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18 Castle Hotels in Ireland | The Most Romantic Luxury Hotels for Couples

Castle hotels in Ireland - stay in centuries-old fairytale castles on the Emerald Isle...

We’ve rounded up our favourite castle hotels in Ireland, where you can sleep in a four-poster bed, roam the enchanted grounds, steep yourself in medieval history and take some time out in the modern-day spas.

Whether it’s your anniversary, a special occasion or maybe just a really good date night, enjoy being treated like royalty at one of our favourite luxury caste hotels for couples.

A Castle Hotel in Ireland With its Very Own 18-Hole Golf Course

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Just a 20-minute drive from Cork City, this 18th-century castle hotel is the perfect destination for a romantic escape for two.

Set on 220 acres of impressive grounds featuring lakes, streams and an 18-hole golf course, Castlemartyr Resort shares its estate with the ruins of an 800-year-old castle built under Strongbow.

 

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The bedrooms

Rooms feature a gentle moss-green and soft cream palette, with sumptuous beds and plush upholstery. Check into one of the four Grand Suites, with panoramic views of the gardens, lakes and meadows. One even has a private sauna.

The spa

Enjoy some one-on-one time in the castle hotel’s spa; there are two private Couples Suites, the Serenity Suite features its own sauna, vitality pool with garden views, relaxation loungers and double-treatment areas where you can enjoy full body massages and facials.

The restaurant

You’ll get a great view of the gardens from the Bell Tower Restaurant, where you’ll also find seasonal menus including dishes like zingy strawberry and elderflower sorbet.

The bar

Wind down in the historic Knight’s Bar, where large windows, textured drapes and heritage portraits create a sense of grandeur. Sample a smoky Irish whiskey, or refresh your palette with some fresh coffee as you sit back in one of the antique armchairs.

Activities

The hotel offers carriage rides, flycasting lessons, horse-riding, croquet, archery and clay-pigeon shooting at the resort.

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Hotel Castlemartyr Resort

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (905 reviews)
Excellent Comfort 9.4 / 10
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A Castle Hotel in Ireland Between Dublin and Belfast

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Set on 100 acres of parkland and garden, with the magnificent backdrop of Dun a Ri Forest Park, this castle hotel in Ireland is located just an hour and a half from both Dublin and Belfast.

The bedrooms

The bedrooms

The 12 authentic medieval-style rooms in the main part of Cabra Castle come complete with features like four-poster beds, roll top baths, fireplaces and private balconies, perfect for retiring in after a romantic walk through the walled gardens.

The restaurant

Dine like royalty in The Courtroom Restaurant, with its commanding views of the gardens and local parkland and menu of locally-sourced and seasonal produce.

The bar

Relax with a drink on The Terrace overlooking the gardens, or the Derby Bar for simple yet hearty pub grub.

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Hotel Cabra Castle

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (1283 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.3 / 10
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A Castle Hotel in Ireland That's Just 10 Minutes From Dublin City Centre

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Dublin’s only castle hotel, dating back to 1172, combines 12th-century architecture with 21st-century facilities; Clontarf Castle is a romantic break offering the best of both worlds to couples.

You don’t even need to leave the capital for a luxurious castle stay, as it’s just a ten-minute drive from the city centre. You’ll be totally spoiled, from suites with four-poster beds with Butlers chocolate on the pillows to the chic Indigo Lounge with its red chandeliers and excellent wine list.

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The bedroom

From four poster beds and hand painted papers to striking jaquardi fabrics and prints in rich jewel tones, the newly remodelled suites at Clontarf Castle Hotel are a diverse and luxurious blend of contemporary and classic and offer the ultimate in castle luxury.

The restaurant

Set in the original 12th century castle walls, Fahrenheit Restaurant has a majestic atmosphere with striking wooden beams, stained glass windows and panelled walls, allowing for reflection on bygone days.

