Along the beautiful coastline of Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina, lies a real castle. Built by philanthropist Archer Milton Huntington and his noted sculptress wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington, their home was called Atalaya, modeled in a Spanish Mediterranean style. This served as the winter home for the couple and a place for Anna to spend time sculpting.
Today, visitors can take a self-guided tour or guided tours (based on season). Once entered, the castle has an abandoned feel to it as all rooms stand empty but if you pause a moment, you can imagine the Huntington's life as it may have been in this little slice of South Carolina heaven.
In addition to tours, Atalaya hosts an arts and craft fair in September and seasonally, nightly ghost walks can be taken.
Opens at 6am throughout the year, however, closing time varies so check website for current times.
There is a small admission fee to visit Atalaya, check website for details. Free guided tours offered March 1 - October 31. Audio Tour is available for an additional fee.
16148 Ocean Hwy, Murrells Inlet, SC