My family and I stayed in one of waterford castles lodges in mid November.
It was late when we arrived but as we got off the ferry (5 minutes outside waterford city) the adventure began for my 7 year old ( and my 17 year old- but she'll deny it!) as two deer's trotted across the road! We then checked in with very friendly and helpful staff. We Followed the map to our lodge/ house. On the way we spotted a fox and a badger! (None of us had seen a badger before! - sad I know,) it was a lovely start to a very relaxing weekend.
The lodge was beautiful so spacious, the glass panel on the stairs was a lovely feature as is the glass doors into the open plan sitting room and kitchen.
The lodge/ house was lovely and warm and so inviting. The fire was lit and the heating was obviously on a while as it was freezing outside.
We had brought milk tea and coffee with us but there was no need as there was enough there to get us through the night.
Next we had a fight for the rooms. All very well presented. Spotlessly clean. Loads of towels, shampoo, etc.
All of the rooms had a lovely view, two were of the golf course and the main one was out the front but you could still watch the golfers strolling around the course from there.
The deer's have free rain running across the course too. You also get the odd dog racing around loving the freedom.
I have to say it was the best sleep I've had in years!! So good I even pulled off the sheet to get a photo of the make of the mattress. (The next best sleep I had was in the wine port lodge in athlone).
After breakfast we went for a stroll around the grounds. The dog loved the freedom as he couldn't go too far as it is a island so we weren't worried about him running off.( he's a bit thick). I did ring before we arrived to see if dogs were allowed and was told there was no problem to bring him along. There is a charge (€37 I think) but it was still cheeper to bring him than put him in kennels where he wouldn't have been happy as he sleeps indoors.
Afterwards we went into waterford to shop. No shortage of good shops there. We went out to dinner in waterford that night.
Again slept like a log. The showers are really powerful you could stay in them all day. But check out is at 11am!! Way to early if you've been out on the town. Your also fined €10 for every half hour your late checking out! Thought this was a bit too much. But we were up on time so I don't know if they do actually fine you.
We got a great deal on pigs back.com. The houses sleep 6 in 3 bedrooms. Two are en-suite.
I will definitely return and have already booked to go again in the new year. Again we got the offer on pigs back.com €175 for 2 nights for up to 6 people.
The best sleep I've ever had!!
I'd give it 9.5 out of 10. It's loosing the .5 because of the early check out! That's my only fault with it. Highly recommend it for a lovely relaxing break in beautiful surroundings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on its own private Island on the River Suir, Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort offers 4 Star Luxury Castle Accommodation nestled in the suburbs of Waterford City.Feel yourself travel through time as you make the magical journey by our complimentary Car Ferry to the 310 acre Island Resort.With an amazing history stretching back to the 6th century, wake up in Waterford Castle Hotel Ireland after a peaceful night’s sleep to the picturesque and enchanting scenes and sounds the island has to offer. Enjoy gourmet food served in our award winning Munster room restaurant and Fitzgerald Bar or simply relax by the large open fire in 16th Century surroundings.For family, group or self catering in Waterford our Island Garden Lodges are the perfect place to experience the South East.Island Activities include our 18 hole Championship Golf Course, our fantastic tennis courts, clay Pigeon Shooting or croquet on the Castle lawns.Waterford Castle also provides a stunning Irish castle wedding venue for an unforgettable Wedding Day. Imagine… A legendary Castle, on an Island Haven; exclusively yours. All in all Waterford Castle Hotel and golf resort provides a luxury destination to escape from life itself. ... more less
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