it for ourselves! [Host] Adrienne is magic. The epitome of grace, laser-focused attention to detail, warm and lovely. She makes the gorgeous and expansive estate feel like a home.’ From £2,464 per night, two-night minimum stay
NO.9 – Pentillie Castle, Saint Mellion, Saltash, Cornwall
This gem has 11 ‘individually styled rooms with spectacular views’ and is located in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the Cornwall and Devon border. There are 55 acres of woodland gardens to explore and a solar-heated swimming pool to take a dip in. From £2,228 per night, two-night minimum stay
No.8 – Kinnettles Mansion, Fife, Scotland
‘Everything about Kinnettles Mansion is impressive, from the grand driveway to the magnificent ballroom,’ wrote reviewer ‘Loiuse’ after a stay last October. The property is located around five minutes from St Andrews and has eight ‘large’ bedrooms. From £900 a night
No. 7 – Yannon Towers, Teignmouth
This Airbnb, ‘lovingly restored over the past 11 years’, is described as a ‘totally unique three-storey section of a grand mansion with large enclosed gardens and amazing views’. From £300 a night
No. 6 – Craster Tower, Alnwick, Northumberland
It’s over to reviewer ‘Andrew’ for a summation of this historic four-bedroom abode: ‘Definitely five-star accommodation and more. Fiona and Michael are delightful hosts of a genuinely historic building that is so spacious and extremely comfortable for all generations. The location is perfect for exploring Northumberland and a perfect oasis to return to.’ From £248 per night
No.5 – Blackcraig Castle, Ballintuim, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
There are two twin rooms available to rent in this ‘romantic’ 19th-century Baronial pile in Perthshire, costing from £145 a night. Reviewer ‘Sarah’ describes the castle as ‘lovely’ and ‘unique’
No.4 – The Tower, Thornton Castle, Aberdeenshire
This castle dates from the 13th century, with two bedrooms in the 16th-century tower wing available for B&B rental. The family use a separate wing of the house and the property has its own breakfast-egg supply chain thanks to the resident chickens and ducks in the garden. From £155 a night
No.3 – Kilmartin Castle, Argyll and Bute
MailOnline Travel is familiar with this property, having stayed there in 2020. The review said: ‘This 16th-century castle – set in one of Scotland’s most historically fascinating areas – is extraordinary.’ From £1,800 per night
No. 2 – Barns Tower, Peebles, Scottish Borders
The runner-up property is described in the Airbnb listing as an ‘authentic medieval mini castle with roaring log fires and all modern comforts’ set ‘in beautiful countryside on the River Tweed’. From £134 a night
No.1 – Dairsie Castle, Fife
Behold the most wish-listed castle in the UK. What do guests make of it? They’re generally bowled over. The 12th-century property scores an average of 4.98 out of five across 64 reviews, with ‘Linda’ summing up the castle as ‘absolutely breathtaking’ and the scenery it sits in as ‘so beautiful’. ‘You’ll be in awe of the castle from the minute you arrive – the best Airbnb we have stayed in,’ she adds. Host Etsuko said: ‘As an Airbnb host, it’s fantastic to see guests enjoying the castle. It’s such a unique, historical building, and it’s wonderful that today it’s still filled with the laughter of families and friends. The listing is situated in the perfect spot for exploring nearby St. Andrews and the surrounding countryside, and we’ve found guests coming back again and again.’ From £1,021 per night