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We've spent hours researching blogs and glossy magazines for the best hotel recommendations. These are our top picks of castle hotels in Ireland. Bon voyage!
Updated Feb 20, 2020
“An outstanding castle stay. The staff was friendly, going out of their way to make it an enjoyable experience. The room was Incredibly comfortable and the gardens were amazing.”
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 Restaurant has a terrace and features traditional dishes including seafood from the nearby port of Killybegs. The Gallery Bar serves light meals and snacks whilst the Father Browne Bar provides a more cosy setting for enjoying a drink or having a light bite to eat.
The Cara Organic Beauty and 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.
“Magnificent! The castle is ideally situated with views to die for. The rooms are comfortable and with old world charm and the breakfasts is superb.”
Situated in Castletownshend, The Castle offers adults-only accommodation with free WiFi and harbour views, as well as a garden and a private beach area.
Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a continental or a Full English/Irish breakfast.
A terrace is available on site and hiking can be enjoyed within close proximity of The Castle.
Clonakilty is 35 km from the accommodation, while Bantry is 37 km from the property. The nearest airport is Cork Airport, 82 km from The Castle.
“This place is poetry and lies within a magically surreal, gorgeous woodlands setting with an abundance of flora blooming. The castle stands high and majestic overlooking the 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 700 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, hiking, cycling, walking, woodcock shooting and Lobster experience in the summer.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 walled garden.
Some rooms have striking views over the river, mountains and woodland. 24-hour room service is available. Facilities include a TV in some of the rooms.
“This place was amazing. Everything was top notch. The staff were super friendly but didn't bother you. The food was really good with a great selection. We especially loved the garden and its location close to the water.”
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.
“Treat yourself to a luxurious stay! We especially loved the swimming pool and hot tub. The feel is like a roman bath, so beautiful and relaxing and included in the room price. The staff were excellent. This was my second time here and it won't be my last!”
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.
“A magical castle experience! Wilton Castle is peaceful, luxurious and a wonderful break away. The restoration work on the house is stunning a real credit to the owner.”
Located in Enniscorthy in the Wexford County region and St. Aidan's Cathedral reachable within 7 km, Wilton Castle provides accommodation with free WiFi, BBQ facilities, a garden and free private parking.
Each unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, a fireplace, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and oven are also featured, as well as a kettle.
A continental breakfast is available daily at the apartment.
A terrace is available on site and fishing can be enjoyed within close proximity of Wilton Castle.
The nearest airport is Waterford Airport, 62 km from the accommodation.
“A hidden gem set in idyllic location with amazing grounds to walk around. The castle itself is stunning and in pristine condition even as it’s close to 900 years old.”
With a history dating back to 1180, Kilkea Castle provides accommodation set on 180 acres of woodland, gardens and a golf course. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge. A concierge service, free parking and luggage storage are available for guests.
The estate boasts 140 bedrooms with several accommodation options. Each of the 11 Castle Bedrooms are uniquely designed and the Carriage Rooms are located within the courtyard of Kilkea Castle where guests can choose from interconnecting and wheelchair accessible rooms. All rooms feature HDTV, luxury bathroom amenities and free WiFi.
Guests can enjoy a whisky in the castle bar, The Keep, before dining at Restaurant 1180 with a view overlooking the castle gardens. This fine-dining restaurant provides seasonal local produce and offers traditional Irish cuisine with a hint of International. Alternative dining options are located in the Clubhouse and include The Bistro, which offers a more informal dining experience, as well as Hermione’s Restaurant which features a simple yet sophisticated setting.
Kilkea Castle offers many outdoor activities such as an 18-hole Championship Golf Course, horse-riding, clay pigeon shooting, falconry, tennis, archery and fishing. The property also features a Spa with 5 treatment rooms including a large couples suite, a Relaxation Room, a Thermal Suite with a Hydrotherapy Pool and a Beauty Lounge for hair, make-up and nails.
Carlow is 15 km from the accommodation, while Kildare is 28 km away. The nearest airport is Dublin, 84 km from Kilkea Castle, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
“Wow, what a fabulous place. Beautiful setting, pure luxury, gorgeous food and the best staff I have witnessed in any hotel I have visited. I would highly recommend a stay here and if you really want to spoil yourself book a suite. You won't regret it.”
Set adjacent to the ruins of 800-year-old castle, this 220-acre estate has a 17th-century manor house where guests can enjoy far-reaching countryside views and a stylish spa centre which includes an indoor swimming pool, 10 treatment rooms and a fitness studio. Jameson Distillery Midleton is 10 km away while Cork city centre is 32 km from the property. Cork International Airport is 37km away.
The spacious rooms feature free Wi-Fi, an en suite bathroom, luxurious furniture and a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have stunning views of the resort.
The award-winning restaurant The Bell Tower offers gourmet dining as well as a traditional afternoon tea menu including Smoked Salmon on Irish Soda Bread and home-made scones made with fresh, locally sourced produce.
The Castlemartyr Resort includes an 18-hole, link-style golf course. Guest can also enjoy a carriage tour of the estate, including a visit to the historic chapel, the tomb of the 4th Earl of Shannon and Mitchell's Woods.
“An eclectic mix of old and new – really the best of both worlds. The room was beautiful and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and helpful. This is a great place to stay if you want to explore Dublin.”
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.
“Wonderful setting and hotel for a truly relaxing break. This really was the most relaxing place for our short break with wonderfully helpful and pleasant staff. The quality of food was outstanding and a truly beautiful setting.”
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 15-minute drive of Mount Falcon Estate.
“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 and The Mapas restaurant features fresh local produce.
The leisure centre has a whirlpool spa, a 20 metre indoor heated swimming pool, 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. Dublin airport is 43 km from the property.
This list is manually curated and based on hotel recommendations from blogs and magazines. Please let me know if you think a hotel should be added to the list.
Updated Feb 20, 2020