Castle Hotels Are Perfect For Honeymooners

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle

When it comes to planning a wedding, most brides focus on finding the perfect dress, the perfect wedding venue, and having a delicious wedding cake. But another important aspect of any wedding that needs plenty of consideration is where to go for the perfect honeymoon. The honeymoon gives every happy couple a chance to relax, unwind, and reminisce about their big day. It’s important to get it right! The average wedding now costs around £18,000 with a whopping £3,582 of that budget going to the honeymoon.  With such a generous budget at your disposal, when it comes to choosing your honeymoon you’ll be spoilt for choice. You could lounge on a far flung beach or gamble in Las Vegas. But if you’re looking for true luxury and romance then a stay in one of Ireland’s fabulous castle hotels is the perfect way to spend your honeymoon. Here are a few tips and hints to help you choose the perfect castle hotel for you:

Location, Location, Location

The first thing you need to thing about is whereabouts in the country you’d like to be based; are there any particular sites and attractions you’d like to see during your trip to Ireland? If you’ve always wanted to see how Waterford crystal is made, for example, and are planning to take some home as a souvenir then maybe the Waterford Castle is the best choice for you.  If it’s important to you not to have too far to drive once you arrive at your destination airport then Adare Manor is only around a 25 mile drive from Shannon airport. Whatever your destination preferences, you need to discuss them together before you book your dream hotel. It’s worth noting that the nature of castle hotels means they are all in reasonably remote locations, making hiring a car a must! There are car hire facilities in or close by to all of Ireland’s airports to make this process easier for you. Just remember to bring your driver’s license and relevant insurance policies with you to make the car hire process go as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Car insurance NI can have different requirements to car insurance in other parts of the world, so ensure your policy is valid and that you will be protected should anything happen to you or your car whilst you’re driving on Ireland’s remote country roads.

Picking Your Castle

Pick your castle hotel wisely: there are a host that cater specifically for weddings and honeymoons, meaning you can be sure you will receive the best possible service and attention to detail. Ashford Castle is a five star hotel located within acres of stunningly beautiful countryside in the heart of County Mayo. Dozens of happy couples choose to get married here every year, and with their opulent reception rooms and a host of fine dining options it’s easy to see why. But even if you’re getting married elsewhere. Ashford Castle makes the perfect honeymoon destination. They offer a relaxing  a health and beauty centre where you can indulge in a couples’ massage or a facial: the perfect way to unwind after the stress of planning and hosting a wedding! If you find the idea of world class spa and leisure facilities appealing then you should also check out the Kilronan Castle Hotel. Their opulent spa facilities have opened very recently, meaning their shiny and new! You can choose to lounge by the pool or opt for an indulgent couples treatment: either way, you’ll be glad you chose a spa hotel.

Spoilt For Choice?

If you’re struggling to choose which castle hotel you prefer then why not consider taking a tour of some of Ireland’s finest castle hotels for an unusual twist on the traditional castle hotel honeymoon? There’s nothing more romantic that sharing a road trip through some of Ireland’s truly stunning countryside with the one you love. And by booking more than one castle hotel in more than one destination you get to compare the splendour of several old Irish castles whilst also seeing a lot more of the country. A castle hotel tour is the most decadent way to travel around Ireland: and as it’s your honeymoon, you deserve it!

New look for Castle Hotels Ireland!

We have just rolled out the brand new design for the Castle Hotel Ireland website, it’s an exciting step in making our website a lot more user friendly:

  • modern and lightweight design
  • optimized sidebars for better navigation
  • new special offers and hotel templates
  • faster and better working Google Maps (more improvements are on the way!)
  • overall website performance much better

Do take your time to let us know what you think, if there are specific features you’d like to see we will see what can be done to make them happen!

Thanks as always and stay tuned for A LOT more!

Ross Castle photos

I’ve just added some photos to the page of Ross Castle. It seems to be both magical and mysterical place which I’d really like to visit someday.

Head over to the Ross Castle page and scroll to the very bottom to see the photos.

Do you have photos of any castle hotels in Ireland? Please let me know, I would love to share them with visitors of this website.

