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Donegal Town, County Donegal, Ireland

Lough Eske Castle estate is set on the shores of Lough Eske at the base of the Bluestack Mountains in south west Donegal. It is 31 miles from Donegal in the North West of the country.

The Elizabethan sandstone castle sits in sweeping gardens; containing old and modern statues, and then continues out into wooded estate of ancient trees covering over 43 acres.

Built over three floors, Lough Eske Castle has a castellated tower and entrance with outbuildings to the rear.

The castle has been fully restored and is now the only 5 star hotel and spa in Donegal.

The hotel has 96 individually commissioned bedrooms and suites, with works of art and fine furniture; some rooms including four poster beds. The guest rooms are located in the main castle, garden wing and the converted stables. The castle suites even have a private access to the tower. The Cedars restaurant serves contemporary, seasonal, locally inspired food.

The spa is located on the site of the original glass house with treatment rooms, pool, steam rooms and sauna. The fitness suite offers guests state of the art gym equipment and personal trainers to give advice.

The hotel offers wedding packages and can cater for up to 220 guests in the large ballroom. Packages can include a spa day for the bride and her bridesmaids, whilst the groom's party has the option of golf and fishing on the nearby lake.

The first castle on the site was built around 1474. Scottish settlers were responsible for the first manor house constructed at the side of the Lough in 1621. During the early 19th century the manor was owned by the Brooke family and an architect employed to completely redesign the property, work was completed in 1868 and was then known as Lough Eske Castle.

At the end of the century the castle was sold and became a guest house and by the mid 20th century was in ruins but in 2007 was renovated and opened as a hotel.

Other Castles in the Area
  Donegal Castle, County Donegal
  Wardtown Castle, County Donegal
  Castle Caldwell, County Fermanagh
  Tully Castle, County Fermanagh

Tully Castle
Lough Eske Castle has been renovated and turned into a hotel.

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