50 Remote Castles That Seem Out of a Fairytale

PENA PALACE, PORTUGAL

On a hill in the Sintra Mountains in Portugal, Pena Palace stands out. Construction on the castle started in the Middle Ages and is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

 

COSTAÉRÈS, FRANCE

The island of Costaérès is located in Brittany, France and is a private island that is available to rent. It was built in 1855 and provides a tremendous view of the pink granite along the Brittany coast.

 

CASTLE MAUENSEE, LAKE MAUENSEE, SWITZERLAND

The owner of this 12th century island estate discovered it during a training exercise with the Swiss Army and decided it’d be the perfect place for him and his family. In 1998 he purchased it and began restoring it. It’s notorious difficult to see as the path around the island to see it is often overgrown with vegetation and only a small wooden bridge serves as the entry point.

 

BOLDT CASTLE, ST. LAWRENCE RIVER, NEW YORK

George C. Boldt, who owned the Waldorf Astoria in New York, wanted to build a rhineland style castle in Alexandria Bay in upstate New York. What developed was a 120 room, six story castle complete with a drawbridge, tunnels and an Italian garden. Boldt’s wife died suddenly in 1904 and he ordered work to cease. It stood untouched for 73 years until Thousand Islands Bridge Authority landed the property.

 

STALKER CASTLE

Monty Python famously used Stalker Castle in ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ as Castle Aaargh but it dates to 1320 and is privately owned.

 

MAINAU ISLAND, GERMANY

On Lake Constance in southern Germany is Mainau Island where a magnificent garden and castle reside. The island features a greenhouse with a tropical climate that houses thousands of butterflies. Frederick I created the arboretum on the island and it contains 500 species of trees and 200 rhododendron and azalea varieties. There are also 500 different kinds of roses. The island once belonged to the Order of Teutonic Knights, who held it from the 13th century and later Frederick I bought the island in the late 19th century.

 

SINGER CASTLE, NEW YORK

Singer Castle is part of the Thousand Islands in St. Lawrence County, New York and used to be known as Dark Island Castle. It takes the name Singer Castle because Frederick Gilbert Bourne, president of Singer Corporation, manufacturer of the Singer sewing machine, owned the property. The family owned the castle from 1905 to the 1960s and it was built the same time as Boldt Castle. The castle got built for $500,000 in 1902 and features 28 rooms and three boathouses.

 

BRECQHOU ISLAND

Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay bought Brecqhou Island in 1993. The Barclays are the brothers who put together The Telegraph Group. This castle in the Channel Islands in England was extensively rehabbed. The brothers cleaved off sections of the island, added lakes and hill ridges to combat the sea winds, which make it difficult to grow vegetation on the island. Now those who stay two nights in one of the Barclays’ hotels can visit the island after a security clearance and see the vast olive grove and vineyards.

 

LAKE CASTLE ORT, TRAUNSEE, AUSTRIA

Constructed in 1080 in Austria, this little island retreat is owned by the city of Gmunden. It features a triangular courtyard and was built in the late Gothic style. It’s open to the public and holds around 400 weddings a year.

 

MAIDEN’S CASTLE, TURKEY

According to legend, this small castle in southern Turkey served as a landing spot for pirates in the ancient time. It also holds the name Maiden’s Castle based on a legend that a king learned from a fortune teller that his daughter would be poisoned by a snake. So he built a castle where no snakes could be found but a snake hid in a grape basket sent to the island from the main land and poisoned his daughter.

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