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THE ART OF hospitality

Maria Moynihan - Country Living - 25 January 2014
"How did a farmer’s daughter fi nd herself running TripAdvisor’s 2012 number one place to stay in Ireland and number six in the world? With hospitality and heart, writes Maria Moynihan."
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Hotelier Helen collects 'best value' national award

The Argus - 11 December 2013
"COOLEY woman Helen Woods and her husband Brian Heaton who run the Castlewood Hotel in Dingle, Co Kerry have scooped yet another award. The family-run hotel won the Best Value Hotel category at the National Hospital Awards, where sister Susie collected the award."
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Ireland's Castlewood House Dingle Gets Personal Within its Four-Star Property

Just Luxe Travel - November 2013
"Outside, a strawberry and cream-colored fishing boat bobs gently in the lapping waters of Dingle Bay; such is the picturesque southwest Ireland location of Castlewood House Dingle. Brian Heaton, an experienced Irish hotel manager, opened this charming guest house eight years ago with his wife, Helen, just outside the pretty Kerry town of Dingle."
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Meet Helen & Brian Heaton of Castlewood House Dingle

Lucinda O'Sullivan - 21 October 2013
"Helen and Brian Heaton personify all that is great in Irish hospitality. They are a couple of very highly trained hoteliers who, some eight years ago, decided to go it alone and opened their four-star Castlewood House in Dingle, on the shores of Dingle Bay.."
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Family Time

Tatler Magazine - August 2013
Pack up the car and hit the road for one of these exquisite family friendly.
"Looking out over Dingle Bay, Castlewood House is in an enviable location making it the perfect base from which to explore this part of Kerry. The house itself is modern and beautifully maintained offering generously sized family rooms. For wet days they have a well stocked with books, jigsaws and board games which are guaranteed to stave off any bad weather boredom. Nearby family attractions include Play at Height, Ireland’s largest climbing wall, Dingle Aquarium and there is eve bowling at Dingle Bowl. No rip to Dingle is complete without a look at Fungie the dolphin and owners Brian and Helen are happy to help you to plan a trip to see him. Family rooms in August cost an affordable 48.75 euro per person sharing per night and include a full award winning breakfast, meaning that there’s plenty of cash left over for treats."

Mum could have the recipe for tastiest scone

The Kerryman 03 July 2013
"FOLLOWING hundreds of nominations, a guesthouse in Dingle has made the top ten finalists in the search to find Ireland's best scone - and it's all down to mum's recipe."
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Postcards from...

Easy Food Magazine December/January 2013
"This four-star boutique property, perched overlooking the picturesque Dingle Bay, is a great spot for a weekend getaway or family break."
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A Fabulous break in Kingdom…

Michael Pattwell - Evening Echo - March 2013
"We found marvellous accommodation at the 4-star guesthouse, Castlewood House, and I have no hesitation in saying that it easily surpassed any hotel or guesthouse I have ever stayed in for luxury, comfort and friendliness."
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Postcards from...

Easy Food Magazine December/January 2013
"This four-star boutique property, perched overlooking the picturesque Dingle Bay, is a great spot for a weekend getaway or family break."
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Breakfast worth getting out of bed for!

Marie-Claire Digby - Irish Times - Sat. October 13th 2012
"Is there ever an ocasion when breakfast in bed is not the best treat imaginable? If you’re staying at Castlewood House in Dingle, it is well worth dragging yourself out of those crisp cotton sheets for breakfast served in the dining room overlooking Dingle bay."
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Best Hotels for Coastal Walks

Francesca Syz - Telegraph Magazine July 14, 2012
"The 110-mile Dingle Way in County Kerry begins at Tralee and weaves its way around the Dingle Peninsula. A combination of coastal paths, back roads and mountain tracks takes you past beaches, coves and island and through colourful villages."
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Doin' the Dingle

Marguerite Happe - Star Tribune - February 14th, 2012
"The Dingle Peninsula in southwestern Ireland, is hands down my favorite part of Ireland and tends to win the hearts of anyone who visits. I have been to Dingle twice so far this year (and hopefully will return once more before the end of it), once in November and once in December- and it is a MUST-SEE if you have any interest at all in the Irish countryside and traditional Irish culture."
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Home and Away with Robert Walshe

Robert Walshe - River Newspapers - February 6th, 2012
"Castlewood Hotel in County Kerry was named Ireland's best hotel and also ranked as Europe's second best and the world's sixth best in Tripadvisor's best Irish Hotel Awards 2012."
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Hotels in Dingle, Killarney and Sligo rated among top 25 in the world

Irish Times - January 21st, 2012
"A small guesthouse in Dingle that has been open for less than seven years has been named the sixth best hotel in the world by after the website sifted through millions of customer reviews."
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Castlewood House named world's sixth best hotel

Irish Examiner - January 20th, 2012
"A boutiques-style guesthouse in Dingle has been voted the sixth best place to stay anywhere in the world by users of the world-renowned travel guide Tripadvisor."
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Dette er verdens beste hotell

