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“My wedding day at Ballyseede”
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Ballyseede Castle
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Tralee
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Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews
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“My wedding day at Ballyseede”
Reviewed 24 January 2012

We held our wedding reception at Ballyseede Castle in July 2011. Ballyseede is the perfect venue for weddings because of its charm and elegance. The rooms are beautifully furnished and there is a wealth of history, making it a very interesting venue. The 2 dogs and shetland ponies in the garden just complete the scene. The staff are so competent, that you can totally relax and not worry about a thing. Despite being the bride (who apparently is not supposed to eat a lot on the day), our wedding feast stands out in my memory as one of my favourite meals of all time! Ballyseede delivered such a high standard on the day, it really surpassed our expectations, which made it all extra special. This is a really beautiful venue.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Arapahoe, North Carolina
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

We spent several nights at the Castle and my wife fell in love with the place from the setting to our third floor room. The staff were very helpful withiout being intrusive.
We arrived and i thought I saw the worlds largest stuffed animal until Arthur the Irish wolfhound stood up. A most poltie and well behaved person. To call him a dog would be insulting.
The food was good and we had a special meal in their restaurant with some wine from a rather good but limited wine list.
We have all intentions of going back but a place like this isn't cheap but we will get there.
Not only a great place to rusticate but it is close enough to drive to major attractions in the area.

Room Tip: 3rd floor back of castle great view and large
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2012

My wife and I and our two sons aged 23 and 19 stayed here for 1 night, this was the second last night of our 8 week holiday through Europe, UK and Ireland and our last night in Ireland. We were looking for somewhere special to stay, in particular some form of authentic castle accommodation.

After much searching we found Ballyseede, and checked its reviews on Tripadvisor which were all positive so we choose this for our accommodation. As we were staying there in early Oct 2011 this was moving into the quiet season which meant that we were able to get rooms at a cheaper rate then normal which made this accommodation more affordable. We were able to book both a double room and a twin room.

Our arrival to Ballyseede was straight forward, and it was a delight to drive up the curving driveway and be confronted by Ballyseede in front of us. It is a delightful authentic castle that provided glorious period accommodation. Our rooms were enormous with gorgeous period furniture and lovely furnishings, the twin room comprised two double beds and was even bigger then the room with the queen bed. The castle had a lovely formal dining room and a relaxing bar area with two lounge rooms that were available for guests to use. We elected to have a casual bar meal in one of the lounge rooms as our evening meal and it was most relaxing and satisfying. The whole ambience of the establishment was so relaxing.

Breakfast was served in a separate room adjacent to the formal dining room, again in a lovely setting and most filling. All of the staff working there were so friendly and helpful.

We could not have asked for a better end to our stay in Ireland, we absolutely loved our stay and wished we could have stayed longer – it was certainly one of the highlights of our 8 week holiday. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 933 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2011

I'm not really sure that I can do this place justice, as it was the high point of our two weeks in Ireland. The thrill of staying in a castle had appealed to us since the planning stages of our vacation, and our travel agent knew of this establishment, so we were very lucky indeed!

We had two rooms, once for our two daughters and the other for my wife and me. Each was grand beyond description...you really do feel like royalty while staying there. The rooms throughout the castle are each unique in their look and feel, and we made sure to relax in the main sitting room while playing a few games of chess. Our none year-old daughter fell in love with Einstein, the smaller of their two dogs. He spent the entire night picking up rocks for her to throw...which kept her entertained.

We ate in the pub, as the dining room featured a tantalizing meal with a very high price tag. No matter, as the food in the pub was OUTSTANDING. Later on, we mingled in the bar with a lot of locals, who were "debating" the outcome of an Irish soccer match between Mayo and Cork. What a hoot! They were all wonderful people, and we enjoyed being amongst them.

This place was so fantastic that my only "negative" is actually sort of a family joke...that is that I never got to see the resident ghost that they talk about. I went to the bathroom at 4 AM, and I stayed up for a while waiting for her to make an appearance. However, she never showed up, so I went back to sleep disappointed. (Not really - but it was fun thinking about it.)

Also, don't expect to do much in the town of Tralee, as there really isn't much to do in that place. (But heck - that's why we stayed in the castle!)

Overall, a wonderful place to stay, eat, and experience. I would gladly come back if we ever pass this way again.

Room Tip: You can't go wrong here...ALL the rooms are wonderful in this place!
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

My family and I stayed for one night in May '11 and loved it! We were welcomed by the wonderfully friendly dogs, and the staff was nice too! There is such a great mix of old
and new that makes you feel comfortably at home! This is a great place for couples w/o kids! The rooms were spacious with wonderful antiques, comfortable beds and modern bathrooms. They have a great pub with a wonderful menu and the staff are able to help with questions about the area. It is a must to enjoy authentic Irish experience! This is a true castle and not manor house as as some reviewers seemed to think all castles have huge banquet halls. Maybe they thought they were at the Bunratty??

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ballyseede Castle
Address: Ballyseede, Tralee, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Tralee
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Tralee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballyseede Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury 4* Castle hotel located just outside of Tralee town on its own thirty acres of woodland. A very grand Hotel with two AA rosettes and shortlisted for Country House of the Year. ... more   less 
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