October 19, 2016 8:28 am

Airbnb have just announced that Bran Castle in Transylvania, the inspiration for Dracula’s castle, has been listed on Airbnb for this year’s Halloween.

Horror fans will have the chance to win a spooky night at the vampire lair, which will be hosted by the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker himself, Dacre Stoker, a well-respected vampire expert.

On October 31, two guests will relive the story of Jonathan Harker, the protagonist from Bram Stoker’s famous novel, Dracula, as they journey to the castle by horse-drawn carriage through Transylvania with the sun setting towards the horizon, surrounded by bats and the howling of wolves.

Guests will then meet Dacre, who will share ghost stories with them, before giving them a little bit of historic insight into the world of Dracula.

‘Bran Castle is where the legend of Dracula was born, and I have many stories to share as I guide the guests through the dark secret passages of the castle for a private unveiling of its many mysteries.

‘Bram Stoker included many references to real people and real historical anecdotes and questioned whether vampires are really a myth at all,’ said Dacre Stoker.

After a dark tour, the guests will find a candlelit dinner awaiting them, before they will then be free to settle in for the night – or to settle as much as possible given the fact they will be sleeping in a creepy castle.

Oh, and guests will be expected to sleep in ‘luxurious velvet-trimmed coffins’, completely alone.

If guests manage to get through the night, they will be awoken with an early breakfast on the castle’s terrace, watching the sun rise over the beautiful Transylvanian horizon.

So, how can you win a chance to experience what the ultimate horror fan can only dream of? Visit the listing page, where you will need to answer this one simple question: ‘What would you say to the Count if you were to come face-to-fang with him in his own castle?’ in as dark a way as possible.

Winners will be flown to the castle from anywhere in the world – as long as they are over 18.

The competition ends at 11:59pm on October 26 2016.


Welcome to my house! Enter freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring!

Beware! Vampires have been seen after the sun sets

No garlic or garlic-scented items allowed, including perfume

You are kindly requested to leave your silver jewelry at home

The same rule applies for all holy symbols

Do not cross the cutlery. In fact, please refrain from placing anything in a cross formation

Be aware of the bats in the castle tower

Be sure to extinguish all burning candles before going to bed

Please close all curtains before sunrise

The Count is not a fan of mirror selfies

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This post was written by Nadia Vella