7 Must-Visit Castles Around the World

In honour of 2017’s Beauty and the Beast and lovers of the beloved French fairytale, booking.com has rounded up a list of luxurious hotels that would even make Belle jealous.

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Hostellerie du Château in France
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Hostellerie du Château des Fines Roches in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France

Located near the charming towns of the Provence region, the Hostellerie du Château des Fines Roches is your new home away from home. Opening onto beautiful vineyards, you can enjoy a peaceful stay and enjoy the gourmet restaurant, terrace with a panoramic view of the historic French setting, and of course, the wine!

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Inverlochy Castle in Scotland
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Inverlochy Castle Hotel in Fort William, Scotland

Are you a fan of striking Scottish Highland scenery? Then you’ll love the Inverlochy Castle Hotel, widely regarded as one of the country’s finest luxury hotels and restaurants. Its building dates back to the 19th century, and its Fort William setting is perfect for lovers of country scenery and mountains.

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Chateau d'Augerville in France
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Château d’Augerville in Loiret, France

Situated in the stunning French countryside of Augerville-la-Rivière, the four-star Château d’Augerville offers a peaceful stay for hopeless romantics and golf enthusiasts alike. This beautiful castle is like a mini-version of the famous Château de Chambord (which the iconic Beauty and the Beast castle was originally based on). The best part? It’s only an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Paris!

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Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India
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Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India

Formerly the home of the Maharaja of Jaipur,  the opulent Rambagh Palace offers guests the chance to be treated like royals from the past. Known as the “jewel of Jaipur,” this iconic monument is a beautiful example of ancient Indian architecture – manicured gardens decorated throughout with rich textures, elegant carpets and hand-painted wall motifs.

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Parador de Lerma in Spain
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Parador de Lerma in Lerma, Spain

If you’re looking for a regal stay under the sun, look no further than this 17th century palace turned boutique hotel. Situated in the heart of the delightful Spanish town of Lerma, the Parador de Lerma is surrounded by history. As if original grand vaulted ceilings and paintings aren’t enough of a glorious throwback, the antique furniture and terracotta floors can easily transport you to a bygone era.

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Taj Falaknuma Palace in India
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Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India

Featuring a blend of colonial and Indian designs, Taj Falaknuma Palace houses beautifully crafted objects from around the world. Large rooms feature high wooden-beamed ceilings, pastel shade furnishings and floral fabrics – just look out for speaking wardrobes akin to Beauty and the Beast! This palace is perfect for travellers looking for a combination of food and history – the world-famous Chariminar mosque and monument is only three miles away!

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Bovey Castle in Devon, England is one of the most beautiful castles in the world
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Bovey Castle in Devon, England

What’s better than the 275 acres of beautiful countryside that make up Dartmoor National Park? Being treated as Lord and Lady of the Manor with world-class service in this luxurious castle, of course. Sitting high on the valley’s edge, you can enjoy spectacular views of the British landscape, play a round of golf or go for a woodland walk.

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