What’s even better than a princess party you ask? Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 88th birthday! Even though she’s been spotted celebrating everywhere from London to India over the past month, her special day is April 21st, and in honor of her enduring fabulousness, we’ve curated a queue of not-so-humble abodes that we think she would be quite comfortable in. These castles and chateaus boast plenty of rooms, so grab a few friends, and you too can relax in a rental fit for a queen:
- Bansha Castle, County Tipperary, Ireland
Suitable for an heir to the throne, or simply guests with immaculate taste, and copious companions, this 300-year-old castle in Ireland sleeps 22 people, and is surrounded by the Glen of Aherlow, and the Galtee Mountains. It’s been lovingly restored by it’s owners, a third-generation Irish family.
- Lisheen Castle, Thurles, Ireland
Found in County Tipperary, Ireland, this truly classic castle was restored from total ruin in 2000 to be even more glorious than it was when it was built. It sleeps 18 people in nine luxury bedrooms, features a fireplace, and is even equipped with wifi, so guests can easily keep in touch with their constituents.
- Duchray Castle, Aberfoyle, Scotland
Head over to Scotland to sleep in a 500-year-old Scottish tower-house that has a historical link to Rob Roy, and includes sweeping views of the surrounding Queen Elizabeth Forest, named for the birthday girl herself.
- Chateau de Provence, Sarrians, France
The queen has horseriding, guests of this chic chateau have tennis, basketball, squash, volleyball, and a swimming pool. The 18th-century estate is nestled between Carpentras and Orange, in Provence, covers 17 acres, is surrounded by vineyards and orchards, and has a support staff that includes a chef, butler, housekeeper, and concierge to tend to every royal whim.
- Château des Tertres, Puy-de-Dome, France
It’s only appropriate to sip champagne in this chateau that sleeps 18 people, and sits on 24 acres of private park land in the Champagne region of France. Conveniently located near everything from Roman ruins and medieval cities, to modern shopping centers and national parks, this regal rental makes it easy to mingle with the minions.
- Castle in Carces, France
Located in a small village in the Var, on 30 acres of vineyards, this charming villa features five large, air-conditioned bedrooms with accompanying bathrooms, and a picturesque swimming pool, making it as luxurious as it is quaint.
- Farmhouse-Castle Saalhof, Zell am See, Austria
This cozy, yet spacious castle is over 700 years old, and sits in a secluded location with a stunning view of the Hohen Tauern National Park. A free ski shuttle will whisk guests five or 10 minutes away to two famous ski resorts, while chef’s at the estate will prepare meals from the farm’s own milk, eggs, and meat. Visiting princes, and princesses can take a ride on the resident horse Simone, or make the acquaintance of any of the other friendly farm animals on the property.
- Villa Amalia, Stresa, Italy
Located in Stresa, Italy, just an hour outside of Milan, you’ll find Villa Amalia overlooking Lake Maggiore. These decadent digs were refurbished in 2012, and feature all the essential modern amenities. Ferries departing from Stresa will take guests anywhere on the lake from the Borromean Islands, and the monastery of Santa Caterina del Sasso, to the Angera castle, and as far as Switzerland.
- Castle Apartment, Monselice, Italy
Dating back as early as 1150, this palatial property was once referred to as a monastery, was owned by earls, and served as headquarters for a king with a very fancy name. Today the compound has been made into vacation apartments that boast every luxury a pampered guest would require, including 220 acres of grounds surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, trees, plants, and flowers, and an indoor swimming pool equipped with huge doors that can transform the space on a sunny day.
- Oaklands Castle, Downtown Toronto, Canada
The perfect setting for a royal wedding, or grand gala, this Victorian villa has been featured in both television shows and commercials, sleeps 32 people, and is just steps away from Toronto’s fashionable Yorkville neighborhood, making it a rather majestic urban retreat.