Los Angeles doesn’t lack unique vacation rentals, be they beachfront mansions or glammed-up treehouses. But there’s one type of stay that eclipses the rest: castles.
Neither from the Middle Ages nor actually fortified, we’re sure plenty of Europeans would laugh at us calling any of these castles. But there are a few places offering overnight stays in L.A. that sure check all of the fairy tale boxes for us.
Of course, L.A. is full of real estate that’s constantly reminding you how poor you are, so what’s to separate a castle from your standard Hancock Park chateau or Malibu villa? We came up with a highly unscientific formula for classifying what does and doesn’t fit the definition: If you snapped a photo and told your friend it’s a castle, would they agree? To us, that ultimately comes down to details like turrets, towers, lancet windows and parapets. There are plenty of palatial homes that look like distinguished Tudors or Italian-style villas, but only these rentals below look like bona fide castles.
(Oh, and in case calling them castles didn’t tip you off, these absolutely aren’t cheap, but we’ve tried to include a couple of relatively more affordable entry points.)