Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sunday Lunch at Waterford Castle Hotel

New Sunday Lunch Menu at Waterford Castle

For this week's blog, we are looking forward to the launch of our new sumptuous Sunday Lunch menu,  which is served each Sunday in our award winning Munster Room Restaurant from 1pm-3pm. Sunday is a day for rest, relaxation and indulgence, so where better to spend it than on the picturesque Island Haven.

The Sunday Lunches will take place in the award winning Munster Dining Room. The warm ambiance of this highly acclaimed restaurant is created through its original oak panelled walls, ornate ceilings and elegant artwork. The Munster Dining Room’s opulent yet intimate atmosphere, combined with its exceptional food, and superior customer service will ensure that you and your quest will enjoy an unforgettable dining experience.  Throughout the years, the Munster Dining Room’s exemplary reputation has been reinforced through receiving a variety of awards from highly acclaimed institutions. For instance, recently the restaurant was awarded the ‘Best Hotel Restaurant in Munster 2013’ by the Restaurant Association of Ireland.

After lunch, why not relax in the comfortable surroundings of our Fitzgerald Room Bar or in front of the roaring fire in the Grand Hall Entrance. Furthermore, why not discover the 16th century Castle’s diverse and fascinating history through the range of beautiful antiquities and ornate architecture. Alternatively, you could take a leisurely stroll on one of the nature walks, which will allow you to take in the Island’s natural scenic landscape, flora, fauna and wildlife. Sunday lunch would also be a lovely way to conclude a round of Golf on our 18th hole championship golf-course.

With the four course lunch costing €32 per person, and a children’s menu available, why not treat your family or friends to an indulgent Sunday treat. To book or for more information, please call our reservations team on 051-878203, email info@waterfordcastle.com or visit www.waterfordcastle.com.  

If you are planning to visit Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort or if you have recently stayed with us, why not visit our Tripadvisor page http://www.tripadvisor.ie/Hotel_Review-g186638-d212907-Reviews-Waterford_Castle_Hotel-Waterford_County_Waterford.html .

Monday, October 21, 2013

Luxurious Castle Accomodation

‘Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.’

Coco Chanel
For this week’s blog and in anticipation of our latest Autumn and Winter offers, we are going to sample the ultimate in comfortable yet elegant luxury by exploring our luxurious castle accommodation. Why not escape the winter blues  by planning an luxurious getaway today.

The history and traditions of Waterford Castle are honored in the décor of our 18 elegant bedrooms; each one offering gracious style, unique décor and antique furniture. Each room combines ornate and gracious style with modern comforts, ensuring you have a truly unique and relaxing stay. All our magnificent suites contain their own private sitting room and our deluxe bedrooms are en-suite twins or double/kings. The original cast iron windows, set in granite stone, overlook the splendour of the Island’s beautiful and captivating landscape. The spacious, bespoke bathrooms feature hand painted ceramics and a Claw Footed Bath for the ultimate relaxation.

 Spacious & light with spectacular river or garden views, our deluxe rooms are lavishly decoratated and offer all the comforts expected of a luxury Castle Hotel. Additionally, each of our five suits offer spectacular views of the grounds, individually designed they are bright and warm, providing guests with a living room, grand bedrooms & bespoke bathrooms.

All our magnificent and bespoke bedrooms feature the following facilities and services:
Crisp Linens, Deep Mattresses and Restful interiors combine to offer a good nights sleep
Complimentary tea and coffee can be provided to your room on request
Heated Towel Rails
Mulvenna Toiletry products to ensure pure relaxation
Waterford Castle Bottled Still and Sparkling Water
Turn-down Service
24 Hour Room Service available
Satellite Televisions

In room treatments available on request
American socket converters available
Complimentary private car park

So, why not avail of our latest  Autumn and Winter  Midweek offers and discover the Castle’s ornate yet comfortable opulence for yourself. Enjoy luxurious castle accommodation and a sumptuous breakfast from just €59 per person sharing, per night. (Sunday- Thursday only.) So, to book your Island retreat, please contact our reservation team on 051-878 203. Alternatively you can visit www.waterfordcastle.com  to avail of this and all our latest offers. Luxury accommodation, award winning dining and wealth of activities  are only a ferry-ride away.

If you are planning to visit Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort or if you have recently stayed with us, why not visit our Tripadvisor page http://www.tripadvisor.ie/Hotel_Review-g186638-d212907-Reviews-Waterford_Castle_Hotel-Waterford_County_Waterford.html .

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Waterford at the Movies

Waterford at the Movies

For this week’s addition of Waterford Castle’s blog we will take a look at the upcoming Waterford Film Festival ; which takes place between the 8th-10th November in Greyfriars Art Gallery. To coincide with the upcoming Waterford Film Festival, we are going to take a look at what is arguably the most significant film to be produced in Waterford;  ‘Barry Lyndon.’  Many of the films exterior scenes were shot in locations throughout Waterford, including Waterford Castle.  As such, through the microcosm of film, this blog should serve as an snap-shot of Waterford's cultural vibrancy.

