Lough Eske Castle
Lough Eske Castle
A Truly Unique Luxury Castle Hotel in Ireland
Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa sits within 43 acres of forest woodland, surrounded by the shores of Lough Eske on one side and the Blue Stack Mountains on the other.
Open since December 2007, this lovingly restored castle-hotel blends its historic past with a dash of contemporary elegance. Beyond being the only five-star hotel in Donegal, Ireland, we are proud to announce that our property has been named the World's Best Luxury Country Hotel for five consecutive years (2009-2013) at the World Luxury Hotel Awards. In addition to nominations as MyGuideIreland's “No. 1 Hotel in Ireland” and "Ireland Venue of the Year" by the country's top wedding website weddingsonline.ie., Lough Eske Castle has received Condé Nast Readers' Award 2013, European Hospitality's "Innovation in Service" Award in 2013, has been recognized among the “World's Best Castle Hotels” by global travel expert Stephanie Abrams, and is included in the Condé Nast Gold List of the world's best places to visit for 2014.
Escape into a luxurious world of relaxed grandeur and extraordinary personal service. From the award-winning spa to the dining table to your beautifully appointed guestroom, we provide a truly accommodating environment where our dedication to the guest is thoughtful, reliable, consistentm, and complete. Superb service and superior amenities make every day here a perfect day.
Step into the Solis Lough Eske Castle, and you step into an imposing Tudor-baronial castle, lavishly refurbished and extended to create the modern comforts and graceful refinement of a world class boutique hotel. With stunning views amidst hundreds of acres of unspoiled woodlands, the landscape is as magnificent as this castle hotel in Ireland itself.
NB: Please note that Lough Eske Castle will close every Monday (at 12pm) & Tuesday reopening Wednesday (at 12pm) commencing Monday November 2nd 2015 through to Wednesday 16th March 2016. With the exception of Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th December and 7 days over the Christmas period where we will reopen from Wednesday 16th December to Monday 4th January 2016.
Lough Eske Castle traces its roots all the way back to the late 1400s and the famous O’Donnell Clan that founded the nearby town of Donegal.
The original castle was first built around 1474 and an old date stone of 1621 remains on the property to this day. The current Lough Eske Castle was constructed in the early 1860s on the site of an old Brooke mansion, but was partially destroyed by an accidental fire in 1939.
The newly renovated Lough Eske Castle stands as a continuing testament to the rich history of Lough Eske and its surrounding region.
About The Castle
The imperial stone and glass façade of Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa embodies casual country living. While the design and décor are supremely elegant, the mood maintains an easygoing sense of attitude. From impressive sculptures in the courtyard fountain to the diverse abundance of outdoor pursuits, this County Donegal Ireland hotel celebrates the pastoral and mystical charms of Irish village life.
Upon arrival, our greeter welcomes you to the beautiful baronial estate. You will be escorted up the sandstone steps into an inviting lobby with elegant stone floors and regal oak staircase.
Inside, you will find open fireplaces and cozy drawing rooms coupled with fabulous views of our beautifully landscaped gardens. You can escape into the quiet seclusion of our library or wander into the Gallery Bar to meet friends and relax over drinks and light appetizers.
Follow the steps down from the lobby area, and you will discover the Lobby Lounge'a exposed sandstone wall, open fireplace, and traditional Chesterfield leather sofas and coffee tables.
Sculptures At Lough Eske Castle
'Lough Eske Castle Features Sculpture Exhibition’
Bronze sculptures surround the castle as smaller pieces are exhibited inside. A sensational three-metre high fountain by Lloyd Le Blanc featuring seven leaping salmon resides in the center of the hotel's main entrance. This particular piece was crafted uniquely for Lough Eske castle at Le Blanc's Leicestershire, England foundry.
Responsible for the many commissioned pieces throughout the castle & gardens are sculptors Lloyd Le Blanc and the late Judith Holmes Drewry.
Each limited-edition piece is crafted entirely from bronze and is available for purchase. To inquire about making a purchase or ordering a private commission, contact Le Blanc Fine Art directly.
To view both artists full portfolios, please visit www.leblancfineart.com