Only daring and brave souls need apply to stay at this Airbnb. With help from the accommodation site, Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula’s lair in the classic novel by Bram Stoker, is opening its doors this Halloween. Fans of the Gothic horror novel can enter the Airbnb-hosted contest to win a trip to the Transylvania region of Romania for an overnight stay at the medieval castle on October 31st.
Channeling the journey of the novel’s protagonist, Jonathan Harker, one winner and a guest will travel at sunset in a horse-drawn carriage to the mountain-top castle. To help the guests fully immerse themselves in vampire lore, Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker’s great grand-nephew and vampire expert, will serve as a guide for the night. He will take guests on a tour of the castle’s secret passages and dark corridors while explaining the history and legend of Dracula. After exploring some of the 57 rooms in the castle, guests will be treated to a candlelit dinner featuring the same dishes described in the book, such as "robber beef steak" and “paprika hendl chicken”. When it’s time for sleep, a traditional bed won’t do. Luxurious, velvet-trimmed coffins in the Count’s crypt will act as a resting place for the night. And in the morning, courageous guests can risk watching the sun rise at breakfast on the castle’s terrace.
Of course, there are a few playful “house rules” for the overnight stay, including no garlic or garlic-scented items, no silver jewelry, and no mirror selfies. Guests should also beware the bats in the tower, refrain from placing anything in a cross formation, and close the curtains before sunrise.
To enter the contest, go to the listing page, click “Enter to Win,” and answer the prompt: “What would you say to the Count if you were to come face-to-fang with him in his own castle?” Entries are being accepted until October 26th.
Take a look at some photos from the castle below, courtesy of Airbnb: