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Bedrooms: 96
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Lough Eske Castle
Donegal Town, County Donegal

Lough Eske Castle: Donegal

Lough Eske Castle is a lakeside 5-Star Solis Hotel, located close to the fairytale town of Donegal.

This luxury hotel boasts a rich history dating back to the 15th century and is the only Irish hotel to claim a World Luxury Hotel Award and a World's Best Luxury Country Hotel title for the past FIVE consecutive years.

Nestled at the water's edge of Lough Eske, near the Blue Stack Mountains in Ireland, Lough Eske Castle's Spa sets forth an exhilarating destination for discovery in Ireland. Here, the concept of the traditional spa break transcends mere manicures, facials, or massages, the focus is on a total wellness experience.

Solís Lough Eske Castle offers a range of facilities with a perspective on disability. The hotel is also pet-friendly.

With 96 guest rooms, two bars and a restaurant, conference and banqueting suites and a luxuriant spa, this secluded hideaway beckons you to leave civilization behind in exquisite style.
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Karen Shivani & Jason
We had a fantastic wedding at the Lough Eske Castle. From the first time we visited the castle we dreamt of getting married there, the location and character of the hotel were just perfect for our wedding.

We cannot thank the staff enough, we have been to venues where hosting one wedding is difficult never mind two on the same day! From their professionalism to how accommodating and attentive they were enabled us to relax and enjoy the day which disappeared so quickly.

The food was simply superb and our guests thoroughly enjoyed every meal from the buffet the night before, the lunch on the day itself, the evening meal to the evening buffet. The room created for both weddings was exactly how we pictured it – it was simply stunning and we have had nothing but positive feedback from our guests.

Thank you to Mairead and the rest of the staff for making our wedding day a truly memorable day....our own little fairytale!

Laura Piller
We can only give this hotel 5 stars for the most wonderful wedding experience. When they tell you not to worry and that they will take care of the detail...believe me, they really mean it. Here's a few reasons why it was so good:
1) the venue - it's a castle! What's not to love?!
2) the staff - they're so helpful and friendly, not at all stuffy so they make you feel right at home while also completely taking care of you.
3) the food - exceptional menu choices and delivered impeccably.
4) the 'restaurant experience' during the meal - don't you hate it when you're at a wedding and you're only getting main course while the people on the other side of the room are on desert?! Well, not at Lough Eske! There's something very special about everyone being served at the same time.
5) Flexibility - Stephen was great for not being a stickler for the rules (within reason). Little things like letting us mix and match some of the menu choices really made it for us. Also if you're worried about the room being too big or too small...don't! We booked it thinking our numbers would be bigger and then i worried a little about only having half the room or it feeling really empty. Thanks to Stephen it worked out perfectly - we had 2/3 of the room open for dinner and then in the other bit the band set up during dinner and after we opened it all up...so the the party was revealed! It meant we could have our top table by the rockery but were then able to have the bar open in the room during the dancing.
6) The rooms - I would move in tomorrow if I could!! They're just out of this world!
7) The spa and pool - lots of our friends stayed for the wknd and it was fantastic to have such great facilties on site.
8) The bar - great for a casual drink around the wedding itself and fab bar food too!
We just loved everything about our time at the hotel and really enjoyed the whole experience - thanks so much to Stephen and the rest of the staff for ensuring we had the time of our lives!
October - 2019
"Excellent Hotel"
Our favourite hotel of the trip! We spent 2 nights in this lovely hotel.

The staff was so friendly! From Alistair helping us with our bags and taking us to our room and front desk staff assisting with suggestions for sightseeing, they were always so accommodating. Our friends wanted to mail a postcard back home and the staff took the card and said they would handle the postage and mailing it - such great service!

The rooms were lovely and comfortable. The bathroom was enormous with double sinks and a separate shower and bathtub.

We enjoyed breakfast each morning (included in our room rate). Great selection on the buffet plus a hot made to order item to select each day.

Lovely grounds and lots of free parking.

We took a walk down to the lake and strolled around on the boardwalk and went to visit the final resting place of the original owner as well.
October - 2019
"Fantastic Hotel & Staff"
This is our 3rd stay at Lough Eske and it just gets better. We were shown to our room by the very helpful Shea. On the first night we had dinner in the new Father Browne Bar. This is full of beautiful black & white photos. You can spend ages looking at the images.

The food at the hotel is delicious. Whether it is breakfast or dinner in the restaurant. Highly recommend the Donegal crab and fillet of beef for dinner and the omelettes at breakfast. A big thank you to the staff. Thanks to the ladies in the spa, hot stone massage was as good as always. Special thanks to Peter & Bill at breakfast and Jonny & Nikki at dinner. They really are great hosts. They made the stay that extra special. Look forward to visiting again.
Peter M
October - 2019
"Beautiful Hotel"
This was a really cool hotel on our trip. We only spent one night here, but we were still able to enjoy the great amenities. The indoor pool was warm and relaxing on a cold rainy day. Our room was very modern and the bathroom was very large and had two sinks. The grounds and buildings are immaculate and well kept. The breakfast buffet had a large selection and was delicious. Apparently they do a tour of the castle each morning, but we did not participate in that. I recommend dropping your bags off at the front entrance as it is a decent walk from the parking lot when you're carrying heavy luggage. The parking lot is gravel, so you won't be able to pull your bags.
October - 2019
"Amazing five star hotel"
Although set back off the main roadway requiring traversing a very narrow road to reach it, this place was a priceless gem. What a beautiful setting in this restored castle. We were greeted by porters, one who parked our car valet style, and another who escorted us in a golf cart with our luggage to our room. The room was spacious and amazing.

Their pub and restaurant was incredible. After afternoon drinks in their Gallery pub, we also chose to have our dinner there rather than the formal restaurant. We had a delightful dinner every bit as fine as if we had gone to their restaurant. We both had their Hake fish for dinner and it was delicious. I also had their superb seafood chowder.

We then went and sat in an adjacent room with fireplace where we met and conversed with two separate Irish couples. Great conversation and friendship. When we were about to return to our room, we heard music from the downstairs pub. We went down and there was a musician playing all manners of songs and he continued without a break for three hours. It was wonderful and the place was packed. We greatly enjoyed our stay there and would highly recommend it to anyone travelling in the area.
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  • Property Features
  • Sitting on 43 acres of forest woodland
  • On the shores of Lough Eske
  • Award winning luxury Spa
  • Beautifully landscaped gardens
  • Two bars and a restaurant
  • Conference and banqueting suites
  • Luxury wedding venue
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