Ireland's Blue Book Castle Accommodations Are Fit For A King Or Queen
Ireland's Blue Book castle hotels roll out the royal treatment to all guests.
Barberstown Castle, Co Kildare
This unique historic 13th-century Irish Castle is the ideal base from which to visit Dublin and Ireland's Ancient East. The former home of Eric Clapton, it has been welcoming visitors for more than 800 years. Great food and wines, open log fires, luxury and exceptional personal service. 55 en suite bedrooms.
Belleek Castle, Co. Mayo
This 1820s neo-Gothic Castle is informal, cozy, warm and friendly, and guests enjoy its rich décor and antiquities, with open log fires. Built on an Abbey dating from medieval times, it is an iconic Irish country house with a destination restaurant. Spectacular wedding venue in the medieval Great Hall. 10 bedrooms.
Castle Durrow, Co. Laois
Build by Viscount Ashbrook in 1716 and now the family home to Peter and Shelly Stokes, Castle Durrow is one of Ireland's most magnificent luxury four-star hotels and a popular wedding venue. An estate, surrounding woodlands, river pathways and an organic kitchen garden. 46 bedrooms and the Gate Lodge.
Castle Leslie Estate, Co. Monaghan
The ultimate Irish rural escape, nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, is one of Ireland's last great Irish castle estates still in the hands of the founding family. Authentic original interiors and old-style hospitality. 49 bedrooms; with 29 of them in The Lodge, the country house-style boutique hotel on the estate.
Gregan's Castle, Co. Clare
With breathtaking views across Galway Bay and the Burren landscape, this hotel is the ultimate luxury and gourmet hideaway. Genuine Irish hospitality, innovative cooking, elegant bedrooms, an eclectic art collection and open log fires. On the Wild Atlantic Way and the Burren Food Trail. 15 bedrooms; 6 suites.
Live the life of royalty in one of Ireland's Blue Book's castle properties.
About Ireland's Blue Book
Ireland's Blue Book is a unique collection of Irish Country House Hotels, Georgian Manor Houses, Stately Castles, cozy Bed & Breakfast accommodations, Luxury Boutique Hotels and Designer Lodges, and Michelin-star Restaurants representing the finest of Ireland's hospitality, accommodations and cuisine. Activities range from golf, fishing, spas, area tours, horseback riding and cookery schools to relaxation in warm and comfortable surroundings.
To maintain exclusivity and represent its bespoke high standards, Ireland's Blue Book members must be invited to join, and a "vote in" of 75% is required by the current membership. Recent awards include: Traveler's Choice Awards for Top Hotels in Ireland 2017 (6 properties), Top Small Hotels in Ireland (5), Top Romantic Hotels in Ireland (4), Best Hotels for Service in Ireland (5), and Top Luxury Hotels in Ireland (4), as awarded by TripAdvisor in 2016; Europe's Best Coastal Boutique Hotel (World Boutique Hotel Awards 2016); Best City Hotel in Ireland and Best Boutique Hotel (National Hospitality Awards 2016); Top Ten Castle Hotels in the World 2015 (TripAdvisor);
Ireland's Blue Book is the sole Irish representative association of Europe's leading heritage accommodation provider – Historic Hotels of Europe. Learn more about Ireland's Blue Book properties at www.irelands-
Carlyle Fairfax Smith