• Estancia de Candelaria
  • Inverlochy, Scotland
  • Schoenburg, Germany
  • Kingswear, England

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1 Castle Hotel Schöenburg, Germany

Perched high above the medieval town of Oberwesel, this is one of Germany's most romantic castle hotels. All 17 doubles have their charm: some are wood-panelled; most have four-posters; number 22 has a precariously spectacular Rhine-side balcony. Take a boat trip along the river and then drink fine wines on the castle's terrace.

While you're there… Make the most of the surrounding Unesco-listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley: vineyards, forests and fine hiking trails. Frankfurt is 55km away.

From €150 (£129) pn; www.hotel-schoenburg.com

2 Estancia Candelaria, nr Buenos Aires, Argentina

Built in 1894 on a former working cattle farm, this fancy French castle boasts Louis XIV-style furniture and antique charm. Enjoy a romantic dinner by candlelight then embrace a bit of Argentine tradition: the weekly gaucho festival includes feisty polo matches and demonstrations of Creole skills.

While you're there… Ride out on the pampa like a cowboy. Head west to the winelands of Mendoza, east (115km) to the tango bars of Buenos Aires.

From US$500 (£311) pn; www.estanciacandelaria.com

3 Parador de Alarcón, nr Cuenca, Spain

This eighth-century Arab fortress overlooking the meandering Júcar River has seen many sieges over the centuries; now you can hole-up here yourself. The rooms have all been built within the old walls (including one in the old watchtower) - all exposed brick, draping fabrics and luxuriantly big beds.

While you're there… Visit the Old Town and cliff-edge houses of Cuenca (90km) and take to the Castile-La Mancha wine routes for private tastings.

From €164.50 (£141) pn; www.parador.es/en/parador-de-alarcon

4 Château de Tennessus, Poitou Charentes, France

Entering this authentic medieval fortress - complete with moat, drawbridge and arrow slits - is like returning to the Middle Ages. Three of the magnificent B&B rooms occupy their own floors in the 600-year-old keep, and are festooned with chivalric wall hangings, thick beams, vast fireplaces and canopied beds. Eat breakfast by candlelight, then row and fish in the moat and wander the period gardens.

While you're there… Start in historical Poitiers (50km east); divert south to the leafy waterways of the Marais Poitevin, perfect for boating.

From €120 (£103) pn; www.tennessus.com

5 Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, Scotland

Queen Victoria was rather taken by this spot: the pleasingly turreted 19th century castle is nestled in the shadows of Ben Nevis, and surrounded by evergreen forest and a clear-blue loch. Rooms are baronial-grand and frilly; the restaurant Michelin-starred; the views fit for royalty.

While you're there… Get out into the wilds of Glencoe, raise a dram at the Ben Nevis distillery (or climb the peak itself) and try your hand at fly-fishing or clay-pigeon shooting on the Achnacarry Estate.

From £320 pn; www.inverlochycastlehotel.com

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