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February 02, 2009

Stay Like Royalty at a Castle B&B

Castle_bed_and_breakfastsEveryone dreams of being royalty — wearing a jeweled and guilded crown, having ultimate power, living in a castle. The crown and power may be out of reach, but the castle may not be. Though you won't be crowned king or queen in a castle bed & breakfast, you will definitely be treated like royalty.

You don't have to go overseas to stay in a castle. While most castles are located outside of the United States, Texas boasts it own. Terrell Castle, located in San Antonio, TX, was built in 1894 and sits on a one-acre site with landscaped yards and a vast front porch. The castle has 10 rooms decorated with antiques, some with fireplaces and stacked bookcases.

Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, Washington is another American castle where you can stay for a royal experience. The castle itself was built in 1908, though original structure came from England. Chester Thorne shipped the entire building brick by brick. The Thornewood Castle has perennial gardens originally designed by the influential 19th century Olmstead Brothers landscape design firm, along with stained glass  windows that date back between the years 1300 and 1750. The castle also hosts Shakespeare plays and masquerade balls.

If you want to cross the ocean for a castle bed and breakfast, visit Ballynahinch Castle sitting on 450 of Irish countryside. It features 40 rooms with private bathrooms and luxury accommodations. Ballynahinch Castle even offers a package that includes a two night stay and dinner in the Owenmore Restaurant on the castle grounds.

For more castle bed and breakfast locations, check out RTM's Castle Bed & Breakfasts article.

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