Sometimes an event calls for a venue with a little extra panache. When a typical space just won’t do, why not try an honest-to-goodness castle? Whether it’s to serve as a photoshoot location, a wedding venue, or workshop location, there are plenty of bookable options out there with turrets and balconies galore. So without further ado, here is a list of some of our favorite swoon-worthy castles available to rent on Peerspace.
1. This storybook castle in the Bay Area
Traditionally made of heavy stone with tiny, easy-to-defend windows, castles can sometimes feel dark and oppressive. But that’s not the case in this storybook-inspired castle in Alamo, CA, about 45 minutes east of San Francisco.
Designed and built by architect Carr Jones, famous for his whimsical fairytale style, this sun-drenched castle looks like it’s straight out of Brothers Grimm. Arched doorways and soaring ceilings lighten up heavy brick and stone. Meanwhile, skylights and huge windows flood the space with natural light.
Located on over an acre with a guest house, outdoor garden, and pool, this house is large enough for a group meeting but has enough cozy spaces for breaks or small work sessions.
2. This one-of-a-kind Redwall castle near Washington DC
Redwall Castle may have been built in the 1930s, but it would be equally at home in the 1730s. Located just 22 miles from Washington, DC in Germantown, MD, this gorgeous house plays up the fantasy angle — guests are welcomed by both a dragon and King Arthur’s mythical sword, Excalibur.
There’s plenty of space here for meetings and events, plus onsite parking and a movie theater with surround-sound. And its close proximity to DC means that it’s easy to get to (and that there are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby too).
Note: this 85-year-old house has been carefully preserved, so its owners request that it be used with care!
3. The Kingsley House in Los Angeles, CA
A French chateau right in downtown LA? Absolutely. The Kingsley House oozes glamour, from the dramatic spiral staircase in the front entry to the tall French doors leading out to a secluded pool and patio.
This elegant property serves as a backdrop for both film and photo shoots, and it’s easy to see why. The convenient location and brightly-colored rooms make it an ideal production space.
4. This modern castle in Arlington, WA
It’s hard to say what exactly separates a castle from a large house. But if balconies, turrets, and sheer size are on the list of qualifications, then this mansion in Arlington, WA certainly qualifies. With over 20,000 square feet of space on five sprawling acres, there’s certainly room to stretch out.
A movie theater, game room with pool table, and stunning views of the Stillaguamish River are all on offer here. Bonus — it’s only a five-minute drive to the Angel of the Winds casino.
5. This eclectic mosaic castle in the Hollywood Hills, CA
Ever wanted to step inside an actual gingerbread house? This “Mosaic Castle” is the next best thing.
This Hollywood Hills house was originally built by movie star Mae March in 1927. By 1968, it had changed hands to George Ehling, a former wrestler, actor, movie studio carpenter, and eventual mosaic artist. Over the next 50 years, Ehling put his unique touch on the property in the form of thousands of pieces of hand-made mosaic.
Walls, floors, ceilings — there is something to see everywhere you look here. Don’t miss the Hollywood sign, visible from one of the terraces. Rental includes the ground floor and all exterior areas.
6. This wine country chateau in Santa Rosa, CA
This Santa Rosa, CA chateau features two massive great rooms with 25-foot ceilings and massive windows, and you’ll want every inch of that window space to take in the stunning views of Sonoma Valley and the Mayacamas Mountains.
But if that’s not quite enough eye candy, step out onto the three-tiered terrace for a 360-degree panorama. At 1,200 square feet, the terrace itself is large enough to hold an event or photoshoot. If you need more room, the house adds another 4,500 square feet.
7. This castle by the lake in the Catskills, NY
This lakeside castle may look like a fortress from the outside, but the inside is cozy and bright thanks to two fireplaces, lots of big windows, and colorful stained glass. Tiered decks outside provide views of the large green backyard and Lake Peekskill.
At just over 1,600 square feet, this Putnam Valley, NY castle would be a great location for an intimate company offiste or a dramatic backdrop for a photoshoot.
8. This Spanish-style “castle” in Hacienda Heights, CA
Located in Hacienda Heights, CA, just over 20 minutes from Los Angeles, this Spanish Colonial castle from the 1930s is a quiet haven, complete with meditation tower and stunning views of the surrounding San Gabriel Valley.
Set on over four acres, the property includes the main house, two guesthouses, pool, and outdoor fireplace. This is the perfect space for an intimate retreat or workshop, away from the hustle and bustle of LA.
9. This French chateau in Newport Beach, CA
This French chateau in Newport Beach, CA proves that castles don’t always have to feel rustic. Classic columns and wrought iron railings are set atop gleaming marble floors. A modern kitchen, pool and hot tub, and indoor movie theater bring this castle firmly into the modern day. With a capacity of 150 people and a spacious 4,000 square feet (including a ballroom!) this space has classy black-tie affair written all over it.