I went on a lovely girls' weekend trip to Belleek Castle. I am studying abroad in Ireland right now, and we came from Dublin via train, went to Westport the next day, and ended on Achill Island. The castle is beautiful. Though we arrived late and only stayed one night, the grounds were magical. The room was fit for a princess. The beds were super comfortable. For three of us, we had a large room with a king size bed and two large twin size beds. Tea was provided in the room, which was a nice touch. The bathroom was large and clean.
We had a lot of fun exploring Ballina, which is a very cute Irish town. Definitely eat dinner one night at Dillon's Bar and Restaurant. It was delicious and great atmosphere. The breakfast at the castle was also delicious - we got it included in our price. We were really only in Ballina for the evening, and I would recommend spending more time there.
As students this was a treat to stay here one night, but you have to spend one night in a castle in Ireland! Overall, a lovely stay, and I wish we could have stayed longer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belleek Castle....... an iconic Irish Country House, restaurant (AA 2 Rosettes), hotel and spectacular wedding venue…Belleek is unpretentious, cosy and friendly, rich in decor and antiquities, with open log fires to warm your steps back through this cultural adventure.Enjoy a contemporary dinner, with generous portions, in our unique light panelled dining room. We have developed a new food philosophy. Our spirit is to search for more “Depth of Flavour”, exercising both classic and imaginative cooking techniques. We use seasonal ingredients and produce, selected from the land, sea and air of Mayo, and combine these with the traditions of the Castle.However, our signature dish is a Castle classic, the "Drunken Bullock", a filet steak flambéed at the table and served flaming from a sword, adding theatre to succulent steak. Hand made oak tables, eclectic romantic music, lit by candlelight, with charming attention and delicious food.“One of the most atmospheric and delightful dining experiences in Ireland”, Bill Gooch, Virginia Beach.Guests may enjoy a private viewing of the Castle museum by appointment. Belleek Castle hosts The Marshall Doran Collection, the finest collection of mediaeval armour and Jurassic fossils in Ireland. How many times have I heard? “Oh my God!” or “Oh Gosh!”Belleek Castle... Unique, intimate and magical. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belleek Castle Hotel Ballina