LTR has a long standing relationship with some wonderful Irish castles and probably the most special is Lismore Castle. Situated in a commanding position overlooking the Blackwater Valley, it has views over rolling hills to the Knockmealdown Mountains beyond. Whilst being totally private, the castle is on the outskirts of the pretty town of Lismore. In 1753, the castle passed to the 4th Duke of Devonshire on his marriage to an Irish heiress and the castle is still owned by the same family. This magnificent Irish castle has a wonderful art collection and guests are looked after by the Duke’s team of butlers and wonderful staff.
Another of LTR’s favourite Irish castles, is Ballinlough Castle, which is a glorious home just one hour from Dublin. It has been owned by the Nugent family for almost 400 years. The castle has a very friendly feel and the interiors are a lovely mix of traditional and more contemporary. Loch Coutra in Co Galway is another wonderful castle to experience, designed by John Nash who also built Buckingham Palace. It sits beside the largest privately owned lake in Europe.
Ireland is also very well known for its castle hotels, like Ashford Castle Hotel, overlooking the islands of Louch Corrib. This former Guinness home has 83 bedrooms, a parkland golf course and is within easy reach of many other famous courses. Since 1962 and just 15 minutes from Shannon airport, Dromoland is another very popular castle hotel with lots of reminders of the castle’s historic past and a mass of fun activities available on the estate. Adare Manor is a very well respected castle hotel in the gorgeous village of the same name and the aristocratic former home of Lord Dunraven. Robert Trent Jones built a famous golf course there and the hotel overlooks the River Maigue. Although not a castle, easily the grandest stately pile which is now a hotel, is Ballyfin, which has been stunningly restored and offers an amazing level of luxury, only 90 minutes from Dublin. The attention to detail in every room is breathtaking and the service is also renowned.
Many of Ireland’s grandest homes were either destroyed by the IRA or fell into disrepair as the land reform acts removed the major source of their wealth. However, a number of wonderful Irish castles and manor houses remain. In northern Ireland there are two fine examples in Crom Castle, the home of the Earl of Erne which sits on Loch Erne and not far away at Newtonstewart is Baronscourt, the home of the Dukes of Abercorn since 1612. Nestled below the Sperrin mountains and sitting in very peaceful countryside this is a wonderful traditional estate. Another fascinating castle to visit is Hillsborough Castle, which is the Queen’s official residence in Ireland and the residence of the Secretary of State for northern Ireland. The castle is a very good looking Georgian building and has wonderful gardens, which can be visited on certain dates. These are just a few examples of the wonderful Irish castles which LTR enjoys and we would be happy to arrange for our guests to visit a selection of these estates during their stay. Nowhere is currently more luxurious than Ballyfin, just 90 minutes from Dublin. A great stop on your way to the west coast.
The Irish castles and stately homes that have been lovingly restored and renovated, offer luxurious accommodation to their lucky guests. We would be delighted to help find you the perfect Irish castle or stately home to stay in so please call or email us for more information.