A castle has been located on the hotel site dating back as far as the 1400's. The current castle was built in the 1860's and was completely destroyed by fire in 1939. The castle, as a focal point of the hotel, has now been completely renovated and enhanced to create the Lough Eske Castle.
Solis Lough Eske castle is nestled within a 43 acre forest estate hugging the tranquil shores of Lough Eske and the panoramic backdrop of the Bluestack Mountain range of southwest Donegal. The original Castle has been transformed in to what will be Donegal's first five star Hotel & Spa. The hotel encompasses 96 Guest Rooms including a Presidential Suite and 15 luxurious suites. Specially commissioned art work adorns the walls throughout the hotel teasing the historic building in to the 21st century.
A large Ballroom with silk and taffeta curtains framing the beautifully restored sandstone windows blends harmoniously with the natural beauty outside and provides the ideal setting for a truly memorable and romantic wedding or the perfect solution to large business conferences. A further 4 meeting rooms of various sizes can accommodate intimate board meetings and corporate team building sessions, and there's a fully equipped business centre and private dining function rooms also available.
The pool and SPA building sits in the footprint of the original Glass House. An aqua green and gold mosaic colour theme flows through the pool and SPA areas which comprises 7 treatment rooms including 2 couples treatment rooms with jet bath and steam rooms; a fully equipped thermal suite consisting of an ice fountain, sauna, steam room circular showers, heated benches and an infinity pool ensuring all your wellness and indulgent relaxation needs are catered for. Our fitness centre offers a wide range of cardiovascular and strength training options as well as state-of-the-art-equipment. Cedars Restaurant will serve Contemporary Cuisine inspired by fresh local Irish produce with daily rotating menus focused on the freshest offerings of the season.
These are extra spacious open plan suites measuring between 84 - 91 square meters or between 900 and 1000 sq ft. in size. Accessed from outdoors, the Garden Suites were created when the Castle was being reconstructed in 2007 and are located opposite Spa Solis within the original Castle walls.
Typically 35 – 40 square meters or about 375 – 425 sq ft in size, the fourteen guestrooms which make up the Courtyard Guestrooms were created from the original stables at the side of this historic Castle and are accessed from outdoors.
Typically 46 square meters or approximately 500 sq ft. in size, our Deluxe Guestrooms are finished to the highest of 5 star standards with bespoke oak furniture and deep pile carpet throughout. Decorated in relaxing warm neutral tones they reflect the peaceful surroundings of the forest and lake.
These are wonderfully spacious open plan suites measuring 65 square meters or approximately 700 sq ft. in size.
Each has a solid oak king size bed, either four poster or canope style, with upholstered bed seat and dedicated dressing table. There is luxurious carpeting in the bedrooms with timber bordering and a rug in the living area. Oak bespoke furniture decorates each room including a sofa, coffee table and traditional relaxing easy chairs with breakfast table.
The Vice Presidential Suite is an ensuite bedroom that interconnects to a second Castle suite. At approximately 42 square meters in size or just under 500 sq ft. this original castle suite offers one of the best views of the Castle Estate.
This magnificent suite houses 2 ensuite bedrooms and a spacious drawing room with separating doors totaling 181 square meters or just under 2,000 sq ft.The Presidential Suite also offers private access to the castle tower.
Relax And Renew Body And Mind At This Award Winning Ireland Spa Castle Hotel.
Nestled at the water's edge of Lough Eske, near the famous Blue Stack Mountains, Lough Eske Castle's Spa sets forth an exhilarating destination for discovery. Spa Solis in Donegal is your wonderful escape to a world of well-deserved pampering and natural restorative therapies. Situated in the castle garden, the setting is authentic, refreshing and peaceful. Its beautiful sandstone and rich wood floors reflect the natural beauty of the sylvan surroundings.
Guests at the Solís Lough Eske Castle enjoy easy, close access to golf, fishing, lakeside strolls, horseback riding on the beach, and the slower paced charms of Irish village life. The majestic beauty of the unspoiled countryside, combined with the wide array of outdoor activities make Donegal a premier destination for weddings, romantic escapes, retreats, team building, and many other special occasions.
ABOUT COUNTY DONEGAL
Solis Lough Eske Castle is idyllically located in North West of Ireland in County Donegal. As the northernmost county in the Republic of Ireland, County Donegal shares a border with Northern Ireland. The area is well known for its sandy beaches, rugged mountains, access to fishing, and a deep indented coastline that formed natural Loughs.
County Donegal, by the very nature of its location, coupled with limited rail, air, and road access, has allowed itself to maintain a unique identity, culture and charm. The climate is greatly influenced by the Gulf Stream and is pleasantly mild and temperate. These attributes along with the natural beauty of the area will provide visitors with an authentic Irish Experience in an area of unparalleled beauty.
Donegal is the nearest town and sits at the mouth of Donegal Bay and at the foot of the Bluestack Mountains. Donegal (In Irish: Dhun na nGall, meaning "Fort of Foreigners") was founded in the 1400s by the O'Donnell Clan. The O'Donnell's provided the main opposition to the English Colonization efforts from the 15th thru to the 17th centuries.
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Train Station: Sligo Train Station 65KM – 1hr / Derry City Train Station – 65KM – 1hr 15mins.
Airport: International Airports – Belfast Airport - 180 KM - 2hrs 30mins / Dublin Airport – 220KM – 3hrs. Regional Airports – Sligo – 65KM – 1hr / Derry City – 70 KM – 1hr 15 mins / Donegal Airport – 1hr 30mins.
From Lifford, N15: Traveling from Lifford through Ballybofey and Barmesmore Gap - you will see a pub (Biddys O´Barnes) to your left Continue on for another 5 Km and you will see a signpost on your right for SOLIS Lough Eske Castle. Turn right and follow the finger signpost for another 5 Km.
From Sligo, N15: Traveling from Sligo through Ballyshannon and Laghy. Continue pass the junction for Donegal Town, heading for lifford and Killybegs, you will arrive at a roundabout. Take the third exit for Lifford and Derry. Continue on this road for another 1.5 Km. You will see clar Chapel on your right. Opposite, on your left, is a signpost and road to Harvey´s Point. Turn left and follow the signpost for SOLIS Lough Eske Castle, - another 5 km.
From Killybegs, N56: Traveling from Killybegs to Donegal Town, you will arrive at a roundabout. Take the third exit Donegal Town. After 300 meters take the road to your left and follow the signpost to SOLIS Lough Eske Castle. (another 7 Km)
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