This is a beautiful castle/private estate that has been converted into a small hotel on well-kept grounds. It is elegantly furnished, with several "parlours" where you can sit with friends and feel like you're sitting in someone's home and not a hotel. A small dog lays by the turf fire in the entry hall, and an Irish wolfhound "puppy" follows guests around and sits beside them eyeing their food longingly. He needn't have bothered. The food on my Sunday afternoon visit was dismal and overpriced. We had been told that the hotel served good food, but that was not the case. Perhaps the regular chef was ill? I had the seafood chowder, which I have sampled all over Ireland, and which was the worst (and most expensive at 8.50 euros) on this trip. It was yellow, lukewarm, and full of artificial crab legs and some off-tasting mussels. The "old" taste of the mussels was the dominant flavor in this chowder, which was obviously not freshly made. Three of us had the chowder, and all of us were disappointed. The goat cheese salad was overdressed with a heavy and tasteless mayonaise-based dressing. It had some walnuts and grapes in it and was topped with a piece of deep-fried goat cheese (7.50 euros). This might be a nice place to stay, but it is not a nice place to eat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxury 4* Castle hotel located just outside of Tralee town on its own thirty acres of woodland. A very grand Hotel with two AA rosettes and shortlisted for Country House of the Year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ballyseede Castle Hotel Tralee