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Blissful Retreat.

What a privilege to stay at the abbey’s guesthouse. A most beautiful setting for retreating... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Jgahan66
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Dublin, Ireland
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Lovely architecture and gardens

This attraction is very popular with bus loads of tourists visiting the lovely buildings and... read more

Reviewed July 2, 2017
BrownDawn
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Waterford, Ireland
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Reviewed September 26, 2016

So peaceful and tranquil, unfortunately it was under restoration so were unable to go in but had a lovely walk around the area. Beautiful gardens. Would adore to come back and stay there as there is guesthouse, hopefully that will happen as we now have related family living near by. Lovely little gift shop with some interesting things to buy. If its fine take a picnic!

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is a remarkable and unique place in Ireland and spent a wistful hour there recently.

The Church is currently being renovated but the grounds are magical, especially the restored Walled Garden and a beautiful sense of serenity and calmness prevails at all times.

Did not spend enough time and must return and linger for longer and maybe overnighting in the guesthouse and share some of the experiences with the Monks themselves.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

I spent a night here in the beautiful guest house.The grounds are wonderful,lush gardens beautiful architecture,I even spotted a deer.My room was basic but comfortable. Great common area with food provided, comfy couches and plenty of books.Our dinner shared with the monks was a wonderful experience.You can do your own thing or arrange a meeting with the monks.The highlight for me was the prayers in the church,the haunting beautiful prayer singing is simply too magical to put into words

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Gail H
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Reviewed June 15, 2016

I visited Glenstal on a retreat in one of the private self-catering hermitages called a God Pod. The grounds of the abbey are a pleasant place for the public to walk or jog and the gardens are wonderful for some quiet time in addition to being quite beautiful. There is sculpture throughout the grounds and surprises to be found in the gardens, loving tended by Fr. Brian Murphy. Unlike some abbeys, retreatants can be completely independent. Visitors are invited to the monks' many prayer periods during the day. The castle itself is home not only to the monks but to a boys school. Glenstal is known for its music but I was not there for any of their special programs. Nevertheless, the Gregorian chant and the liturgical organ music were inspiring.

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed January 21, 2016

Park near the pitch and putt and walk through Glenstall to the far gate and back; 5km in total. Safe tarmac road that is good for walkers, runners and prams. Hi vis jackets and torches a requirement at the night. Pass through the fields, cows, passed the abbey and the lakes. Lovely location.

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank Paul N
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