Nestled in the Carpathian mountains in the heart of Transylvania, Bran Castle is a little spooky, but you have to admit it’s in a great location.
Bran Castle was built in the 14th century, but it really came into its own when author Bram Stoker used it as the inspiration for his classic horror novel, Dracula, in 1897.
Now, you can Airbnb it, and replicate Dracula protagonist Jonathan Harker’s journey into darkness.
You’ll take a horse-drawn carriage through Transylvania as the sun sets and the wolves begin to howl. When you come around the final bend on the tree-lined road, you’ll catch your first glimpse of your home for the night, Bran Castle.
When you knock on the castle’s imposing wooden doors, Dacre Stoker — Bram Stoker’s great grandnephew — will answer, and will serve as your host for the night. And remember — no matter what happens, you can’t leave until dawn.
Stoker will take you through the castle’s labyrinth of lamp-lit corridors, creepy nooks and squeaky staircases. You’ll be free to traipse through all 57 rooms, from lofty tower lookouts to deep, dark crypts, and even enjoy a brilliant view of the Carpathians from the terrace.
A secret passage on the first floor will lead you to the grand dining room where an intimate candlelit dinner awaits you, prepared exactly as Bram Stoker’s novel describes.
Following your meal, you’ll be left to sleep in luxurious velvet-trimmed coffins in the seclusion of the Count’s crypt.
Oh, yeah, that’s right, did we not mention earlier that you’ll be sleeping in a coffin in Dracula’s castle?
Because yeah, you’ll be sleeping in a coffin.
In Dracula’s castle.
Hope you’re not afraid of the dark or anything.
Unfortunately, this experience isn’t open to just anybody — you have to be chosen. To win the chance to spend the night at Dracula’s Castle with a friend on 31 October, you’ll have to head to the Airbnb listing and get your entry in by 26 October. You’ll have to answer one question — if you were to come face-to-face with Dracula in his castle, what would you say to him?
The winner and their guest will be flown in to Transylvania from anywhere in the world.
Oh, and if you win, make sure you follow the house rules — no garlic or garlic-scented items allowed, no silver jewellry, no crossing the cutlery (or placing anything else in a cross formation), absolutely no mirror selfies, and please, whatever you do, make sure you close all the curtains before sunrise…