The bar

Knights Bar truly is the jewel in the crown of this extraordinary 12th century castle, a beautiful room with its polished wooden floors, warm leather banquettes & classic upholstered booths, open fireplaces and ornate pitched ceiling.

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Clontarf Castle Hotel

Top rated
Dublin, 2.4 km to 3Arena
8.9 Excellent (3506 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.3 / 10
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A Connemara Castle Hotel in Ireland Overlooking A Salmon Fishery

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Nestled among the rugged Connemara landscape at the foot of the Twelve Bens mountain range, this luxurious castle hotel in Ireland overlooks a salmon fishery on the Owenmore River.

The bedrooms

The bedrooms

Spend a night or two in one of Ballynahinch Castle Hotel’s classic riverside rooms, located in the original building that dates back to the 1700s. These beautiful rooms boast views of the splendid 450-acre estate and are a tranquil escape from the stresses of everyday life.

The activities

You may never leave the grounds thanks to the hotel’s abundance of outdoor activities. Try your hand at fly-fishing, clay pigeon shooting, or try the five kilometres of woodlands, lakeshore and riverside walks surrounding the estate.

The restaurant

Overlooking the outdoor terraces above the salmon river, the Owenmore Restaurant boasts artwork by Jack Yeats and delicious seasonal fare.

The bar

Sample Killary prawns and Wild Atlantic salmon with an expertly-pulled pint at the Fisherman’s Pub.

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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Top rated
Clifden, 10.3 km to Station House Museum
9.1 Excellent (690 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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A Castle Hotel in Ireland On a Private 310-Acre Island

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Situated on its own 310-acre private island, only accessible via the resort’s private car ferry, this 16th-century castle hotel promises to be a totally romantic and intimate escape for you and yours.

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The bedrooms

The deluxe rooms channel the castle’s old-world grandeur, and no two rooms are alike.

The restaurant

The award-winning Munster Room Restaurant was critically acclaimed in the 2018 Michelin Guide.

The bar

With its Waterford Crystal chandelier and elegant antiques, Fitzgerald’s Bar offers a sublime Irish whiskey collection as well as an extensive wine cellar.

The activities

Whether you’re a golf master, croquet enthusiast, top-class clay-pigeon shooter, advanced archer or pro tennis player, the hotel offers a number of activities to experience on the island. You can even ask the kitchen team to prepare you a basket and enjoy a private picnic on the grounds amongst deer, foxes and swans.

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Hotel Waterford Castle

Top rated
Waterford, 6.1 km to Waterford Crystal
8.8 Excellent (675 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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A 'Haunted' Castle Hotel in Northern Ireland With a Ghost Room in the Tower

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An original 17th-century castle tower with turrets and arrow-slit windows that overlook a long sandy beach on Antrim’s Ballygally Bay, this romantic castle hotel Ballygally Castle boasts manicured lawns, palm-lined paths and sea views.

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The bedrooms

The Tower Rooms feature low beams, French-polished furniture and, in some of them, showers fitted into the round turrets. If you and your other half like to stay on your toes, this castle hotel in Ireland is reputedly haunted by a friendly ghost, Lady Isabella, so brave couples can visit the “ghost room” in the tower!

The restaurant

Set within the original 17th-century walls, The Garden Restaurant serves delicious bistro and table d’hote menu using the finest local produce.

The bar

With unspoiled views of the beautiful Antrim Coastline and the Irish Sea, the Lounge at Ballygally Castle is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing glass of wine.

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Hotel Ballygally Castle

Top rated
8.7 Excellent (798 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
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A Castle Hotel in Ireland On The Banks Of The Boro River

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Located just 25 minutes from Wexford town and under two hours from Dublin, this 19th-century castle hotel in Ireland is set on the banks of the Boro River, surrounded by open parkland and quiet wooded countryside.

Key info

The bedrooms

Wilton Castle is comprised of four luxurious self-contained suites; each suite has its own kitchen and sitting room with working fireplace, and are named after four families who have resided at Wilton over the years.

