During COVID, most of us have put our dream honeymoons and travel plans on hold. I say this means we should make those post-COVID trips even more amazing than we thought! With that in mind, I’ve rounded up some amazing castles where you can honeymoon when that day comes.
Chateau de Fére, France
This stunning castle located in Champagne was actually the first castle built in the region and converted into a hotel. The original castle fell to ruins in the 1600s, but was fully restored finally in 1863. The castle was converted after World War II, opening its beautiful grounds of seventy hectares of woodlands, a glorious bridge spanning a moat, and the fabulous antique furniture and artwork inside to visitors from across the globe.
Parador de Lerma, Spain
Each room in this Spanish castle has its own unique layout and charming details like raffia walls and French baths. The castle-turned-hotel is located at the highest point of old town Lerma and has beautiful views. Nearby, you’ll find winery tours, incredible restaurants, archeological tours, and more, plus you’ll be just 2 hours from Madrid.
Ruthin Castle, Northern Wales, UK
For those looking for a British medieval castle, you’ll find Ruthin Castle in Northern Wales does the trick. The romantic castle provides guests with stunning views of the castle grounds and gardens, a stunning peacock garden where you’ll enjoy a lovely afternoon tea, and a medieval feast on grounds for dinner. While visiting, you’ll enjoy the beautiful region but also the amenities of the hotel: hot tubs, sauna, steam rooms, gym, full Welsh breakfast.
Belhurst Castle, New York
For those who want the luxury and the romance of a castle stay but just aren’t up to overseas travel, consider the Belhurst Castle in New York. The beautiful estate was created in the 19th Century, built on the shores of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes district of Central New York State. The castle offers beautiful rooms as well as a delightful spa experience dual restaurants, a winery and a unique wine spigot in the lobby.
Château d’Isenbourg, France
Overlooking the Black Forest in the city of Rouffach, the Château d’Isenbourg welcomes visitors with a lush vineyard and medieval charm. Each room is decorated uniquely with special touches like fireplaces, private terraces, and painted ceilings. The castle also have two stunning dining rooms, a sauna, spa, tennis court, two swimming pools, and an 18-hole golf course, along with a gastronomic shop and delectable wine offerings.
Crossbasket Castle, Scotland
The smaller castle with just nine luxurious rooms in Scotland is a delightful way to spend the honeymoon. You’ll find each room has period window and bed dressings, gloriously wonderful furniture and antiques, oversized beds and more. While here, enjoy the magnificent grounds of the 15th Century built castle (rebuilt much later) and the fabulous dishes created by the award-winning chefs at the restaurant embellished with gold leaf.
Kokkedal Castle, Denmark
Built in the mid-18th Century, this stunning castle in Copenhagen feels like an elegant country estate with modern conveniences blended with Bohemian chandeliers, gilded mirrors and rich fabrics. The hotel now holds forty-five guest rooms and features an 18-hole gold course, art galleries, and parklands, with beaches, fishing villages and more nearby. Don’t forget to enjoy dining at the vaulted-ceiling restaurant in the hotel.
Adare Manor, Ireland
The 19th Century castle known as Adare Manor in County Limerick, Ireland, has seen extensive renovations, turning into an incredibly charming, romantic spot for vacationers and honeymooners. Spa goers, golfers, foodies and adventures alike will thrill over the glamorous, cozy castle stay all while enjoying the 842-acre grounds. While there, don’t forget to experience clay shooting, fishing on the River Maigue, and if you’re up for something really different, falconry.
Chateau d’Ouchy, Switzerland
Built as a neo-Gothic castle, Chateau d’Ouchy was converted into a hotel in the 1800s. The fifty rooms and suites hold period features and the ultimate in comfort and luxurious style. Outside, the castle looks like the place of fairy tales with its turrets and unique decorative roof, against the banks of Lake Geneva in Lausanne. The tower offers the most spectacular 360-degree views of the Lake, thanks to the many windows.
Ashford Castle, Ireland
Another stunning castle to consider in Ireland is the Ashford Castle in County Galway. The castle was originally built in the 13th Century and some elements of the original structure remain, along with a conglomeration of added on architecture over the centuries since. The result is rather French castle-like with Victorian touches. The five-star service provides guests with incredible, personalized touches, and has been doing so since 1939.
Castel Porrona Relais, Italy
If you’ve dreamed of honeymooning under the Tuscan sun, then book your stay at the Castel Porrona Relais in Cingiano, Italy. The castle complex offers the beautiful main building as well as a series of smaller buildings, beautiful courtyards, terraces, and more on the stunning grounds. Each room of the castle has its own color scheme with antique items and beautiful fabrics. Some rooms include panoramic views of the countryside, as well. While here, you can enjoy thermal baths, museums, horseback riding, mountain biking, and the glorious wineries Tuscany is so well-known for.