(CNN) — Ever harbored a desire to live like royalty and bed down in a castle for the night?
Ballynahinch Castle, Galway
From the cozy log fireplaces to the four-poster beds, Ballynahinch ticks every box when it comes to a castle stay.
Just off the lobby, you’ll find a room filled with waxed jackets and Wellington boots for guests to borrow, so you can look the part as you set out to explore their 700-acre estate.
Take a little stroll along the wide, flat Owenmore River and you’ll be met with an unbeatable view; on a calm day, the reflection of the castle and mountains in the mirror-like water is simply stunning.
Ashford Castle, Mayo
Cronan and Garvan are the canine hosts at Ashford Castle.
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Perhaps one of the grandest hotels in Ireland, a visit to Ashford Castle is on many a traveler’s wish list.
Even the entrance is swish — when you arrive, you’re greeted by gate attendants in top hats, and the subsequent drive up to the castle doors is spectacular.
Inside, the rooms are beautifully luxurious, and the drawing rooms are just made for an afternoon of lounging with the papers and a cup of tea.
But the real stars of the show are the estate’s two giant Irish wolfhounds, Cronan and Garvan, whom you can join on their walk every morning at 8.30 a.m.
Adare Manor, Limerick
OK, OK… Technically, Adare Manor isn’t a castle.
But with its stone towers, ornate chimneys and limestone gargoyles, it sure does a good impression of one.
Fresh out of a huge restoration project, Adare Manor is beyond luxurious — think roll top baths under grand, arched windows, intricately carved vaulted ceilings and perfectly manicured topiary in the gardens. The top-notch estate activities include clay pigeon shooting, archery and a world-class golf course that will host the 2026 Ryder Cup.
Crom Castle, Fermanagh
Crom Castle is at the heart of a 2,000-acre demesne.
Courtesy Crom Castle
While most of Ireland’s castles operate largely as hotels, Crom remains the home of the Earl and Countess of Erne, who take great pride in their striking country pile on the shores of Upper Lough Erne.
You can get a taste of the high life by renting out the entire West Wing, which sleeps up to 13 people. It comes with its own entrance, as well as access to the private gardens not usually open to the public. Keep an eye out for the beautiful wild deer that graze on the lakeshore.
Kilronan Castle, Roscommon
Set among the rolling hills of the west, Kilronan Castle is like something out of a fairytale.
With suits of armor in the hallways and antique furniture in the bedrooms, this is the place to live out all of your medieval fantasies.
The food in the Douglas Hyde Restaurant is exceptional — think seared local duck and a killer pillow-soft banoffee soufflé.
Castle Leslie, Monaghan
Falconry is one of the options at Castle Leslie.
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One of the few castles in Ireland still in the hands of its founding family, Castle Leslie is deliciously quirky. The bedrooms have a unique design and vary from quaintly traditional to downright unhinged — one bathroom has a disco ball and party lights, another has a throne toilet, and one room features an en suite inside a dollhouse.
There’s a cozy library, an airy conservatory for afternoon tea, and the basement bar is impossibly sultry, with deep Chesterfield couches and alcove hideaways where you can snuggle up with a G&T.
On the grounds of Glenarm Castle, just over a pretty stone bridge, this gatekeeper’s lodge is a paradise for misanthropes.
Run by the Irish Landmark Trust, which turns historic buildings into self-catering accommodation, this tiny medieval castle sleeps only two and is a Gothic dream.
Here you can enjoy your own stone turret staircase, wood-burning stove and a little rooftop terrace where you can gaze out to sea.
Ballygally Castle Hotel, Antrim
Lady Shaw is your spectral hostess at Ballygally.
Courtesy Ballygally Castle Hotel
Set right on the scenic Causeway Coast route, Ballygally is part 17th-century castle, part modern extension, so make sure you book a tower room if you want the full castle experience.
Regardless of where you sleep, you should poke your head into the Ghost Room, rumored to be haunted by Lady Isabella Shaw, wife of the castle’s first owner, who has said to have plunged to her death from this very tower.
Lough Eske Castle, Donegal
In the ruggedly beautiful county of Donegal, among mountains and lakes, you’ll find Lough Eske Castle.
The rooms in the original 18th-century wing have a classically elegant aesthetic, and one suite even has its own winding staircase. You’ll find the spa in the old Victorian Glass House, with an extensive thermal suite and heated pool.
Dromoland Castle, Clare
An aerial shot of Dromoland’s Queen Anne courtyard.
Courtesy Dromoland Castle
With a lineage that dates back to one of the last High Kings of Ireland, there’s no doubting the regal heritage of Dromoland Castle.
You can roam the 450-acre estate by pony and trap, take a boat out on the lake or play a round on the championship golf course. The bedrooms are all suitably plush, with fabric wallpaper and views over the gardens and lake.
Glin Castle, Limerick
Glin Castle has been home to a captivating series of characters for centuries, including one knight who would ride his horse up the staircase to bed.
Nowadays, it’s probably best known as the ancestral home of Catherine FitzGerald and her actor husband Dominic West (aka McNulty in “The Wire”).
You can rent the castle in its entirety, but the owners have just run their first hotel-style pop up, with rooms available to book individually. Inside, the castle is sumptuous yet full of character, the walls lined with family portraits and homely touches around every corner.
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