After a tiring day, wouldn’t it be nice to escape into a fairytale that allows you to forget your troubles? Fortunately, Ireland is a great way to experience that escape. Ireland, a country in western Europe, is famous for Guinness, rugby, and being the birthplace of Oscar Wilde. However, tourists come here for its stunning landscapes and majestic castles. There are approximately 30,000 castles scattered across the country— many of which are now left in ruins. Some castles have fortunately been restored into luxury hotels to keep some of their rich history and heritage alive for everyone to see. Since these hotels were once home to the rich and powerful, you can explore places like labyrinthine gardens, lakes, and woodland grounds within their vicinity. If you’re looking into an Irish getaway into royalty, check out the top castle hotels in Ireland.
Next to the famous Lough Eske, a lake in Donegal, is a castle hotel that is perfect for a royal type of relaxation. Lough Eske Castle is a five-star hotel that has earned many awards over the years. Its restaurant and luxury spa have also won various awards from renowned magazines. Try Cedars Restaurant for a dining experience with stunning views. The Father Browne Bar, meanwhile, offers a cozy setting for a drink. As for accommodations, this northern getaway offers contemporary garden suites and charming courtyard rooms.
Castlemartyr Resort traces its roots way back to the Knights Templar, which were one of the most famous of the Christian military orders. It has been reconstructed since then but many pieces of history can still be found within the area, such as a Templar Cross and the tomb of the third Earl of Cork. This 5-star hotel offers guests a luxurious experience with its 103 guest rooms and suites. Large groups of families and friends may also opt for luxury self-catering with Castlemartyr’s spacious mews and lodges. Here, you may also enjoy other amenities like the spa and the golf course.
Ever dreamed of staying in a castle by the sea? Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel can turn your dream into reality. Perched on Killiney Hill, this four-star luxury hotel overlooks a breathtaking view of Dublin Bay. It is a family-ran hotel that combines luxury and comfort with its 113 boutique bedrooms. It is the ideal castle hotel for those seeking leisurely adventures as you can enjoy long walks along the hill, a swim in the beach or the indoor pool, and many more fun recreational activities.
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel
Address: Killiney Hill Road
WiFi Available Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Concierge service Thermometers for guests provided by property Contactless check-in/check-out Barber/beauty shop Terrace Laundry
Step back in time to a garden wonderland and an elegant European castle at Ballyseede Castle Hotel. This four-star hotel can be found in a 30-acre (12-hectare) private garden and woodland. It features grand decorations throughout the hotel and an elegant oak staircase right in its lobby. All its rooms offer an authentic castle stay that is spacious and well-decorated. It is an ideal place to enjoy some refreshing afternoon tea and traditional Irish cuisine. For those planning a destination wedding, Ballyseede Castle has been the venue of many enchanting weddings and events, so book it for your special day.
Like most castles, Clontarf Castle Hotel holds many pieces of history within its walls. It has housed the likes of renowned Baroque Era composer George Frideric Handel and painter Joseph Mallord William Turner. It showcases its magical history through art and illustrations. It is one of Dublin’s most unique hotels, giving guests an immersive trail of artworks in its contemporary art gallery and all throughout the hotel as well. What’s more, its bedrooms feature heritage and contemporary schemes to make your stay luxurious and comfortable.
Regarded as one of Dublin’s most beautiful period estates, Finnstown Castle is a conveniently-placed four-star hotel that is a favorite among tourists. Located minutes away from Dublin International Airport, it has 94 spacious rooms that are furnished to the highest standard. However, the hotel takes the most pride in its opulent Drawing Room, where guests can enjoy coffee with delectable pastries. Afternoon tea is a tradition in the castle hotel, as well.
Finnstown Castle Hotel
Address: Newcastle Road, Lucan
Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Non-smoking rooms 24-hour front desk Internet services Breakfast in the room WiFi Available Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas On-site parking
Located in the lush landscape of Connemara is a hearty castle hotel that gives the warmest royal welcome. Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is a place of comfort and companionship. Built in 1832, it has charming rooms and suites that are tastefully decorated using a classic motif. For an upgraded stay, choose a castle suite that comes with a hot tub and fireplace. The hotel also has a restaurant with a piano, allowing you to enjoy good music from local bands with friends and family while tucking into Irish food.
Imagine entering a tall medieval gate and going through an ancient forest to find a magnificent castle next to a glittering lough. This is the exact fairytale feeling that Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa offers its guest. Located in a secluded corner of west Ireland, it is a four-star hotel with rooms that feature four-poster beds and antique furniture. It also offers guests a blissful spa experience complete with an indoor pool. Overall, this accommodation is a sophisticated getaway for those looking for calm and relaxation.
If you’re planning a sea and mountain trail adventure around Ireland, this hotel is the perfect place to spend the night. Perched near a salmon fishery and located within a background of mountain ranges, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is one of Ireland’s finest luxury hotels. It is an award-winning castle hotel that has 48 well-appointed guest rooms and suites that are decorated with classic furnishings. After a scrumptious breakfast, you can take a guided walk around the 700-acre (283-hectare) estate.
Unlike most castle hotels that have been passed down from numerous families, Castle Leslie Estate still belongs to the hands of its founding family. Even after major restorations and renovations, the family kept many of its authentic original interiors and offers old-style hospitality. Within its estate are various accommodation options, such as castle rooms, lodge bedrooms, and old stable mews. For guests who love horses or would like to try riding one, within the estate is also a world-class equestrian. There is also a Victorian spa on the premises.
The Lodge at Castle Leslie Estate
Address: Castle Leslie Estate, Glaslough
Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Golf course (within 3 km) Garden
Get ready for a royal getaway
Balancing a historic atmosphere and modern amenities, castle hotels are a great way to explore Irish architecture and design. Guest can enjoy opulent interiors and picturesque landscape even for a brief yet memorable period of time. Get an Ireland trip straight from a story book by booking a castle hotel today.
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