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Wilton Castle

9.6 Excellent (187 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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A medieval castle hotel in Ireland on the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains

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Nestled in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, this medieval castle hotel is set on 650 acres of rolling parkland, only 90 minutes from Dublin, Limerick and Galway.

Key info

The bedrooms

There are 37 distinctively styled en-suite guest rooms within Kinnitty Castle, and our top pick for couples is definitely the Castle Suites. Be Lord and Lady of the manor for a night or two and take in the four poster beds, free standing roll top baths and views of the deer from your window.

The restaurant

Enjoy candle-lit dining in the elegant Sli Dala restaurant overlooking the hotel’s manicured gardens.

The bar

Choose from the Library Bar or the Dungeon Bar for for after-dinner drinks.

The activities

Enjoy a game of tennis on the hotel grounds, or archery, air-rifle and clay pigeon shooting.

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Hotel Kinnitty Castle

Top rated
8.5 Excellent (212 reviews)
Excellent Service 8.8 / 10
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A Castle Hotel in Ireland Dating Back to 1590

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With a history dating back to the 1590s, this romantic castle hotel in Ireland – Ballyseede Castle – is set along the Wild Atlantic Way on 30 acres of private gardens and woodlands, at the gateway to the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula.

Key info

The bedrooms

Double Castle Rooms retain all the character and charm of palatial living, with grand four posted beds, plush drapes and antique-style furniture.

The restaurant

The 2-star AA Rosette O’Connell Restaurant at Ballyseede Castle is renowned for serving beautiful food in magnificent surroundings, using Irish cuisine and the finest locally-sourced seasonal ingredients.

The bar

The classic Pappy’s Bar is the best place to relax with the beverage of your choice after your meal.

Animals

The perfect destination for animal-loving couples, the castle is home to an Irish Wolfhound, three donkeys and four miniature horses, so if you can bring yourselves to leave your cosy room, you’ll have plenty of creature company.

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Hotel Ballyseede Castle

Top rated
Tralee, 4.3 km to Tralee's Town Park
9.1 Excellent (739 reviews)
Excellent Comfort 9.2 / 10
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An 18th Century Castle Hotel in Ireland That's Close to Dublin

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This incredible castle hotel in Ireland is tucked away in a grand estate in Meath dating back to 1764, boasting over 21 acres of spectacular grounds and woodland walks, and is only 18 kilometres from Dublin.

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The bedroom

You and your SO should treat yourselves to a stay in the Synolda Suite, the only guest room in the Georgian House, and occupying the entire top floor. What could be more romantic than a king-size four-poster bed and a deep soaker bathtub at Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa?

The spa

Pay a visit to the three-floor Seoid Spa and treat yourself to some valuable ‘me time’. Flit between the thermal suite, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, outdoor Jacuzzi and Turkish Hammam for serious bliss.

The restaurant

Try fine dining in the Ivy Restaurant, or a more casual experience in the Terrace Lounge.

The bar

Named after one of the prominent families who were once proprietors of Dunboyne Castle estate, the Sadlier Bar is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of doing nothing.

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Dunboyne Castle Hotel And Spa

8.4 Very good (1888 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9 / 10
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A Castle Hotel in Ireland With Its Very Own Onsite Cinema

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On the shores of Lough Corrib, on 350 acres of parkland and forested islands, this romantic hotel occupies a 13th-century castle that blends rich history with contemporary appeal, with beautiful touches such as Waterford Crystal chandeliers and antique rosewood furniture.

This castle hotel in Ireland even boasts an onsite 32-seat cinema!

Key info

The bedrooms

Rooms at Ashford Castle are individually decorated, and if you’re a couple who wants a modern fairytale experience, then you’ll be pleased to know you’ll have USB ports and Bluetooth-enabled wireless speakers. Request a suite adjacent to the serene waters of Lough Corrib and wake up to expansive views from your bespoke bed. You’ll find freshly picked bouquets, monogrammed Egyptian cotton sheets and custom-designed carpets in your room.

