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“Simply Wonderful” 5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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12 hotel reviews
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“Simply Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2009

I arrived at the Castlewood and was immediately impressed by the well-kept grounds and beautiful lobby. No one was there when I arrived, but once I phoned the number, I was immediately greeted by Brian who then checked me in and helped me to my room. As soon as the door opened I was in awe at the clean, bright and welcoming room. I met Helen (greeted with a hug) the next morning at breakfast which was beyond delicious! Helen and Brian are not only wonderful innkeepers, but also a truly wonderful couple. I can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ocean Park, ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2009

My wife and I travel extensively in Europe staying in small hotels and B and Bs. This one is very special. More like a boutique hotel. Helen and Brian are the BEST HOSTS we have ever experienced. They are gracious beyond the expectation of a top-rated Tripadvisor spot.
We stayed three nights in a beautiful bayfront room, tastefully done and very well maintained. All staff were friendly and helpful.
Breakfast was unbelieveable. A menu of freshly prepared delights and tables full of morning treats. Fabulous! The coffee in all of Ireland is poor tasting to us so great teas complete a fine start to the day.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2009

my now fiancee and i took a tour around ireland after getting engaged, and as i'm in the hospitality trade we tried to pick nice hotels and accommodation to stay in.
out of seven days in seven different hotels, Castlewood stood out as being what really typifies perfect irish hospitality, and a lot of other more well known and more expensive accommodation should take a leaf out of their book. we were shown sample local restaurant menus on arrival, the fact that our welcome was genuine and sincere was evident, and the nothings too much trouble approach made us feel right at home.
the room and views accross dingle bay were stunning. Brian sorted us with a lovely table for dinner in dingle when it seemed everywhere was closed or booked up.
the breakfasts were gorgeous, and the breakfast room was equally as nice as the rooms ... as a musical director it was lovely to hear local irish musicians music played at breakfast at exactly the right volume for the perfect atmosphere. the detail was perfect, from the organic pi water in the room right down to the beans with the full irish breakfast being in its own dish, a small thing we know, but its all the small things about this place that made our stay memorable
Castlewood was the cherry on the top for us in dingle and we cant wait to get booked for next year.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shawnee Mission, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2009

We stayed at Castlewood House for 4 nights though originally booked 3 nights. The room was large and the bath wonderful since it had a whirlpool tub - perfect for sore muscles after hiking Conor's Pass. Our host, Brian, was most helpful (and makes a superb breakfast - served til 10:00 a.m. -later than most b&bs - which we counted as a big plus).
Brian was a wealth of information about local history and full of helpful suggestions about sight seeing. We followed his advice about checking out Conor's Pass and got some great pics. Views were spectacular! He and spouse Helen run a top notch operation. They are both welcoming and accomodating and make themselves available to their guests. There are less expensive places to stay but if you want to spoil yourself, this is the place to do it.
It is a bit of a walk into town, maybe a mile I would guess. We kind of wanted a place that would be quiet so if was perfect.
The walk into town is pleasant, with water views so that was our usual way of going but when we were sore from cramming so much hiking/walking into our day it was worth it to us to pay the 6 euro cab fare to town for the two of us. No tipping necessary.
Our driver also offered scenic tours of the Dingle peninsula, as many cab drivers do. We had rented our own car so we could have the freedom of driving when/where we wanted to, however, my husband, who did all the driving, commented after our trip that he felt like he missed some of the sightseeing because he was so focused on driving (not the easiest adjustment if you're American). So, it may be worthwhile to spend a day letting someone else do the driving so all in your party can enjoy the fantastic sights around Dingle. It can easily be done in a day. I'm not sure what the cost would be but I wish I would have looked into it in hindsight.
We stayed a total of 8 nights in Ireland, and purposely did not book the final 2 nights so we could have some flexibility in our schedule. In October this is fine as the tourist season is over. We weren't sure if we would be tired or game for a new city the final 2 days. Turned out we decided that relaxing is what we wanted the final two days after racing around Ireland so we extended our stay at Castlewood and then booked the Park Inn Shannon Airport hotel for the final night so we did not have the hassle of getting up at the crack of dawn to turn in the rental car/check bags/ etc. to make our 9a flight.
We have done whirlwind tours in European countries and found that travel in the off season is cheaper, there are no crowds, no problems finding last minute accommodations, and most importantly, less stress if the end of the trip is open ended. We made the mistake of booking 5 cities in 8 days in Spain and were exhausted by the time we got home.
Rick Steve's has a good guide as well as Frommer's and are worth buying.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rock Hill, South Carolina USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2009

My wife and I have been fortunate to travel in Europe for over 25 years. Needless to say we have stayed in some very "interesting" places. One of our friends told us about TripAdvisor's rating system. When we saw the TripAdvisor rating on Castlewood House we were anxious to see for ourselves. From the gracious welcome of our hosts to our beautiful room, we were very pleased. The bath was spotless and the breakfast was outstanding. Hopefully, we will be able to stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Luxembourg
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2009

Exceptionally welcoming and friendly. Extremely comfortable. Great breakfasts.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orange County, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2009

This place was the best of the whole trip. We stumbled upon it and were so glad we did. We were tempted to stay longer. Awesome hosts. Room was large and beautiful. Great location with views. Can't say enough really.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: The Wood, Dingle, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Dingle Peninsula > Dingle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Dingle
#1 Family Hotel in Dingle
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our luxurious guest house is located on the shores of Dingle Bay, so it enjoys a fabulous view while just being a five minute walk to the vibrant centre of Dingle town. ... more   less 
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Castlewood House Hotel Dingle
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