Markree Castle has been home to the Cooper Family for more than 370 years. The current owners, Charles & Mary Cooper, have lovingly restored the castle while under their stewardship. Their efforts have not been in vain, as Markree is now one of the finest country house castle hotels in Ireland. Set on a secluded 500 acre estate, peace, relaxation, good food, fine wine and old-world charm all combine to make a stay at Markree a unique experience from a bygone era. Located in the heart of the countryside that inspired the great poet and playwright W.B. Yeats, Markree is a cultural gem. A castle since the 14th century, Markree represents a golden opportunity to surround yourself with the very finest in Irish Victorian and Georgian architecture.
Markree Castle offers the very best in castle accommodation in the North West of Ireland. The delightfully appointed guestrooms, together with the cosy authentic old world atmosphere of the castle, make any stay unforgettable. Whether enjoying afternoon tea in front of a roaring fire in the lounge, or gazing at the breathtaking views from your bedroom, one thing is certain – you will be immersed in the culture, history and luxury of this stunning location.
All Guestrooms Feature:
The Restaurant at Markree Castle:
Head Chef, Strandhill native, Dave Mullan’s passion for food from source to table is reflected in the quality of his ingredients and innovative menus. Served in the opulent dining room at Markree Castle with it’s world famous Roccoco style plasterwork Locally sourcing produce is a top priority & wild fallow venison from the estate is a seasonal treat as is our own lamb and produce from the castle
Dinner is served nightly in the romantic Louis XIV dining room, where tables are always reserved for residents.
A light lunch and afternoon tea of homemade cakes, scones and cookies are available in the Gallery Lounge daily from 12.00 noon to 6.00pm
Collooney & Sligo City
On the Map: Collooney is located in County Sligo in the northwest of Ireland. The tiny village is only 10 minutes/ 12km south of Sligo City, off the main N4/M4 road that connects the cities of Sligo and Dublin.
The mediaeval town of Sligo was initially established in 1245, when the Castle of Sligo was built. The town was attacked and burned many times in subsequent centuries, and the only mediaeval building currently standing in the town is Sligo Abbey. The current Abbey dates from 1414, and Bram Stoker (whose mother was from Sligo), claims that ghost stories about the eerie structure in large part inspired him to write his famous novel, ‘Dracula’. Sligo is probably most famous for its close association with the poet W.B. Yeats, and his artist brother, Jack. There’s a fine museum and gallery in town, much of which is devoted to the great man, and his grave at Drumcliff Cemetery is a well-visited attraction. At Carrowmore, in very close proximity to Sligo you will find the 5,000 year-old megalithic tombs of an ancient Celtic people. This is only one of many world-famous megalithic sites in Sligo county. Ben Bulben, the distinctive flat-topped mountain (pictured) is right next to the city, and is steeped in Irish folklore, legend and mythology.