Castles require a lot of upkeep: Just ask Queen Elizabeth, who's currently looking at an $83 million bill for long-needed repairs to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Yet while Her Majesty can afford to foot the bill, other château owners have wised up and have opened their properties to guests. Far from being drafty old fortresses, these hotels have modern amenities while still maintaining their unique histories. Best of all, a stay in one of these castles won’t cost you a king’s ransom.
by Deb Hopewell