With hotel prices all but recovered from the recession that forced them to slash rates, it seems vacation rentals are an increasingly popular alternative. According to TripAdvisor, 49 percent of travelers have stayed or planned to stay in a vacation rental in 2013, up from 46 percent in 2012 and 40 percent in 2011.
With that in mind, we're on the lookout for some of the world's most fantastic rental properties (check out our story on vacation homes with amazing infinity pools). HomeAway.com, a leading vacation rental home site, tracked down several castles available for rent. One has 43 bedrooms and can sleep you plus 119 of your closest friends.
Prices are per week and vary by season.