One of the biggest accolades that Castle Durrow received in 2015 was when Tripadvisor rated Castle Durrow in the top 10 castle hotels in the world. The rating was based on customer reviews, feedback and overall ratings.
One of the reasons why Castle Durrow is so popular and gets consistently good ratings is because the Stokes family have invested both time and money into making the castle a fantastic place for guests to stay. The Irish Examiner did a detailed cover of the hotel and paid tribute to what the Stokes have accomplished. The Stokes family were initially looking at opening a small bed and breakfast with a restaurant but had a change of heart once they saw Castle Durrow. They decided to take the plunge by selling their business in Dublin and then were fully committed to the renovation and refurnishing of Castle Durrow. The Stokes initially expected the Castle to be open within a period of 12 months but it took them a total of 4 years to complete the entire project.
This is an interesting video that viewers a peek into Castle Durrow and its surroundings. The video captures the beautiful gardens, luxurious interiors and the ancient architecture of the castle.
The number of fantastic reviews from customers on social media and travel websites is a great tribute to the hard work and investment made by the Stokes family. Gilly W is one of these customers who posted his feedback on Yelp saying that it is hard for him to think of a nicer place to have a romantic stay.
The Castle Durrow demesne is another great place for the family to visit as both parents and kids can take a break from their modern gadgets, enjoy nature and spend some quality time.
Many guests comment on the large 4 poster beds that are available in each rooms and think it is one of the unique attributes of Castle Durrow’s accommodation.
Guests also are pleased at the size of the Castle Durrow’s hotel rooms.
The Ashbrook suite is the perfect honeymoon suite.
If you would like to experience how the nobles used to have in times of old, Castle Durrow is the place to be.
The Stokes family run a steak restaurant in Abbeyleix that has a wine bar as well. They also run the restaurant in Castle Durrow and make sure they serve their guests with great food.
Guests who would like to spend some quiet time reading or having a drink by themselves, can headover to the Drawing room.
The Stokes family don’t treat Castle Durrow as just a business as they live on the demesne and make sure they give sufficient attention to the property and their guests to ensure that they have a great time at Castle Durrow.
Keith and Jules Mahon from Irish online magazine TheTaste.ie wrote a review focused on the dining experience in Castle Durrow.
The walk around Castle Durrow will take one close to an hour or even ninety minutes depending on how much time guests take to admire the garden and check out old wives tales as some have said there a few ghosts haunting the property. There is a detailed walking guide available on EveryTrail.com giving guests a complete walkthrough of the property. The website also has a few more walking guides of how to get around the town of Durrow.
The gardens are massive and a great place to admire nature and its beauty. The local Laois Gardens websites gives visitors a short review of Castle Durrow’s garden and encourages visitors to have a walk behind the church graveyard and check out the burial site of the castle’s original owners, the Ashbrooks.
Castle Durrow is a hotspot for weddings and the beautiful gardens and the castle creates a magical feeling. The Castle has now garnered global attention for being a great place to get married and there are numerous wedding photoshoots available online giving viewers an idea of what they can expect by getting married at Castle Durrow.
The couple living in Sydney, Australia flew into Ireland and get married at Castle Durrow.
There are a number of wedding stories about Castle Durrow online. One of these stories with lots of pictures can be found at stylemepretty.com
This wedding review also has loads of pictures at Castle Durrow from the bridal preparation, to the ceremony and the reception. There are also pictures of the Ashbrook suite which is also used as a honeymoon suite.
There are not many photos here but you can still see some great views of Castle Durrow and the preparation of the bride.
Eric Savoie is known as one of the best wedding photographers in Ireland and he posted pictures of his wedding photoshoot at Castle Durrow.
Another popular wedding photographer in Ireland is Annie Kheffache who posted pictures of her wedding shoot at Castle Durrow on her website.
While most couples get married at Castle Durrow in the summer, some are adventurous and get married during winter. Winters wedding photos can be found here.
This is gay wedding held at Castle Durrow.
This is a video of a wedding that took place at Castle Durrow.