Castle Ghrian, named for the sun, was once the ancestral home of a line of kings in ancient Ireland. Today, it stands as a magnificent beacon in the heart of Ireland, surrounded by rolling hills in vibrant and lively greens and an enchanting lake.
The castle itself is large and inviting. The insides have been warmed over the centuries by old-world designs and contemporary luxuries. Antique chandeliers and grand staircases fill the building while elegant corridors weave through to connect the beautifully furnished rooms. Ornate fireplaces with blazing log fires heat up the space and plush, sink-in sofas allow for true relaxation. The staff is topnotch — polite and attentive, all native to the land and friendly to well-behaved guests while perfectly capable of handling the less-than-cooperative.
Almost all of the castle is accessible to guests. There are a few corridors sealed off, but it doesn't take away from the experience as beyond the assigned living space one can find the great library, music halls and art studios, spa and pool and fitness center, cinemas and theatre, and so much more still available for use. Incredible dining opportunities for all tastes are available in all corners of the castle and guests are encouraged to explore, luxuriate, and enjoy themselves.
Although ornately styled and grandiose, Castle Ghrian remains a timeless structure. Touches of modernity stand out in various areas such as in the night club and spa and in the suites, particularly in the kitchen. The castle network connects guests with each other as well as with the staff, but other pieces of technology are noticeably absent and something in the air doesn't seem to like foreign electronics. Without the Internet, life in the castle is simple — and extravagant.
It is easy to enjoy the natural beauty of the area on the castle grounds. Spanning 600 acres, the outdoors are a wonderful way to pass the time whether it's in relaxation or in activity. The peaceful surroundings make the perfect backdrop to the great castle.
Quite a few birds visit the lake and appreciate well-placed bread crumbs and there are boats for hire for fishing excursions and exploration. The gardens are enormous and intricately designed, making for a relaxing afternoon or a romantic evening. Not too far from the castle entrance is a small clothing shop with a wide selection available for the comfort of the castle's guests.
There is archery and clay shooting for the adventurous as well as horseback riding and pony tours for the equestrians. Knowledgable staff members will also give lessons in falconry, allowing guests to meet some of the majestic birds in residence. Paths for bicycles, walking, or running are easy to access and twist through the gardens, the woods, and around the lake.
The view around the castle goes on for miles. Some say that on very, very clear days even the neighboring village is visible. However, beyond the woods and far past the lake lies an invisible barrier. No one can say why or when or how this barrier arrived, only that whenever one crosses it, they find themselves back in the castle lobby. Many guests attempt to cross the barrier intentionally while some find they've accidentally touched the end of the castle's reach. Either way, the receptionist and concierge are well-used to the sudden appearance of guests — new and familiar — in the lobby and are perfectly happy to offer a biscuit when they see one.
♕ Respect the property and grounds
♕ Respect the staff and fellow guests
♕ Do not take in excess
♕ And do enjoy your stay
Below are further details about the services, activities, and food & drink options available in Castle Ghrian. Guests will be able to access similar information via the brochures they receive when they arrive.