Fodor's Expert Review Castlemartyr Resort

Castlemartyr, , Co. Cork, Ireland

A gracious 18th-century manor house is the centerpiece of this resort overlooking ancient pastures grazed by Kerry Bog ponies, and adjacent to a 12th-century castle. Stunningly restored, the mansion has original stucco ceilings and luxurious period-style suites, while sumptuous bedrooms in the new wing are huge and stylishly decorated. The former ballroom is now the Bell Tower restaurant, famed for dainty afternoon tea. In contrast, the striking modern clubhouse on the Ron Kirby–designed inland links-style golf course serves a hearty informal menu. The 220-acre grounds include a lake and woodland paths—borrow a bicycle (or a dog to walk) or book a pony and trap to explore.

PROS

  • luxurious period-style suites
  • excellent spa and golf course
  • 220-acre grounds include a lake and woodland paths

CONS

  • a bit off the beaten track
  • popular as a wedding and conference venue
  • some of the new bedrooms are a bit far from main amenities

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Casual
Countryside
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 021-421–9000

HOTEL DETAILS

103 rooms, 45 lodges

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