Sometimes it’s really good to be a travel blogger. You get to go places like this:
And when you get there, you’re greeted like this:
Truly, we felt like royalty.
Our busload of travel bloggers pulled up to the Adare Manor Castle & Golf Resort in County Limerick, Ireland and we were immediately awed. The grounds were breathtaking and the stone façade of the castle was magnificent. We knew we were in for a treat, but I don’t think any of us expected to be greeted by the staff forming a reception line. It was overwhelming!
We settled ourselves into our seats and the staff began bringing out mouth-watering scones, pastries, and finger sandwiches. I don’t know about my travel companions, but I had to stop myself from giggling like a schoolgirl. I couldn’t believe this beautiful spread was for us! One of the things I most wanted to indulge in during my visit to Ireland was real Irish scones and I certainly got my wish. As it turns out, these scones have been featured in Bon Appetit magazine. You can find the recipe here.
Naturally, as travel bloggers, we took a million pictures of the display before anyone could eat. We didn’t care. We were having a blast! We felt like royalty.
After tea and scones, we were taken on the grand tour of this 5-star luxury castle hotel set on 840 acres of beautiful gardens and the renowned 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones. The staterooms are impeccably designed with luxury in mind and have been the accommodations for celebrities such as Bruce Springsteen, John Travolta, Hugh Grant, and Tiger Woods. We saw their pictures hanging in the Tack Room Bar tucked away in the lower level of the castle for ultimate privacy. It was the kind of cozy room where I could imagine celebrities unwinding in comfortable solitude. That’s where I’d go.
We passed the pool, 365 stained glass windows, gargoyles, and exquisitely carved wood trimming. We visited banquet rooms that any bride, or princess, would be thrilled to entertain her guests in. Our cameras clicked with nearly every step we took.
Throughout our entire experience at Adare Manor, we felt like royalty. From the moment we stepped off the bus until the moment we finally had to leave the luxury behind, the staff at Adare Manor made us feel like being travel bloggers was the most incredible thing we could be in the world. Which made me wonder how incredibly special they must make every guest feel.
*Special thanks to Failte Ireland for taking us there!
Have you been to a place that made you feel like royalty?