Simmi Gulati - Aftenposten - January 19th, 2012
"Verdens beste hotell er The Phoenix Resort i San Pedro i Belize. Det kommer frem av brukernettstedet Tripadvisors årlige Travelers' Choice kåring."
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Three Irish hotels make world's top 25 in TripAdvisor awards

Irish Independent - January 18th, 2012
"Castlewood Hotel in County Kerry was named Ireland's best hotel and also ranked as Europe's second best and the world's sixth best in Trip Advisor’s Best Irish Hotel Awards 2012."
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The World's Best Hotels

GBM Online - January 18th, 2012
"Going on holiday is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but with such an abundance of stunning hotels around the world, the decision of where to stay can be a difficult one."
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Secret Ireland: The dingle Peninsula

Pol O Conghaile - Irish Independent - January 07, 2012
"Rooms are big, slick and comfortable, with heavy curtains blocking out the early light (and parting to reveal a champion view of Dingle Bay), a large wooden-framed bed, and a brace of Lily O'Brien chocolates on the dresser. Between bedroom and bathroom, space ain't an issue."
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Ireland: Best in Travel 2011

Pol O Conghaile
"When people recommend Helen and Brian Heaton’s Castlewood House in Dingle, ‘breakfast’ is one of the first words from their lips. Little wonder."
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Kerry’s Gold glistens in divine Dingle Peninsula

Lucinda O’ Sullivan - Irish Independent - October 10, 2010
"..Since opening nearly five years ago they have received awards left right and centre, including being named on the top 50 Trip Advisor Best Bargain World list, Top 10 Best Hidden Gems in Europe, and this year the Travellers' Choice award."
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Our Irish Top Ten

John & Sally McKenna - Irish Independent - August 07, 2010
"The Heatons are emblematic of a dynamic sense of engagement and professionalism which is quickly making Dingle ultra-impressive as a place to stay and eat, so pack an appetite along with that surf board."
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Tina-Marie O’Neill - Sunday Business Post - April 18, 2010
"Following a restful night’s sleep in one of the sumptuous rooms with jacuzzi baths and king-size beds, breakfast includes a choice of artisan fare, including fresh nectarines poached in vanilla syrup and warm plums in star anise sauce, fresh breads made in the Castlewood kitchens, smoked salmon frittata, the chef’s omelette, or porridge with Cooley Distillery Whiskey."
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To dine for in Dingle.

Katy McGuinness - Irish Times - September 04, 2010
"..the superlative eggs Benedict and decadent bread and butter pudding on the breakfast menu at Brian and Helen Heaton’s luxurious Castlewood House BB"
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Castlewood House wins 2009 TripAdvisor Award

Food & Wine Magazine - April, 2009
"Ever wondered where the Best Hidden Gem of Europe and Best Bargain Hotel is for 2009? According to TripAdvisor awards it's the luxurious Castlewood Guest House nestled on the shores of Dingle Bay. Unlike other hotel awards TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice awards are based on thousands of unbiased reviews and opinions about hotels on For more information on the idyllic Castlewood House, along with customer reviews visit or visit to book an idyllic waterside break.

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Susan Barron - U Magazine - July 20, 2009
"If a personal experience is right up your tree, then shun the big hotels in favour of the Castlewood House B&B. Renowned for it's welcoming and accommodating owners, you'll feel like you're visiting family. Tripadvisor's Travellers' Choice awards 2009 named it winner of best bargain and best hidden gem hotel in Europe. The restaurant overlooks Dingle Bay and offers an extensive breakfast menu including the B&B's special porridge with Baileys. Bedroom amenities include a jacuzzi tub, TV and DVD player. The best thing to do is explore the local area. Enjoy a pint in Dingle town situated five minutes away or opt for one of the B&B's special tours of Dingle."

No better time for you and your family to take a well-earned break.

Lucinda O'Sullivan - Irish Independent - June 28, 2009
"Dingle is a fabulous spot. The streets are always colourful and buzzing. Indeed, you might be surprised to know that the Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice best bargain hotel and best hidden gem of Europe 2009 is the gorgeous Castlewood House in Dingle. The five-star guest house, overlooking the waters of Dingle Bay, is owned by young couple Helen and Brian Heaton. But then I told you all about Castlewood in my Little Black Book of Great Places to Stay & Eat in Ireland, way before Tripadvisor."
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Dingle delight

Patsey Murphy - Irish Times - November 28, 2009
"When it comes to morning feasts, one of the very best in the country is at Castlewood House in Dingle, where Brian and Helen Heaton, who both trained at Ashford Castle, have devised a menu so delicious that you want to stay a week just to try everything on it. "
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Watching the dolphins in delightful Dingle.

Malcom Rogers - Irish Post
"Each room is individually themed — an Italian room, an Oriental room and so on — with exquisite antique furnishings and huge beds you’d get lost in. Superbly equipped, the bathroom has a jacuzzi which would cleanse your soul as well as your body — plus DVD, satellite television and CD player."
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Dundalk Woman Flying High

Margaret Roddy - The Argus - March 25, 2009
"A luxury guesthouse run by Dundalk woman Helen Heaton and her husband Brian has won two Traveller Choice awards from the travel website."
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