This week is all about an amazing mini break in Ireland staying in a castle.
It was my Dads 50th birthday and we wanted to do something special and different so decided to surprise him with a weekend away in a castle in Ireland.
We flew to Knock as the airport in Donegal (where the castle is) is tiny and has a limited number of flights. It was about an hour and a half drive to the castle and we hired a car.
The hotel we stayed in was Solis Lough Eske Castle and OMG it was stunning! The hotel is set in acres of beautiful scenery and we were lucky with the weather so could explore it all!
We stayed in the courtyard rooms which were huge! There was loads of space and both the room and bathroom oozed luxury.
The hotel has a gallery bar which serves amazing cocktails and mocktails as well as serving lunch and a more casual dinner. We ate here on the first night and the food was lovely.
The main restaurant is Cedars Grill and the both the food and service were outstanding. We ate here on the night of my Dad’s birthday and the staff did everything they could to ensure it was a special night. The food was delicious and if you stay I would definitely recommend the Tomhawk Steak which is to share for 2 but we had plenty and shared between 3! A special thanks to Johnny and Nicola for great service and making the meal even more special.
Also on my Dad’s birthday we had afternoon tea, usually served in the Lobby Lounge but as the weather was so lovely we asked if it could be served outside. The staff were more than accommodating and made sure this was possible. The maitre de was fanatatsic (we didn’t get his name) and catered to our every need. The afternoon was delicious and I’m sure it was made even better by the sunshine!
Lough Eske also has a spa which is included in your room price (treatments are extra) which was lovely and relaxing with facilities including a hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna.
Also the staff are fantastic and so welcoming and friendly. A special thanks to Geraldine for arranging our late checkout amongst other things.
If you are looking for a unique and luxious hotel for a special occasion I would highly recommend the castle it was beautiful and we would definitely return!