American Castle Hotels – Stay in These Castles for a Cinderella Experience
You don’t have to go to Europe or fly half way around the world to stay in a castle. A stay in an American Castle isn’t far away. The United States may not have a monarchy with royal titles and noble titles, but you can stay in these castles for a Cinderella experience or a luxurious trip you’ll never forget.
Biltmore, North Carolina
Probably one of the more well-known estates in America, George Vanderbilt created this oasis in 1895. The Biltmore features a 10,000-volume library, 250 rooms, and indoor pool, a large banquet hall boasting a 70-foot ceiling, and a bowling alley. Currently, guests can see costumes from the popular series, ‘Downtown Abbey’ through May 25, 2015. It’s billed as the “largest home in America” and delivers a castle experience with digs in the Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate.
Thornewood Castle, Washington
Built in England over 500 years ago, the English Elizabethan manor has called Washington its home for nearly 100 years. It has a love story behind it’s move. Chester Thorne, a founder of the Port of Tacoma, bought the home and had it taken apart and moved to American for his bride, Anna. Three vessels brought the dismantled manor to Washington, where it was resurrected and still stands today. I wonder how much the shipping cost? – (Apologies for the terrible pun.)
Guests can stay in one of the luxurious suites including the Grandview Suite which features a private 2nd floor patio, soaking tub and shower, fireplace, and a stunning lake view. You can also opt for a vacation rental that will add access to the apartment-esque accommodations featuring amenities like multiple bedrooms, full kitchen, dining room, and a living room – all encompassing the Tudor style.
Castle Hill Resort and Spa, Vermont
For a smaller scale, but equally charming castle stay, Castle Hill Resort and Spa was once the home of Allen Miller Fletcher, governor of Vermont spanning from 1912 to 1915. The accommodations are built in the English Cotswold-style and much of the original work remains including the original wallpaper, woodwork, and exterior gneiss stone.
Keswick Hall, Virginia
The 48-room mansion sits on on 600 acres of gorgeous landscape near Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia. It was built for Robert B. Crawford in 1912, but after his death in 1919, it became a private home that eventually fell into decay. In 1990, Sir Bernard Ashley bought the mansion and turned it into a country home that maintained the historic integrity, but made it current with modern conveniences.