What a fabulous, top class little quirky medieval gem.
The warmth, welcome and atmosphere is second to none. Set in a forest the drive up to the castle is spectacular. Walking through the big wooden doors is like a time portal to the past. Candles burning everywhere and a big open fire greet you as well as great staff. We had a drink in the Armada bar and then had a tour of the castle and museum. I had had the privilege of meeting Marshall Doran many years ago , the man behind the restoration of the whole castle.
The rooms are fantastic, all of them very different but all with four poster beds. Felt like a queen!
What do I say about the food...magnificent. Stephen, the chef, has been there for many years and continues to delight and tantalise the taste buds. His food is a joy and a must not miss experience. Thank you Stephen.
Would I stay here again....in a heart beat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belleek Castle....... an iconic Irish Country House, restaurant (AA 2 Rosettes), hotel and spectacular wedding venue…Belleek is unpretentious, cosy and friendly, rich in decor and antiquities, with open log fires to warm your steps back through this cultural adventure.Enjoy a contemporary dinner, with generous portions, in our unique light panelled dining room. We have developed a new food philosophy. Our spirit is to search for more “Depth of Flavour”, exercising both classic and imaginative cooking techniques. We use seasonal ingredients and produce, selected from the land, sea and air of Mayo, and combine these with the traditions of the Castle.However, our signature dish is a Castle classic, the "Drunken Bullock", a filet steak flambéed at the table and served flaming from a sword, adding theatre to succulent steak. Hand made oak tables, eclectic romantic music, lit by candlelight, with charming attention and delicious food.“One of the most atmospheric and delightful dining experiences in Ireland”, Bill Gooch, Virginia Beach.Guests may enjoy a private viewing of the Castle museum by appointment. Belleek Castle hosts The Marshall Doran Collection, the finest collection of mediaeval armour and Jurassic fossils in Ireland. How many times have I heard? “Oh my God!” or “Oh Gosh!”Belleek Castle... Unique, intimate and magical. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belleek Castle Hotel Ballina