Airbnb offers stay in Count Dracula's castle

Music 18/10/2016
Plenty of people have stayed in some pretty creepy hotel rooms - but how would you like to stay in a vampire's castle?

He's one of the most iconic villains of all time, with the enduring legacy of Count Dracula playing out on the page and screen for nearly 120 years.

Now, accommodation website Airbnb is offering a competition to willing victims who want to spend the night in the home of Count Dracula.

Bran Castle in Romania is said to be the home of Vlad the Impaler, the origin of Bram Stoker's Dracula legend.

Each year, 630,000 vampire enthusiasts visit the castle.

This Halloween, it'll have two new residents - the first time anyone's stayed the night in 70 years.

The castle was put on room-sharing website Airbnb for the night with the site encouraging applicants to imagine what they'd say to the Count if they met him.

"You won't eat any garlic, you won't touch any silver, you won't look into any mirrors, so you'll live the life as if it was Count Dracula," says Airbnb's Ekaterina Kukurenko.

The lucky, or unlucky, winners will also be able to spend the night in a real coffin, though Airbnb says beds are on hand if things get too spooky.