A Fairy Tale Vacation
Submitted: October 4, 2012
Stayed: July 2012
Our party of four teenagers and four adults felt truly privileged to spend a most magical week at Williamstadt House. Carole and Kevin were the absolute epitome of graciousness. They made every moment of our stay completely splendid, leaving no detail unattended. They welcomed us into their amazing world, and we were immersed in local warmth and authentic, Irish experiences. Their beautifully appointed home set in the lush, Irish countryside was full of charm, whimsy and lovingly detailed decor. Williamstadt is a jewel, surrounded by gently rolling hills and the nearby silvery waters of Lough Dergh. It is a stunning destination and history lesson all by itself.
There were activities for everyone, whether that involved a good book by the fire, strolling the grounds, feeding the chickens or bird watching in the garden. More active pursuits included hiking, biking, golfing, hunting or horseback riding. Carole made any excursion possible, and was an extremely knowledgable and patient tour guide. She literally knew the answer to any question asked of her. In an all too short week, we were able to see the Cliffs of Moher, Portumna Castle, local Irish work houses, monastic ruins, towers, cemeteries and a wonderful array of pubs. Our group explored, hiked and rode around the gorgeous, green wilderness and Fairy Wood surrounding Williamstadt. Irish atmosphere abounds in all corners, and all of our dreams of Ireland were completely fulfilled. Shannon Airport was less than an hour away, which made our exit quite convenient, allowing one last tour stop at Bunratty Castle and Theme Park.
As a bonus, we rented the perfectly renovated Gameskeeper's Cottage for our teen boys to share, adjacent to the main house. Although the main house itself was more than ample space for our party of eight, the cottage was a fun "extra" option for our group, and beyond cool for the boys! It was an utterly unforgettable, fairy tale vacation. This is how we all have described our precious time at Williamstadt. Kevin and Carole, we can never thank you enough.
Brenna Beasley & Travel Party
Recommended for families and adults/children of all ages. Very spacious and completely safe, friendly environment.
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