Friday 28 July 2017

Hotel Transylvania: How to spend Halloween night at Dracula's Castle

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Bran Castle, Transylvania. Photo: Deposit
Bran Castle, Transylvania. Photo: Deposit
Bran Castle - now on Airbnb. Photo: Airbnb.ie
Bran Castle - now on Airbnb. Photo: Airbnb.ie
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Fancy spending a night at Dracula's Castle? Vampire fans will seriously want to sink their teeth into this one.

"Nestled in the Carpathian mountains, high in the heart of Transylvania, lies the home of the most chilling tale of the nineteenth century.

"Are you brave enough to test the myth?"

That's the opening line of Airbnb's latest offbeat listing - the spectacular and storied Bran Castle, bang in the middle of Romania.

The holiday rental site has had colourful once-off rentals in the past, ranging from an Ikea to a shark tank, but this takes some beating.

Two competition winners will stay for one night only this October 31, hosted by none other than Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker's great grandnephew.

Guests will be flown from anywhere in the world, arrive by horse-drawn carriage, can explore all 57 rooms (plus a secret stairwell), and will enjoy a candlelit dinner.

Oh, and they'll sleep in "luxurious velvet-trimmed coffins".

Bran Castle - now on Airbnb. Photo: Airbnb.ie
Bran Castle - now on Airbnb. Photo: Airbnb.ie

And there will be House Rules...

  • No garlic or garlic-scented items allowed
  • You are kindly requested to leave your silver jewellery at home
  • Do not cross the cutlery. In fact, please refrain from placing anything in a
    Cross formation
  • Beware of the bats in the castle tower
  • Please close all curtains before sunrise
  • The count is not a fan of mirror selfies

Bran Castle dates from 1377 and is popularly held to have been both the home of the Wallachian prince, Vlad Tepes, and the Dracula legend.

As to whether it inspired Bram Stoker... well, that's another story.

To enter, visit airbnb.com/night-at/dracula and answer the question: 'What would you say to the Count if you were to come face-to-fang with him in his own castle?'

The competition closes at 11.59pm CET on October 26. 

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