One of the finest castles and resorts in Ireland is getting a €20 million facelift 3 years ago

One of the finest castles and resorts in Ireland is getting a €20 million facelift

Dromoland Castle, one of the top luxury castle hotels in the world, has announced a renovation programme valued at €20 million.

The investment programme has been planned to preserve and perfect the historical building and the 330 acres of surrounding land in Newmarket-on-Fergus in Clare and is aimed at cementing the castle’s status within the ranks of the world’s finest Five Star hotels.


The Board of Directors at Dromoland Castle committed to a four-year development plan, currently near completion, that created 250 jobs, ranging from specialised stone labourers, to local architects, builders and interior design teams, during the renovation process.

Further jobs will be created once the investment project is complete, with the appointment of new positions, including additional doormen and gatemen.

The renovations consist of extensive restorations and upgrades, including:

  • Complete refurbishment and interior design upgrade of all castle bedrooms
  • Brand new luxury en-suite bathrooms for each bedroom
  • Upgrade to all mechanical and electrical works; upgraded heating, replacement of all piping and the construction of a new energy centre
  • Specialised conservation stone façade repair works to the castle exterior and towers
  • Improved sound insulation and double glazed windows to all bedrooms and public areas throughout the castle
  • Extensive roof repairs and increased conservation standards to prevent deterioration
  • New castle courtyard and limestone steps at the main entrance of the castle
  • Wide-ranging enhancements to Dromoland Golf and Country Club, including new pathways around the hotel’s 18-hole parkland course, the purchase of a fleet of new golf buggies and a golf academy

Commenting on the restoration investment, Mark Nolan, Managing Director of Dromoland Castle, said “We are delighted to announce the details of the significant restoration programme that is well underway at Dromoland Castle. Working with the architects and conservationists, we have sought to carefully integrate any new features with the original historic structures of the castle. Many of the public rooms, such as the Drawing Room or Lower Gallery still look and feel as they would have done when Lord Inchiquin’s family lived here throughout the 1800’s.”


“This restoration programme will combine all the modern luxuries expected of a five-star property with the unique welcoming atmosphere and sense of history that a stay at Dromoland Castle offers our guests. During this time, we have made every effort to ensure there is no disruption to our guests and have continued to welcome visitors, providing the highest standard of service.”