For a history lover, the world is rife with bucket-list destinations. But what about staying on the grounds of a historic estate, or a hotel in the heart of a 16th-century castle? Whether the homes themselves tell a story or put Inspirato members right in the heart of a historic center, these five homes and hotels are the perfect getaway for a history buff.
Il Campanile — Tuscany, Italy
Technically three separate villas—Villa Bellezza, La Villetta, and Villa Collina—this estate tucked into the Tuscan countryside as constructed in the 11th century. Once a small community, Il Campanile includes an on-site church that can be rented out for special occasions. Wake up to views of olive groves, vineyards, and rolling hills, and take a quick 35-minute drive to nearby Siena, deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Maison de L’Amiral — Bordeaux, France
This 18th-century home in France’s famed Bordeaux wine region is situated within the Castillon la Batille, a charming compound along the Dordogne River. History buffs will love that the compound was the site of the final battle of the Hundred Years’ War (a decisive French victory over the British). Sip wine with river views while lounging on Maison de L’Amiral’s second-story terrace, and take a quick 20-minute drive to sample even more at Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its wines, particularly merlot.
The Lenox Hotel — Boston, Massachusetts
This luxe boutique hotel puts members in the heart of United States history. The Lenox, family-owned for generations, first opened its doors in 1900 and has since gone on to become a Boston landmark. The Lenox is within walking distance of several city landmarks, like Boston Common, the oldest city park in the U.S.—it was founded in 1634. History lovers can’t miss the Freedom Trail, passing by 16 locations significant to America’s founding.
Dromoland Castle — Shannon, County Clare, Ireland
For Inspirato members who have dreamt of waking up in a real castle, Ireland’s Dromoland awaits. Nestled in along Ireland’s western coast, Dromoland Castle boasts 450 acres with multiple bars, a spa, and a plethora of activities to tickle a history-lover’s fancy, like falconry and archery. The castle, first constructed in the 16th century, has been the historic home of the Barons of Inchiquin, one of the few native Gaelic families who can trace their lineage to Ireland’s last High King, Brian Boru.
Villa Pliniana — Lake Como, Italy
This fully restored 16th-century palazzo—named for Como natives and famous historians Pliny the Younger and Elder—has one of the richest histories in the Inspirato portfolio. A sprawling estate on the shores of Italy’s famed Lake Como, it’s played host to a plethora of famous guests throughout the centuries: Napoleon Bonaparte, Romantic poets Percy Byshee Shelley and Lord Byron, and famed Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini, who even composed his Tancredi opera within the walls of the villa. Lounge on the lawns of Villa Pliniana’s 18 acres with sweeping views of the lake, and see what inspired the Romantics with a stroll through the property’s lush gardens.