With everything it has to offer, Airbnb is really a traveler's best friend. You can book an island all to yourself, take a private tour to a forest reserve with a pack of dogs, or stay in a house that looks like it has come from the world of Hansel and Gretel. This online platform also lets you stay in a historic castle for the weekend and make you feel like royalty, like these ones listed in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Dairsie Castle

Fife, United Kingdom

Entire home/apartment, 13 guests, six bedrooms, 10 beds

P33,083 per night

Japanese host Etsuko bought this 12th Century castle in 1992 and restored it as a fully-furnished family home. It was once the location of secret meetings and military sieges, until it was abandoned in the 19th Century. Guests can live out their medieval fantasies through the four-poster beds in the tower rooms, spacious dining hall with a fireplace, and six acres of grounds with a secret garden.

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Somerleyten Hall

Lowestoft, United Kingdom

Entire home/apartment, 12 guests, 10 bedrooms, 10 beds

P171,940 per night

This 5,000-acre English estate is the home of Lord and Lady Somerleyton (a.k.a. Hugh and Lara). It is furnished with stuffed polar bears (from the owners' 1897 trip in the Arctic), a grand piano, and shelves of classic books. It's most ideal for private parties and weddings because you can also arrange to hire a private butler and cook.

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Wilton Castle

Enniscorthy, Wexford, Ireland

Entire home/apartment, 14 guests, seven bedrooms, seven beds

P60,259 per night

This 19th Century castle on the banks of the Boro River gives guests a sweet escape to the countryside. It has modern facilities, such as a hot and cold shower and air-conditioning, but still maintains a rustic charm through the well-kept fireplace and red-brick walls.

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Illieston Castle

Newbridge, Scotland, United Kingdom

Private room, two guests, one bedroom, one bed

P5,856 per night

Illieston Castle was the hunting grounds of James II and James IV of Scotland in the 15th and 16th Centuries. It was later owned by the Hope Family of the nearby Hopetoun House who restored and altered the estate in the mid-1850s. Guests stay on the first floor, which is fitted with a king-size bed and has its own 1950s-style bathroom.

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Helen's Tower

Bangor, United Kingdom

Entire home/flat, two guests, one bedroom, one bed

P9,863 per night

This three-storey stone tower is perched on the rolling hills of the Clandeboye Estate. It was built in 1848 by Frederick Lord Dufferin in honor of his mother Helen Selina Blackwood. So popular was Helen's Tower that it was once the subject of Alfred Tennyson's and Robert Browning's poetry.


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Thornton Castle

Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Private room, two guests, one bedroom, two beds

P5,599 per night

This castle may have been built in the 13th Century, but that doesn't mean that it's out of style. Guests can check in a brightly-lit blue room and its en suite bathroom complete with a large bath tub and hand-held shower. There's a game room on the ground floor, which has a full-size snooker table and a selection of board games for everyone's enjoyment.

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Kilmartin Castle

Scotland, United Kingdom

Entire home/flat, six guests, three bedrooms, four beds

P10,942 per night

This property was built in 1550 for John Carswell, Rector of Kilmartin Glen and, later, Bishop of the Isles. It was held by the Campbell Clan, then abandoned for two centuries. Now, it's a nice vacation house where guests can enjoy the vintage pieces (including a turntable), have a home-cooked meal, and fall asleep fast in the comfortable beds.


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Craigston Castle

Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Entire home/flat, 10 guests, six bedrooms, eight beds

P39,659 per night

Guests of Craigston Castle have the best of both worlds. You can either enjoy a great day outsideâfishing in Deveron River or hunting pigeons and geese around the estate or stay inside and browse through the hundreds of books in the library.

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Lickleyhead Castle

Insch, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Entire home/flat, 14 guests, seven bedrooms, 14 beds

P39,659 per night

Likleyhead Castle is perfect for big family reunions as you have the whole castle to yourself. There's a dining room that can seat up to 16 guests and more than enough bathrooms to avoid the long lines to the shower. The house is set in a spacious parkland where there's a barbecue area and outdoor furniture for al fresco dining.

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Dunskey Castle

Portpatrick, Scotland, United Kingdom

Entire home/flat, 16 guests, nine bedrooms, 16 beds

P29,744 per night

If 2,000 acres is not enough to make you feel like a king and queen, we don't know what else will. Dunskey Castle is a 100-year-old Scottish home surrounded by gardens, hills, a waterfall, and a brook. Once you're done exploring the outdoors, you can relax by the brass fireplace or have a feast in the dining hall.

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This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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