With a regal air to match its monumental setting, Ashford Castle is a sumptuous place that relishes in hosting guests with sheer extravagance. Decadent surroundings, lavish decor and impeccable service and facilities are the hallmarks of a stay.
Majestic Dromoland Castle is an imposing 19th-century baronial stronghold that exudes charm and grandeur. The impressive building is matched by sumptuous decor with lavish fabrics, carved wooden fireplaces, glistening chandeliers, wood paneling and rich and regal tones found throughout the property.
Guest rooms are divided between the Queen Anne wing and the main building, and although styles and views differ, all are extremely spacious and well furnished. There are several dining options at Dromoland, from the award-winning fine dining menu at the intricately decorated Earl of Thomond restaurant to a more casual meal at the Fig Tree Restaurant, or even a freshly prepared picnic to be taken into the grounds which include woodland and an 18-hole parkland golf course.
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Rooms are divided between the Queen Anne wing, which overlooks an inner courtyard, and the main building whose views encompass the gardens and lake. All rooms are spacious and are furnished to the highest standards with complimentary Wi-Fi, an interactive TV and international plug sockets. Queen Anne rooms are more contemporary in style, while the deluxe rooms, staterooms and suites have classically elegant decor. All rooms have special touches such as dark wooden furniture, elaborate headboards or antique furnishings.
Situated within its own extensive grounds just a 15-minute drive south of Ennis and half an hour north west of Limerick, Dromoland has a peaceful, secluded location yet is within easy reach of the highlights of the region. This is a great place to base yourself to explore the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.
Food and drink
The Earl of Thomond restaurant serves an award-winning six-course fine dining menu in the main dining room, which has tall windows, intricate chandeliers and oak paneling. A more casual menu is served in the warm and welcoming Fig Tree Restaurant in the Golf Club. For something different, Shannigan’s Gastro Bar is a traditional pub at the end of the estate's driveway.
Facilities and activities
Dromoland Castle has its own golf course and tranquil spa, which has a number of treatment rooms and an outdoor hydro-pool. It is also possible to engage in a number of different activities within the grounds. These include archery, falconry, walking and cycling, clay pigeon shooting or a ride in a pony and trap.
We were awed by the sight of Dromoland Castle as we approached and remained wonderfully impressed by the service, food and high quality rooms here.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
An unassuming, traditional inn-style hotel in the heart of beautiful Adare, the Dunraven Arms offers comfort and relaxation surrounded by understated beauty.
Eighteenth century charm meets boutique elegance at No.1 Pery Square, a characterful townhouse hotel in the heart of Limerick’s Georgian Quarter. Boasting unique design and genuine Irish hospitality, it makes a memorable base for exploring.
The historic Old Ground Hotel features elegant, spacious rooms, a convivial traditional pub and two great dining options. The property is decorated with paintings and photos belonging to the owner, an art collector known for his extensive collection.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore the stately Georgian streets of Limerick, its formidable riverside castle and the fascinating Hunt Museum with a private guide who can bring the story of this historic city to life with a wealth of detail about its heritage and people.