Twelve Lovely Castle Hotels in Scotland
Jan 3, 2018
We've spent hours researching blogs and magazines for the best hotel recommendations. These are our top picks of lovely castle hotels in Ireland. Bon voyage!
Updated Jan 11, 2018
Rated 9.4 in 329 reviews From 155 EUR per night
“This place is poetry and lies within a magically surreal, gorgeous woodlands setting with an abundance of flora blooming. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel stands high and majestic overlooking the famous Ballynahinch Salmon River, whilst being surrounded by the grand beauty of the Twelve Bens Mountain Range.”
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in County Galway is set within 450 acres of woodland, with the beautiful backdrop of the 12 Bens Mountain range.The excellent restaurant holds 2 AA Rosettes.
Activities organised by the hotel include walking, pony trekking and woodcock shooting.This 4-star luxury castle hotel overlooks its impressive salmon fishery on the large private estate.
River and lakeside walks may reveal the local wildlife on the estate. The hotel has a private tennis court.
Some rooms have striking views over the river, mountains and woodland. 24-hour room service is available. Facilities include TV, CD and DVD players in some of the rooms.
Rated 9.7 in 90 reviews From 150 EUR per night
“Loved it! Wilton Castle is peaceful, luxurious and a wonderful break away.The sofa and bed were both amazingly comfortable!”
Set in Enniscorthy, 6 km from St. Aidan's Cathedral, Wilton Castle offers accommodation with free WiFi and access to a garden with a terrace. Free private parking is available on site.
Each of the unit boasts a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, and a private bathroom with a bath and a free toiletries. An oven, a microwave and toaster are also provided, as well as a kettle.
A Continental breakfast is served every morning at the property.
If you would like to discover the area, fishing is possible in the surroundings.
The nearest airport is Waterford Airport, 43 km from the property.
Rated 9.2 in 547 reviews From 105 EUR per night
“Staying at the Ballyseede Castle Hotel is a holiday event. The building, furnishings and grounds are worth the visit alone. However, it is the kindness of the staff that will bring you back.”
Take a step back in time with a hotel steeped in history that offers luxurious surroundings within 30 acres of private gardens and woodland.
The Doric columns that lead to an elegant oak staircase in the lobby are indicative of the grand decoration throughout the hotel. Impressive drawing rooms with ornate cornices, adorned with marble fireplaces provide an ideal setting for afternoon tea or morning coffee.
Elegant accommodation, fine dining with traditional Irish cuisine, rooms that tell a story and the picturesque natural setting, will all comprise make your stay at Ballyseede Castle an unforgettable one.
Rated 9.0 in 1365 reviews From 129 EUR per night
“I dare someone to find fault with this Hotel. It is what I expect a Hotel to be like. Perfect in every way.”
Set in an 11th-century castle the Clontarf Hotel combines ancient architecture with 21st-century facilities. 10 minutes’ from Dublin city centre, this boutique hotel offers an award-winning restaurant and luxurious bedrooms.
Rooms at the Clontarf Castle Hotel feature air-conditioning, LCD satellite TVs and free Wi-Fi. There is a 24-hour room service menu and beds have pillow-top mattresses.
The Fahrenheit Grill serves fine cuisine and specialises in local beef and fish dishes. The Knights Bar has ornate ceilings, huge open fireplaces and stained glass windows.
The Indigo Lounge, with its stylish sofas and red chandeliers, serves morning coffee, afternoon tea and an excellent selection of wines.
There is a bus stop outside of the Castle with regular services to the city centre. Free parking is available at Clontarf Castle.
Rated 9.0 in 81 reviews From 180 EUR per night
“Wonderfull experience in county Monaghan! Historic village and hotel in beautiful setting. The character of the hotel and village was amazing, and staff was wonderful.”
The Lodge is a restored stone stable-courtyard within the 1000 acres of countryside, ancient woods and lakes that form the Castle Leslie Estate.
Rooms feature an en suite bathroom with deep roll-top bath and views of the Equestrian Centre or woodland. Rooms also include flat-screen TVs.
A modern equestrian centre and an organic Victorian spa are on site. With its hand-carved ceiling and old oak beams, Snaffles Brasserie is a modern and atmospheric place to dine. Conor’s Bar is a snug cellar bar with roaring fire, cosy corners and great music.
The Lodge is a 10-minute drive from Monaghan town, yet is perfectly and peacefully secluded.
Rated 9.0 in 647 reviews From 130 EUR per night
“Amazing night away! The castle is beautiful and the room we stayed in was gorgeous and spotless. We had a great nights sleep, the bed in the room was extremely comfortable. Definitely the nicest hotel I've stayed in and I travel a lot.”
