Holiday like royalty in a castle

LYNN O’ROURKE HAYE
Last updated 05:00 05/02/2014

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For the royal treatment, spend the night in a  castle. Here are five to consider.     

1. CASTELLO DI CASOLE, TUSCANY, ITALY

Stay in a reconstructed farmhouse surrounded by vineyards or opt  for a suite adjacent to the pool and spa in the centre of the  1670-hectare estate.

Oozing with charm, the restored castle and grounds, dating to 998, provide a fairy-tale backdrop for a family holiday that might include horseback riding, fishing, hiking, yoga in a restored  church, exploring neighbouring villages or learning to create local specialties.

In the warmer months, enjoy evening concerts on the  lawn as the sun drops below the rolling Tuscan hills.

Details: castellodicasole.com     

2. OHEKA CASTLE, HUNTINGTON, NEW YORK

This French chateau-inspired castle was built in 1917 as the summer retreat for financier and philanthropist Otto Kahn. 

Docent-led tours provide visitors a glimpse into the Roaring '20s, when the mansion was the scene of lavish parties attended by Hollywood luminaries and royalty.

Guests can enjoy an indoor pool or private beach, explore the extensive gardens, play tennis or work up a sweat in the fitness centre.

Details: oheka.com     

3. ASHFORD CASTLE, MAYO, IRELAND

Shed your armour and relax within this enchanting 140-hectare landscape.

With 700-year-old turrets as your backdrop, fish in nearby ponds and rivers, ride horses or refine your skills on the  nine-hole private golf course. Later, discover the art of falconry.

You'll sleep the night away in medieval style with modern, five-star overtones.

Many of the 83 guest rooms retain centuries-old details. Rooms have Wi-Fi and interactive TV.

Details: ashford.ie     

4. THORNEWOOD CASTLE, LAKEWOOD, WASHINGTON

History buffs will like to know that the owner once purchased a 400-year-old Elizabethan manor in England and had it disassembled and shipped to the US Today, guests 12 and older can get immersed in the Tudor Gothic style while exploring the sunken English garden and playing lawn games.

Located on the shores of American Lake and in the shadow of Mount Rainier, guests can access nearby boat  rentals or an equestrian centre for added fun.

Details: thornewoodcastle.com   

5. THE CASTLE, MOUNT SAVAGE, MARYLAND

In the picturesque landscape between Cumberland and Frostburg, you'll find the Castle, built in the likeness of Scotland's Craig Castle.

The original structure was built by a local mining company and later converted by a Scottish businessman to resemble the impressive buildings in his home country.

Choose to relax indoors or explore the countryside.

Details: castlebandb.com

- MCT

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