Kilkea Castle was built in the 12th century and over the years was owned by many different families. In the early 1960's it was converted in to a castle hotel with lush grounds that included a golf course and exercise center. Unfortunately in 2009 it became yet another victim of the Irish financial crisis and it now closed and up for sale. Wanna buy a castle????
When I reserved our room, I reserved something simple. The less expensive rooms were actually former stable areas that were converted and from the photos online were very nice and accomodating. As we pulled in I could see that area off to the left:
I went in to get checked in and was pleasantly surprised to find out that we had been upgraded! They didn't have a lot of bookings as it was a Sunday evening, and it was much easier for them to have all the guests in the main part of the building for cleaning and heating purposes. I wasn't about to complain! We were absolutely stunned when we saw what our upgrade included:
The bathroom--if you look close, notice that the walls are curved--there's a reason!
We even had our own sitting room! I said it was a shame that we didn't know anyone in the area, we could have thrown a party in this room!
View of the garden and grounds from our bedroom window. I can only imagine how pretty this must be in the summer months.
View of the castle from the garden. Now you can see why our bathroom was curved--it was in the turret where the double window at the top is.
We stayed here for two nights, it made a great base for that part of Ireland and was truly a neat experience. It is really a shame that it was let go, from different reviews I have read online, it went downhill around 2007 until it ultimately closed.