Cross the pond for Valentine’s Day and book a romantic break with a difference at Thornewood Castle, Lakewood, Washington (thornewoodcastle.com). It took three shiploads of treasures from Europe to complete this elaborate castle, a monument to millionaire Chester Thorne’s love for his wife, who decided they needed their very own castle, reports Budget Travel.
Built at the beginning of the 20th-century and designed by architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter, this fifty-four room Tudor-Gothic style mansion house sports three-inch-thick solid oak doors and a grand staircase from a 16th-century English manor, red-brick facing from Wales, stained glass from the collection of an English duke and Florentine marble for the fireplaces. Thorne spared no expense, fleeting three supply ships to get these treasures to Washington State via Cape Horn.
Not only did he invest a fortune in the building itself, but Thorne also hired the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm, who worked on New York’s Central Park, to design a spectacular traditional English garden with wisteria and climbing hydrangea. It took 28 gardeners to keep the gardens looking regal.
The castle continues its link with love, and is often used for romantic wedding receptions. Eight suites are available for seriously up-market bed and breakfast, with prices starting at $275 a night.