Credit the historical romances of Sir Walter Scott for putting the castle into the popular imagination as the locale for swashbuckling tales of chivalric knights, fair maidens, and courtly love.
In truth, castles began as fortresses to guard trade routes, river crossings, and other strategic waypoints. Towns sprung up around them, and the nobility built castles to protect their own domains from contentious rivals.
Today’s castles bear little resemblance to their cramped and draughty ancestors. This edition of Luxury Defined presents historic structures converted into luxuriously appointed private homes.
Lavish amenities like spas, elevators, underfloor heating, and chef’s kitchens are designed to satisfy modern tastes, especially when they’re set against the medieval grandeur of a castle with centuries-old mosaic floors, stone fireplaces, and stained-glass windows.
Whether the castle of your dreams is Gothic, Baroque, or Neoclassical, these residences exemplify master craftsmanship on a grand scale with timeless order and contemporary appeal.