Next stop, the majestic historic 5-star Dromoland Castle Hotel. Known for being one of the top luxury hotels of the world, Dromoland Castle in the County of Clare, dates back to the 16th Century and is the ancestral home of the O'Brien clan, direct descendants of the last High King of Ireland; Brian Boru.
We are met at the drive way with handshakes and smiles by the staff, with them taking our bags and parking our car, all very James Bond style. Hello Mr Bond. I take Lisa´s arm and lead her up the stairs to the mighty entrance where we get another very nice welcoming with a short introduction to the castle and an upgrade to a suite. Being showed to the room with more information about the castle, Lisa enters the room feeling like a true princess, what a room it is, we have a luxurious true castle style fairy tail experience to it. Were enjoying a relaxing bath before going down for 9 o´clock dinner at the elegant award-winning restaurant The Earl of Thomond. The restaurant is fully booked and after a short while the restaurant manager, Mr Tony Frisby welcomes us and shows us to our table. The service and warm welcoming never stops at Dromoland Castle, as we our served very good complimentary champagne from Mr Tony Frisby. The menu and wine list looks excellent and we really enjoy our choice of the quality 3 course dinner and wine. We wrap the very entertaining evening up in the Drawing Room and bar with live music enjoying a whiskey, chatting to other guests.
Pancakes for Lisa and the best scrambled eggs during our stay in Ireland with smoked salmon and irish muffins for Pete starts this lovely day off. On the schedule we have a visit to the Spa, relishing the thermal hot tub spa pool and Falconry with Dromoland Castles own Falconry School on the grounds run by Dave Atkinson. We had our Hawk walk with the very knowledgable and friendly Jim together with the incredible Harris Hawk, Bomber. After a good 1,5 hours we check-out of our room after an extra complimentary 2 hour check-out. We fill in the guest books, take some last photographs while our car is picked up and baggage taken care off, while leaving, Managing Director, Mr Mark Nolan with staff thanks us and sends us on our way back to Dublin.
What a wonderful experience and one unique stay this was. We would love to come back for a longer stay, to enjoy and explore all the amazing, picturesque and romantic surroundings in and outside the castle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, the Dromoland Castle 5 Star Hotel in Ireland was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Approached by a meandering drive that passes acres of magnificent lawns, this Irish 5 star luxury Castle Hotel overlooks its own Championship Golf Course and a glistening lake which commands the panoramic beauty of the surrounds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dromoland Castle Ireland
- Castle Dromoland Ireland
- Dromoland Castle Hotel Ireland/Newmarket-On-Fergus