Moving on in the Castle Hotels (or Accommodations) of Ireland Series, here is entry 3, the province of Leinster #2.
This time we will be covering the following counties, in alphabetical order:
(5 Castles)( 4 Castles)(3 Castles)*
- Offaly (1 Castle)
(2 Castles) (1 Castle)(0 Castles)**
- Wexford (1 Castle)
(2 Castles)(1 Castle)***
- * -> I am seriously tired of looking at “castle hotels” that aren’t actually castles
- ** *sigh* I feel like I’m having kind of an off day….
- *** this is getting silly….
Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, County Meath
Facilities & Features
“The elegant Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is a romantic venue with a 3-floor spa and a peaceful setting just 12 miles from the center of Dublin. The casual yet luxurious surroundings are home to a choice of bars to suits all moods, and a brasserie restaurant for modern international cuisine. Seoid Spa’s facilities include flotation, Rasul chambers, specialized massage and a hydrotherapy pool. The Georgian mansion is set in 21 acres of woodland and gardens and is approached by a magnificent tree-lined avenue. County Meath is home to excellent golf courses and Dublin Airport is 8 miles away. Hotel Rooms: 145 ” – Booking.com
It is unknown why this particular property is listed as a castle, since it does not resemble a castle in any way, however it is officially listed as such and is one of the biggest in the area, so we might as well start our list with this odd little duck. You can find the full history of this “castle” on their official website. http://www.dunboynecastlehotel.com/history-of-dunboynecastle.html
Trim Castle, County Meath
So here’s another unique gem; this particular hotel is not set in a castle, but rather next to one. Trim Castle is not only the largest Norman Castle in Ireland, but it was also used as a set in the movie “Braveheart” giving it historic and pop-culture value at the same time.
Facilities & Features
“This hotel overlooks Trim Castle, one of the locations for the movie Braveheart. It offers spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi for all guests. Trim Castle is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Trim Hotel has been designed to blend into this historic setting while offering excellent service and modern amenities. The luxurious rooms at Trim Castle Hotel have large windows and views of the castle and the surrounding area. They include flat-screen TVs and some have balconies. There are communal terraces on each floor. The Jules Restaurant serves traditional cuisine and seafood specials. The Barista Cafe offers homemade soups, paninis and fresh coffee. Baileys Bar has castle views. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from The Trim Aura Leisure Center, where guests have free use of its 27 yard pool and gym. Killeen Castle is a 20 minute drive away. Hotel Rooms: 68” – Booking.com
“Trim Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Atha Troim) is a Norman castle on the south bank of the River Boyne in Trim, County Meath, Ireland. With an area of 30,000 m², it is the largest Norman castle in Ireland. Over a period of 30 years, it was built by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter as the caput of the Lordship of Meath.” – Wikipedia
Ross Castle Hotel and B&B, County Meath
I am not going to lie, I almost cut this one from the list, because it is not really a Castle hotel; it is basically a turret/tower that remains of what may once have been a castle and now the adjoining farm is being ran as a B&B by its kindly owners. However, due to the existence of an actual castle like structure, I am going to feature it here, however, please follow the link to their official website for detailed information.
Kinnitty Castle Hotel, County Offaly
Now here’s an interesting property; not only is Kinnitty Castle a luxurious 4 Star castle hotel, but it is also considered incredibly haunted (if you believe in that sort of thing), being featured on Living TV’s “Most Haunted” in their 5th season and being visited by paranormal investigators.
