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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 Jul 27, 2019
“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 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.
“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.”
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.
“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 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.
“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.”
Set in Enniscorthy, Wilton Castle offers accommodation with free WiFi and access to a garden with a barbecue.
Each of the units has a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, and a private bathroom with a shower and a free toiletries. An oven, a microwave and toaster are also provided, as well as a kettle.
A continental breakfast is available every morning at the apartment.
Wilton Castle offers a terrace.
If you would like to discover the area, fishing is possible in the surroundings.
St. Aidan's Cathedral is 7 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Waterford Airport, 62 km from the property.
“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.”
Located in Kilkea, Kilkea Castle provides a garden, bar and terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi. The accommodations offers a concierge service, valet parking and luggage storage for guests.
At the resort, each room has a desk and a TV.
Continental and à la carte breakfast options are available daily at Kilkea Castle. Hermione's Restaurant and the Bistro serves food and drinks for guests during their stay.
Carlow is 9.3 mi from the accommodations, while Kildare is 17 mi away. The nearest airport is Dublin, 52 mi 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. 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 5-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 Jul 27, 2019