The spa

De-stress your body with treatments including foot rituals, facials, massages, body scrubs, wraps, aroma and marine therapy in between meals, then cleanse your mind while sitting on the stone-heated seats at the essence-filled hammam steam room. Afterwards, swim in the relaxation pool, nestled within a bronze-toned conservatory, under seashell chandeliers and an intricate mural depicting Celtic mythology.

The restaurant

Start your day with a royal breakfast in the George V Dining Room, then later savour a steak in the Medieval-themed Dungeon restaurant. Dainty desserts conjured up by an award-winning pastry chef can be savoured during afternoon tea at The Connaught.

The activities

A pet-friendly haven, this 350-acre estate also offers country pastimes including horse-riding, fishing, falconry and clay pigeon shooting. There’s also zip-lining and tree-climbing, traditional boat trips, stand-up paddle boarding, archery, golf, tennis and kayaking.

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Ashford Castle

Top rated
9.4 Excellent (366 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.4 / 10
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A Castle Hotel in Ireland With An In-Room Jacuzzi

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This secluded castle hotel in Ireland is set on the shores of Lough Meelagh in Roscommon, surrounded by over 40 acres of green pastures, and ancient forests.

The bedrooms

The bedrooms

The Castle Tower Suite at Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa is the crème de la crème of romantic escapes, situated over two floors in the iconic central tower. You can even relax in your own Jacuzzi in the ensuite bathroom complete with his and hers sinks.

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Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa

Top rated
8.9 Excellent (135 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
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A Castle Hotel in Ireland With Its Very Own Round Tower Suite

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A majestic 12th century castle that was once the medieval stronghold of the FitzGeralds, earls of Kildare, Kilkea Castle Hotel & Golf is set in the lush countryside of Castledermot, just an hour’s drive from Dublin.

Key info

The bedrooms

Expect an intimate experience in the Cashman Suite situated at the very top of the castle in The Round Tower, with its free-standing bath and 360-degree views of the estate, including 180 acres of woodlands and rose-gardens, the Killeshin Hills and the world-class 18-hole golf course.

The restaurant

Try Hermione’s Restaurant for dining, or afternoon tea in the elegant Drawing Room.

The bar

Kilkea Castle’s gastro pub, The Keep, offers a wide variety of locally sources dishes with a more relaxed atmosphere. Located in the ground floor of the Castle, The Keep, is the perfect spot to enjoy a pint of Guinness and a mouth watering cheeseburger or savory fish and chips.

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Kilkea Castle

Kildare, 0.1 km to Irish Stud
8.4 Very good (26 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9 / 10
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A 5-Star Castle Hotel in Ireland on a Lakeside Estate

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Check into this gorgeous 17th-century castle in Ireland and be treated like King and Queen for the weekend. Tucked away in a secluded lakeside estate on the shores of Lough Eske, it’s the only 5-star hotel in the county.

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The bedrooms

We think the Presidential Suite at Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa is perfect for couples, housing private access to the castle tower, a hand-carved king-size four poster bed, open fireplaces and a silver clawfoot roll top bath – why would you ever need to leave?

The restaurant

At Cedars Restaurant, fresh produce is sourced from the area and transformed into simple yet hearty fare, such as braised beef with Anna potatoes and red wine jus.

The bar

After dinner, sink into a leather armchair in the inviting Oak Bar a cold Irish gin or whiskey in hand.

The spa

Book a full-body massage at Spa Solis – a calming oasis decorated with green and gold mosaic tiles. Take a dip in the large infinity pool overlooking flower-filled gardens, or give your nails a high-shine finish with a manicure or pedicure.

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Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa

Top rated
Donegal Town, 4.6 km to Donegal Castle
9.0 Excellent (1365 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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An Ancient Castle Hotel in Ireland With Its Own Golf Course

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A baronial castle that was once the ancestral home of the O’Brien clan, the direct descendants of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, Dromoland Castle is now a beautiful Renaissance hotel with its own golf-course.

