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Luxury Castle Hotels in Ireland
Castle hotels Ireland offer you the chance to take a step back in time and enjoy the unique luxury and history of a castle stay during your vacation in Ireland. Browse our hand-picked selection of magnificent Irish Castle Hotels, each offering its own unique style and grace. Castles in Ireland are renowned the world over for their warm Irish welcome and idyllic Irish surroundings, which when combined with stately luxury and superb cuisine, will make your stay in Ireland an unforgettable vacation experience.
Each of our Irish Castle Hotels boast wonderfully decorated, ornate rooms capturing the glory and mystery of times past. Our Ireland Castles offer all the modern comforts of a luxury hotel, without compromising on the medieval ambience you would expect when you decide to stay in a renowned castle hotel in Ireland.
Ashford Castle, surrounded by the immense lawns and beautiful forests of its 350 acre private estate, overlooking the sparkling waters and picturesque islands of Lough Corrib, is so grand, so beautiful, and so magical, that it is hard to believe your imagination is not playing tricks on you. Yet real it is. In the 13th century a monastery stood on this site, but this was replaced by a castle which became the home of the Guinness brewing family in 1715. They massively extended the house and estate over the next two hundred years and in 1939 it became one of Ireland’s most impressive and renowned hotels. The splendour of the setting and the exterior is more than matched by the lavishly decorated interiors. These boast ornate fireplaces, wood panelled walls, vaulted ceilings, crystal chandeliers and huge staircases, as well as rich fabrics and antique furnishings loving accumulated over hundreds of years by those with excellent taste and deep pockets. Not surprisingly it is regarded as one of the most magical wedding venues in all Ireland. Guests dine in the George V Restaurant, built by the Guinness family to host the Prince of Wales in 1906. This is one of the premiere Castle Restaurants in Ireland, graced by the exquisite cuisine of Chef Stefan Matz. More informal dining is provided in Cullen’s Cottage Restaurant beside the river that runs through the estate, or in the castle’s atmospheric dungeons. The Drawing Room also serves light meals and snacks during the day, as well as a magnificent traditional Afternoon Tea. The Prince of Wales bar, also created for the visit of the heir to the English throne, makes a wonderful setting for a relaxing drink. Given the castle’s previous owners the signature cocktail is Black Velvet – equal parts of Champagne and Guinness. Each of the castle’s 83 rooms and suites is individually designed, some with four poster beds, open fireplaces and claw foot bath tubs. Many of the original features have been preserved but all are equipped with modern amenities including Wi-Fi and interactive TV. Because the castle was for so long the private estate of wealthy families who loved their hunting, shooting and fishing guests enjoy a brilliant choice of activities. There’s some of the best salmon, trout and pike fishing in all Ireland, as well as a splendidly equipped falconry and equestrian centre. Golfers can play the estate’s 9-hole parkland course and the castle is within easy reach of some of the world’s finest link...read more
Located a mere 15 minutes from Shannon Airport, Dromoland Castle boasts an international reputation for excellence. Dromoland offers all the luxury and comfort you would expect from a five-star castle accommodation in Ireland. Dromoland Castle, one of the finest castle hotles in Ireland, offers guests the experience of living like landed gentry, surrounded by luxury, beauty and service. The castle, a magnificent Renaissance structure built in the 16th Century, was once the royal seat of the O'Brien Clan. Refurbished and transformed into a luxury castle hotel in 1962, it retains priceless reminders of the castle's historic past. Splendid woodcarvings and stone statuary, hand-carved paneling and fine antique furnishings surround guests. On Dromoland Castle's 375 acre estate, guests at this outstanding castle accommodation in Ireland can hunt, fish, ride horseback, or play, tennis and more. Through the bedroom window of your exquisite castle hotels in Ireland, the grounds of the Dromoland Castle estate are spread magnificently before your eyes. Each guest room enjoys its own individual personality, blending period decoration with today's modern amenities. Dromoland Castle bedrooms give an uncommon degree of comfort to guests. Relax and reflect on the enjoyments of the day in the comfort of your room and perhaps call Room Service to deliver canapés and champagne before dinner. ...read more
Waterford Castle, located two miles from Waterford City is uniquely situated on its own private 310 acre island on the River Suir, surrounded by woodlands and an 18-hole championship golf course. Waterford Castle offers castle accommodation in Ireland of a superb standard and is currently the only Deluxe Hotel in the South East of Ireland. The castle's 19 bedrooms are bright and airy with stunning views of the surrounding estate - guests of Waterford Castle live here rather than simply stay here. The tasteful detail of the interior reflects the olde world charm of a 15th Century Castle. The guestrooms and suites are particularly spacious and well appointed with stunning views of the surrounding estate and golf course. All private and public rooms have been individually decorated and the elegance of the original features has been preserved within the castle. Beautiful antique furniture, original oak paneling, ornate original plaster ceilings and an Elizabethan Stone fireplace complement the castle. Dining at Waterford Castle provides an opportunity to sample the best of traditional and contemporary cuisine. The Munster Dining Room with its original oak paneled walls and ornate ceilings sets the tone for a wonderful evening....read more
