15 Of The World's Most Gorgeous Castles — & You Can Rent Them All!

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The first time I toured a potential wedding venue, I had many questions. How many guests can it hold? Where would the ceremony take place? Can I bring in my own vendors, or do you require that we use yours? Oh, and how much will it cost to rent the space?

When I got the answer to that last one, I inevitably gave my fiancé a look, and he knew what it meant: "Smile, say thank you to this nice lady, and then back away slowly toward the exit." I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

Turns out, throwing your dream wedding isn't just expensive, it's comically, prohibitively expensive. But what if you could have your big day in a legit castle in France or Italy for about 10% of what it would cost to rent a warehouse in Brooklyn? You can.

Thanks to sites like HomeAway and Airbnb, renting a private castle for your wedding isn't just easy, it's straight-up affordable. Or at the very least, relatively affordable. Ahead, we've selected 15 incredible castles — from California to Lake Como — that you can rent for the perfect fairy-tale wedding.

Prices are subject to change.
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Loire Valley, France
For the ultimate storybook setting, consider this magnificent French palace, which sleeps not 10, not 20, but 55 guests. Every luxury is provided, from robes and slippers in each room to meals prepared by an in-house chef. Just imagine what your wedding album would look like.

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Hope, Idaho
You may not have considered a destination wedding in Idaho, but this Disney-esque castle might cause you to rethink that. Nestled among the mountains overlooking Lake Pend Oreille, the house is an ideal option for outdoorsy couples that want to provide guests with a full lineup of activities (fishing, kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking, to name a few). Inside, the three-story space is contemporary and comfortable, with five bedrooms that sleep up to 16.

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Tuscany, Italy
If you want to get married in Italy but don't want your guests to worry about finding their own accommodations, you're in luck. This Tuscan jewel has 43 bedrooms, and can sleep 120 people (they'll have to share just 35 bathrooms, but we're confident they'll manage). The property boasts vineyards, olive trees, lemon plants, and English gardens, with an on-site restaurant and a separate farmhouse perfect for receptions. Sounds terrible.

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You'll marvel at this 15-bedroom, 15-bath chateau (located two hours outside of Paris) from the moment you pass through the elaborate front gates. Set atop 370 acres of tranquil pastures, it has all the grandeur you'd expect of a historic French castle — elegant rooms, sweeping views, and a grand piano in the salon.

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San Diego, California
This palatial SoCal estate features rare-stone and wood interiors, a versatile open layout (plus a ballroom that's ideal for receptions), and stunning mountain views from the wraparound balcony. The house can accommodate parties of 75, with enough space for 30 to spend the night.

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Loire Valley, France
Did someone say "19th-century chateau"? It doesn't get more romantic than this secluded 22-acre lakefront estate, with its tasteful, regal interiors and perfectly manicured lawns. There are 19 bedrooms, a grand ballroom, and an on-site chapel. Better yet, the owners can arrange all the details for your big day — from flowers to photography to hair — so all you have to do is show up. Don't forget the rings!

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St. Pölten, Austria
Not far from Vienna, this Baroque-style property features a serene private pond, stone gardens, a swimming pool, parks (complete with horses), and tennis courts — and that's just outside. Inside, you'll find several massive fireplaces, a sauna, a library, and 10 bedrooms. There are plenty of golf courses nearby, and you can ski about an hour away.

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Say hello to Pentre Castle, located in a small village in Northern Wales, about four hours from London. Intricate wooden details and antique decor throughout the 26 rooms pay homage to the castle's legacy; it has been in the same family since its construction, which dates back to the 18th century. The drawing room has seating for 74, and playing hide-and-seek in the 11 bedrooms on the second floor is very much encouraged.

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Umbria, Italy
This breathtaking Italian villa overlooks the Tiber Valley, and though it has been updated with modern amenities (a fitness room, a pool, Wi-Fi), visually it's like stepping into Westeros. Stone walls and plush, Renaissance-era furnishings (think ornate, hand-carved, four-poster beds) add to the authentic castle experience.

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South Palmyra, Illinois
This modern Midwestern castle sleeps 21, which should be more than enough space for your bridal party. Say "I do" on the idyllic private lake (there's also a pontoon and a suspension bridge), and then head to the 2,000-square-foot deck for cocktail hour. When night falls, cozy up to the outdoor fire pit and invite guests to stargaze in the private observatory, which comes complete with a working refractor telescope.

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Ojai, California
It's on the pricier side, but this Victorian mansion is still less expensive than most traditional wedding venues, and is conveniently located just 30 miles north of Los Angeles. The sprawling grounds offer enough space for 300 of your nearest and dearest, with several ceremony and reception sites, citrus and olive groves, an immaculate pool area, and — get this — a 2,200-square-foot bridal suite.

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Lake Como, Italy
Oh, so this is why weddings on Lake Como are a thing. Commissioned in the early 1500s, this extraordinary villa has a long and storied history involving dukes and family crests and gilded columns and mythical statues and...you get the point. A refined sense of elegance permeates every room, but the real draw is the private dock out back; guests can arrive by boat, and enter the property through a magnificent wrought-iron gate and double staircase.

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Edinburgh, Scotland
Take in Scotland's lush, rolling hills and meadows at this fortified 16th-century tower, which now offers five-star accommodations for up to 12 guests. On-site activities include archery, clay-pigeon shooting, and horseback riding; with golf, sailing, and more available nearby.

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Why not proclaim your everlasting love in a building that has endured since the Middle Ages? The family-owned Château de Beaulieu is surrounded by nine acres of gardens and greenery — the perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony. Just be sure your guests don't fall into the moat after one too many glasses of Champagne!

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Denver, Colorado
Just a 20-minute walk from downtown Denver, Castle Marne feels a world away. The property was built in 1889, and then fell into disrepair before its current owners gutted and restored it, opening it as a B&B in 1990. Today, the elegant inn hosts weddings for up to 70 guests in its well-kept, flower-filled gardens.


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