Castlewood House named world’s sixth best hotel

A BOUTIQUE-style guesthouse in Dingle has been voted the sixth best place to stay anywhere in the world by users of world-renowned travel guide Tripadvisor.

Castlewood House, which opened its doors in 2005, was classed as the best hotel in Ireland, the second best in Europe and the sixth in the world in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Hotel awards.

The awards also placed Loch Léin Country House in Killarney and Strandhill Lodge and Suites Hotel in Sligo in the top 25 places to stay in the world.

Overlooking Dingle Bay, Castlewood House is owned by couple Helen and Brian Heaton.

Mr Heaton said the award had come as quite a surprise, adding that they were humbled by it.

He put the accolade down to a number of factors, including the quality of the bedrooms and bathrooms on offer, the quality of the breakfasts and the personal touch with which the couple catered to the requirements of every guest.

“We are humbled that people would go out of their way to publish the comments which they have,” he said.

Among those comments were one from an English couple who said: “We have travelled the world but this hotel is by far one of the friendliest, beautiful hotels we have stayed in.

Another reviewer wrote: “It has been one of the nicest places we’ve ever stayed. Hosts were so helpful & the place was immaculate. Massive bathtub and luxurious bed sheets etc”

The couple have previously won Tripadvisor awards for their service and for the good value they offer their guests.

Loch Léin Country House was named 8th best hotel in the world and Strandhill Lodge came 13th.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said: “This is further proof of why Ireland is a great place to go on holiday, and it sends out a clear signal to the world to come to Ireland.”

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