If you’re looking for a truly memorable vacation, you don’t need to win an Airbnb contest for a night in Hamlet’s castle or Julia Child’s vacation home in Provence. For a low price, you could stay in a historic castle in the UK, Belgium, France, or Italy, Co.Design reports.

The Landmark Trust, a UK-based charity, buys historic buildings and restores them as holiday getaways, offering beds in centuries-old castles, cottages, and follies for as little as about $20 per person per night.


Cawood Castle, North Yorkshire

For instance, you can reserve a stay in a villa in Italy built by the classic 16th century architect Andrea Palladio (also a UNESCO World Heritage site) that sleeps 16. Or you could spend your weekend in France at Le Moulin de la Tuilerie, a former 18th century mill that later became a weekend getaway for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Or you could take a solo trip to a lighthouse cottage on the island of Lundy in the Bristol Channel.

Lundy, Bristol Channel

Not all the buildings were originally designed as residences. The Dunmore Pineapple ($342 for four nights) was built as a greenhouse in 1761.

Not into any of those options? Rooms start at about $20 a night per person to stay in a 19th century fisherman’s cottage, or around $30 if you want to stay in an actual castle.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy the Landmark Trust.