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Kilcolgan Castle
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Karen and family, Thank you, we have such a Lovely time. We were gone from the castle most of the day, when we came back through the gates at night the view was breath taking. The Castle was lit up. In the morning Karen had made breakfast for us all. The animals on the farm fun to watch, swans in the water. Can't wait to go back again.. all 8 of us! Galway was the best!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

I just returned from a delightful trip to Ireland, where we stayed at the Kilcolgan Castle. The history and landscape were fantastic, and the care we received from Karen & Tony was first rate. I throughly enjoyed the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, where I was as comfortable chatting in the kitchen or sitting by the fire reading a novel. For me the furnishings were splendid, and added to the charm. The location was convenient to everything we wanted to see and provided the perfect respite for our trip.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank John S
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

I had my daughters 6th birthday party at Kilcolgan Castle today. What a terrific and memorable experience (in stark contrast to the typical kids party). The children had great fun outside being given pony rides by Tony (he was incredibly patient and excellent with small children), playing with the dogs and visiting the farm animals (pigs, hens, geese etc.). We were going to have a treasure hunt but the Irish weather got in the way so we returned inside to dry off. The children and adults were treated to fresh sandwiches cut into various animal shapes (always a hit with kids) and the adults settled down to a hot cup of tea while the kids made their own pizzas using crusts cut in pumpkin shape!

I admit the location and history are a big draw but what really made the day brilliant was the extra mile that Karen and Tony (with help from Karen's uncle) went to make the day extra special. We all felt comfortable and welcome in their home. Karen even had balloons made with my child's name and birthday on them to give to the children going home.

While I did not stay in the castle, I hope to do so in the future. Many of the parents at the party had a tour which included the accommodation rooms and remarked how they would love to come back and stay. The costs of the day were below reasonable (in fact, I feel guilty that I didn't pay more!)

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank Eileen J
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

Kilcolgan is charmingly old and atmospheric. It is like stepping back in time to a 19th century castle that is also a working farm. I have been visiting Karen since 1997, and she and Tony are warm and welcoming every visit. Just ask and the breakfast of your choice will be provided. You can feed the ducks and chicks and gather your own eggs for breakfast. Horses graze around you as you walk the pastures. Sunset over the swans skating along the water is not to be missed. The dogs and pups are friendly and playful. Kilcolgan is not the Ritz, and anyone expecting to sleep on silk sheets should book there instead. The furnishings are comfortably worn and inviting. The kettle is always available for tea, always served in a pot. It tastes great next to the peat fire. Just put your feet up & take a sip.

Room Tip: Four rooms with different views are all good. They are cozy and lived in, as if you were visiting a friend's home.
  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

We were wed in Kilcolgan Castle in August this year, in the Castle's first ever Civil Ceremony. We stayed one week and had the place to ourselves as a family, including Grannies and toddlers. Young and old thoroughly enjoyed the experience, fishing, playing with the puppies, sitting by the river. The Castle is old, dating from the eleventh century but luckily was renovated by the Victorians, who knew a thing or two about comfort and so resembles a big comfy Manor House within, with all the grandeur of an ancient Castle on a sweeping river, without. We had Karen's home made sausages, bread and conserves until we were fit to burst in the beautiful, octagonal dining room, with every window looking onto an aspect of the river, which is tidal and therefore, different from hour to hour. I loved that dining room and Karen set it so beautifully for our wedding banquet, which was perfect. Because the Castle is very old, full of antiques (we had a Marriage table dated from 1657 to sign the register as husband and wife!) with very old lacework gracing the beds, there are nicks and scuffs about, but that to us, made the place all the more homely and atmospheric, and a priceless experience, compared to staying in some perfect, soulless, spotless, anonymous hotel chain which frankly, one can find everywhere and could be anywhere...

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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