Glin Castle, one of Ireland’s most historic properties, has been in the FitzGerald family, hereditary Knights of Glin, for over 700 years. The castle with its superb interiors, decorative plasterwork, and collections of Irish furniture and paintings, stands on the bank of the River Shannon surrounded by formal gardens and parkland and in the middle of 500 acres of wood and dairy farm. The Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and the wonders of Co Clare including the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren (via the nearby car ferry) make Glin a superb centre for exploring southwest Ireland. Glin Castle offer the best in Irish Country House cuisine, using fresh vegetables and fruit from the beautifully kept walled kitchen garden, locally produced meat and poultry and freshly caught fish. Hard tennis court and croquet lawn are in the gardens. Clay pigeon shooting and archery can be arranged on site. Glin Village, which boasts the most traditional pub in Ireland, is at the front gate....read more
Adare Manor Hotel is a five-star luxury castle hotel in Ireland set in one of the country's prettiest villages, Adare. The former home of the Earl of Dunraven, Adare Manor Hotel is regarded as one of Ireland's premier destinations; complete with its own challenging Robert Trent Jones designed championship golf course and luxurious spa. Horse riding, fishing and clay-pigeon shooting can be arranged for guests. Voted the Number One European Resort by the Conde Nast Traveler Magazine's "2002 Readers Choice Awards", the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort has earned this honor by consistently providing the highest possible standards of service and facilities in Ireland's most breathtaking setting. Whether traveling with family or friends, or if you are looking for the ultimate corporate retreat at one of the most beautiful castles in Ireland, Adare Manor will pamper you in old world style while you experience unforgettable new memories. As rich in beauty as it is in history, Adare Manor is an architectural masterpiece of towers, turrets, and stonework ornamentation surrounded by breathtaking gardens, majestic trees and fascinating ruins dating back over eight hundred years. The legendary 18th Century manor is perched along the River Maigue and has been lovingly transformed from a private home into one of the world's premier luxury resorts, all the while maintaining that special essence which is so uniquely Adare....read more
Ballynahinch Castle stands proud and majestic overlooking the famous Ballynahinch Salmon River, whilst being surrounded by the splendor of the Twelve Bens Mountain Range. Ballynahinch Castle offers unpretentious service and is an ideal base from which to tour the rugged and mystical landscape to the west of Galway City. Savor the rich ambience that makes Ballynahinch Castle the jewel in the crown of Connemara and one of the most intimate Ireland castles in the West of Ireland Ireland. The castle hotel in Ireland has been intertwined in the history of Connemara and its people for many centuries, from the days of the O'Flaherty chieftains and Grace O'Malley to Humanity Dick Martin and H.R.H. the Maharaja Ranjitsinji. Open log fires glow in our reception rooms and all your needs will be attended to. Soft restful colour schemes harmonize with the natural charm of the surroundings in our tastefully decorated bedrooms. Ballynahinch Castle's close association with the history of the area is reflected in each of its individually appointed bedrooms. Rest comes easily when surrounded by the casual country elegance that is Ballynahinch Castle....read more
Cabra Castle offers its guests the chance to play on one of the most scenic golf courses in Ireland. This 9-hole golf course is situated within the hotel grounds and offers the most fantastic views of Cabra Castle against the fabulous backdrop of the hotels mature gardens and numerous lakes. Horse riding is also a favorite pastime of hotel guests and offers a great means of viewing the castle's gardens and the surrounding countryside. Cavan is renowned for fishing, having a lake for every day of the year. Ireland's Cabra Castle is in an ideal location to set up base whilst on your fishing holiday....read more
A resplendent Gothic revival Ireland castle hotel standing in woodlands on the slopes of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the sheer size and beauty of the estate (20,000 acres) is breathtaking. Kinnitty Castle is located almost equidistant from Dublin, Limerick and Galway. Having recently undergone a £3 million refurbishment to put it among Ireland's leading luxury hotels, Kinnitty Castle is an exceptional retreat for lovers of good food and the great outdoors. The wealth of wildlife and game make it a paradise for almost every country pursuit. Don't miss Kinnitty Castle on your trip to Ireland. Within the guest rooms the gothic experience continues. Serene and comfortable, many command glorious views of the surrounding areas, and all offer the same comfort and style. Arched doorways, warm colors and authentic pieces of furniture enrich your experience. Children under the age of 12 are welcome at Kinnitty Castle and can stay with their parents without extra charge....read more
