First Look: Inside Dromoland Castle's €20 million makeover
Gallery: Dromoland's upgrade
Dromoland Castle has announced a €20 million renovation investment, and our exclusive video and gallery show how the money is being put to use.
A major design upgrade of all castle bedrooms, luxury en-suites, double-glazed windows and a new golf academy are among the new additions.
The upgrade aims to renovate and preserve the Newmarket-on-Fergus five-star and its 330-acre estate, cementing its reputation, boosting golf tourism and, of course, keeping up with the Jones's - in this case Adare Manor and Ashford Castle, both the beneficiaries of recent, multi-million euro refurbisments.
The four-year development plan, currently near completion (see video above and galleries below), will also include stone facade and roof repairs, heating and electrical upgrades, new limestone entrance steps and a range of enhancements to Dromoland Golf and Country Club, its management says.
"Working with the architects and conservationists, we have sought to carefully integrate any new features with the original historic structures of the castle," as Mark Nolan, Managing Director at the iconic castle, has put it.
"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,” he adds.
Some 100,000 guests check into Dromoland Castle every year. Six in every ten of those are from overseas, paying from €550 per room for the privilage.
Dromoland Castle and sister property, the Inn at Dromoland, currently employ over 400 staff, with most of the workforce based locally in County Clare.
This figure is due to rise after the investment project, with the appointment of new positions, including additional doormen and gatemen.
A further 250 jobs were created during the four-year renovation.
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