Did you see the Royal wedding?
Pfft! Of course you did – or at least a look at Meghan Markle’s wedding dress. Everyone wanted a glimpse at the dress.
The majority of women out there, at some point in their childhood, wanted to be a princess. The glamour, the dresses, the Prince, the palace.
Truth be told, we all love the mystique and odd superiority that a castle emits.
But, you can be a princess for a day in a castle fit for a king – as we visit some of the castles-turned-hotels dotted around Kildare.
Hold onto your hat!
Wow and double wow! You wanted a castle? We’ll give you a castle that has been revamped into pure modern luxury. Prepare to feel like Royalty.
Kilkea is one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland, dating back to 1180.
The castle was built by Hugh de Lacy for one of Strongbow’s men, Walter de Riddlesford. Now owned by the Cashmans, the now-140 bedroom resort is set on 180 acres in Castledermot.
And if one wonders what one can do, well Kilkea Castle offers golf, archery, equestrian sports, falconry and there’s even a state-of-the-art spa and pool currently nearing completion. Think that question should be more on the lines of; one wonders what one can’t do!
With wall-to-wall castle/hotels in Kildare, there is no excuse to grab a bit of fantasy luxury. Imagine you’re back in the 13th century – but with wifi!
Nestled on 20 acres of surrounding gardens, Barberstown was one of the first great Irish country houses to be transformed into a hotel when it opened in 1971.
The castle was built as a fortress to protect the village and people of Barberstown from the attack of the rebellious Vi Faelain, who tried to burn the town in 1310. Since then, it has had 37 owners .
Close to the village of Straffan, Barberstown Castle has a colourful history and was once by a famous UK rock star!
Since then, it’s been transformed from a 10 bedroom property to a 55 bedroom, Failte Ireland approved four star hotel and member of Ireland’s Blue Book of country house hotels and restaurants.
You can even have a medieval banquet – complete with it’s own ghostly host!