Ballyseede Castle Hotel, Tralee Co Kerry, Ireland

Be the King of the Castle

Ballyseede Castle Hotel Feels Like Home

The very first thing that stood out to me about Ballyseede Castle Hotel was the way it felt like home. Now I had never been there before, and I by no means have ever called a castle home (well not since I was about five in my mother’s attic), but there was feeling that immediately warmed me from the heart out when I entered this place.

 

A warm and inviting entrance into Ballyseedy Castle Hotel.

A warm and inviting entrance into Ballyseedy Castle Hotel.

Sure, the grounds are immaculate, with every blade of grass in tact, and its ivy covered exterior is commanding of anyone approaching from its winding path, but the inside…The inside is just stunning! Antiques collected by the owners Rory and Marnie O’Sullivan line the corridor to the elegantly furnished grand sitting rooms. Family photos sit on table tops, and fireplaces burn only drawing you into the warmth that this place exudes.

One of the 2 main sitting rooms. I was going back and forth, they were both so lovely.

One of the 2 main sitting rooms. I was going back and forth, they were both so lovely.

The staff are as friendly as family, always smiling and ever-ready to lend a hand. Tim the resident bartender in Pappy’s Bar will be sure to give you an earful of tall tales about the castle, its history and even its dark legends. The guests were also very friendly. I met a family that returns to this castle every year from Chicago because they love it so much. Just another reason this place felt so warm and inviting.

Looking down from the second floor. I love all the antique trimmings.

Looking down from the second floor. I love all the antique trimmings.

Dining at Ballyseede Castle Hotel is also an experience you won’t want to miss. This five-star service experience, with a selection of gourmet dishes and European wines, will leave you in bliss in the O’Connell Restaurant. Every single bite of this experience was a culinary delight.

The other main sitting room.

The other main sitting room.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Ballyseede Castle Hotel, and look forward to staying again the next time I am heading to Dingle along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

The second floor sitting area. I totally have a thing for shining armor. It's antique pieces like these that really make you feel like you're back in time but with all the modern conveniences you need. Way cool.

The second floor sitting area. I totally have a thing for shining armor. It’s antique pieces like these that really make you feel like you’re back in time but with all the modern conveniences you need. Way cool.

To plan a trip to Ballyseede Castle Hotel check them out here.

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Ballyseede is a member of the distinctively different Manor House Hotels of Ireland group. To learn more about the Manor House of Ireland Group, click this link.

We were given free accommodations during our stay however, this in no way changes the way we perceive or write a review. We look forward to visiting again soon.

 

Fit for a Princess We love castles and we see a lot of them. We review castle hotels based on their unique history, cleanliness, hospitality and value. Ballyseede Castle Hotel exceeded our expectations in all of these areas. They were wonderful to stay with.
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About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day.

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6 Comments on this post

  1. Nothing like a family of Chicagoans to make you feel at home.

    Tim / Reply
  2. Ohhhhh shining armour, now that is what I call some cool decor! I’d love a snooze in that hotel.

    SJ @ Chasing the Donkey / Reply
  3. Never been much for the jealousy until now, If Envy could be a compliment then it will this time. Your job does rock, what a well defined dream come true. I should send my request to the make a wish foundation, sleeping as well as what your doing are beautiful, thank you for the great work. Castles are the things we are made of you know.
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