I have been forced to stay in a few Golf Hotels. Usually you will find they quietly crush your soul with the spirit of the Golfist lack of imagination. I hate the whole 'culture' of Golf, so I was pleasantly reassured that although CastleMartyr has substantial golfing grounds, it is not dominated by its association. The approach to the Hotel is grand, and gives you a good impression of you enter, when you see the ruins of the old house, adding a sense of history to the more modern central Hotel complex.
I stayed in a standard room which was very well appointed, and spacious, and much appreciated by my wife, though it was a long walk to reception/breakfast.
Breakfast was good, though one morning my stepson complained to me about two naughty children who proceeded to play croissant tennis with their breakfast.
It is a family hotel with a spa, and I can see their wives and the family get a fair shake of the stick with activities, that we saw being played such as archery, laser clay pigeon shooting, and horse rides ('spins') around the estate to keep them entertained, if the weather is up to it.
So the boring golfing husband doesn't get his own way all the time. I will leave it to younger families to say how they find the balance of facilities.
We used it as base to travel to other local sights and found it a very convenient base, and a good quality stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Castlemartyr Resort is a grand eighteenth century country manor house that sits adjacent to the ruins of an 800-year-old castle. Constructed by the first Earl of Cork and lovingly restored to its original grandeur, the Manor House opened in 2007 to serve as the centrepiece of Castlemartyr Resort. Nestled amid the picturesque woodlands of East Cork this breathtaking destination resort is steeped in history and tradition, while also offering luxurious first-class service tailored to each guest’s unique tastes and the finest in accommodations, dining and recreational activities. Its 103 guestrooms and suites offer contemporary design seamlessly blended with old world elegance. Attractions include The Spa at Castlemartyr, a renowned inland links-style golf course, a state of the art gym including a fitness studio, a private lake with swans and miles of unspoiled walking tracks, all graced by the mystery and power of the ancient ruins nearby. ... more less
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