Having spent many years working for large hotel chains and small mom and pop lodging establishments alike I developed an affinity for the more unusual lodging establishments.
After all, what travel weary soul wouldn’t be intrigued by spending the night in such unique places as tree houses, submarines, rail road car, medieval castle, or Irish Gypsy Wagon?
This article focuses on the romantic notion of spending the night with your King or Queen in a medieval inspired lodging establishment.
As there are several such lodging establishments located throughout the United States this article will only shine the spotlight on two of them.
What follows are brief descriptions and contact information for two unique American based, medieval inspired lodging establishments that travelers may want to consider giving a try.
Imagine driving down a private road through 50 acres of forest and distinct rock formations. As your path clears you see in the distance a 12th Century English Castle created in the Norman Style.
To enter the castle you must cross over a magnificent moat complete with an authentic drawbridge. Over the drawbridge and behind the massive and intricately carved castle doors you enter into a beautifully appointed guest room.
Highlights of the guest rooms include your own whirlpool tub, stained glass windows, private balcony overlooking the royal grounds, and a fireplace adorned with an antique mantelpiece.
At that point you would be hard pressed to believe that instead of “Ravenwood Castle” in medieval Europe you were actually in “Ravenwood Castle” New Plymouth, Ohio. But New Plymouth, Ohio is where you would actually be.
In addition to the castle accommodations “Ravenwood Castle” also features Irish Gypsy Wagons, medieval cottages and fairy tale cottages that guests can choose to stay in.
There is also an on-site medieval restaurant and medieval shopping village to keep guests entertained.
Nearby there is a plethora of outdoor activities including spelunking in two caves, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, bird watching and photographing Cedar Falls.
Those interested in spending the night at this amazing medieval themed lodging establishment should log onto the “Ravenwood Castle” website for additional details.
65666 Bethel Road
New Plymouth, OH 45654
Castle Unicorn Bed and Breakfast
Little girls and women alike who use to dream of unicorns and prince charming rescuing them from a tower like the fairy tale princess “Rapunzel” will delight in the tower accommodations at “Castle Unicorn Bed and Breakfast” located in Pacific Junction, Iowa.
Located on 400 acres of expertly landscaped grounds the “Castle Unicorn Bed and Breakfast” provides the superlative atmosphere for a romantic couple’s getaway.
There are only four guest rooms in this medieval castle of stone and they are aptly named “King, “Queen”, “Duke and “Duchess.”
The magnificently appointed “King” room comes with a king-size four poster bed, private balcony, whirlpool, bidet, mini refrigerator and all the modern conveniences such as satellite television.
Located up high within a castle turret the “Queen” room with it’s’ equally as impressive amenities and private bath.
The “Duke” and “Duchess” though lovely as well, have a shared bath and as such are not ideal for those looking for a little castle romance.
Those interested in spending the night at the “Castle Unicorn Bed and Breakfast” would do well to log onto the castle’s website for additional details.
Castle Unicorn Bed and Breakfast
Pacific Junction, IA 51561
As previously mentioned there are several medieval castles that provide overnight accommodations throughout the United States.
Other ones worth mentioning are the “Castle Avalon” in Texas, “Castle Hill Resort and Spa” in Vermont, “Spicer Castle” in Minnesota, “Great Stone Castle” in Ohio, “Castle on the Green” in Tennessee, “Manresa Castle” in Washington, “Norumbega Inn” in Maine and the “Herreshoff Castle” in Massachusetts.