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Markree Castle

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Markree Castle
Collooney Co Sligo
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Tel: +353 71 9167800

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Sligo’s oldest inhabited house has been home to the Cooper family for 350 years. Set in magnificent park and farmland, this is a proper castle, with a huge portico leading to a covered stone stairway that sweeps up to an impressive hall, where an enormous log fire always burns
  • Archery
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Equestrian
  • Fishing (coarse on site)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Fishing (Sea Angling nearby)
  • Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
  • Gardens (Outstanding)
  • Golf nearby
  • Horse Racing nearby
  • Hunting/Shooting
  • Surfing nearby
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Banqueting
  • Breaks - Off Season
  • Breaks - Short
  • Breaks - Special Interest
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Budget Accommodation (under €100 for two)
  • Children's Baby Sitting Arranged
  • Dogs - good walking nearby (offlead)
  • Dogs permitted - all non-food areas
  • Dogs permitted - no charge
  • Dogs permitted - staying in bedroom
  • Family Friendly
  • Location - Beach <5km
  • Location - By a river
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Scenic
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Open New Year
  • Pet Friendly
  • Private Parties
  • Self Catering Also Avail
  • Smoking Area
  • Smoking Area Covered
  • Wedding Venue
  • European Classic
  • Game (in season)
  • Atmospheric
  • Attractive Views
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Formal
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Party Venue
  • Romantic
  • Sunday Dining
  • Tea Rooms
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Markree Castle

Sligo’s oldest inhabited house has been home to the Cooper family for 350 years. Set in magnificent park and farmland, this is a proper castle, with a huge portico leading to a covered stone stairway that sweeps up to an impressive hall, where an enormous log fire always burns.


Everything is on a very large scale, and it is greatly to the credit of the present owners, Charles and Mary Cooper, that they have achieved the present level of renovation and comfort since they took it on in a sad state of disrepair in 1989 - and they have always been generous with the heating.


Ground floor reception areas include a spacious, comfortably furnished double drawing room (where light food, including afternoon tea, is served); with windows on three sides and two fireplaces, it is a bright and cosy place to relax.


A lot of investment has taken place recently, with standards raised in both the common areas and the rooms. Although there may still be idiosyncrasies - this is a real castle after all, and its character is what people love about it - this slightly eccentric place has got real heart; do, however, beware of times when very inexpensive offers are available, as it can be noisy and children are not always kept under control.


There is a lift and also disabled toilets, but the layout of the castle makes it difficult for elderly people or wheelchair users to get around; a phone call ahead to ensure the (very willing) staff are available to help would be wise.


The Restaurant at Markree Castle


The Restaurant at Markree Castle is open to non-residents for dinner, and lunch on Sunday, and any meal here (even breakfast) is always a special treat as the dining room is a very beautiful room with stunning plasterwork.


The food has always been good at Markree, and the Head Chef - Strandhill native, Dave Mullan - trained in the famous cateirng college at Killybegs and at Ballymaloe, and has worked in London and several of Dublin's top restaurants.


Not surprisingly, considering his background, he is committed to using the very best of local and Irish produce in his innovative modern classic menus.


 

Conferences/banqueting (110/170), free broadband wi/fi. Rooms 30 (all en-suite, 4 executive rooms, 1 family, 3 ground floor, 1 disabled); B&B from €69 pps, ss €25. Children welcome (under 4s free in parents' room; cots available free of charge, baby sitting arranged). Pets permitted (stay in bedrooms free of charge). Lift. Restaurant seats 90 (private room, 40); non-residents are welcome (reservations recommended); children welcome (high chair, childrens menu); Restaurant D 7-9pm daily (à la carte Wed-Sun 7-9.30, set D Mon & Tue in winter); L Sun only 1-3pm. Set D about €35, Set Sun L about €20; house wine €21.50; no sc.) Bar menu and Afternoon Tea in bar and lounge 12-9.30 daily. Horse riding, walking, fishing (coarse). Fly fishing, surfing. golf all nearby. Hotel closed 24-27 Dec. Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa. abbreviations
Last Updated: 06-03-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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Just off the N4, take the Dromohair/R290 exit at Collooney roundabout.

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