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Check out these dreamy Ireland castle hotels!

Updated: Dec 31, 2021

The Royal Treatment: Ireland’s Castle Hotels I’ve recently returned from a trip to Ireland, and I’m feeling like a queen! That’s because my husband and I spent much of our time in some of Ireland’s most luxurious castle hotels. The perfect blend of history, sophistication, seclusion, scenery, and pampering, Ireland’s castle hotels should be on everyone’s bucket list. Whether you’re interested in tracing your Irish genealogy or just experiencing one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, booking your vacation to Ireland with the benefits of my Virtuoso travel network will give you the royal treatment. Keep reading for my top three recommendations for castle hotels in western and southwestern Ireland that will have you feeling like a character in Downton Abbey in no time.

Adare Manor in County Limerick

Located in County Limerick in the southwest of Ireland, Adare Manor is a recently renovated castle dating back to the mid-nineteenth century. Decorated in the Georgian style and with art original to the period, guest accommodations nonetheless feature utterly modern luxuries such as marble bathrooms. You’ll find much to do around the manor’s grounds: golfing on the course selected to host the Ryder Cup in 2027, holistic wellness and recreation at The Padel Club, customized treatments at the elegant spa, or walking among the meticulously manicured gardens. Whatever you choose, be sure to make it back for afternoon tea service in the quaint traditional style. Enjoy your evening meal at the classic Irish restaurant The Carriage House or at the Oak Room Restaurant, which boasts an impressive Michelin star. If you’re keen to venture out, check out the village of Adare, with its traditional thatched-roof homes and ruins of ancient monasteries dating back to the Medieval period. The city of Limerick is nearby to satisfy your cosmopolitan desires, and Bunratty Folk Park will immerse you in nineteenth-century Irish life.

Ashford Castle in County Galway

Nestled in County Galway near Ireland’s west coast, the Gothic-styled Ashford Castle dates back nearly 800 years and in fact once served as the home of the Guinness family. The castle is as beautiful outside as it is inside. Indeed, the estate features hundreds of acres of woodlands and a sparkling emerald lake. During the day, let your sense of adventure guide you to the estate’s school of falconry—the oldest in Ireland—where you can handle and watch hawks, a celebrated ancient sport. Or if you prefer an adventure at sea, try your hand at fishing with an expert guide on Lough Corrib, a nearby lake well known for trout, salmon, and pike. Beyond the walls of the pristine estate, you have easy access to spectacular hikes in Connemara National Park and ornate Victorian gardens at Kylemore Abbey. Don’t miss the highlights of your coastal position: stroll the quaint fishing village of Roundstone and sample fresh shellfish on Killary Fjord.

Dromoland Castle in County Clare

Situated in County Clare, home to some of Ireland’s most famous natural landscapes, is the stunning Dromoland Castle, dating back to the sixteenth century. Here, inviting log fires blaze in hand-carved fireplaces and gilded chandeliers illuminate charming, well-appointed guestrooms. Step out onto the grounds, and you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a fairytale, complete with carriage rides around the shimmering lake and extensive estate. Or perhaps you’d like to have a go at the ancient sport of archery. Whatever you decide, you’ll no doubt feel the stunning balance of opulence and coziness that Dromoland Castle is famous for. When you’re fully relaxed and ready to emerge from the estate, you’re well-positioned to visit the renowned Cliffs of Moher, the charming market town of Ennis, and the scenic coastal route known as the Wild Atlantic Way. I recommend the family-owned Burren Perfumery for thoughtful luxury souvenirs for your loved ones back home.

If these spectacular castle hotels have you dreaming of a visit to the Emerald Isle, then get in touch with me today so that we can get started planning. I can offer you the most exclusive perks through Virtuoso, including complimentary upgrades, early check-ins and late checkouts, as well as other extras and amenities. As always, wherever your travels take you, “may the road rise up to meet you,” as they say in Ireland!

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