The story of the haunting goes as follows: “The hotel has long had a reputation for being haunted and is home to numerous ghosts and phantoms. The most famous ghost at the castle is referred to as the Phantom Monk of Kinnitty, who is probably one of the most communicative ghosts there is – he has been known to communicate with staff members and visitors from time to time and often appears as a solid form. Some people mistake him as a real, living person, whilst others see him as a shadowy phantom. There are also two haunted bedrooms at the hotel, the Geraldine room and the Elizabeth room. Numerous other nooks and crannies at the hotel are also reported to be home to various eerie presences that are seen and sensed by staff and visitors alike.” – http://www.hauntedrooms.co.uk/kinnitty-castle-hotel-co-offaly-ireland
Facilities & Features
“Dating back to 1209, this impressive Gothic castle is on a stunning 650 acre estate of fields and forests. With individually decorated rooms and a fine dining restaurant, it includes its own tennis court. Rooms at Kinnitty Castle Hotel feature classic decor and unique, original features and furnishing. Private bathrooms feature a bathtub, free toiletries, and a hairdryer. Guests can relax with a TV and free tea and coffee. Sli Dala Restaurant serves gourmet cuisine with Irish and European influences, along with an excellent wine list. The elegant Library Bar boasts an open fire, hot meals, and Guinness on tap. Kinnityy Castle is at the foot of the Sileve Bloom Mountains, with numerous trails and guided walks available. Clay Pigeon shooting is available on the castle grounds, and Birr Castle is a 20-minute drive away. Hotel Rooms: 37” – Booking.com
Killiane Castle, County Wexford
Another Castle/B&B combo, but it’s most certainly a castle, so it too – counts.
“Killiane Castle is situated in the south east corner of Wexford, on a narrow leafy country road – a haven of tranquility, “far from the madding crowd”. Enjoy the peaceful seclusion afforded by our luxury 4 star accommodation in the well preserved 17th century house, adjoining the imposing 15th century castle, nestled in the lush Wexford countryside.” – http://www.killianecastle.com
Facilities & Features
“Offering elegant rooms in a grand, 17th-century house next to a 15th-century castle, Killiane Castle is a boutique B&B located in the tranquil Wexford countryside. Guests can enjoy golf on-site, home-made breakfasts, and beautiful views. Individually designed, every room at Killiane Castle enjoys views over the garden and nearby fields with grazing cattle. Every room features an electric blanket, complimentary magazines, and bottled spring water. Freshly cooked each morning, the hearty breakfasts include free-range eggs from the resident hens as well as home-made bread. A buffet table also provides a range of fruit and home-made yoghurt. The castle boasts a tennis court and a croquet lawn within its beautiful gardens for guests to play on. There is also a golf driving range as well as a pitch-and-putt course. Medieval Wexford Town is 3 miles away and Rosslare Europort and beach resort are 8 miles from the castle. Hotel Rooms: 8” – Booking.com
Powerscourt Hotel, County Wicklow
Now, this one is not a castle anymore (strictly speaking), but it belongs on this list due to a) the fact that it is one of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland and b) because it looks like a palace. I am personally granting this building castle status, just for that.
Facilities & Features
“On Ireland’s beautiful east coast, Powerscourt Hotel is a 5-star hotel tucked away in the woodlands of County Wicklow. The property features stunning spa facilities and the Sika at Powerscourt restaurant. The opulently furnished rooms all have marble baths, separate rainforest showers and featherbeds. Many rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, panoramic views and terraces. All have a sitting area and free Wi-Fi. The stunning spa and relaxation facilities include an exercise room, a state-of-the-art thermal suite and 20 treatment rooms. There are 2 private spa suites and a breathtaking 66 ft pool, lit with Swarovski crystals. The Sugar Loaf offers casual dining in a sophisticated atmosphere and McGills serves authentic Irish fare. There is also a signature, fine dining Powerscourt restaurant called Sika. The Powerscourt Hotel grounds also include two 18-hole championship golf courses. Hotel Rooms: 200, Hotel Chain: Autograph Collection.” – Booking.com
“Powerscourt Estate (Irish: Eastát Chúirt an Phaoraigh), located in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland, is a large country estate which is noted for its house and landscaped gardens, today occupying 19 hectares (47 acres). The house, originally a 13th-century castle, was extensively altered during the 18th century by German architect Richard Cassels, starting in 1731and finishing in 1741. A fire in 1974 left the house lying as a shell until it was renovated in 1996. Today the estate is owned and run by the Slazenger family. It is a popular tourist attraction, and includes a golf course, an Avoca Handweavers restaurant, and an Autograph Collection hotel.” – Wikipedia
That concludes this section of Castle Hotels of Ireland… boy I seriously need to double check my research. Haha 😀 Have you ever stayed at any of these spectacular properties? If so, please let me know in the comments.
As always, thanks for reading and take care! xoxo