Walk along former royal corridors of power at Dromoland Castle, which has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. Rising majestically from its glorious estate, this was once the ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland, descendants of one of Ireland’s last High Kings.
The seemingly impregnable medieval battlements belie the warmth and generosity of the hospitality within. Suites and staterooms, designed for indulgence and relaxation, come with many bespoke pieces and historically inspired furnishings. The Brian Boru Suite, whose ancestors built the castle, is fit for royalty, with a lavish sitting room, separate dressing room and a grand four-poster bed. The Executive Suites, housed within the original castle walls, are fitted out regally with luxury bathrooms and inviting beds.
The 450-acre estate has a range of activities to enjoy, from the royal pursuits of archery, falconry and clay-pigeon shooting, to trout fishing, tennis and go-karting for the children. The 18-hole championship golf course presents a challenge and a thrill for golfers of all abilities.
Ireland’s finest ingredients make for delectable dining in all the on-site restaurants, from the award-winning Earl of Thomond to the relaxed lounge of The Country Club. Or perhaps you would prefer a private dinner à deux in your rooms?
Based on designs by Andre Le Notre, who planned the gardens at Versailles, the castle gardens are the perfect spot for a post-prandial stroll.
A fairy tale setting, Dromoland Castle holds a magical, regal touch, for adults and children alike.