If a man's home is his castle, what does that make a rented vacation home? That can also be a castle. Literally.

The hip new trend in travel is a decidedly ancient affair. Ancient, as in, castles and châteaux built by royalty and other well-to-do families throughout the Middle Ages and early modern period. Though most of these estates now available for rent exist in Europe, U.S. tourists have a couple domestic options as well.

Even as rentals, these can be pricey affairs, depending on your tastes. For example, one night at a room in Ireland's Ashford Castle can be priced anywhere from €235 ($310.00) for an average room during the offseason to €950 ($1,250) for the castle's suite during busy season.

For a truly royal stay, travelers also have the option to rent out entire castles in some cases.

New Hampshire's Rindge castle, for example, may lack the history of its European counterparts (it was built in 1995), but it can accomodate up to 22 guests for the (relative) bargain of $1,400 per night -- knight in shining armor not included.

PHOTOS of castles for rent:

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  • Castle Lagorce - France

    Castle Lagorce is a 15th-century French Castle in the village of Haux, near Bordeaux, South France. Amenities: 21 bedrooms Private carp fishing lake Near many golf courses, vineyards and wineries <a href="http://www.chateaulagorce.co.uk/" target="_blank">Go here for more details on how to rent this property</a>.

  • Luttrellstown Castle - Ireland

    Luttrellstown Castle is 20 minutes west of Dublin's city center. The castle offers an 18-hole golf course and more than 560 acres of peace and quiet. Accommodations: 12 bedrooms, sleeps 24 Championship golf course <a href="http://www.luttrellstowncastle.com/index.html" target="_blank">Go here for more details on how to rent this property.</a>

  • Drenagh Mansion - Ireland

    Drenagh Mansion is located in northwest Ireland, a short distance from the city of Derry. Accommodations: 8 bedrooms, sleeps 16 Billiard room Library 2 dining rooms Indoor pool Spa facilities Children's nursery <a href="http://www.drenagh.com/" target="_blank">Go here for more details on how to rent this property.</a>

  • Château de Bagnols - France

    Dating back to the 13th century, Château de Bagnols is a four-star establishment near Lyon. It offers ballooning, carriage rides and wine tasting. Accommodations: A series of apartments for individual rentals Salle des Gardes restaurant Exclusive use of the château <a href="http://www.chateaudebagnols.com/home.html" target="_blank">Go here for more details on how to rent this property.</a>

  • Lough Cutra Castle - Ireland

    Lough Cutra Castle overlooks a private lake and is only a short ride from Galway City. The castle offers exclusive access to guests for almost any occasion. Accommodations: 9 bedrooms Pike fishing Duck hunting Trails for running, walking, cycling, etc. <a href="http://www.loughcutra.com/" target="_blank">Go here for more details on how to rent this property.</a>

  • Blair Castle Estate - Scotland

    Blair Castle Estate is a beautiful piece of Scottish history and a gorgeous place to stay. The estate sits on 250 acres and is only a 20-minute drive to Glasgow. Accommodations: 15 bedrooms with private baths, sleeping up to 30 adults Unique private dining experiences Outdoor heated swimming pool <a href="http://www.celticcastles.com/castles/blair-castle-estate/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Go here for more details on how to rent this property.</a>

  • Aldourie Castle - Scotland

    Aldourie Castle is located near the city of Inverness on the banks of Loch Ness. It offers a secluded feeling even though it is only a few short minutes from town. Accommodations: 15 bedrooms with private baths Wonderful gardens and woodlands Loch Ness <a href="http://www.celticcastles.com/castles/aldourie-castle/default.aspx" target="_blank">Go here for more details on how to rent this property.</a>

  • Château de Crazannes - France

    Château de Crazannes was once a medieval fortress. Today it comes fully equipped with a moat and a rich history. A gorgeous chapel on-site makes it the perfect place for a wedding! Accommodations: 5 bedrooms Heated swimming pool Guided tours of the grounds <a href="http://www.crazannes.com/en" target="_blank">Go here for more details on how to rent this property.</a>

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