Most Popular Castle Hotels: April 2012

It will take just a few more weeks to implement the most popular castle hotels indicator for one of the sidebars on the Castle Hotel Ireland website, so I thought it would make sense to share with you the list of most popular castle hotels in April 2012. This list is generated based on the number of sales facilitated through Castle Hotels Ireland for each castle hotel.

Most Popular Castle Hotel in April 2012

Waterford Castle Hotel

Waterford Castle

4 star hotel

Waterford, Co. Waterford

Website: Waterford Castle

Ashford Castle Hotel

Second Most Popular Castle Hotel in April 2012

Ashford Castle

5 star hotel

Cong, Co. Mayo

Website: Ashford Castle

Adare Castle Hotel

Third Most Popular Castle Hotel in April 2012

Adare Manor

5 star hotel

Adare, Co. Limerick
Website: Adare Manor

Luxury Castle Hotels page updated

Luxury Castle Hotels page updated

Luxury Hotels section of this website has just been updated to include interactive map and a much better index of the websites chosen for you to enjoy.

New feature: drop-down hotel selector

In addition to this, there’s another great little feature added – a drop-down hotel selector right at the top of the sidebar on the right of each page. This means that you don’t have to scroll down to find a link to a castle hotel anymore – just click the selector and go directly to the castle information page:

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Five Star Castle Hotels in Ireland

I’ve just updated the Five Star Castle Hotels page, it now looks like a much better index of the best hotels.

Interactive map is now also provided, so it should be really easy to find the next perfect holiday destination!

In the nearest future I’ll enable the special offers integration which will be giving you direct access to descriptions of all the latest deals available for castle hotels.

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Contact me to add your castle hotel to the interactive map

I’ve just updated the Interactive map of Castle Hotels in Ireland – it currently has 9 hotels and will be updated more as I confirm GPS coordinates of other castle hotels in Ireland.

Add your castle hotel to our map

If you represent one of the castle hotels, please use the contact form to confirm the GPS coordinates and submit any additional information on your hotel which you think visitors of Castle Hotel Ireland will benefit from.

More than just a map

In case you haven’t noticed yet, I’m not just updating the interactive castle hotels map. The same castle hotels appear on the main page of this website, and GPS coordinates I confirm for each hotel are also used to provide dynamic map on individual pages for each hotel.

Next step will probably be adding a way to generate driving directions, and the feature to follow will be ability to add local attractions for each hotel.

If you’re interested in advertising your business or attraction on the map for a certain castle hotel – please contact me.

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Top 3 Castle Hotel Specials – June/July 2009

Just thought I’d share with you some of the most popular castle hotel specials. Quite often there are special offers which are active only for a weekend or two, and because of this not all of them end up in the monthly newsletters some hotels send out. I’m lucky enough to have many visitors find their castle hotels through my website, and this helps me see exactly where the best deals are.

Ashford Castle – 3 nights special

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle

An absolute winner for the past few months, Ashford Castle is amagnificent 5-star castle offering a truly magical experience every time you visit it. Celebrating its 70th birthday in 2009, Ashford currently has a Deluxe room 3 nights special for eur770 – that’s a price per room, not a person, so really a great value for a destination of such a class.  Click here to book your luxurious stay at Ashford

Book a Room at Ashford Castle NOW


Ballygally Castle mini-break

Ballygally Castle

Ballygally Castle

This enchanting 4-star castle hotel currently offers a mini-break deal which proves to be extremely popular with visitors of this website – for just gbp90 (around eur110), you will get a luxurious single room accommodation with Full Irish Breakfast, plus 4 course table d’hote dinner in the award-winning Garden Restaurant. Click here to visit Ballygally Castle website and book your mini-break!

Book a Room at Ashford Castle NOW


Abbey Hotel – 2 nights with a complimentary dinner

Abbey Hotel

Abbey Hotel

This 4-star castle hotel in Roscommon, Co. Roscommon has some of the best value deals on offer this summer. The one currently most popular is a 2 night bed & breakfast accommodation with a complimentary dinner and a full massage session for just eur149 pps. Please click here to visit hotel’s website for this and other offers..

Book a Room at Ashford Castle NOW

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