This dramatic 16th-century baronial castle-hotel sits on a 450-acre estate, 15 minutes north of the Shannon Airport. A turreted façade leads to salons accented by handcarved oak paneling, chandeliers, working fireplaces and heirloom portraits. The 97 guest rooms that combine period charm with modern amenities feature Louis XV furniture and specially commissioned fabrics. Most lodgings overlook the estate’s lake and gardens. Of note: the “Queen Anne” section, a century older than the rest of the structure, has smallish windows. Dining options feature the elegant Earl of Thomond dining room (jackets required for men), the informal Fig Tree Restaurant at the golf club and a lively cocktail bar. An 18-hole championship golf course winds through stands of oak, beech and pine. Other amenities include a health and fitness spa with a 56-foot indoor swimming pool (closed January-March), riding, fishing, falconry and clay-pigeon shooting.
Lowest Rate: Queen Anne Classic Room, $730; Editor’s Choice: Stateroom, $1,550.
Daily full Irish breakfast; Tax and service charges; Daily newspaper; Wi-Fi
In order to offer you the highest level of service, online booking is currently not available. Please call Andrew Harper Travel at (800) 375-4685, or contact the hotel directly, for reservations.