7 UK Hotels That Are Literally Castles

As an American living in the UK, I am in awe of the fact that I live within reasonable driving distance from a castle—or rather, 10 castles—since there are so many of them here (relative to the United States, where there are exactly zero). Most of them, built before 1492, are older than America herself. Lucky for us, a handful of those old, turreted buildings—with their majestic moats and coats of armor—have found new lives as hotels. These atmospheric country getaways, located across the pond, marry modern comforts (soft robes, fragrant soaps) with fairy-tale imagery (canopied beds, secret passageways), and do not slack off when it comes to food.

There’s a castle in the UK for pretty much every kind of traveler. Below, we’ve picked seven hotels we’d love to escape to for a few nights. Located in different parts of the country, each castle comes with landscape views that are just as picturesque as the castles themselves.