Taj Lake Palace - Rajasthan, India
The Taj Lake Palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola is a dream of white marble and mosaic glistening in the moonlight, very reminiscent of the most beautiful tourist cliché in the world; the Taj Mahal. Conceived in romance, the palace was built in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II, 62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar – believed to be descendants of the Sun God.
Set against the backdrop of the majestic Aravalli Mountains on one side of the lake, and lofty palaces on the other, the Taj Lake Palace spreads across a four-acre island – an almost surreal vision in marble. The Royal Butlers descendents of the original palace retainers look after all contemporary comforts.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Fort William, Scotland
Inverlochy Castle Hotel is a 19th-century baronial mansion near Fort William, Scotland. It is located about two miles away from the 13th century Inverlochy Castle, after which it was named. This is a baronial mansion was built in 1863 by James Scarlett, 1st Baron Abinger. Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy during an 1873 visit to Balmoral, remarking "I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot". The house has been used as a hotel since 1969.
Amberley Castle -West Sussex , England
Hidden away for 900 years near the picturesque village of Amberley in the chalk South Downs, Amberley Castle is a magnificent historical treasure that offers a truly unique experience. Through the Portcullis and 60 ft curtain walls you will find beautiful landscaped gardens, fine examples of medieval architecture and an unrivalled atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Amberley Castle offers 19 luxurious hotel bedrooms and suites, many with four-poster beds and all featuring Whirlpool bathrooms. The hotel's facilities include two restaurants, lounge areas, tennis court, croquet lawn, gardens and lakes, 18-hole professional putting course and a stunning thatched-roof tree house complete with rope bridge.
The castle is still completely enclosed by a high curtain wall, which is only flanked by a magnificent twin-tower gatehouse to the south and a kitchen block and a garderode tower with gun loops to the north. Square internal towers stood at the corners, with a small water-gate in the west wall and a Norman postern in the east wall.
Dromoland Castle on Fergus, County Clare, Ireland
Dromoland is a castle, now a luxury hotel with golf course, located near Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare, Ireland.
The present building was completed in 1835.
Walworth Castle, Durham, England
Walworth Castle is a 16th century mansion house, built in the style of a medieval castle and situated at Walworth, near Darlington, County Durham, England
The building has been open in the past on National Heritage weekends. The castle attracts imaginative stories of ghosts, and the hotel business has taken advantage of this in the past at Halloween. The castle restaurant used to have variable reviews, however the restaurant earned a three−star classification from the RAC and AA in 2002. There have been problems with reduction of public transport access to the castle. In 2001 Walworth Castle Hotel became the 100th member to join Darlington and District Business Club. In celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2002, there was a children's fancy dress party at the castle in aid of charity.
Ashford Castle in Galway, Ireland
Geographically the castle is located in Co. Galway on the southern side of the Cong River.
The castle was built in 1228 by the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family, today is an stunning castle hotel.
Today It Is Recognized As A World Class Resort Property In A Private Estate Of 350 Acres. Once The Home Of The Guinness Family Ashford Was The Chosen Location For The Producers And Stars During The Making Of The Epic Film: The Quiet Man.
Château de Saint-Loup - Thouet Valley, France
The Château de Saint-Loup in France has luxurious overnight and weekly accommodations, guided tours and sumptuous entertainment for guests of your large weddings, receptions, seminars and other special occasions.
As a jewel of France's architectural heritage, the castle is a perfect setting for enchanting vacations, weekend outings, romantic honeymoons, marriages and other events.
The keep and the castle are surrounded by an enchanting water-filled moat.
Reszel Castle - Reszel, Poland
The unique and mysterious atmosphere of the old stately castle, Gothic interiors, charming town at the foot of the fortress and beautiful Mazurian landscape – all these create unforgettable aura. That is why Reszel is a favourite haunt of artists, not only from Poland. For many years the castle has been a place of international ventures – exhibitions, meetings, conferences, etc. The first organizer of those cultural activities was Boleslaw Marschall, a sculptor and a long-standing administrator of the castle.
This tradition has been upheld since 2001. Simultaneously we have continued working on adjusting the castle to meet the needs of our guests. Consecutive rooms have continually
been adapted for a hotel, restaurant, café, exhibition and conference halls. All works have been done in accordance with the architectural requirements.
Parador of Alarcon - Cuenca, Spain
This is a very special kind of travel experience, and for those who love the passionate and romantic history of this land - it really can be the trip of a lifetime.
History has it that around 1200 years ago, a prince of the Visigoths discovered this site while out hunting. A rugged and rocky hill nearly surrounded by water - he thought it a perfect place to build a fortress. His father, King Alaric, did build a castle here - and it still bears his name.
Walls set with turrets surround the castle and the small town of Alarcon. One of these towers (called a coracha) is right down on the river Jucar. It was from under this one that the townspeople could obtain water during a siege.
The castle was controlled by the Moors for hundreds of years. In 1184, after a long unsuccessful siege, a brave knight climbed the walls one night by using two daggers to wedge between the slits in the stone. He got over and opened the doors from within allowing King Alfonso VIII and his forces in to recapture the castle for the Christian reconquest.
The castle Parador of Alarcon is the kind castle lovers dream of. It looks and feels like a castle, and one can literally sense the history of the place as a palpable presence.