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It would be a sizable challenge to find a country or a people that are more friendly and welcoming that what you will find on the Emerald Isle. Here, everyone is treated like royalty. So if you want to travel like a king or a queen, the estates, castles, and manors found throughout Ireland are primed to pamper you. Here are some of our favorites.


Ballyfin Demesne
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Ballyfin Demesne
Set in the heart of Ireland in the lovely County Laois, this unique five-star property over-delivers at every turn. From the moment you pull through the gates, you are transported back in time at this glorious 600-acre estate established in 1820. Reserved for guests only, the estate includes a magnificent lake, walled gardens, ancient grottoes, and the famed Stone Tower, complete with bicycles and golf carts to explore it all. You will also find a spa, archery, boating, croquet, and more to entertain your royals. And with only 15 guest rooms, Ballyfin offers plenty of space to relax and unwind. Long admired as one of the most lavish Regency mansions in Ireland, Ballyfin, over the last decade, has been restored and decorated to its former early-19th-century glory. The all-inclusive experience at Ballyfin promotes the relaxed feeling of being a guest in this absolutely exquisite home. ballyfin.com

Dromoland Castle
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Dromoland Castle
COURTESY DROMOLAND CASTLE
Situated on the shore of Lough Dromoland in County Clare, this breathtaking castle greets you with its grandeur. Originally the ancestral home of the O’Briens, Barons of Inchiquin, and direct descendants of the High King of Ireland in the 11th century, this royal estate is guaranteed to impress. Situated on a 410-acre estate, Dromoland Castle features 99 guest rooms, a championship parkland golf course, beautiful lakes, walled gardens, and amazing grounds. Guests can also enjoy the spa, swimming pool, tennis courts, horseback riding, and complimentary bicycles to explore the property. In addition to living like a royal at Dromoland, guests have the opportunity to learn about and practice the art of falconry. Here, your royals can enjoy a range of programs led by expert falconer Dave Atkinson featuring hawks, falcons, and owls. After an action-packed day, enjoy high tea overlooking the estate gardens. dromoland.ie

Castlemartyr Resort
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Castlemartyr Resort
COURTESY CASTLEMARTYR RESORT
Located in County Cork, Castlemartyr Resort offers a brilliant contrast between old and new. This lovely 220-acre estate features three magnificent structures including the ruins of an 800-year-old castle that once belonged to the Knights Templar, the stately 18th-century Manor House with 11 guest rooms and suites, and the spectacular new contemporary wing with 92 guest rooms. The guest rooms at Castlemartyr are outfitted with every luxury, modern amenity, and electronic gadget you could want; open the drapes with a touch of a button from your nightstand drawer … now that’s royal treatment. In addition to the outstanding inland links-style golf course, guests can enjoy the beautifully manicured grounds and a host of activities including fly casting and laser clay shooting. Enjoy an estate walk, with several mapped routes to choose from, to survey your domain. Earl and Countess, the Irish setter estate dogs, will be happy to lead the way. castlemartyr.ie

The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt
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The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt
Ireland’s newest luxury offering is The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow. This amazing new property is situated on the Powerscourt Estate, an Irish treasure established in the 14th century and renowned for its 47 acres of breathtaking gardens, lakes, fountains, statuary, and terraces. Ritz-Carlton has created the ultimate experience, offering 200 luxuriously furnished guest rooms with state-of-the-art appointments. Guests can enjoy two championship parkland golf courses, a Swarovski crystal-lit indoor pool, a spa, horseback riding, complimentary bicycles, and picnic lunches in a private walk area, The River Walk, within Powerscourt Estate, just a short golf-cart ride away. Your young princesses and princes will enjoy their own guest check-in complete with a staircase to bring them up to the proper level to sign the registry and acquire their papers. The superb dining facilities include Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt, The Sugar Loaf Lounge overlooking the magnificent estate grounds, and McGills, an authentic Irish pub. From check in to check out, The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt presents a royal experience. ritzcarlton.com