THE TIME I STAYED IN A CASTLE

DSC03306It seems to be every kid’s (okay, probably just little girls) dream to stay in a castle, and it took well over fifty years for me to realize that dream.  On my recent trip around Ireland, one of the treats was spending two nights at Ashford Castle.

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This is a “medieval castle that has been expanded over the centuries and turned into a five star luxury hotel near Cong on the Mayo-Galway border, on the shore of Lough Corrib in Ireland. It was previously owned by the Guinness family.”

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My travel partners and I were treated to a scenic boat ride over to the Castle including being greeted by a bag piper.  As you can tell, it was a beautiful day.

 

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To be honest, I didn’t quite feel like I deserved all of the pampering, but wow, it sure was fun.

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Down this hall was a private cinema room.  I snuck in and sat just to see how it felt.

 

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And check out my bedroom!  Beside a tea service in room, there were fresh apples and bottled water.  At night when I’d return to my room there was a small box of chocolates on the pillow, a special satin “rug” with plush hotel slippers laid out at the bedside, and a fresh bottle of water (my choice of still or mineral) I felt like a princess, and, of course I devoured those chocolates first.

The view from my room

The view from my room

 

 

Dinner in the castle’s 5 star restaurant was delicious, but these little touches before and after the meal (see picture of salmon appetizer and mini cookies) made the experience all the more special.Castle2

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The grounds were pristine and perfectly trimmed, and a walk over the bridge took me to a quaint tiny town (once built for a John Wayne film The Quiet Man, in 1950) where I snuck into a pub and had a Guinness. DSC03411

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Unfortunately, I missed the daily 10:00 a.m. visit from two real Irish Wolfhounds at the castle, who were said to be huge.  These dogs can be 32-34 inches and since they are long, if they jump up on a six foot tall man, they will look him right in the eye.  This picture of the entrance to the castle adorned by the “gentle giants” will have to do.

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I left the castle having fulfilled a dream and loving every minute of it!

Misty morning view from my castle bedroom window

Misty morning view from my castle bedroom window

Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

 

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2 Responses to THE TIME I STAYED IN A CASTLE

  1. robena grant says:

    I’m so glad you got to do that. I stayed in a castle in Scotland one time. It’s a treasured memory. Love your photographs. and that really is a gorgeous bedroom.

  2. It was a lovely treat, Robena, but I’ll be honest and say the place I loved staying at the most was an Irish country estate. I’ll probably write a blog about that in the near future, too.
    Thanks for commenting.