Photos courtesy of Kinnitty Castle
Double rooms: 150–250 euros
Rates include breakfast
Open: all year
Kinnitty is in the center of Ireland, north of the Slieve Broom Mountains and on R421. A car is the best way to get around the area.
On site: horseback riding; spa;
falconry; clay pigeon shooting
Nearby: golf; hiking; haunted castle tours; Slieve Bloom Mountains
Receptions. Inquire hotel for details.
Over the last few years I’ve had e-mails from people who either love or hate Kinnitty Castle.
The castle is not what I would call posh, but filled with loads of character: creaky wood floors, suits of armor, claw-footed tubs in the middle of the bathroom, etc.
Guest rooms vary wildly. Try a roomy stateroom with a wooden bed that looks somewhat like the hull of a Viking ship, or a baronial room with a four-poster bed. Sometimes the beds are extra large because two beds are pushed together. Guest rooms are named after historic personalities associated with the hotel.
Guest rooms do not have TVs; some rooms are in need of a little care here and there.
You may choose to dine in the formal, candlelit Sli Dala restaurant, or the Monks Kitchen, which is thick on medieval atmosphere. The Library Bar is the place to relax in front of a turf fire, and the Dungeon Bar is a pub, which often offers traditional or impromptu music in the evenings.
A haunted banquet room!