Our Story at Romantic Castles of Ireland

Owned and operated by the renowned Irish hotelier family, the Corscaddens, the award-winning Romantic Castles of Ireland collection is like no other hotel collection in Ireland. With a castle in each corner of Ireland, the Romantic Castles of Ireland is the largest independent and privately-owned collection of luxury castles in the country. Guests are immersed in a rich Irish history and treated to a true Irish Castle experience combining old-world elegance with modern-day comforts in each of the Romantic Castles of Ireland.

The collection began in 1991, when the Corscadden Family purchased Cabra Castle in County Cavan. Idyllically set amidst sprawling lawns on a 100-acre estate, with the backdrop of the magnificent Dún a Rí Forest Park, Cabra Castle boasts stunning architecture, luxurious furnishings, and phenomenal natural attractions.

With 106 breath-taking bedrooms, Cabra Castle offers a wide range of luxury accommodation, from authentic medieval style castle suites, complete with four-poster beds, to the more artisan-style courtyard rooms, charming country cottages and the revamped gate lodge. This 18th Century Castle enjoys spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, with patios and terraces situated perfectly to enhance the majestic scenery. Renowned for its history, idyllic location, exquisite food and superb range of accommodation, Cabra Castle is one of the leading luxury hotels in Ireland and is also one of the best-known castle wedding and events venues in Ireland.

In 2005, the Corscadden Family purchased Ballyseede Castle in County Kerry, the second member of the Romantic Castles of Ireland collection. As Kerry’s only castle hotel, the magnificent Ballyseede Castle offers an authentic castle experience full of Irish charm and personality. Set on 30 acres of ancient woodlands and manicured gardens, Ballyseede Castle Hotel is beautifully placed in secluded grounds and is the perfect choice for weddings, private events and guests alike.

Ballyseede Castle offers 45 luxurious en-suite bedrooms – many with four-poster beds and garden views, and all the epitome of luxury ensuring you end your day in decadent comfort and style. From the Gate Lodge, to the ‘West Wing’ bedrooms, modern luxury comes as standard at this historic Castle.

Next to be added to the collection was Bellingham Castle in 2012. At Bellingham Castle, the welcome is warm, the facilities luxurious and the memories, eternal. Nestled in the medieval village of Castlebellingham in County Louth along Ireland’s Ancient East, Bellingham Castle is an elegant and spacious 17th Century authentic Irish Castle available for exclusive hire, to allow you become King or Queen of your very own castle for a truly memorable experience. The Castle opens for overnight stays on select dates throughout the year, but is predominantly a venue for spectacular Weddings, conferences or events.

Bellingham Castle is the centrepiece of a 17-acre estate that includes a weir and man-made river island. Fully refurbished, yet retaining all of its character and charm, Bellingham Castle prides itself on elegance and sophistication, intimacy and cosiness, luxury and exclusivity. From 19 dreamy and palatial bedrooms, to magnificent reception rooms and meticulously manicured gardens, Bellingham Castle ensures each guest enjoys high-quality, bespoke service in an idyllic and inspirational location.

The latest addition to the Romantic Castles of Ireland collection was Markree Castle in 2017. It is hard to imagine a destination with more romance, character and elegance than Markree Castle. This historic Irish castle venue is nestled in the stunning North West of Ireland in County Sligo on the route of the world famous Wild Atlantic Way. A fairy-tale pairing of elegance and exemplary service, Markree Castle has been lovingly and extensively renovated to the highest standard.

A stunning range of luxury guest accommodation is available at Markree Castle, with 31 decadent en-suite castle bedrooms. Guests can wander through the castle, enjoying the blazing fire in the Grand Hall, period features and furnishings, and the breath-taking inter-linked dining rooms creating that authentic, old-world charm to instantly transport you back in time. The 500-acre grounds can also be explored with mature trees, meticulously manicured gardens, and even the River Unshin flowing through the castle estate. Markree Castle is the ultimate wedding destination, but also perfect for hosting unique events and for romantic getaways.

At the heart of the Romantic Castles of Ireland is a warmth of service that stems from the Corscadden family ownership, imbuing luxurious castles with the intimacy of a private home. Innovation and ongoing investment ensure the finest quality; while its heritage lends character to their vision of informal luxury, timeless style and the very best guest experience.