When it comes to castles, their histories are, quite literally, the stuff of legends. Once the property of the most elite in the land, many have found new lives welcoming mere mortals (that's us!) from around the globe. Some have been taken over and restored by canny developers, while others are being shared by families that have tended them lovingly for centuries. This means that travelers in the know can now enjoy sumptuous suites, grand views and fantastic dining spaces once reserved for aristocracy. If you've ever dreamed of peering out from a turret or gazing across a moat, it's time to channel your inner princess or knight in shining armor and book a stay at one of these unique properties.
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