Castle stays in Ireland

travelmakersmdMake your trip to Ireland even more special by staying in one of the many exquisite castle hotels where you can take a step back in time, yet still enjoy modern day amenities. Here are a few you can choose from:

Dromoland: This castle is really more like a dreamland. Sitting on 400 acres, it was the home of the O’Briens of Dromoland who were the Kings of Thomond. This breathtaking fortress is decorated with antique chandeliers and is built entirely of dark blue limestone. You can take enjoy a boat ride, an archery class or just relax in the spa.

Waterford Castle: Located on a private 310-acre island on the River Suir, this hotel has 19 bedrooms with modern conveniences such as satellite TV, tea and coffee-making equipment, and claw-foot tubs. The castle is accessible via a short crossing on the resort’s private car ferry over the King’s Channel. Enjoy a meal in the Castle’s Munster Room and visit the Fitzgerald Bar which houses the finest Irish whiskey collection.

Adare Manor Hotel: Located in County Limerick, Ireland, this hotel has an equestrian center, fishing, shopping, sightseeing and an 18-hole golf course. The 18th-century manor is located along the River Maigue and the rooms are set in a grand Gothic style Manor house. Decorated in stone and wood, each room has a luxurious marble bathroom en-suite, cable television, direct dial telephones, and other five-star amenities. Choose from two- and four-bedroom garden townhouses or any one of the 46 three and four bedroom villas which are spacious and homely.

Ballynahinch Castle: Overlooks the famous Ballynahinch River and is surrounded by 350 acres of woodlands, rivers and lakes. Local Ballynahinch Fishery is world-renowned as one of the finest salmon and sea-trout rivers in Ireland where guests can go fishing or even try woodcock shooting. There are 40 bedrooms with private bathrooms, king size beds and poster beds.

Cabra Castle Hotel: Dates back to 1760 and is a magnificent structure with 80 bedrooms, impressive hallways and stairwells. This castle is only an hour and a half from Dublin and is located stands on 88 acres of gardens and parkland, with its own 9-hole golf course. Guests can ride horses, take a walk in the castle’s gardens and fish in the lake.