Ways to make your castle hotel visit truly romantic

If you aren't sure how to spend your romantic weekend in one of the castle-hotels in Ireland, there are always lots of ways to make it an unforgettable experience.

While city bustling usually leaves you with little chance of spending a few quiet hours enjoying wonders and beauty of nature, a trip to almost any castle hotel will guarantee that you may enjoy beautifully landscaped gardens and trail walks on castle grounds.

Your weekend in a castle – hotel will allow you to break the working day/week routine and instead enjoy a picnic in the woods, do casual bird watching or a horseback riding.

If gourmet food or exquisite drink is your thing, most castle hotels will offer a vast array of wines and whiskeys and will usually have a great restaurant available for you as a guest.

It seems like there is nothing more romantic than a picnic in the woods with someone you love. Such a snack with champagne will give you the opportunity to become closer to each other and enjoy each other’s company. Besides, it's quite an original event.

If you love animals we can offer you horseback riding. You can feel the harmony with nature and enjoy the beauty of these noble animals. If fishing is your hobby, please ask for it at the reception as most likely there will be options for you to spend a few hours fishing in nearby rivers or lakes.

Each castle hotel offers so many things to do that you may not even get a chance to try them all on your shirt stay, so you will probably want to be back soon!

The Last but not least option is probably a romantic walk. With plenty of hiking trails and panoramic viewpoints, almost any place in Ireland would have a local attraction or two for you to explore.

If your preference is slow and quiet walks, you will probably enjoy public parks or luxury hotel grounds, just ask for a map at the reception.

Once the main activities of your day are done, top the day's impressions with a romantic dinner. It doesn't even have to be candlelight – just the experience of treating yourself and your loved one to a 5-course dinner in a luxury restaurant will become one of the most romantic and memorable moments of your holiday.

Some hotels have beautiful halls with natural fireplaces, so if you are not too tired it may be a great idea to have a drink or two before you go.


Ashford Castle Sold for €20 million

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle, the magnificent five star castle hotel in Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland, has just been sold to the UK based Red Carnation Hotels group.

Red Carnation group is a closely held hotelier that runs 14 four-and five-star properties. Red Carnation Hotels is an award-winning collection of five and four star family-run boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Florida, South Africa and now Ireland.

The landmark castle property was sold on behalf of receiver Ernst & Young Ltd. through broker Savills Plc.

Commenting on the purchase, Ashford Castle’s new owner Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of Red Carnation Hotels, said:

We are thrilled to have Ashford Castle as part of our collection and welcome the whole team to the Red Carnation family. Like the rest of our hotels, Ashford Castle is an iconic property, in a unique location and with a reputation for luxury and excellence, and we are delighted that we will be bringing some of Red Carnation’s signature touches to it.

Ashford Castle has 83 luxury bedroom suites, the main dining room with a number of private dining rooms, a drawing room, bar and a spa.

Joint receiver and manager Luke Charleton (of Ernst & Young) commented:

 In what has been a very challenging time and volatile climate for the hotel industry, it is particularly pleasing to have exсhanged contracts for the sale of Ashford Castle, maintaining 160 jobs in the Western region.

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!

The most accurate locations for castle hotels

I’ve just manually reviewed (tracked down using Google Maps) most of the castle hotels represented on this website, so Castle Hotel Ireland now has quite possibly the most accurate locations ever to be found online.

The following castle hotels are now really easy to find on the map:

Do you know of any more castle hotels? Take a moments to let me know by leaving a comment below or using the contact form.

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.

Ross Castle news – Summer 2012

I’ve recently been contacted and asked to share some really good news about Ross Castle:

In order to better communicate with our customers and the world from the shores of Lough Sheelin, Ross Castle had high-speed internet installed in its historic walls in the fall of 2011. So, from now on guests will be able to keep communicating with their friends and family globally in real time and with the speed of (Irish) lightning! This improvement comes to Ross Castle exactly 500 years after the Black Baron dispatched couriers on horseback for his weekly communications with Dublin Castle. What a difference 500 years make !

Proving that we do listen to suggestions from our guests, we tackled some bricks-and-mortar renovations this spring: We finally dared to renovate the lower tower bathroom. After 50 years of climbing over toilets and jumping into an oversized bathtub, the scary task was tackled to tear the old bathroom from its 500-year old footings to replace it with contemporary new fixtures, offering all of the modern bathroom comforts in a historic setting. To our surprise, not only was the base from which we had to rebuild sound, but the concrete had hardened over the past decades and centuries to the point, where hammer and chisel could hardly scratch it. Hats off to our plumber, who fitted the new services effortlessly into the old walls without taking away any of the old charm and history.

This “small” renovation project fits into the larger scheme, where we want to proceed to continuously upgrade the services of Ross Castle over the coming years. However, we want to do this carefully and cautiously, realising fully that we are moving within many-century-old walls, which deserves special care and consideration.

One more thing: Ross Castle was recently featured in an article of the Irish Times – you may enjoy it if you’re into ghosts stories: Things that go Bump in the night.

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Have you visited Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel yet?

Fitzpatrick Castle hotel has recently received its own page on Castle Hotels Ireland website, and this occasion deserves a special mention because Fitzpatrick Castle is a wonderfully looking hotel within driving distance from Dublin city centre.

Being just a few minutes away from Killiney Hill and not that far from Killiney Beach, Fitzpatrick Castle may be the perfect destination for a breakfast or an afternoon tea, be it a romantic occasion or a family day out.

Ready to explore Fitzpatrick’s website and book a room? Click here!

Adare Manor photos

I have recenlty added a few more photos to the Adare Manor Castle page, a luxury 5-star hotel.

I really look forward to staying at this magnificent castle hotel some time later this year!

Here are the new photos, click to see them in full size:

All of the photos are courtesy of the official Adare Manor Castle website, and you can find many more photos on the Adare Manor photos page.

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