As Buddhists say, we all were kings and queens in our previous lives. We invite you to recall those simple royal pleasures with your darlings, spending a few days with your Valentine or family in a real castle in Latvia. Here’s a top five of exceedingly beautiful manors, offering full hospitality services, including restaurants, SPA, accommodation, horseback riding, excursions and even medieval style weddings. To have the possibility to stop for a walk in small fairy-tale Latvian cities, why not rent a car with GPS for your ‘royal travel’.
Neo-Gothic Biriņi castle (www.birinupils.lv) was built in 1860
and is considered the most impressive representative of Latvian
manor architecture. Located close to Riga (just 55km), it is located
near the picturesque lake Biriņi, surrounded by parks, ponds, hills
and meadows. Offers horseback riding, saunas, event celebration,
conferences, children activities.
Dīkļi Castle (www.diklupils.lv),
a neo-Baroque palace, built in 1896 is surrounded by a 20 hectar
park with a duck pond. The original interior is well preserved, and
it has a collection of beautiful stoves and fireplaces. The manor offers
eco SPA, romantic holiday packages. We recommend to take
an extreme off-road hiking tour around the palace, the beautifully
rapid Gauja river and enormous (up to 25m!) high sandstone cliffs.
Kukšu Manor (www.kuksumuiza.lv) was built in 1725. It is the
only manor in the Baltics where original wall-paintings have been
preserved and restored. 11 accommodation rooms are decorated
with impeccable preciseness. The owners are professional antiquarians,
so each object is a piece of art and history. Adored by
local and overseas diplomats, interior designers and stylists.
Jaunpils castle (www.jaunpilspils.lv) was built in 1301
as a fortress for the Livonian order. The site is famous for its
re-enacted theatrical tours. Get familiar with the daily life of medieval
monks, jesters, lords and servants of the castle. Serves as
a hotel, restaurant, medieval pub and a museum. Wonderful church
and water mill.
Neo Gothic/Art Nouveau Jaunmoku palace
(www.jaunmokupils.lv) was built in the first half of 19th century as
a hunting residence for Riga mayor George Armitstead. One of
Jaunmoku Palace’s highlights is its forestry museum with the finest
collection of hunting weapons. Participate in a winter orienteering
game—with snowshoes—around the palace area. Works also as a
hotel, conference facility and restaurant.