Who’s in for a girly sleepover in a castle? Wait, what? Yes, I’m serious. I’ve just spent two hours scrolling through pictures of castles that you can actually rent, some are more affordable than others of course.

Villa Sola Cabiati (Italy)

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Welcome to your personal fairytale right next to Lake Como! The private pool isn’t even the best thing about this villa. Villa Sola Cabiati was built in the 17th century and became the summer residence of the Serbelloni Dukes. The interior is of incredible elegance and real vintage chic and the flower gardens are what Shakespeare’s dreams must have been made of. At the end, stairs lead into the actual lake so you can arrive by boat if you want to. This little hostel with its six bedrooms will set you back $4,701/night.

Somerleyton Hall (England)

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It doesn’t really get more Jane Austen than this, I’m tellin ya. Somerleyton has a majestic decor to say the least, you can curl up in front of open fires or barbecue in the summer house. There are two (!) pubs onsite, Norwich is a short car ride away and you can arrive by seaplane… they’ve got a lake too. $6778/night, ouch.

Chateau de Challain (France)

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This chateau probably redefines luxury (but then again, don’t they all!?) You can chose between 11 bedrooms and 8 bath rooms on 76,000 sq. ft. The building has typical 19th century romantic style but is fully refurbished and even comes with a House Chef. Oh là là! In case you still need some distraction, there’s an abundance of lakes, gardens and fields of Northern France outside. $5,500/night, no biggie.

Culgruff House (Scotland)

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Culgruff House in South-West Scotland was built in 1889 and became a country retreat for the Stewart family. Today, a new family lives there, they have renovated the whole thing and will have a lot of spooky stories to tell. The Inner Hall has a 40 feet ceiling and wooden chandeliers, while the bedrooms have a fairly modern look. If you fancy getting out into the Scottish countryside and you sure do, there’ll be stunning coastlines, tiny villages, large forests and the the market town of Castle Douglas waiting for you. This is considerably cheaper than the others at only $149/night – and did we mention the resident Chef?

St. Pölten Castle (Austria)

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Wachau, the area where St. Pölten Castle is located, is famous and loved for its ancient castles and monasteries, for its lush vineyards and tiny villages. In short: this treasure trove of a moated castle is pure idyll. Up to 26 people can stay in there, every room is designed in the English country house style that we (or I, rather) love so much. Think a library with an open fireplace, a sauna, a large swimming pool in the stone garden, where you can dip a dip being surrounded by trees as old as the castle itself. There may also be the occasional horse chilling out nearby. What’s not to love. $2,081/night.

Castle Eltz (Germany)

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Also, this is my little dream home. It’s a ten-minute drive away from my parents’ home and… definitely not up for renting. But it’s such an eye-candy and look at these colours. It’s called Castle Eltz and has been in the same family’s hands for about as long as it exists. It’s also come to be a real Instagram hit in what would be a pretty boring area otherwise… no offense.