DROMOLAND CAS­TLE

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We’re on an early morn­ing pony and trap ride around the cas­tle grounds. The ponies’ hooves click on the cob­bles as, in a gen­tle lilt­ing brogue, Sean our driver tells tales of se­cret clocks and op­ti­cal il­lu­sions, of a cas­tle nearly lost in a bet and a beloved horse buried in the grounds. I con­fess the sto­ries are so ex­tra­or­di­nary that I think he must have kissed the Blar­ney Stone. Later on I find they are all true. Which makes Dromoland an even more ex­cit­ing place than I thought and, as a mem­ber of the Leg­end Col­lec­tion from Pre­ferred Ho­tels & Re­sorts, it is both stylish and child-friendly.

Apart from our fish­ing ad­ven­ture (should I frame the sock? Cook it for sup­per?), we find end­less fam­ily pur­suits to en­joy at this 16th- cen­tury cas­tle with tur­rets fit for a princess, ivy-cov­ered walls and a whole wing

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