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European hotels with history

Castle Hotels & Mansions is a select familiy of romantic castles, historic hotels, luxurious manors, villas, country homes and restaurants in central, eastern and southern Europe, with members in Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and Germany. The story of this unique association of European heritage and history starts in the mid sixties of the past century and takes place during the world famous Salzburg Festival....

The Tale of the Civilised Host

Once upon a time, there was a music-loving Austrian aristocrat who opened up her summer residence to paying guests during the Salzburg Festival. Her civilised motive was pure pleasure and, with the likes of Bruno Walter and Toscanini gathered around her piano, pleasure was duly shared with all her guests.

Forty years on, her great-nephew needed such guests to sustain their 14th century estate, as did owners of other romantic castles and handsome mansions. So they came together, to create a family of civilised hosts and homes. This became known as the Schlosshotels family.

As in any family, the owners exchanged many a story and different point of view, often over a good meal and a roaring fire, but they agreed on the most important principles of their collaboration: their individuality should never be compromised; guests should always feel at home, rather than in a typical hotel; their staff should feel a sense of vocation, just as the owners had chosen theirs; and the common objective was to hand on each estate, heritage preserved and enhanced, for future generations.

Yet there was something else that brought these civilised hosts together, something that became more and more apparent as guests – famous and otherwise – spread the word. For each individual guest had a favourite Schlosshotel story to tell, just as did each individual host. Schlosshotels were story-hotels, like no others.

This castle has its grand piano,on which an ancestor wrote “The Blue Danube” – what stories that instrument has overheard. That castle has its ghosts and “The English Patient”, whose birth was greeted by a spectral visit. Whilst this equally venerable knight’s castle strangely boasts it never saw as much as a quarrel.

Sometimes the original owners proved less enlightened and were succeeded by a new kind of duke, to illuminate a fairytale come true. And down on the Habsburgs’ favoured riviera, another new host has restored a haven of wellness.

In a mansion at the heart of old Vienna, all stories return to the artist’s soul, for guests with soul. Whilst near a very different artists’ colony in the mountains, the countess tells of Hohenlohe and Wittgenstein parties, and the romance of “The Original Deer Hunter”. And down by the lake, where a philosopher built his retreat, here Edward Duke of Windsor came after abdication and wrote of his “place of peace”.

In eighty years, the story of the civilised host has added many chapters, as each new member of the castle hotels & mansions family has taken another place by the roaring fire, there to add more fuel to the legend of the story-hotels.

Where each hotel has its stories. And every guest can take part.

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