"First Class All the Way"
My husband, brother in law and I arrived at Castlewood on a Sunday afternoon. We were met by Brian who helped us take our luggage to our rooms and get settled in. Our room was awesome. It was large, clean, had a great view, a king size bed, and a bathroom that was perfect. The bathroom had a whirlpool tub and a separate shower. The decor was inviting. After Brian showed us to our room he came back o bring us ice. My brother in law also had a lovely room that looked out on the bay. The location is perfect. Easy walking to Dingle town. Afternoon tea and treats were available each day. Tea and coffee were always available at the front door.
Our first morning in the dining room was excellent. It's so well decorated and inviting. There is a menu that offers many choices. The meal was excellent, served by extremely pleasant staff. And then......Helen arrived at our table. Helen personally greets each guest at their table ensuring everything is good. She makes each guest feel like they are in their own home. Helen takes the time to answer all questions and meets individually with those who want extra guidance or need assistance. She will make reservations when needed and make sure the guests know she and Brian are there to make one's stay enjoyable. The sitting room provides a comfortable place for rest and relaxation after a day of touring. We had the pleasure of staying for 3 nights. I wish we could have stayed longer. One morning after breakfast was over and most guests were out touring, I had the pleasure of sitting with Helen and having a up of tea. We had a lovely conversation about Ireland,Dingle, her children, our family and things in general. She is a gem.
All in all, if you have the opportunity to stay at Castlewood, don't pass it up. I look forward to a return our next trip. Also, there is an elevator that is very helpful if one has trouble using the stairs or have heavy luggage..
Castewood has consistently won awards for the best small hotel in Ireland among other world wide and Irish accomodations. They are truly deserving of these awards.