Live the fairy tale: 5 Disney castles in Europe you can actually stay in
With the latest Disney release of live-action movie Beauty & The Beast, you might be inspired to find your own fairy tale weekend of fun. Live the Disney dream and spend your short break pretending to be Belle (or the Beast...) in one of these jaw-dropping castles, châteaux or towers in France and Italy. Just make sure you brush up on your ballroom dancing...
1. La Cure, Beaujolais, France
With picturesque towers, set in the glorious French countryside, this historic villa dates back to the thirteenth century. Its exposed stone walls, four-poster beds and all-round 'rustic feel' would certainly fit right into any classic, romantic Disney movie.
2. Le Château Aubenas, Provence, France
Grand entrance? Check. Impressive galleries and reception rooms featuring cosy open fires? Check. Private olive grove? Of course! It’s no surprise that this château was once a retreat for the French royal family. You know what adds to this place's regal charm? The fact that you won't have to lift a finger if you stay here - the villa comes with its own private chef.
3. Villa Cetinale, south of Siena, Italy
With four-poster beds in all of the bedrooms, frescos in the dining room and an impressive entrance through the landscaped gardens, this beautiful villa is fit for any Belle and looks like something straight out of a Disney film. With room for up to 23 people, it’s the perfect location for you to enjoy a truly magical trip with family and friends.
4. Renato's Tower, Umbria-Tuscany border, Italy
A right romantic retreat for two, this beautiful tower is the ideal place to whisk your other half off their feet. Or maybe you just fancy recreating that other Disney blockbuster, Tangled, from which this tower could have been ripped straight out of! Nestled in a medieval hamlet, it's over 1000 years old, but don't worry, it comes with all mod-cons, including a luxurious private hot tub on the roof terrace.
5. Villa Dell' Aurora, northern Lazio, Italy
What could be more Disney-inspired than a villa with your very own Beauty & the Beast style ballroom. When you’re not practising your ballroom dancing, take a break in the private library (just don't swing from the shelves please!), manicured gardens or wine cellar. Talking tea cups not included.
Thanks to CV Villas for the information and images.