Built in the 16th century and finished in 1835, Dromoland Castle’s gothic architecture caught my eye as places to stay. I later learned that they had won a Michelin star in 1995 and many celebrities had stayed there, from Nelson Mandela to Johnny Cash, from Rey Juan Carlos I to Muhammed Ali.

While it’s not as modernized as Ashford Castle, it was equally as beautiful, relaxing and impressive.. and better yet, more affordable!

My first impression of Dromoland Castle was amazing: the long winding driveway, the golf courses and endless seas of green, a serene lake with the castle emerging behind it. It was one of the many wow moments I had in Ireland. As my introduction to this magical place, it was unforgettable.

We were lucky enough to get an upgrade to a room in one of the castle’s towers, surrounded by its rustic charm and better views of the grounds. It was very romantic, to say the least.

Though Dromoland is surrounded by fewer dining options, the Earl of Thomond is the castle’s premiere restaurant, decorated with a Michelin star. Be aware of the “Smart Dress” code though. My husband and I had to rush to the nearest store to buy a suit, just hours before our reservation. We joke that it was the most expensive meal of our lives, but deep in the Irish countryside in a gothic castle made the experience well worth it.

Dromoland Castle was the perfect and dreamy place to spent my birthday (Of course I brought balloons!), with my husband, and the newest member of our family on the way.

As for the castle location, it’s nice to note that Dromoland is quite close to the Cliffs of Moher, and we absolutely had to head there. I had seen pictures of the cliffs, but being there was something entirely different. I could finally see where the Irish seas of green end and drop hundreds of meters into the Atlantic Ocean.

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