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You may not be able to afford your own castle, but when visiting Ireland, you can live in one – if only for a night or two. The Emerald Isle is home to a number of Irish castles that have been transformed into magical castle hotels, like the one pictured above. Ashford Castle, a 5-star luxury hotel sits on a beautifully-landscaped 350-acre estate overlooking the sparkling blue waters of Lough Corrib.
Dromoland Castle, County Clare
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Dromoland Castle Hotel has a history that dates back to the 5th century. Today, it offers a 5-star experience on a 400-acre estate that was the ancestral home of the Dromoland O’Briens, Kings of Thomond whose lineage goes back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, the only High King of Ireland.
Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden
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Abbeyglen provides a more secluded setting among picturesque gardens in the heart of Connemara’s Twelve Bens, with beautiful views overlooking the town of Clifden along with understated elegance, peace and tranquility.
Ross Castle, County Meath
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Ross Castle isn’t a five-star property, but for those who want the real deal with a stay in a medieval castle, this is your place. Built in the 16th century, many of the furnishings date back hundreds of years as well. There were a few inhabitants over the years who apparently never wanted to leave – Ross Castle is purported to be one of the most haunted castles in all of Ireland.