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Castle stay

Chicago, Illinois
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Castle stay

Traveling to Ireland with husband first time, probably only time. Doing hotel in Dublin and BandB's around countryside. Wondering if its really worthwhile to stay a night in a castle?We are happy with 3-4star accommodations.

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Dingle, Ireland
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1. Re: Castle stay

Is is worth your while? Really only you can answer this question, if its something you have always wanted to do and can afford it then go for it, if you're on a bit of a budget and not really bothered then don't.

But don't do the 'castle stay' thing just because 'people' have said you should.

Chicago, Illinois
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2. Re: Castle stay

Thanks for taking the time to post!

So undecided!

Western Ireland...
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for Southport, Connemara, County Clare, Portumna
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3. Re: Castle stay

Consider http://www.tipp.ie/butlerca.htm fraction of the price of Ashford and just as much a castle.

Chicago, Illinois
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4. Re: Castle stay

Thanks much I will check it out!!!

Dublin, Ireland
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for Sligo, Dublin
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5. Re: Castle stay

Hi blondie singer

Only you can decide that but perhaps some lovely less pricey alternatives here


Sorry now, if I have made your decision more difficult...have fun ;-)

Whitney, Texas
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for Ireland
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6. Re: Castle stay

tony's right about carrigeen castle, it is very affordable, the price of a regular b&b.....paige and david butler are great hosts......

Saginaw, Michigan
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for Western Ireland
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7. Re: Castle stay

You could also look at staying in The Lodge (formerly Lisloughrey Lodge and now has same owners as Ashford Castle):



Some guidelines to help with planning your trip:


New York City, New...
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8. Re: Castle stay

The Ashford Castle is our favorite hotel we've ever stayed at, and we've stayed at over 100 hotels. Although it is expensive, it is a stay that you will never forget. Go for it! You only live once!

Edited: 30 December 2015, 15:36
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9. Re: Castle stay

Waterford Castle is also really nice spot and located on it's own island.

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10. Re: Castle stay

Many of those hotels are not castles, but use the name to jusitfy high prices. I wouldn't dream of paying all that money for the likes of Ashford, many of the places in the Blue Book are as much "castles" and far more reasonable.

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