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Castle Durrow
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Durrow
Certificate of Excellence
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6 reviews
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“Superlatives fail to describe how great this place is...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

Excellence in every area of hospitality might start to sum up our experience of Castle Durrow.In fact, superlatives may fail me in my review. My wife and I held our wedding here in May 2014. The fine website certainly gives a good impression of the magnificence of the buildings, rooms and grounds however, visiting in the depths of winter, 18 months before our wedding to look at the venue left us in no doubt that it had the potential to be a dream spot. Marie Laffin, the wedding coordinator was outstanding from start to finish. Her ability to communicate effectively in person and through emails etc made a big difference to the successful outcome. This included band, lighting, florist and photographer too.
There was clearly excellent team communication between staff involved in reservations of rooms and the function and hotel staff throughout. Not an easy thing to cultivate, but this culture of helpfulness, courtesy and excellence does permeate the place, a tribute to all.
Particularly Louise and Suzanne, Ray, Kieran, to name a few, who went out of their way to make our guests welcome and ensure the day itself went off so well.
The rooms are individually stunning in their decor and upkeep, both houses and castleyard/stables. Some of our guests work in the hospitality industry and made special mention of this.
THe grounds are beautiful, from the tree lined lawns, herb gardens, secret fish pond and tennis court with pavilion where we had a bbq the day after.
Our wedding day, in reference to Castle Durrow, was superb. The reception areas were fantastic. The banquet hall is beautiful with little addition on our part. The meal, fillet of beef being the main event, was of exception quality. Again, friends in the hospitality industry made mention of the quality and presentation of the entire meal.
I am delighted to give Castle Durrow, and in particular the phenomenal staff, my highest possible approval. My wife and I feel very grateful our wedding was here.

Room Tip: Had a look in all the rooms. All amazing
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cillian C
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Dublin
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9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Attended a wedding here recently and it was beautiful. Can't speak of the bedrooms, but I was told they were stunning. The service was excellent and the food gorgeous. The grounds I know are stunning, and it was probably the only shame that the wedding was in winter so we didn't really get to see or appreciate the gardens and grounds. Great wedding venue though!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ShelliePB
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Derry
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

Stayed at Castle Durrow for two nights, attending a wedding in the castle. The grounds are beautiful. The staff are welcoming and attentive, really friendly people. Beautiful food, lovely clean comfortable room. No complaints at all. No tea facilities in the room, but tea and coffee were supplied free at any time of asking in the bar or at reception.

Room Tip: Rooms in the actual hotel would be quieter, as wedding rooms are near the banqueting hall and can be...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank walker199221
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

We stayed here recently as part of a wedding party. What a place! Our room was amazing, the staff were fantastic from start to finish, the food- perfect, and the gardens - wonderful to explore. I even enjoyed a game of tennis.
A wonderful spot and I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to get away:)

Room Tip: Upgrade to a suite in the main building - its worth it!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LP25
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

The owners and staff of Castle Durrow pulled out all the stops for a memorable evening there was sunshine beautiful gardens stunning rooms the best nights sleep ever in room 54 and NO rain.

The food was superb and the wine fabulous the wine list is wonderful, being spoilt as I am living in the centre of the UK with a vast number of local gastro pubs all trying to out do one another with ever exotic creations I was a real joy to eat well cooked tasty elegant food locally sourced in beautiful surroundings and feel we could relax and have a party without feeling we were making too much of a noisy exhibition!!!!

Really Really great and the breakfast was just perfect too.

Thank you Castle Durrow for a very very happy time in the sunshine!!!!

Room Tip: They are all fabulous but facing the garden is best.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Philippa1832
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

I can't thank Castle Durrow and their staff enough for the amazing experience we had at our wedding. Every single person at my wedding had the most wonderful time and most of them said it was the best wedding they had ever been to. The staff are phenomenal and made the day all about myself and my hubby and keeping us happy and every single person that was at our wedding happy. The food was outstanding, and yes I did eat all 5 courses even though I was the bride, it was too good not too!!!! I can't rave about this hotel/ B&B enough, every trip home we will be there to stay for at least one night. From the very beginning of planning a year and a half prior, the staff have been wonderful, especially Marie Laffan and so many others, like Mary, Shane, Nick, Lilly and Sue. The gardens are just amazing and the entire place is like a fairytale. Again I can't say enough about how perfect they made mine and my husbands weekend!!!!

Room Tip: all of the rooms are amazing but we stayed in the Ashbrooke room as it's the bridal suite, it is...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Linda6-2014
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Dublin
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

What an amazing location. We were in Castle Durrow for a family wedding and have no complaints at all, not even a little one. The gardens, walks and views are amazing and are worth a visit alone. Staff are friendly, helpful and service is top class.

Stayed July 2014
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Property: Castle Durrow
Address: Demesne, Durrow, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Laois > Durrow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Durrow
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Castle Durrow is located in the heart of the village. A fully restored, magnificent 300 year old Mansion with luxurious bedrooms each with their own atmosphere. Our restaurant is located in stunning south-facing rooms, decorated with mirrors and hand blocked wallpaper, our head chef creates delicious seasonal menus, popular with visitors and locals alike. We are a terrific place to relax and let romance and Guinness de-stress the mind and body in our cosy bar and reception rooms. In the Magnificent garden, with fabulous scented borders and a walled garden, from where our chefs pick their daily produce, you can stroll around for hours or have a more vigorous walk by the river and in the hills adjoining the castle. A stay at the castle with Dinner and some romance would not be complete without a beauty treatment in our salon , aptly named the Powder box ! ... more   less 
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