Lough Eske Castle is located at the foot of the glorious Bluestack mountians in historical grounds that have been home to a Castle since the 1400’s. From January heading into March time, Ireland is at its most rugged and exudes authentic charm and beauty making it the perfect place to escape. With an abundance of classical features and Tudor-baronial charm, Lough Eske Castle provides that “home from home feeling” to all that enter through it’s doors. Each of it’s 96 bedrooms are individually decorated with antique furniture and luxurious four poster beds – ideal for a long lie-in ahead of a day of walking and hiking around the Castle’s grounds or nearby mountains.
The Castle’s inviting drawing rooms and warming open-fireplaces provide the ideal retreat for a lazy afternoon after a day of exploring the charms of Donegal Town. The town is home to the Donegal Craft Village where guests can get to grips with the Irish art of weaving – including Carding, Spinning, and Warp preparation and enjoy a hands-on experience of Donegal Tweed.
For those keen to start the year with a taste of adventure, the infamous Wild Atlantic Way and Donegal Bay are a must. The bay offers some of the best surf in Ireland and is perfect for those just starting out or with years of experience. Back on shore and centred in the cosy setting of the Castle, the on-site spa provides a welcoming sanctuary for guests looking to enjoy some pampering and peace and quiet. Set in the footprint of the Castle’s original Victorian glasshouse, the spa offers idyllic views over the Castle grounds. Guests can enjoy one of the many YON-KA Paris and Anne Semonin treatments available or take a dip in the soothing 17m swimming pool.
The award-winning Cedars Restaurant, now overseen by experienced Head Chef Cedric Bottarlini, provides guests with an eclectic mix of traditional favours and modern twists. The daily full Irish breakfast is also a real culinary highlight not to be missed! Whether guests are looking for an exciting winter adventure or a relaxing break in complete 5* luxury, Lough Eske Castle provides the perfect base in which to revel in the calm of winter before spring arrives.
Deluxe Rooms - Generously spacious at 46 sq m or 500 sq ft, these magnificent guestrooms feature classic oak furniture and elegant bathrooms. Furnishings are opulent as expected of a 5 star hotel in Ireland and tranquil colours have been used throughout, perfectly in keeping with the surrounding landscape. Thick carpets lie underfoot, gorgeous bed linen adorns the large beds and soft robes and slippers are for wrapping yourself in. All of this and so much more, our Deluxe Rooms allow you to feel comforted, rested and pampered during your Donegal getaway. Choose from king four-poster, canopy or twin beds in your Deluxe Room.
The Tower Suite - situated in the original 18th Century wing of Lough Eske Castle completely embodies the history of this Castle Hotel. Spread over three levels, this unique, newly refurbished suite is the perfect romantic hideaway. A truly beautiful space, the Tower Suite enjoys spectacular views of the Castle’s winding driveway. Combining old world charm with luxurious and modern finishes, the Tower Suite caters for all tastes.
Spread over 545 square feet, this spacious yet intimate suite features plush furnishings with deep mahogany wooden décor to create a warm and calming environment. Climb the winding staircase to your own comfortable lounge area, complete with soft furnishings and a widescreen TV. A refreshing night’s sleep is guaranteed in the large, Queen sized sleigh bed complete with luxurious bedding. The third floor, open plan bathroom with art deco style décor, double vanity and stall power shower allows you to relax and pamperin the most historic part of the Castle. The Tower Suite has been designed to allow you to experience the grandeur and history of Lough Eske Castle.
urtyard Rooms - Opening through patio doors into the castle courtyard, the 14 Courtyard Guestrooms are set in the original castle stables of this castle hotel in Donegal. Flooded with natural light through their floor to ceiling windows they are spacious and beautifully finished. The style is country house in keeping with their setting and original use. White wood panelling lines the walls, the floors are sandstone and strewn with deep pile rugs. Bespoke oak furniture blends perfectly with the restful colours and fabrics and you will have the choice of king size four poster or canopy bed for your night’s slumber.
Your every comfort has been thought of throughout as well as all modern conveniences that you would expect from a 5 star hotel in Donegal, Ireland. WiFi access is standard as well as a 32 inch flat screen TV and refreshment centre. Bathrooms feature twin wash basins, bath and separate rainforest shower, soft towels and luxurious robes and slippers.
