I was lucky enough to spend a night in the amazing Castlemartyr Restort in Co. Cork. We went down for one night mid week. We were very lucky that our stay fell on one of the days where there was some glorious sunshine as it made the stay in Castlemartyr even better as when we were outside it was like we were staying in some luxury hotel abroad with the sun beaming down and everyone walking around happy.
Before I start into my written review, I made a short video of our stay in Castlemartyr which you can see on my Youtube Page or by clicking into this link Castlemartyr Resort Video by Irish Mountain Child . Unfortunately I had never charged my camera and the memory space on my phone was non-exsistent and I really wanted to make a video so I opted to do so by using Snapchat, so the video isn’t as great as I would of liked….BUT …… I am still learning with videos so please be patient 🙂
It took about 3 hours to get there from Dublin. The first thing that needs to be said about this hotel is, as beautiful and as grand as it is, that doesn’t have a patch on how pleasant and helpful the staff at this hotel are. From the moment we walked into the reception the staff couldn’t of been more polite and helpful, giving us detailed descriptions of the grounds and good walks to take and showing us to our room. The same is to be said for the staff in Franchinis. The host and waiters were so polite and friendly that they just made the dining experience better than just food.
We arrived to the hotel just after check in time (3pm), upon checkin, we were shown to our room. The room we had in Castlemartyr was one of my favourite rooms I have ever had in an Irish hotel, the room is beautiful and very spacious, the bathroom is all marble and also very spacious with a his and hers sink, large bath, private shower area and private toilet area, but my favourite thing was that we had our own private garden. Pure bliss!! Next time we go I am going to have my breakfast in my room and eat outside (obviously providing it’s not typical Irish weather and lashing rain). The other thing I loved about our room was that it was about 30 steps away from Franchinis Restaurant…..so after over-eating a delicious meal I could of literally have been rolled to my room if needed.
Castlemartyr Castle was built in 1210 and then the Manor House was built in the 17th century. The building onto the new part of the hotel and the renovations were very cleverly done so as not to take away from the historic element that Castlemartyr Resort has to offer but only adds some newer luxurious elements to your stay. Like really, when I was sitting in the pool area and there was nothing but glass in the way from being outside it really made me feel like it was all open and outside in 🙂 . The day that I was there the sun was splitting the sky’s, but even on a rainy day hearing the rain drop against the glass while you sit in a jacuzzi has to be a very nice feeling. The halls to the accommodation in the newer building are very open plan and filled with lots of art everywhere, as well as various different animal sculptures spotted around the hotel give off a bit of an art-deco vibe.
In regards to being vegetarian/ vegan friendly this hotel will definitely cater to any dietary requirements you may have. For lunch on the day we arrived I had made picnic for us to have (so that was vegan, obviously). For dinner we headed to Franchini’s (that was a whole 30 steps from our room). There we received some complimentary bread and dips and we stuck to Franchini’s Menu as it looked delicious. We shared a Franchini’s Sharing Platter for a starter, I stuck with the vegetarian/ vegan part while my partner went for the rest and for a main I had the Porcini Ravioli, it was delicious! For breakfast there is a huge lay out of different foods, from fresh fruits, cereals, toast and spreads and a selected menu to choose from.
I would highly recommend Castlemartyr Resort for a night away ………. or if you play golf, although I don’t know what the course is like, but all the golfers seemed happy.
Some tips if you are staying in Castlemartyr Resort.
- Pack a picnic and explore the grounds.
- Try to get a room with your own garden (pure bliss).
- Make sure to give yourself and hour or two to indulge and relax in the pool area with a book.
- Take a look at some of the photos the hotel has on display, historical pictures of the hotel and resort to some of it’s famous guests.
Have you been to Castlemartyr Resort before? What did you think?