IRELAND CASTLES!Two of the Very Best!
By Glenn Arnette, lll
There is still a land of beauty accented with magnificent scenery, wonderful people and historical castles just 6 hours flight out of New York. Ireland is perfect for an unusual vacation. You can travel for days and never see the same scene. The mountains drop into the sea and the colors are beyond your imagination. Ireland is lovable!
As discussed in other articles about Ireland, our travels took us into wonderful little villages and quaint cites from Dingle to Galway. But along the way we had the experience of being the guest at two of Irelands most prestigious properties; i.e., Ashford Castle and the Adare Manor. Now there is something about “first class” I really like. These two places were like adding European chocolate to the top of a dish of rich vanilla ice cream. OMG!
Ashford Castle in Mayo, Ireland is majestic and stands along the shoreline of Lough Corrib. “Ashford epitomizes gracious living!” It is a five star hotel and offers superior accommodations and furnishings. It is the luxury of Kings and Queens with some of the most breathtaking views you would ever imagine. You are pampered when you arrive at this castle.
On arrival across a wonderful pillared bridge crossing into the main grounds of the property we were greeted by a line of Waiters in white jackets, the Head Chef, Marketing Director and Manager holding silver trays offering cold champagne for those of us arriving at the castle. “Just like out of the movies!” The greeting was exceptional and immediately you felt like one of the owners. This stately property features some of the finest foods you will find anywhere. One room in particular stood out from my visit and that was the George V restaurant. Oh, yes, I must mention cocktails in the Prince of Wales Bar. Why you can go to the Dungeon for entertainment and a nightcap before bed.
For additional information regarding a stay at Ashford Castle you can go to www.ashford.ie or call toll free 1-800-869-4330. You must plan at least one or two night there when you go over!
Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort, located on 840 acres, is located in the picturesque village of Adare in Co. Limerick and is just a short 40 minute drive to Shannon airport. The grounds are breathtaking and manicured to perfection. Being one of the great five star hotels, you do not need to expect anything, as everything is there for you from golf, spa, fabulous dining and scenery beyond your Technicolor dreams.
We were asked to dine in the Oakroom Fine Dining Restaurant. On arrival the table was set for royalty featuring beautiful candelabras, sterling silver domed dishes and place settings to dazzle the eye all sparkling under Crystal Chandeliers. Chef Mark Donohue and his team of players could not have been more generous. The food: PERFECTION!
You really feel at home at the Adare Manor. The rooms are very large and most comfortable and not over done with décor to take away from your relaxation. All amenities are there from wireless to TV! It was the perfect place to stay for my last night in Ireland before flying out of Shannon back to New York.
For additional information regarding your stay at Adare Manor, you can go to www.adaremanor.ie or call toll free 1-800 869-4330. Yes, that is the same number to call for Ashford Castle. You are calling central reservations.
I want to thank all of those responsible for extending the real Irish hospitality. It was wonderful! The arrangements made by the Irish Tourism Bureau could not have been better. THANK YOU!
With the economy as it is in the United States, the opportunity in Ireland is right for the moment. There are so many wonderful packages out there so go for it! Ireland is reasonable and the best time in now.
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