The gates at the front of the estate are impressive, then you drive through the forest to an opening that reveals a grand castle. As you drive up the parking space in front of the entry you get a feeling of grandeur. What is special are the enormous front doors that you open - as yo would your own home. As you step into the reception area your eyes look up and see the huge ceiling space; red velvets; medieval coats of armour; tapestries on the walls and floors - WOW it was expensive, but a treat we were very pleased we chose.
We booked dinner and made our way to the enormous bedrooms up the grand staircase. Our room had a view of the ground out our the front entry, from a glamorous window box. Our bathroom was a roomy space with plenty of modern amenities, and soft, cuddly linen.
Down to dinner to the amazing bar that looked like something from an old spanish galleon. Dinner was a delight and a show for sure. The wine offering has a large choice and the meal was a real surprise. For our pleasure the reading rooms were light and airy and warm. I would strongly recommend this magnificent property both as a hotel and an attraction. The ground were forested, and green, with a river running though it - history rich. The staff were very welcoming and friendly, while not being over the top. Loved it, a highlight of our trip - Do it for yourself - it is well worth it.
We are there in April, and while it was cold, it just added to the the ambience.
- 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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