We had an absolutely delightful stay at Waterford Castle Hotel in Ireland. Situated on its own island, it is so peaceful and feels worlds away despite being only a twenty minute car ride from downtown Waterford and a 2 hour train ride to Dublin.
We were happy to have some relaxation time as we recovered from a fast paced visit to the southwest of Ireland and geared up for a couple busy days in Dublin.
I can’t imagine a better place to relax than a beautiful castle only accessible by ferry, surrounded by scenic walks, boasting a two rosette restaurant and gorgeous cocktail bar, and equipped with a plethora of activities including falconry, golf, archery, skeet shooting, and afternoon tea.
We arrived in the afternoon after leaving Killarney and stopping at Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone and the Old English Market in Cork for lunch.
Entering the castle was enchanting, I instantly knew I would not want to leave! In fact, we opted to skip the bike ride we had planned along the Waterford Greenway to maximize our time relaxing on the beautiful grounds.
We were lucky to stay in the “Wedgwood Suite” with a gorgeous bedroom, bathroom complete with claw foot tub, and its own sitting room.
After checking in and freshening up, we enjoyed fabulous afternoon tea.
We had made a reservation for the latest time possible (4:30pm) in hopes that it would suffice for diner as well. There was so much food that we definitely weren’t hungry afterwards.
But we were thirsty, so we ordered some wine to take with us for a walk in the gardens.
That evening we also indulged in some specially crafted cocktails in the Fitzgerald Room.
The following day we had a wonderful breakfast in the castle’s sun room and headed straight to have a “falconry experience” with Hawkeye Falconry.
I booked this months in advance and it was the thing I was most looking forward to during our visit to Ireland.
Hawkeye Falconry is a husband and wife team of falconers and we had the absolute pleasure of working with Caroline.
We had an amazing time flying two Harris Hawks, Albert and Florence, a Scops owl, named Nelson, and even held two baby owlets who were only a month old.
David and I both absolutely loved this experience.
After falconry we took a lovely walk around the island and then went to read and relax in our fabulous room.
Since we knew we were going to be having a big dinner, we opted to just order scones and tea in the Castle’s main room to tide us over until the evening.
That night we got dressed up and, after enjoying an aperitif, had dinner in the Castle’s fine dining room, Munster Restaurant.
Waterford Castle was such a wonderful and relaxing getaway. It was one of the easier castles to access without taking us too far off course from our other destinations in Ireland as well.
If you get the chance, don’t hesitate to book a stay!