This 18th-century castle has a quiet location, looking out over huge grounds and beautiful countryside. It is now a 4-star hotel, mixing original character with modern luxury and free parking.
The Cabra Castle Hotel was built in 1760 and has high ceilings, grand staircases and historic hallways.
The en suite rooms have individual style and mix period furnishings and historic features with modern comforts. All rooms have telephones, tea/coffee and satellite TV.
Some rooms are in Cabra Castle and some are in the converted 17th-century courtyard buildings.
There is a bar and a restaurant serving fresh, local food.
The hotel's patios and terraces have views of the surrounding countryside. Dublin Airport is an hour's drive away.
Rated 8.9 in 207 reviews From 150 EUR per night
“It was fabulous! We liked everything about this place. The lodge itself was unique in the layout and the way it was decorated and our room was one of the most spacious I have ever stayed in while traveling.”
Located next to Ashford Castle, The Lodge at Ashford Castle is set on 10 acres of grounds, overlooking Lough Corrib in Cong. Dating back to 1845, this contemporary country house hotel boasts free WiFi and free parking.
This beautiful lakeside property has rooms and suites equipped with the latest technology, along with sash windows and rich deep pile carpets. There is underfloor heating in each en suite bathroom.
Ideal for those passionate about food, Wilde's restaurant at The Lodge at Ashford Castle has a strong reputation for serving fresh local and seasonal ingredients.
Dinner is a six course meal in the Wilde's Restaurant. Other dining options are available in the bar.
The Lodge at Ashford Castle offers a world of tranquillity and relaxation, on the historic estate of Ashford Castle. Just a 40-minute drive from Galway, it is an ideal base for visiting Connemara and Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, along with Galway, Westport, and the surrounding areas of Mayo. Ireland West Knock Airport is just 45 minutes' drive away.
Rated 8.2 in 622 reviews From 129 EUR per night
“Love the ambience of the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, particularly the lounge area. Staff are very friendly and efficient. I'll be back.”
The Fitzpatrick Castle Dublin Hotel overlooks Dublin Bay and is a 20-minute drive from Dublin. It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, a pool and 2 award winning restaurants.
The rooms at the Fitzpatrick Castle Dublin Hotel feature en suite bathrooms and satellite TVs. They also include hairdryers, telephones and tea/coffee making facilities.
The AA Rosette PJ’s Restaurant serves fine food. The Dungeon Bar & Grill features fresh local produce and has a Gold Medal Award.
The leisure centre has a whirlpool spa, a Scandinavian wood sauna and a steam room. There is also a fully equipped gym.
There is a DART station 10 minutes away which services Dublin. The James Joyce Museum and Dalkey Castle are both within one mile and free parking is available at the Fitzpatrick.
Rated 9.6 in 425 reviews From 90 EUR per night
Boasting a private beach area and free WiFi throughout the property, The Castle is located in Castlehaven. The property features a garden, as well as a terrace. Each room includes a flat-screen TV with with cable channels.
At the bed and breakfast, all rooms come with a wardrobe. The Castle features certain units that include sea views, and all rooms have a private bathroom with a shower.
The area is popular for hiking, and bike hire is available at the accommodation.
Kinsale is 49 km from The Castle. The nearest airport is Cork Airport, 58 km from the bed and breakfast.
Rated 9.3 in 367 reviews From 90 EUR per night
This beautiful and historic castle is set within 1,000 acres of woodland. On the banks of the River Moy, it boasts a restaurant made from the remains of a 17th-century Spanish galleon.
With stunning views of the forest and castle garden, each spacious room is elegant and richly furnished. Rooms include a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee facilities. Plasma-screen TVs are available on request.
Granuailes Candlelight Grill Room serves fresh country house cuisine, with Connemara lamb and steak flambéed at the table. The Tween Decks provides fantastic, 17th-century nautical decor, and the Armada Bar is built from the salvaged, 400-year old wood of shipwrecked Spanish ships.
Guests can enjoy the 13th-century Norman fireplace of the Great Hall, or relax in front of the many open fires throughout the castle, with its suits of armour and numerous antiques.
There is a large, secure parking area, and Knock Airport can be reached in 35 minutes by car. Lough Conn is 20 minutes’ drive away, and the centre of Ballina is just a 5-minute drive away.
Rated 9.2 in 365 reviews From 99 EUR per night
With a stunning, secluded setting on the shore of Lough Rynn, surrounded by over 300 acres of breathtaking scenery and ancient forests, this magnificent castle is now an elegant 4-star hotel.
Rich in ancient character and original charm, Lough Rynn Castle still retains all of its historic splendour, with antique furnishings, open fires, wood panelling and decorative stone and glasswork. Today, the hotel combines its traditional elegance with modern comforts and facilities.
