We were determined not to be slack-jawed Americans, who stare at the unfamiliar in Ireland in incredible awe – we fail. But this was different. This was incredible. This was a castle. We stood outside the hotel and tried to be cool and calm and not let anyone know that inside we were as giddy as school kids at the thought that we were going to be staying and sleeping in an actual castle.
Dromoland Castle is actually an ancient castle which has been converted into a luxury hotel. We should have suspected how fabulous it would be as we drove through the stone gateway and wound through gorgeous acres of lush grass, saw the green rolling hills of the world-class golf course and beautiful, old trees covered with gold and copper fall leaves, but it was as we pulled up to the ivy-covered front of the gray stone walled castle that we realized this could very well be the highlight of our trip.