I am traveling with my husband to Ireland for 10 days in early October. My hubbie is of Irish descent but this will be his first visit to Ireland. We are flying into Dublin, spending a few days, and then driving to Cork to research his family.
We are looking to stay in a castle for 1-2 nights, in either the Dublin, Kilkenny or Cork areas. After much online research and tripadvisor searching, I still have been unable to find what I am looking for. I am desperate for recommendations. I would like a true Irish castle, not a hotel built to look like a castle. I am looking for the "castle experience", nice grounds for strolling, possibly a village nearby, family owned or operated, excellent sleeping rooms, nooks and crannies, and high quality dining.
I want to avoid the ones overrun by tourists embarking from tour buses. So far, castles recommended in books and thru tour companies are the ones not highly rated on tripadvisor!
Any ideas? Thank you, a traveler from Chicago.