Castles and Manors: Irish Hospitality at its Finest
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A private driver experience with CIE Tours promises you the opportunity to step away from the ordinary and experience the finest in Irish hospitality. Take your choice of opulent castle hotels, hip city hideaways, gracious and sophisticated country manors, or contemporary country retreats. CIE Tours can tailor the perfect trip for you, whatever you're dreaming of - and we have a plethora of suggested itineraries on our Custom Private Driver page, just to get you started.
Let's take a closer look at the hotels on our Castles and Manors 6-Night North West Ireland package. This suggested route starts in Dublin, goes to Kilbeggan Distillery, visits some of the countryside that inspired the poetry of Yeats, sees some of the splendid scenery of Achill Island and Connemara, tours Kylemore Abbey and spends a day in the thriving city of Galway. The recommended accommodations are truly something special...
Dylan Hotel Dublin
In the heart of dynamic Dublin, the contemporary Dylan Hotel is the city’s only five-star boutique hotel. It’s a tranquil, sophisticated retreat offering original Irish art, imaginative dining, and innovative design. The Edison restaurant offers all-day dining, and features a special “Tipsy afternoon tea”. It’s located in a historic Victorian building in Dublin 4, the city’s most prestigious postcode, with the Grand Canal, lush Herbert Park, and the long beach at Sandymount Strand all within walking distance.
The fairytale Kilronan Castle in Roscommon welcomes guests through magnificent medieval gates which open on to a meandering driveway through an ancient forest. This luxury castle hotel sits on 40 acres of idyllic parkland, and has been transformed from the ancestral home of a royal family into a regal hotel with a luxurious spa. Antique furniture and four-poster beds add to the atmosphere. Enjoy gastronomic delights created in the award-winning kitchen from locally-sourced produce. Walk the exquisite estate, enjoy beauty and relaxation treatments, or take a dip in the heated indoor pool. (Tip: You can also stay in Kilronan Castle on our Scots-Irish Tour, one of our guided vacations.)
Mount Falcon Estate
Mount Falcon Estate in County Mayo is a haven of rural charm and contemporary elegance, set on 100 acres of woodland, lakes and rivers. This Victorian Gothic manor, dating back to the 19th century, seamlessly blends historic grandeur with modern indulgence. Famed for award-winning food, the Kitchen Restaurant uses only fresh, local produce, with wild game in the winter, and produce grown in their own garden. The estate also offers fishing, falconry, clay shooting, golf, walking and cycle on forest trails. The spa features a swimming pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, and a fully equipped gym.
In the heart of captivating Connemara, Ballynahinch Castle stands as a beacon of tranquility and charm. Surrounded by 700 acres of lush woodland along the banks of the Ballynahinch River, against a backdrop of the Twelve Bens mountain range, this 17th-century castle exudes an aura of timeless grace. The serene atmosphere is enhanced by roaring open fires, antique furnishings, and breathtaking views. Take a boat trip from the picturesque pier of Roundstone on the hotel’s boat, the Nancy Lee, to visit a nearby seal colony and the idyllic island of Inishlacken. Enjoy a picnic, a guided walk of the estate or through the nearby hills, or go cycling or fishing. The elegant restaurant was voted Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland by Food & Wine Magazine in 2021, and features the best of local and estate produce.
On the shores of Lough Ree near Athlone in County Westmeath, Wineport Lodge is a hidden gem combining lakeside serenity with contemporary luxury. This boutique lodge in the center of Ireland celebrates modern comfort, understated elegance, and effortless hospitality. Relax on the lake in a floating hot tub pontoon, soak in the spa’s mud or seaweed baths. The Lodge’s origins are in the dining room, which opened in 1993; as the reputation for great food grew, the Lodge grew around it. The restaurant remains at the heart of Wineport Lodge today, featuring rustic, unpretentious food, generously served.
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