Family Rooms - Lough Eske Castle Hotel is the perfect base for your family holiday in Co. Donegal. With so many adventures to be had and so many things to do for families in Donegal you will never have to worry about entertaining anyone. As a luxury family-friendly hotel in Ireland, accommodation at Lough Eske Castle is particularly suited to the needs of families. Space is never an issue and there are several options when planning your family accommodation in Donegal. You can choose to add a roll-away bed to one of our spacious guestrooms if you are travelling with one child (a surcharge is applicable). Alternatively, for larger family groups we offer a limited number of interconnecting Deluxe Guestrooms, subject to availability.
Everything you could need for an active holiday is to be found at or within a short distance of the hotel. Lough Eske Castle Hotel is situated on the shores of Lough Eske and close to the Blue Stack Mountains – superbly located for fishing and walking enthusiasts looking to discover Donegal. Golf courses, riding stables, bike hire, adventure activities and tracks and trails are just some of what is on our doorstep, all of which are first-rate and provide a great way to explore more of the magnificent Northwest.
Added to that is the chance to explore this stunning, unspoilt stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way by car, foot or bicycle. You will have the opportunity to get up close with majestic Donegal as it has stood for many years. There are many Donegal attractions in the surrounding area worth visiting. Sliabh Liag sea cliffs at 600m high drop down into the crashing waves of the Atlantic and will wow any visitor. Glenveagh National Park with its restored 19th century castle and magnificent gardens is also where the Golden Eagle has been re-introduced to Ireland. The views in the park are some of the best in Ireland.
There are also many vibrant, picturesque towns and villages in this part of Donegal where a warm welcome is always extended and where you will have the chance to listen to traditional Irish music and maybe even hear our native tongue!
South Donegal in the summer provides a brilliant backdrop for the plethora of activities that the county has to offer. Nearby golfing greens, plentiful lakes, rivers, and ocean ideal for fishing, and lush, forested areas perfect for biking and hiking are only a few of the numerous attractions that draw travelers to County Donegal.
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Donegal has many great cycling and biking trails around the lake and through the Bluestake Mountains. Bikes are offered at the castle to rent.
Awarded "European City of Culture" in 2013, the city of Derry features a number of original and iconic historic buildings. Walk around the city's 17th century walls and discover landmarks, such as Saint Columb's Cathedral. Step into the Tower Museum and take a look at the various artifacts from the 1689 Siege that are on display.
Voted one of the “7 wonders of the west of Ireland,” Glenveagh National Park's stunning 40,000 acre estate is home to historic 19th century castle and gardens and the re-introduction programme for the majestic Golden Eagle species. Available activities include displays of birds of prey, traditional music performances, and family entertainment events.
Nature enthusiasts may embark on the world-renowned International Appalachian Trail, part of which surrounds Lough Eske Castle in the form of the Bluestack Mountains.
Combined with our nourishing menus, gorgeous bedrooms, swimming pool and fitness centre, Lough Eske Castle provides the complete spa package in the wilds of Donegal. The extensive gardens and woodlands surrounding this spa hotel in Ireland mean that long walks through this stunning area will further clear the mind and re-energise tired bodies.
The Anne Semonin treatment collection combines an ingenious blend of aromatic essential oils, trace elements and marine ingredients with the
classic French touch and a holistic approach to treating the individual needs of your body and skin. Anne Semonin treatments are designed to be “tailor made” and will not
only revitalize the skin, but energize and balance the mind and spirit, providing total relaxation After your Spa experience, a simple Anne Semonin regime is carefully
prescribed, in which the therapist will recommend how to customize products to create perfect blends for optimum efficiency. This can then be
carried out at home on a daily basis.
If it is pure luxury and pampering you are looking for from our spa packages, this too is easily achieved with facials, beauty treatments and body treatments so divine you will leave feeling revived and refreshed. Our caring, highly-skilled staff will advise you on the treatments and products that are best suited to creating the Donegal spa package you want. They will look after you during your time here and are happy to provide any follow-up information you need.