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Ballyseede Castle
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Ballyseede, Tralee, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 15 hotels in Tralee
Whitby, Canada
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“Wonderful stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying one night at the Ballyseede Castle. Our room was beautiful. The bed was very comfortable and lots of power in the shower!
We really liked the atmosphere..especially the dogs "Higgens and Einstein" as we are big animal lovers!
Don't hesitate to stay at this charming Castle!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
It is always great for us to hear that people have had a wonderful stay. We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us and found it restful and refreshing. The dogs are a great asset to the Castle and are positively commented on every review.

We were finalists in the Gold Medal Awards as best country house for 2013. We are very pleased with this and look forward to welcoming guests in 2014.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We visited Ballyseede Castle for a family wedding. Everything was really nice. We had a great day at the wedding. The room where the reception was held is beautiful. Food was very good, and breakfast the following morning was excellent. The bedrooms, whilst big and obviously in a style in keeping with the castle theme, were slightly dated. Bulbs were missing and there was a musty smell.
Also there are dogs roaming freely inside the hotel. They are absolutely beautiful tame dogs one of which is an Irish wolfhound but this isn't everyone's cup of tea. Personally I didn't mind as long as they are not in food areas. If you like old style with lots of interesting artefacts then this is the place to stay. Not for those who like modern, minimalistic style.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to us as a wedding guest. We pride ourselves in give a very unique experience to all who visit us and thank you for your positive comments. We try where possible to keep the authentic feel to the castle, given that it was built in 1721. What some may see as dated we would rather see it as old world charm. As you can see from other reviews the dogs, donkeys & horses are central to the unique experience of Ballyseede Castle. I agree with you that if you are looking for modern and minimal it is not Ballyseede Castle. We do old world, antiques and history in bucketfuls. If this is your thing Ballyseede Castle is a must.
Rory & Marnie
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wanderlust64
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

My sister and I decided to splurge and stayed in one of the smaller rooms at Ballyseede Castle for two nights. It was definitely worth it, the castle was beautiful! Our room was small (we wanted to splurge but not break the bank) but elegantly furnished, with huge windows looking out to a beautiful view. The included breakfast each morning was the best we had in all of our stays in Ireland, and the head waiter at breakfast was amazing! She asked us each day where we were headed and gave us advice on sights and places to eat. There are two cute dogs that roam the main floor of the castle (one of whom is an Irish Wolfhound!), however neither bothered my allergies, even though I have asthma and a severe allergy to dogs. There's a beautiful sitting room with a piano and a chessboard and a huge fireplace. At first it felt very much like Downton Abbey and I was a little scared to sit on the furniture, but at night the guests (or "residents" as they call you) settle in and drink wine and hot chocolate and lounge around the fire. It was really a delightful experience and I will definitely go again!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

A great place to stay, as most are also saying wished we had stayed longer too.

The staff are fantastic, food amazing and the bar :D

The room was brilliant.

The castle is supposed to be haunted, but we did not see or hear any ghost.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We decided to splurge and stay at Ballyseede Castle - and it was totally worth the experience! The room was extravagant, with huge windows and rich colors and textures. Every room in the castle has a particular appeal and feels steeped in history and tradition. We arrived in the late afternoon in time for tea and cookies in the parlor, followed by a walk around the grounds. The grounds are lovely, and you can easily walk them and wander the castle halls in an hour or two. The castle is far enough from Tralee, etc., that it is not a walkable venture into town; however, if planned correctly, a more-than-enjoyable evening can be had exploring, enjoying a long, leisurely meal in the dining room, and then taking a historic tour before bed (and playing with Higgins, the dog!). A quick note for those with overactive imaginations: the castle tour (Tim was fantastic!) discusses some of the potential hauntings in the castle (along with the history of the castle itself) and, if that would cause a restless sleep, skip the tour! That being said, I had a wonderful evening with another tour participant, listening to the staff talk about the castle and its history and giggling over a group of young girls who might have been better off to skip the ghostly details. A big thank you to Rory, one of the proprietors, for such a memorable stay!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brick, New Jersey
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Me, my sister and our friend stayed one night during August at the castle and it was worth the splurge. Our room was on the bottom floor, but the windows were still HUGE and they let in so much light! The room was gorgeous and the beds were so comfortable. The bathroom boasted two sinks, a shower and a very inviting bathtub, which we took advantage of. We ate dinner there, which was slightly pricey, but was worth it because the food was decadent and the presentation was beautiful. The free breakfast was the best. Great assortment of fruits, yogurt and cereal and the eggs benedict were amazing. Our server gave us wonderful suggestions on where to visit and eat throughout our day. It's convenient location to Tralee had us in town in less than 10 minutes. The only thing we might have changed is the outside lighting. We came back from town, late at night and there was no out side lighting, which made it hard to see where we were going and harder to open the door.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you so much for your comments. We really enjoy people having a good time at Ballyseede Castle. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and we are very proud of our food. If you are in the area again we would love you to stay with us, just pop us an email. Rory & Marnie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

At a wedding on aug 21. Great old world hotel in lovely grounds in the country side a few miles from tralee. Did not stay over night The food drink and service was top class. Staff were friendly. Higgins the dog went down a treat with the kids.Great place for a small wedding , they had a nice room for the service. The function room had a bar and was nicely decorated. Overall had a nice day in a top hotel

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you for your comments. Yes Ballyseede Castle is a very popular venue for weddings and we cater for up to 220 people. The Dogs Mr. Higgins & Einstein add an extra excitement on a wedding day. We are glad you enjoyed your day and maybe you will get an opportunity to stay with us in the future. Rory & Marnie
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Address: Ballyseede, Tralee, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Tralee
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 hotels in Tralee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ballyseede Castle 2.5*
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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