Dromoland Castle Hotel
Dromoland Castle Hotel was described in 1837 as “a superb edifice in the castellated style…surrounded by an extensive and richly wooded demesne.” Another admirer described it in 1855 as “built entirely of dark blue limestone, and in fine chiseled workmanship.” The cost of cutting and hauling its stone, although quarried on the estate itself, was enormous.
Little of the edifice has changed over the years. After traversing a long, curving drive past a large-walled garden and the large lake, visitors behold the monumental castle itself, with its four linked castellated turrets and gothic porch.
The interior public spaces boast classic baronial country house features, including paneled corridors graced with portraits of esteemed ancestors, sparkling chandeliers, tasseled draperies, gold cornices, priceless antique furniture, and coats of armor. These impressive yet welcoming spaces, including the entrance gallery, lobby, drawing room, main lounge, and dramatic high-ceiling dining room, appear much as they did when Lord Inchiquin’s family was in residence. The lord’s octagonal-shaped study, under the round tower, is now a cocktail lounge, and his library comprises a portion of the dining room.
Adjacent to the main building is The Queen Anne Court, a quadrangle that pre-dates the castle, having been constructed in 1736 by Sir Edward O’Brien and rebuilt in 1963. Across the courtyard, brilliantly integrated into its historic setting, is the Moriarty Wing, added in 1998.
Dromoland Castle Hotel, a charter member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2011, dates back to 1543.
Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare
The Renaissance, 1450 ~ 1600
Dromoland Castle Hotel was described in 1837 as “a superb edifice in the castellated style…surrounded by an extensive and richly wooded demesne.” Another admirer described it in 1855 as “built entirely of dark blue limestone, and in fine chiseled workmanship.
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