Welcome to the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in the West of Ireland, an exclusive 4-star castle hotel in Ireland providing Irish Manor House accommodation, excellent cuisine and service, ideal for those real Irish vacations. Located along the famous Sky Road and overlooking the sea, the Alpine-like village of Clifden provides a beautiful setting. With the backdrop of the Twelve Bens mountain range, nestled in the heart of Connemara, on the West coast of Ireland - this is an ideal destination for a wonderful, stress-free vacation. Tastefully decorated, each bedroom and nine luxury suites offer comfort and style, all with bath/shower, central heating, direct dial telephone, multi-channel television, radio, trouser press, irons, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Recommended by Egon Ronay, "Table for Two", and A.A., Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Restaurant is renowned for its gourmet food and fine wines. With its elevated position overlooking the gardens the cuisine will delight you from locally caught fresh salmon to the well-stocked aquarium housing the best in rich shellfish to our true culinary traditional Connemara lamb. All tastes are catered for with staff always happy to prepare any fish caught by guests. ...read more
Ballyseede Castle in Ireland's South West offers you the chance to appreciate history, while relaxing and enjoying a break from hectic life. This history can be experienced by all hotel guests who wish to spend a night in one of the hotel’s historical and richly designed luxurious bedrooms - you may even meet our resident friendly ghost Hilda! Guests can enjoy the beautiful scenery, the elegant and spacious Irleand country house accommodation, sample fine food and wine in the Dining Room, and hear the stories and enjoy the craic in the Library Bar. Ballyseede Castle is located on its own thirty acres of gardens and woodland. At the approach is an imposing entrance gateway with pillars of block granite. The castle stands on its own grounds at the end of a winding carriage drive. This elegant castle accommodation in Ireland looks as if it were built to outlive the vices and follies of man. It has been fought over, lived in and loved, and carries forward its ancient grandeur to this age. Bedrooms are elegant and spacious and come in a large variety from single to mini suite to deluxe.All the bedrooms have been totally refurbished. They are individually designed and are decorated with taste and imagination....read more
For 350 years, the Cooper family has been living in the mighty Markree Castle in county Sligo in Ireland, which is quite unique. This fine castle hotel in Ireland lies in the romantic landscape where the poet Yeats found his inspiration, north of awe-inspiring Connemara and south of the beautiful Donegal coast, with the impressive cliffs of Bunglass and Magho make a trip to this part of Ireland a memorable one. All the bedrooms in Markree Castle are individual in style and character. The furniture is old, in keeping with the style of the castle, yet meets all the requirements of the modern day. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, television, individually controlled heating and beverage making facilities to make a hustle of the modern world outside. The majority of rooms in this castle hotel in Ireland have fantastic views of the gardens and surrounding countryside....read more
Stephanie - we had a FABULOUS time. I guess we brought our sunny Colorado weather to Ireland, because during our stay we had exceptional weather. Our favorite place was the Castle. We were so pleasantly surprised by the fact that it was situated on an island, and we were offered a private car ferry ride. Our room was a three-room suite, decorated in Victorian style with all the old world charm and splendor. The staff there were just ultra efficient! We kept calling it our 'fantasy island'.
Our next favorite was the Country House in Killarney. The owners were so warm, friendly, inviting, gracious and really made us feel at home. The view was stunning and the manor was very quiet and peaceful.
I guess our least favorite was Dublin, but again, it was raining the day we arrived. We had trouble finding the car rental return at the Dublin Airport, and we drove around in circles for 30 minutes before finally calling the rental agency. Someone there said they had just changed the entrance to it, so we didn't feel so bad after learning that.
Speaking of car rental, I am SO glad you reserved a GPS unit for us. We would have been completely lost without it. Although you provided the great ordinance map with the large roads, all the smaller roads would have been a navigational nightmare. And just as luck would have it, they gave me a five-speed manual shift car. What a challenge! We finally just started laughing about my driving errors and had fun. I did take out the full insurance on the car because I didn't want to be responsible for any damage.
Most of our pictures are of the countryside and there are very few of us. If you want background pictures, then I'll be glad to share a few. Oh, the dinner/show at Abbey Tavern was outstanding.
Thanks for helping us build such fond memories and sharing your charming country with us. Best, Val
Valerie Webb, Broomfield, Colorado