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Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate

Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate, Newmarket-on-Fergus

At a Glance

    Pros

  • old-fashioned luxury
  • friendly, helpful staff
  • some rooms have been recently refurbished
  • beautiful grounds

    Cons

  • golfers can spoil the romantic idyll
  • you'll want to stay much longer than you can afford

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Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate Review

With structures that date back to the 11th and 16th centuries, and now one of Ireland's grandest hotels, Dromoland bristles with towers rising up over a picture-perfect lake like a storybook illustration from King Arthur. A massive neo-Gothic castle, it was, in fact, the ancestral home of the O'Briens, descendants of Brian Bórú, High King of Ireland. Inside, Dromoland provides all the creature comforts any king would expect: oak paneling, ancestral portraits, crystal chandeliers, and Irish-Georgian antiques. Bedrooms (suites, in fact) in the main wing are the most elaborate, with four-poster beds and genuine Hepplewhite armoires. Guest rooms in the newer wings are more hotel-like, with Regency-style furniture. Rooms with a lake view are the most sought after. For dining, the Fig Tree Restaurant in the golf clubhouse offers a casual option while the neo-Gothic, oak-wainscoted Earl of Thomond Restaurant is the place for a chandeliered European feast. For activities, the 450-acre estate offers a golf course, tennis, fishing, spa, falconry, and woodlands perfect for jogging and cycling.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 5 km (3 miles) west of Newmarket-on-Fergus, signposted from N18, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare | Map It
  • Phone: 061/368–144
  • Website:
  • Location: Newmarket-on-Fergus

    Hotel Details

  • 99 rooms
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 04-09-2014

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    Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate Review

    This property is everything Fodor's claims. Outstanding service, great food and the rooms are smashing. By all means, reserve a lake-view room and bask in luxury all the way. Leave the kiddies at home.

    by drzone, 6/9/12

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