A few weeks ago Barry and I spent the weekend in County Kildare in a beautiful 13th Century Castle! (It’s not every day you stay in a castle!)
The hotel, Barberstown Castle, is nestled in 20 acres of gardens and was built as a fortress to protect the people of Barberstown from the attack of Ui Faelain, who tried to burn the town back in 1310.
Since 1288 Barberstown Castle has had 37 owners including one Eric Clapton! Yes, the singer owned it from 1979 until 1987. Now that’s a story!
In fact, each room is named after one of the previous owners and we were in Room 34 (“Sir John Fanning”) after the owner in 1288. The Castle was first converted into a hotel in the early 1970s.
We had a massive bedroom, complete with four poster bed and a seating area so we felt extremely comfortable during our stay. The room came with little perks such as branded bottled water and dressing gown and slippers. We were even able to order room service every time we wanted tea/coffee at no extra cost.
One highlight was the five course dinner, priced at €55 per person. To begin with we had an amuse bouche to stimulate the appetite and then I selected the free range egg served with grilled leek, onion soubise and black truffle, followed by chargrilled Irish Beef fillet, celeraic, ox tongue with onion and red wine.
For my fourth course I selected the “Mexique” dark chocolate, kumquat jelly, cocoa biscuit and Tonka chocolate sauce, and finished off with petit fours served with tea and coffee. For me, the dinner was exquisite- every course was bursting with flavour and I couldn’t fault a thing. A real treat.
Below are just some of the highlights of our brilliant stay. Check it out if you want a bit of luxury for a special weekend away!
Barberstown Castle- our bedroom
Four poster bed
Sir John Fanning- owner of the castle in 1288
Lounge with grand piano
Free range egg served with grilled leek, onion soubise and black truffle
Chargrilled Irish Beef fillet, celeraic, ox tongue with onion and red wine
“Mexique” dark chocolate, kumquat jelly, cocoa biscuit and Tonka chocolate sauce