On a last minute whim we decided to go for a short stay in Dublin over the Bank Holiday Weekend and after an admittedly short Google we found Clontarf Castle in Dublin.
A modernised castle nestled in the suburbs of Dublin, Clontarf sits in its own grounds which according to Wikipedia have been there since 1172! It has been rebuilt since then and a modern overhaul was carried out in 1997 resulting in a gorgeous entry hall that retains some of its old character in the form of a beautiful large fireplace and armour lining the entrance. Truly stunning.
We stayed just one night and our room was lovely, it truly felt like a delux which isn’t always the case when staying in the cheapest double room! A large bed, table and chairs and a dresser / TV area made the room feel really premium and it even had an ironing board and iron which was handy given the state of the other half’s shirt which he pulled out of his suitcase crumpled up 5 minutes before dinner!
Speaking of dinner, ours was a set menu of 4 courses and we shared a starter platter, enjoyed a Sirloin Steak, a sumptuous dessert and tea / coffee to finish. The wine selection was fantastic- wine was offered in glass, half bottle and bottle and my Pinot Grigio was gorgeous (and for once not at all bitter as is unfortunately the case in a lot of hotels trying to keep the cost down!). Our sleep was comfortable and undisturbed and breakfast the following morning was a veritable feast for the eyes and stomach. Cereals, cold meats, fruit, a huge range of fry up choices and tea, coffee, juice was all readily available.
Check out was quick and easy and I have to say the staff were amongst the friendliest I have ever come across. Just a 10 minute drive from the centre of Dublin we spent the afternoon shopping and eating (as usual). I will 100% stay here again some time in the not so distant future.