Check-In to the Trend: More Guests Seeking Regal Retreats

For the first time ever, Highclere Castle – the home of Downton Abbey – opened its doors and was available to book for one night only. One lucky fan booked their stay via the platform and they (and their guest) will be spending the night in one of the castle’s grand bedrooms this November.

More travellers have been seeking ways to bring their fairytales to life by staying in castles on Airbnb. In fact, in the last year alone, Airbnb guests have searched for castle stays more than 21 million times1

Whether it’s a former presbytery in France – the country with the most castles on Airbnb2 – or a haveli in India, there are more than 4,900 castles for regal adventurers to discover on Airbnb3:


castles available in France, the most of any country2


castles from the 1700s, the most from any century4


"mini" castles available, with just one bedroom5

Old Presbytery - 17th Century - Langoiran, France
Royal Heritage Residency - Jaisalmer, India
Holiday Cottage inside a Castle - Castellterçol, Spain
Cozy Storybook Castle - Ellington, CT
Bishops Palace Ballarat - Lake Wendouree, Australia

Stay tuned for next month’s Check-In to the Trend.

1Based on Airbnb internal data of guest searches of the castle listing type from September 2018 to September 2019.

2Based on Airbnb internal data of countries with the most castle listing types as of September 2019.

3Based on Airbnb internal data of total number of castle listings as of September 2019.

4Based on Airbnb internal data of keyword searches (18th century, XVIII, 1700s, etc.) of castle listing descriptions.

5Based on Airbnb internal data of number of bedrooms in castle listings.