Photos courtesy of Waterford Castle
19 rooms, including 5 suites
Single rooms: 99–139 euros
Double rooms: 158–258 euros
Suites: 198–358 euros
Rates include tax
Open: all year
The Island is east of Waterford City off R683. Follow signposts to the river, where the castle’s own ferry transports guests and their cars across the river.
On site: 18-hole golf course;
indoor swimming pool; tennis;
clay pigeon shooting; croquet
Nearby: horseback riding; fishing; seaside resorts; harbor and river cruises; Waterford Crystal Factor.
Receptions. Exclusive use of castle.
Mullioned windows, gargoyles, turrets, towers, and battlements embellish this castle built entirely of stone. Antiques filling the grand public rooms include an Aubusson tapestry, a settee and chairs with carved eagles and swan heads, and George III and Victorian mahogany and oak cabinets.
Portland stone walls rise to meet ornate plaster ceilings; burgundy-colored, Irish-crafted carpets cover the floors; and a large stone fireplace welcomes you on cold evenings.
Antique-filled guest rooms range from standard size to deluxe and have views of the river, woodlands, or landscaped grounds. A carved four-poster bed dominates the enormous Presidential Suite. Many bathrooms retain their original 150-year-old tile and feature free standing bathtubs. All have lovely floral-design sinks.
Considered one of the finest rooms of its kind in Ireland, the Munster Dining Room features Elizabethan oak paneling, a carved oak mantelpiece, and an ornate plaster ceiling. Entrées are served on Wedgwood dinnerware bearing the Fitzgerald crest. Stemware is, of course, Waterford crystal. All produce served is grown organically on the estate.
Sits on its own 310-acre island, ensuring exclusivity and peaceful accommodations