Waterford Castle was owned for generation after generation by the same family, going back to Norman times. There were things there before them. The city and the island on which the Castle sits are loaded with history. We were there the week before St. Patrick's Day and found a great deal on the Presidential Suite. It was our anniversary, and was a highlight of our trip staying in the Suite....the suite is bigger than some houses; it was quite grande. Everything was huge....and very quiet. We opened the windows at night, and only heard animals in the woods. It has older furniture, but it all adds up to what you would expect a castle to be.
We enjoyed dinner in the restaurant and had breakfast in the living room of the suite a couple of times. Both were scrumptious.
To get to the Castle, you have a take a very short ferry ride across the river. The wait for the ferry was never longer than 5 minutes, and the ride itself might be that long. Driving into town was a breeze. Tons of history around Waterford. The Irish 3 color flag was flown there for the first time, and the Viking settlement goes back over a millenium. They like to say it is older and has more history than all of Northern Europe's capitols.
The staff were all super-attentive. One person even made a special trip into town to get some laundry done for us.
The only possible downside was trying to take a nap one afternoon...we were kept up by skeet shooting...but how cool is that?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on its own private Island on the River Suir, Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort offers 4 Star Luxury Castle Accommodation nestled in the suburbs of Waterford City.Feel yourself travel through time as you make the magical journey by our complimentary Car Ferry to the 310 acre Island Resort.With an amazing history stretching back to the 6th century, wake up in Waterford Castle Hotel Ireland after a peaceful night’s sleep to the picturesque and enchanting scenes and sounds the island has to offer. Enjoy gourmet food served in our award winning Munster room restaurant and Fitzgerald Bar or simply relax by the large open fire in 16th Century surroundings.For family, group or self catering in Waterford our Island Garden Lodges are the perfect place to experience the South East.Island Activities include our 18 hole Championship Golf Course, our fantastic tennis courts, clay Pigeon Shooting or croquet on the Castle lawns.Waterford Castle also provides a stunning Irish castle wedding venue for an unforgettable Wedding Day. Imagine… A legendary Castle, on an Island Haven; exclusively yours. All in all Waterford Castle Hotel and golf resort provides a luxury destination to escape from life itself. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Waterford Castle