What if you could spend the night in Sleeping Beauty’s castle or Rapunzel’s tower? Maybe the Sultan’s palace from Aladdin or King Triton’s castle is more your style? My girls have been obsessed with Frozen and would die to know that we could stay in a castle that resembles Elsa and Anna’s home. The world’s leading vacation rental website, HomeAway, is helping make childhood fantasies a reality with their Disney princess-inspired vacation rentals. These beautiful homes range from quaint cottages to majestic castles, so there’s something for everyone.
Though her life in Atlantica is full of sisters, admirers, and a host of fishy friends, Ariel spends her time daydreaming about humans and their landlubbing ways. Situated among the coral reefs and playful dolphins of Isla Mujeres, this unique dwelling is the closest you can get to living underwater while remaining on land — perfect for indecisive princesses who want the best of both worlds!
Prince Eric: “Isn't this great? The salty sea air, the wind blowing in your face!”
If Prince Eric’s coastal castle is more your style, this Turkish villa on the Lycian coast is for you. Dotted with olive trees and shady terraces, this luxurious rental is the perfect place to take a long bubble bath or brush your hair with a fork — just watch out for testy French cooks!
Magic Mirror: “Over the seven jeweled hills, beyond the seventh fall; in the cottage of the seven dwarfs dwells Snow White — fairest of them all.”
To recreate Snow White’s experience (without the endless sweeping and mopping), make your way to this enchanting cottage in the Irish countryside. This charming home comfortably sleeps eight: perfect for you and seven of your shortest friends. Just don’t visit any mysterious apple orchards along the way!
Maleficent: “Behold — King Stefan's castle. And in yonder topmost tower, dreaming of her true love, the Princess Aurora.”
Though Disney’s 1959 film had Aurora asleep for what seemed like a nap, the original tale by Charles Perrault had the princess sleeping for an entire century. But what exactly did the drowsy royal dream about for those 100 years? She just might have been imagining a getaway at this magnificent castle in the Scottish highlands. With towers, turrets, and twisting staircases a plenty, this incredible home resembles something you may have seen once upon a dream.
Lumiere: “Ma chere Mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight.”
Is your glass still considered “half empty” if an enchanted kettle is doing the pouring? Though imprisoned in the castle of the fearful Beast, Belle finds new friends in a set of enchanted household objects who welcome her with grande hospitalité and a song. This opulent dwelling in the Catskills invites visitors to get lost in winding passageways similar to those of Beast’s sprawling palace in Beauty and the Beast. But is it also filled with dancing candlesticks and a transformed prince? You’ll have to stay there to find out. Go on — be our guest.
Narrator: “Here in a stately chateau there lived a widowed gentleman and his little daughter, Cinderella.”
Nothing is permanent in Cinderella’s world — stepmothers turn wicked, ball invitations are revoked, and pumpkins turn into carriages in the blink of an eye. Lucky for you, a trip to this dreamy French chateau doesn’t have to end at the stroke of midnight. Located at Indre-et-Loire in the Loire Valley of France, this regal residence contains quiet libraries, winding mezzanines, and wide expanses of impeccably maintained lawns. Just be careful not to lose a glass slipper while exploring this 76,000-square-foot mansion — it may be difficult to find.
Relive Tiana's adventures in the “Big Easy” by staying in this historic mansion in the Garden District of New Orleans, whose winding verandas and fluted columns provide a great hiding place for kiddos and enchanted frog princes alike.
Villagers: “By the waters sweet and clean. Where the mighty sturgeon lives.”
Whether she’s painting with the colors of the wind or diving off of waterfalls with her trusty raccoon Meeko, Pocahontas is a thrill-seeker of the highest order. Relive her adventures by exploring the foothills of the Preseli Mountains: a land of peaks, rivers, and plains. During the day, fish for trout while watching for whales off the coast of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. At night, relax in this cozy yurt reminiscent of the rounded dwellings occupied by Pocahontas and other members of her tribe.
Mulan: “With all due respect, Your Excellency, I think I’ve been away from home long enough.”
Eager to bring honor to her family in any way she can, Mulan strikes out on a journey which takes her far from home. If you’re looking for a tranquil base to return to after a day of adventuring, book a stay in this gorgeous lookalike villa resembling the homestead of Fa Mulan’s family. Peaceful lotus ponds and serene gardens provide the perfect venue to commune with one’s ancestors — pesky dragon spirits not included.
Rapunzel: "Stuck in the same place I've always been. And I'll keep wondering, and wondering, and wondering, when will my life begin?"
Recreate Rapunzel’s secluded getaway and stay in this 15th-century stronghold in the Aragon region of Spain. This beautifully restored defensive tower is a great place to paint a masterpiece or read a book (maybe two or three). But if you start to get antsy, don’t worry — this rental comes equipped with plenty of windows and doors that lead to the outside world!
Narrator: “Oh, I come from a land, from a faraway place where the caravan camels roam.”
As the only daughter of a powerful ruler, Jasmine lives a life of luxurious seclusion within the walled keep of the Sultan’s palace in Agrabah. Though the palace serves as a gilded prison for the strong-willed princess, visitors to this look-alike lair will be wowed by the open floor plan and lofty ceilings of this extravagant Moroccan villa. With a heated pool, detoxifying steam room, and plenty of room for visiting dignitaries, this is the perfect place to experience the life of an Arabian princess.
Elsa: "Let the storm rage on! The cold never bothered me anyway."
Elsa’s power over ice and snow is a constant source of trouble for the young queen-to-be. Despite her best efforts, the kingdom of Arendelle eventually becomes afflicted with eternal winter. For those who fear frostbite but love Frozen, take a trip to this gorgeous lookalike rental in sunny Florida. This gated keep bears a striking resemblance to the high-walled fortress featured in the film and comfortably sleeps 20 — perfect for a small kingdom (or a large family) in town for an extended stay.
Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.