Waterford Castle Front Entrance

A Stay at Waterford Castle

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.

Blarney Castle Ireland Old English Market Cork

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.

Fireplace Lobby Waterford Castle Ireland Front Entrance Waterford Castle Ireland

We were lucky to stay in the “Wedgwood Suite” with a gorgeous bedroom, bathroom complete with claw foot tub, and its own sitting room.

firelplace is wedgewood suite waterford castle ireland wedgewood suite waterford castle sitting area ireland

After checking in and freshening up, we enjoyed fabulous afternoon tea.

Afternoon Tea at Waterford Castle Ireland

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.

Waterford Castle IrelandWaterford Castle Gardens Drinking Wine

That evening we also indulged in some specially crafted cocktails in the Fitzgerald Room.

Fitgerald Room Waterford Castle Ireland

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.

Hawkeye Falconry Harris Halk Waterford Castle Scops Owl Hawkeye Falconry Waterford Castle Ireland Baby Scops Owlets Falconry Waterford Castle Ireland

Falconry with hawkeye waterford castle

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.

gardens at waterford castle ireland

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.

Tea and Scones Waterford Castle Ireland

That night we got dressed up and, after enjoying an aperitif, had dinner in the Castle’s fine dining room, Munster Restaurant.

Dinner in the Munster Room Restaurant Waterford Castle Ireland

Munster Restaurant Waterford Castle Ireland

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!

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  • Reply Natalie PelafosJune 13, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Looks heavenly! I’m relaxed just reading about it! I want to go!Natalie Pelafos

    • Reply AnnaJune 13, 2018 at 11:30 am

      We had such a wonderful time! I hope you get a chance to go soon!

  • Reply KateJuly 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Anna, the pictures and videos of the owls and falcons are so beautiful–I also wanted to commend your photographer/videographer !

    • Reply AnnaJuly 5, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you! We were so happy to capture these images, though of course they don’t do justice to the real life experience.

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