The castles around the world have a story to tell, some jubilant, some sorrowful, some of great valour and some of cowardice. Stay at these fort turned hotels and experience the glorious lifestyle of the rulers of these magnificent edifices.
Amberly Castle, West Sussex
Sitting in the middle of lush green plains, Amberly Castle stands like a majestic owner of the land. Its fortified high walls and huge corridors give it an unmatchable grandeur. The castle is believed to be first erected as a timber-framed lodge in 1103, but it was knocked down and stone structure was erected in 1140. In year 1200, its east wing was built and the subsequent additions to its grand structure were made between years 1305 and 1337. The site that time was called as Bishop of Chichester’s Summer Palace. Today, about 680 years later, it still stands resolute, bearing a witness to all the events happened since.
Neemrana fort palace Rajasthan india
One of the grandest and most beautiful forts of India, Neemrana Fort palace has seen its good and bad days ever since it was built in 1464. It was exquisitely built on a hillock by Raja Dup Raj for the scenic beauty and solid support of the hill.But after that era passed, it started eroding, and by 1947, the current ruler was not able to maintain its glorious structure and tried to sell it for 40 years before it was restored and opened as a resort hotel in 1986. Its convenient location and breath-taking scenic beauty attracts a huge number of touristsevery year.
Xara Palace Hotel, Mdina, Malta
Opened as a Hotel in 1999, Xara Palace in Mdina, Malta is known to be very well preserved. When the Knights of St John arrived in Mdina (then known as CittaNotabile or Noble City) in Malta, they fortified and maintained the city and brought to its glorious appearance as we see today.The palace was built for the noble family MoscatiParisio to be used as residence, and after 268 years, it serves as one of the least altered historical palace hotel.
Chateau De Codignat, France
Somewhere in the middle of rich green forests of France, a huge stone structure shines as a jewel in the crown. This structure is none other than Chateau De Codignat. It was originally, the tower protecting the lords of Ravel, but in early 14th century, it takes a role of residential chateau and is named after the nobility residents, the De Codonhac. Since then, it was owned by several other rulers, looted, partly collapsed and restored in 1970s. In 2006, it was salvaged and used as a hotel since 2010.
Fort Jadhavgarh, Pune, India
The standing witness of the grandiose of regimes of Maratha Kings, Fort Jadhavgarh has seen 300 years of changing India. It was built by PilajiJadhavrao, who was the Maratha General in the army of ChhatrapatiShahuji, to restore the former glory of Marathas after defeating Mughals. Itis Maharashtra’s only fort heritage hotel.PilajiJadhavrao was a true patriot, he won the war against Mughals, built the fort and served 3 generations of Peshwas.
Dalhousie castle edinburgh
Dalhousie castle is situated 8 miles (13kms) from Edinburgh in Scotland. It was the seat of the Earls of Dalhousie, the chieftains of Clan Ramsay. The first castle at Dalhousie was constructed bySimundis, the Earl of Huntingdon. It has seen much history. In 1400, Sir Alexander Ramsay survived a six-month imprisonment at Dalhousie by English forces led by King Henry IV Around 1800, Walter Nicol designed the new layout of the walled garden. It is now one of the most beautiful castle-turned-resort in the world.
ASHFORD CASTLE County Mayo, Ireland
This medival castle of Ireland is not just a five star luxury hotel, but also a spectator of 800 years of love, hate, wars, rest, cruelty and splendor of all the rulers ever since. It was built on the periphery of a Monastic site in 1228 by the Anglo-Norman House of Burke or De Bourke but saw a fierce battle between the forces of the de Burgos and those of the English official Sir Richard Bingham, Lord President of Connaught which ended up in truce. In 1589, it fell to Bingham, in 1670, Browne family acquired it and in 1814, Thomas Elwood lived there. The estate was purchased in 1852 by Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness and now it is one of the most sought after tourist resort.