Stayed her mid November so it was a bit chilly weatherwise. You have to enter the reception via two flights of steps (wheelchair access is available) to reach a huge hall with a massive open fire place. It is the real castle experience complete with a wooden balcony which runs the whole way round the main hall. There is a fine wooden stairway with a large stained glass window of Henry VIII and other figures. We had accommodation on 3 levels in a tower of the castle. Being November it was a little bit cool in the tower but the accommodation was very good. It would not suit anyone with difficulty climbing stairs though.
The castle is very clean, the staff are very welcoming and friendly and the dining room and large lounge (like a ballroom in other days) are beautifully decorated with plaster work and woodwork. It is very reasonably priced and the breakfast was excellent. My advice would be to approach the castle from the N5 road. We went via Dromahair from the Enniskillen to Sligo road but signage was very poor in that part of Leitrim. I think that summer time would be lovely there and Christmas time would create a lovely atmosphere. Some people like the idea thinking of the castle having non-paying residents but we saw and heard nothing of the kind. All in all it was a very enjoyable experience staying there and you are sure to enjoy it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Markree Castle, Sligo's oldest inhabited castle, has been the home of the Cooper family since 1640. Now brought back from virtual dereliction and lovingly restored by the Coopers into a country house hotel and highly acclaimed restaurant, Markree Castle is a gateway to the past, combining distinctive old-world, home from home charm with stunning surroundings. Described as Ireland's finest castle of its period, with much care and attention given to preserving original features and atmosphere, a visit to Markree Castle presents a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in history and the authentic castle experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Markree
- Markree Castle Sligo
- Markree Castle Hotel Ireland/Collooney