Key info

The bedrooms

Named after Ireland’s only High King, the Brian Boru Suite features a magnificent four-poster bed, chandeliers and separate dressing room, and offers sweeping views over Dromoland Lough and across the estate. The bathroom includes a double shower room and freestanding slipper bath that’s just perfect for a soak before dinner.

The activities

Take a romantic walk through the 450 acres of parkland, the flowering rose garden, 16th-century stone courtyard or around the lily pond. You can also take a one-hour tour of the castle hotel’s grounds on the pony and jarvey, passing deer, pheasant and other wildlife roaming the estate. There’s also archery, clay-shooting, falconry and horse-riding, plus trout fishing and boating, and go-karting for kids.

The bar

The Cocktail Bar at Dromoland was once the O’Brien family’s wonderful library, and is now a fantastical octagonal room with cosy window seats overlooking the castle lawns, and the ideal place to try an expertly-prepared martini, specialty coffee.

The restaurant

With Venetian silk, sparkling chandeliers and sweeping views of the estate, The Earl of Thomond offers fine dining paired with palatial style.

The spa

Soak away your troubles in the outdoor Jacuzzi or get pampered in one of the six treatment rooms.

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Hotel Dromoland Castle

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (374 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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A 17th-Century Castle Hotel in Ireland on a 17-Acre Riverside Estate

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One of the most exclusive venues in Ireland’s North East, this ivy-clad 17th-century castle hotel is the centrepiece of the 17-acre estate on the banks of the River Glyde, only 45 minutes from Dublin and an hour from Belfast.

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The bedrooms

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel offers just 19 luxurious bedrooms and suites. Couples will love the Music Room, with its free-standing bath overlooking the River Glyde, and wandering the estate with its weir and man-made river island with footbridges, mature trees and formal gardens.

The activities

From hawk walks to stand-up paddling and trail running, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to keep you occupied.

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Bellingham Castle

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A Gothic Castle Hotel in Ireland With a Wishing Well

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Situated along the Wild Atlantic Way in the countryside that inspired WB Yeats, this romantic Gothic castle hotel is set on 500 acres where you can enjoy horse-riding and making a wish in the castle’s wishing well.

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The bedrooms

Located in the oldest part of Markree Castle, the three-roomed bridal apartment boasts an in-room bar and an open fire, while the bathroom and dressing rooms offer “his and hers” showers, vanity unit, sinks and a Victorian freestanding bathtub.

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Hotel Markree Castle

Sligo Town, 14.8 km to Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetary
8.3 Very good (249 reviews)
Excellent Service 8.8 / 10
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A Castle Hotel In Ireland with Victorian Free-Standing Bath Tubs

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Spread over a sprawling 840-acre estate (basically the size of New York’s Central Park), the 19th-century Neo-Gothic castle hotel is one of Europe’s leading luxury golf resorts.

Key info

The bedrooms

Once the private apartments of the Earls of Dunraven and their families, these spectacular bedrooms boast enchanting views of the French Gardens, the River Maigue and the championship golf course. Think beautiful 19th century artwork and an elegant marble en-suite bathroom with double vanity unit, refreshing rainfall shower and extra-deep free-standing bath.

The restaurant

The Carriage House offers hearty favourites, elegantly-served; think prime cuts of Irish beer grilled to order on a specifically designed chargrill. The restaurant itself channels art deco vibes with dark oak and golf-leaf touches, with a central skylight and small chandeliers.

The bar

The Tack Room is the spot for lovers of fine spirits drank by the crackling fireside or at the emerald green marble bar; think a whiskey collection of more than 100 rare bottles, plus bespoke cocktails, premium craft beer.

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Hotel Manor House

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Adare, 1.2 km to Adare Castle & Adare Heritage Centre
9.0 Excellent (525 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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