Most Thronies (fans of Game of Thrones, just in case you’re wondering) would have had seen the opening episode of Season 7 by now. And some would have been busy spilling out spoilers to all and sundry. While some took to screaming about a certain redhead singer’s cameo appearance.
To celebrate the new season, HomeAway, a world leader in vacation rentals, has “premiered” a list of seven properties that promise to immerse true GoT fans in the world of Westeros. Some of the properties might have been the inspiration of the iconic buildings featured in the series. Hey winter is finally here, so time to start thinking of your year-end vacation!
Be the King in the North on your next vacation when you book this magnificent HomeAway castle in France, which could pass off for the home of House Stark. Tread through centuries-old stones and candlelit pathways that could easily have housed the noble Starks, though it’s less spartan with modern amenities like WiFi and washing machines. Perfect for up to 14 guests, you will hopefully live to tell the tale of your time at this property!
An impregnable fortress that would make any army falter, Riverrun was last home to the treacherous Lord Frey, who masterminded the tragic Red Wedding. This glorious lookalike is a Victorian mansion located in Britain, which houses 14 bedrooms and is fully-equipped with modern amenities and is surrounded by woodland. It’s perfect for hosting special occasions…even weddings.
3. Tower of Joy
Closely resembling the Tower of Joy, where a newborn Jon Snow was entrusted to Ned Stark by a dying Lyanna Stark, is this historic tower house located in Roaring Water Bay, Ireland. The medieval tower is over 500 years old and was last restored in 2000, though the designer deliberately kept the medieval elements and original building materials as a nod to its heritage.
4. Storm’s End
Since the death of Stannis Baratheon, also known as the Lord of Storm’s End, it is uncertain who owns the castle. Said to be protected by spells woven into its walls, Storm’s End is one of the mightiest fortresses in all of Westeros, withstanding countless sieges from enemies. Stake your claim for the castle by staying at this amazing property located in Devonshire, England.
5. Horn Hill
Dun’s Castle, located near Edinburgh in Scotland, bears striking resemblance to House Tarly of Horn Hill, one of the most powerful vassal houses in Westeros. Horn Hill may have only accommodated the Tarly family of five, but this listing can host up to 23 guests in its 12 bedrooms.
6. Walls of King’s Landing
A look at the pristine seawater from Tower Capperina in Italy may bring to mind the tragic battle at Blackwater Bay, the largest war amongst the Five Kings to date. Like the strong walls of King’s Landing which saved the Lannisters, this property will ensure a safe and memorable getaway for a family of four.
7. Temple in King Renly’s Camp
The temple in King Renly’s Camp may be all but a faint memory to Game of Thrones fans, only featured in the background in one of the scenes. However, this amazing temple is one of Northern Ireland’s most photographed sights, with two nearby beaches set up as filming locations for Dragonstone and the Dorne Coast.
While staying at the temple is not an option, HomeAway has the perfect alternative. An entire vacation home which sleeps up to 14 people, the Paine Family Geodesic Dome located in West Virginia features massive stone fire places and a cosy atmosphere that will keep you warm as winter finally arrives.