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Ballyseede Castle
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Tralee
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Ballyseede for one night between stays in Dingle and Galway. To get to the castle you drive through a charmless town, down a small lane and emerge onto a green lawn surrounded by forrest.

The castle is low and moss covered, and has an eerie haunted feel that makes it seem more authentic. Inside is warm and charming with a restaurant and bar. We ordered dinner and drinks from the bar and ate in the adjoining sitting room. It was super comfortable and relaxing.

Our room was beautiful with a canopy four poster bed and nice linens and pillows. The room also had an enormous soaking tub.

Overall, it was a wonderful place to stay and I wish we'd booked another night.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

Thank you for your comments and it is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Ballyseede Castle is unique in the it is the only Castle Hotel in Kerry and on a wooded grounds of thirty acres. The charm that we speak of, you certainly experienced and thank you for your comments. Maybe you will get another chance to experience and stay again with us in the future. Rory & Marnie

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying one night at the Ballyseede Castle. Our room was beautiful. The bed was very comfortable and lots of power in the shower!
We really liked the atmosphere..especially the dogs "Higgens and Einstein" as we are big animal lovers!
Don't hesitate to stay at this charming Castle!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lianne T
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

It is always great for us to hear that people have had a wonderful stay. We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us and found it restful and refreshing. The dogs are a great asset to the Castle and are positively commented on every review.

We were finalists in the Gold Medal Awards as best country house for 2013. We are very pleased with this and look forward to welcoming guests in 2014.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We visited Ballyseede Castle for a family wedding. Everything was really nice. We had a great day at the wedding. The room where the reception was held is beautiful. Food was very good, and breakfast the following morning was excellent. The bedrooms, whilst big and obviously in a style in keeping with the castle theme, were slightly dated. Bulbs were missing and there was a musty smell.
Also there are dogs roaming freely inside the hotel. They are absolutely beautiful tame dogs one of which is an Irish wolfhound but this isn't everyone's cup of tea. Personally I didn't mind as long as they are not in food areas. If you like old style with lots of interesting artefacts then this is the place to stay. Not for those who like modern, minimalistic style.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank MartD74
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

Thank you for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to us as a wedding guest. We pride ourselves in give a very unique experience to all who visit us and thank you for your positive comments. We try where possible to keep the authentic feel to the castle, given that it was built in 1721. What some may see as dated we would rather see it as old world charm. As you can see from other reviews the dogs, donkeys & horses are central to the unique experience of Ballyseede Castle. I agree with you that if you are looking for modern and minimal it is not Ballyseede Castle. We do old world, antiques and history in bucketfuls. If this is your thing Ballyseede Castle is a must.
Rory & Marnie

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

My sister and I decided to splurge and stayed in one of the smaller rooms at Ballyseede Castle for two nights. It was definitely worth it, the castle was beautiful! Our room was small (we wanted to splurge but not break the bank) but elegantly furnished, with huge windows looking out to a beautiful view. The included breakfast each morning was the best we had in all of our stays in Ireland, and the head waiter at breakfast was amazing! She asked us each day where we were headed and gave us advice on sights and places to eat. There are two cute dogs that roam the main floor of the castle (one of whom is an Irish Wolfhound!), however neither bothered my allergies, even though I have asthma and a severe allergy to dogs. There's a beautiful sitting room with a piano and a chessboard and a huge fireplace. At first it felt very much like Downton Abbey and I was a little scared to sit on the furniture, but at night the guests (or "residents" as they call you) settle in and drink wine and hot chocolate and lounge around the fire. It was really a delightful experience and I will definitely go again!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

A great place to stay, as most are also saying wished we had stayed longer too.

The staff are fantastic, food amazing and the bar :D

The room was brilliant.

The castle is supposed to be haunted, but we did not see or hear any ghost.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We decided to splurge and stay at Ballyseede Castle - and it was totally worth the experience! The room was extravagant, with huge windows and rich colors and textures. Every room in the castle has a particular appeal and feels steeped in history and tradition. We arrived in the late afternoon in time for tea and cookies in the parlor, followed by a walk around the grounds. The grounds are lovely, and you can easily walk them and wander the castle halls in an hour or two. The castle is far enough from Tralee, etc., that it is not a walkable venture into town; however, if planned correctly, a more-than-enjoyable evening can be had exploring, enjoying a long, leisurely meal in the dining room, and then taking a historic tour before bed (and playing with Higgins, the dog!). A quick note for those with overactive imaginations: the castle tour (Tim was fantastic!) discusses some of the potential hauntings in the castle (along with the history of the castle itself) and, if that would cause a restless sleep, skip the tour! That being said, I had a wonderful evening with another tour participant, listening to the staff talk about the castle and its history and giggling over a group of young girls who might have been better off to skip the ghostly details. A big thank you to Rory, one of the proprietors, for such a memorable stay!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Me, my sister and our friend stayed one night during August at the castle and it was worth the splurge. Our room was on the bottom floor, but the windows were still HUGE and they let in so much light! The room was gorgeous and the beds were so comfortable. The bathroom boasted two sinks, a shower and a very inviting bathtub, which we took advantage of. We ate dinner there, which was slightly pricey, but was worth it because the food was decadent and the presentation was beautiful. The free breakfast was the best. Great assortment of fruits, yogurt and cereal and the eggs benedict were amazing. Our server gave us wonderful suggestions on where to visit and eat throughout our day. It's convenient location to Tralee had us in town in less than 10 minutes. The only thing we might have changed is the outside lighting. We came back from town, late at night and there was no out side lighting, which made it hard to see where we were going and harder to open the door.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

Thank you so much for your comments. We really enjoy people having a good time at Ballyseede Castle. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and we are very proud of our food. If you are in the area again we would love you to stay with us, just pop us an email. Rory & Marnie

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Address: Ballyseede, Tralee, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Tralee
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Tralee
Price Range: $126 - $275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballyseede Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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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