Castles in Ireland may be a dime a dozen, but it’s not everyday you get to stay in one. With Ireland’s Blue Book of castle properties, guests can sleep like royalty in actual historic accommodations boasting luxury, heritage, unique features and easy access to local attractions and day excursions.
Beginning in County Clare, Gregan’s Castle boasts incredible views across Galway Bay and the rugged Burren landscape While situated off the beaten path from tourists, Gregan’s Castle is a luxury retreat minutes from local tourist attractions. Enjoy homemade Irish cuisine, 15 elegant bedrooms, six luxury suites and open log fires during colder nights.
Over in County Kildare, Barberstown Castle is a 13th-century residence your family can use as home base while exploring Dublin and the eastern side of Ireland. Once the home of Eric Clapton, Barberstown hosted visitors for more than 800 years and offers 4-star accommodations and luxury service as well as local food and wine in an ideal location.
On the newer side (by Irish standards), Belleek Castle in County Mayo was built in the 1820s and boasts a unique Neo-Gothic architecture. This cozy hotel provides just 10 bedrooms, open-log fires and Irish charm for days. Built on a medieval abbey, Belleek Castle resembles an Irish country house with an updated dining venue.
The 4-star hotel and traditionally beautiful Castle Durrow is located in County Laois and was once the home of Peter and Shelly Stokes. Built in 1716, Castle Durrow is now a popular wedding venue surrounded by lush woods and winding pathways — idyllic to say the least.
When you picture old-world luxury on the rolling green of Ireland, you might actually have a picture of Castle Leslie Estate in mind. Located in County Monaghan, the Leslie Estate is literally surrounded with acres of natural beauty and rustic landscape, perfect for an authentic Irish countryside experience.
Each castle estate boasts a bit of the old world meets new. Enjoy luxury comforts and modern convenience with that added touch of something special to your Irish family vacation for all ages and interests. Slow down and unwind with the rolling landscape of Ireland without sacrificing comfort.