Knoxville castle is the coolest Airbnb rental ever

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WTHR) - An overnight stay in a real-life Scottish castle is just a road trip away.

Williamswood Castle in Knoxville, Tennessee is now taking reservations on Airbnb. The three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom castle is modeled after a Scottish hunting lodge and is called "Knoxville's most unique estate."

Julia Tucker, who is now 97, designed the home in the 1990s in honor of her late son, Bill Powell.

"When he died she said I am going to build a castle. He played the bagpipes and our family is from Scotland so she took a yellow pad, a legal pad, started sketching, found a builder and just started from there," Tucker's daughter, Judy Roy told WBIR-TV.

Roy's daughter Julia grew up in the castle, which was a dream playground for a child.

"There are a lot of good hidely holes and secret passageways," she said.

Including a staircase hidden by a bookcase, something straight out of a Scooby Doo cartoon.

Because of the secret staircase and other unique "amenities" of the home, guests receive a tour of the castle, as well as instruction on how to operate the place.

Other features in and around the 4,500-square foot palace, which can handle groups of up to six for a rental, are ponds, gardens and forests, 500 feet of riverfront on the Tennessee River (plus numerous balconies overlooking the water), a personal pub, antique furniture - including a sleigh bed for people under six feet tall only! - and it all sits inside 300 acres of the Ijams Nature Center.

(But let's be honest, we'd just go for the secret staircase!)

There are modern amenities, too, including Wi-Fi, heating, air conditioning and a full kitchen, but there's no word of moats or drawbridges.

The castle rents for $425 a night most days, with the rent increasing to $575 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Knoxville is about a five-hour drive from Indianapolis.

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