Oh boy did we love this place. The castle, the setting, the lake, the forest…all better than expected. It's the perfect quiet get away. I'll admit that we didn't do much more than eat and check out the local scenery..and eat some more. The kitchen is fully equipped, and that means fully. We've been traveling around Europe for a year and often that means two pots and a pan.
There is a great reference book with many of the local attractions and restaurants that was very helpful. I'll add to that list Kai restaurant in Galway (!!!) and a trip to Kylemore Abbey in Connemara. It's to the North and about an 1.5+ drive, but absolutely worth it. Also, Ashford Castle…more to the point, eating at Ashford Castle. The afternoon tea is amazing and the Fish and Chips I might actually swim back for.
Our two weeks were amazing. I only wish my family could have been able to make it. The kids would have been in Heaven. It's also 100% Mastiff approved.