6. Cumbria, England
Room in a historic English castle
1BR/1BA, sleeps two
This Victorian-era castle, rehabbed in the late '90s, has been operating like a bed & breakfast on steroids ever since. Guest may rent one of its 15 rooms or the entire palace, for the right price. Each room is exquisitely decorated with antiques and classical English furniture, many with four-post beds. The common areas keep with the theme of classical luxury, and combined with the setting in the Northwestern English countryside, make this about as close as you'll get to being in a Merchant Ivory film. (If Merchant Ivory films had high-speed internet.) The castle is fully staffed, like a hotel, and breakfast every day is included.
Key review: "Staying in a castle was something on my bucket list -- so I had pretty high expectations! And, staying here exceeded those expectations! We loved our experience in the castle, and the staff was very friendly. We rented a car and drove here from Manchester then drove to London. I highly recommend this -- the drive is beautiful. I wish we could have stayed more than one night, but even the one night was completely worth it. This place is great for kids, teens, no kids, weddings, honeymoons, family reunions, etc. Loved it!!!" -- Sara and Jeff