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Markree Castle

  • Grande Dame
  • Fodor's Choice

Pros

  • Nature lovers will be at home with walks across parkland and down to the Unsin River
  • Luxurious but comfortable

Cons

  • Bathroom water taps are slow
  • Check-out on time (11:30 am) or wind up with a €50 surcharge per hour

Updated 04/28/2014

Fodor's Review

One of the most beautiful fortress fronts in Ireland greets you on arrival at Markree, Sligo's oldest inhabited castle and the home of the Cooper family for 350 years. Renovated in 1802, the castle was given the full storybook treatment, complete with a vast, oak-panel entry hall and skylight atrium. Today, Charles and Mary Cooper preside over this lush and lavish 1,000-acre estate. Atop the grand oak staircase is a stained-glass window depicting the Cooper family tree.

Upstairs, guest bedrooms are very spacious, many adorned with sumptuous pieces of 19th-century-style furniture; bathrooms are modern. The Knockmuldowney restaurant dining room has ornate Louis XIV plasterwork—ask about the three-course prix-fixe menu (€35) that includes Markree venison and woodcock caught on the estate. The surrounding farm is home to one of Ireland's only herds of Wensleydale sheep. Self-catering is also an option as the owners have renovated stables and granary buildings, dating from 1717, and known as Homefarm. They have been turned into plush accommodation with wooden floors and pine furnishings; cotttage guests can breakfast in the Castle restaurant.

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Hotel Information

Address:

11 km (7 miles) south of Sligo Town, off N4, Collooney, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Phone:

071-916–7800

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 30 rooms
  • Breakfast; Some meals

Updated 04/28/2014

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