My wife had always wanted to stay in a castle in Ireland. However, most of them are very, very expensive. I found Ballyseede Castle, and am glad I did. As we pulled onto the grounds, my wife said "It's a real castle!!" It may not be as grand and opulent as other castles, but it met our needs for a castle experience. We loved our room. It was huge, with a great, claw foot tub on a raised floor level. The bathroom was also huge, and the room has robes, and other nice extras for us. The service was amazing. When we were downstairs, I asked if they could send some ice up to our room. Two minutes later, when I checked to see if they would be able to do it, they told me there already was some waiting for us outside of our room. The seafood chowder I had in the pub was the best I have ever had.
If you want a castle experience without breaking the bank, Ballyseede is the place for you.