The castle bedrooms feature air conditioning and broadband internet access, while the estate's former stables and pheasantry have also been converted into luxurious accommodation. All rooms are tastefully decorated with rich, luxurious fabrics and beautifully preserved original features.
The Sandstone Restaurant offers an elegant fine-dining experience and has received an AA Rosette award. The restaurant offers a series of table d’hôte and à la carte menus, created using the finest, freshest seasonal produce from Leitrim and the surrounding counties.
Rated 9.2 in 189 reviews From 170 EUR per night
The Mount Falcon Estate in Ballina sits on the banks of the River Moy. It offers large rooms with marble bathrooms, an award-winning restaurant, a spa, pool and free parking.
The rooms at the Mount Falcon Estate have flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi access. They also offer bathrobes, slippers and free luxurious toiletries.
The 2 AA Rosette Kitchen Restaurant in Ballina serves fine Irish and international cuisine. There is an extensive wine list, with wines from around the world, to accompany the menu.
The Mount Falcon has a gym, a sauna and its hot tub overlooks the hotels beautiful gardens. There is also a steam room and many treatments available at the Elemis Spa.
The hotel offers guests 2 miles of private fishing along the river. The Ballina and Enniscrone golf courses are both within a 5-minute drive of Mount Falcon Estate.
Rated 9.1 in 654 reviews From 97 EUR per night
Located within 700 metres of Smithwick's Brewery Tour, Butler House in Kilkenny features a number of amenities including a garden and a terrace. Open since 16th century, the 4-star property is within 400 metres of Kilkenny Castle, St. Lukes General Hospital and The Tholsel. The property is 400 metres from the city centre.
The rooms in the guest house are equipped with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kitchenette, a dining area and a private bathroom with a bath. Butler House features some rooms with garden views, and each room is fitted with a kettle. All units will provide guests with a microwave.
A Full English/Irish breakfast is served daily at the property.
The reception can provide advice on the area in order to help guests plan their day.
St. Mary's Cathedral is 500 metres from the accommodation, while Rothe House is 600 metres away. The nearest airport is Waterford Airport, 48 km from Butler House.
Rated 9.2 in 667 reviews From 195 EUR per night
Set within 43 acres of forest at the foot of the mountains, this stunning castle boasts huge rooms with 32-inch flat-screen TVs. The 5-star hotel offers a luxurious spa within its beautiful gardens.
Cosy bathrobes and slippers are provided in each luxury room, along with a wood-panelled marble bathroom. Rooms include oak furniture and idyllic garden views.
Cedars Grill has a terrace and features traditional dishes including seafood from the nearby port of Killybegs. The Oak Bar has billiards and Irish music events while the Gallery Bar serves light meals.
The Solis Spa has a steam room, sauna and massage suites. There is a fitness centre and the swimming pool is located in a glass atrium, offering views over the grounds.
Guests can fish on Lough Eske, less than 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel, while Donegal is less than a 10-minute drive. Donegal Golf Club is a 15-minute drive, while Donegal Adventure Centre and Surf School is a 30-minute drive.
Rated 9.2 in 341 reviews From 142 EUR per night
Located just 45 minutes' drive from Sligo Airport, Kilronan Castle Hotel & Spa features an indoor swimming pool. on-site spa and a fine dining restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
An en-suite bathroom, flat-screen TV and antique furniture are provided in each room. Tea/coffee making facilities are also provided.
The Douglas Hyde Restaurant offers fine dining with a range of dishes made using locally sourced produce.
Local activities include hiking, golf, sailing and biking. Lough Key Forest & Activity Park is a 20-minute drive away and boasts a variety of wildlife and historic buildings.
Rated 8.7 in 60 reviews From 95 EUR per night
On a 500-acre estate surrounded by lush green valleys, salmon-stocked rivers, and trees representing the battle of Waterloo, this 18th-century Georgian country house offers luxurious, elegant accommodation and stunning cuisine.
In the heart of North County Cork, looking out over the valley from the hillside, Longueville House is rich in historic character and traditional charm. The beautiful countryside and the tranquil grounds are perfect for long walks and some of the region's world-class golf courses are within easy reach.
The house has been owned by many generations of the O'Callaghan family since the 18th-century. The house boasts many unique touches, including ornate, Italian-designed ceilings, a marble dining room statue of Neptune, and mahogany doors.
The spacious and elegant rooms are tastefully decorated in a country-house style and feature modern en suite bathrooms, with fluffy cotton towels and good-pressure hot water.
The Presidents Restaurant is at the heart of Longueville and the hotel's head chef trained under Raymond Blanc (Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons). The superb food is made using produce from the estate and the two-acre walled garden. Guest can also dine in the stunning Victorian conservatory, with its original ironwork.
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Updated Jan 11, 2018