Now in its 7th year, the Waterford Film Festival provides a platform for film-makers  and writers to showcase a wide range of short films from documentaries, animation, short films, experimental and student work. The Greyfriars  Art Gallery will be transformed into a cinema for the duration of the festival.  The festival centres on and aims to promote independent short films and screenplays. The festival features and exciting programme including a variety of competitions, covering a wide spectrum of areas of writing and cinema. For instance, The Waterford City Council Award for Best Short Film celebrates short fiction and documentary films. Additionally, the Screenplay competition, now in its 6th year, attracts a variety of excellent submissions, primarily from budding, first-time writers. Whilst the Best Screenplay Award will be open to all short film screenplays which have not been filmed/ produced. Due to the variety and quality of the competitions, the festival continually attracts high quality film submissions from filmmakers around the world, thus providing a diverse range of cinema for audiences to enjoy.

Barry Lyndon’, directed by Stanley Kubrick and staring Ryan O Neil and  Marisa Berenson, was released in 1975.  The film is an adaptation of The Luck Of Barry Lyndon, a novel set in the 18 century, written by William Makepeace Thackeray. The story centers on a young farm-boy, Redmond Barry, a loveable rouge who is determined to become a wealthy nobleman and will use any means possible to realise his dream.  Falling on hard times after being robbed, Redmond is forced to join the British Army; fighting in the ‘Seven Years War.’ He latter deserts the British Army to become a spy in the Pursian army, subsecently becoming a conman. He continually lies, dupes and charms his way up the social ladder and enters a loveless marriage to a Countess; Lady Lydon, to further advance his cause. However, his deceptive nature and promiscuous lifestyle catches up with him and he slowly descends into ruin.

Whilst the film features a number of cinematographic innovations, the magnificent settings and classical music allow it to evoke and remain true to its 18th century setting. For instance, a number of locations throughout Waterford, including Waterford Castle’s Island, Little Island, provided the naturally picturesque yet rugged landscape for many of the film’s exterior shots. Furthermore, many of film’s interior scenes where set in a number of as Powerscourt House, Co.Wicklow, Dublin Castle, Cahir Castle and Huntington Castle in County Carlow. In terms of musicality, the film’s score features a number of motifs from works by famous composers such as Bach, Mozart, Schubert, and Vivaldi.  

Additionally, the film’s unique stylistic feature was that most of this film’s interior footage were filmed solely by candle light, which proved to be a cinematic innovation and further emphasized the authenticity, beauty and significance of the scenes. While the film had limited box office success, it won many awards including won four Oscars in production categories and it is often regarded as Kubrick finest work.  Furthermore, it has been regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. Amongst Kubrick’s highly acclaimed directorial portfolio include ‘2001: Space Odecey’,  ‘Sparticus’, ‘the Clockwork Orange' and 'Eyes Wide Shut.'

To conclude, we have seen a snapshot of Waterford's cinematic exploits.Waterford’s history, cultural vibrancy, architecture and un-spoilt natural landscape are just some factors which contribute to Waterford’s   potential as an idyllic film destination. Furthermore, the region has a wealth of talented writers, directors and actors, which is clearly demonstrated each year through the Waterford Film Festival. For more information in relation to the Waterford Film Festival please visit http://www.waterfordfilmfestival.com/ . For more information in relation to Waterford Castle Hotel, please visit www.waterfordcastle.com

If you are planning to visit Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort or if you have recently stayed with us, why not visit our Tripadvisor page http://www.tripadvisor.ie/Hotel_Review-g186638-d212907-Reviews-Waterford_Castle_Hotel-Waterford_County_Waterford.html .

Monday, October 7, 2013

Meetings and conferencing at Waterford Castle

Meetings and Conferencing at Waterford Castle

For this week’s edition of Waterford Castle’s blog we are going to look at our meeting and conferencing facilities. Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort pride ourselves on offering a unique corporate experience.

Located on it’s own 310 acre private Island and set in a 16th Century Castle, this Island Haven offers an intimate escape; allowing each delegate to enjoy a stress free experience. Whilst this island based resort provides a private relaxing escape and intimate seclusion, it is centrally located, ideal for all transport arrangements. Waterford castle is easily accessible from all routes and is located 10 minute drive from Waterford Airport, one minute from the Waterford City Bypass Road. Additionally, the resort is located a 5 minute drive from Waterford City Centre. Furthermore, our free private car park is available for all delegates attending conferences, meetings & other events at the resort. 

Waterford Castle Hotel's meeting & events facilities are ideally suited for all meeting and conferencing requirements. A dedicated Meeting Services Manager is provided to each conference provided to coordinate every detail of your event. We have a multi-departmental events team which work is fundamental in guaranteeing the successful hosting of all events. Our range of meeting rooms allows our corporate clients the flexibility to choose the ideal space to suit all their meeting requirements. There are a number of adaptable rooms which can be structured to entirely meet the needs and goals of each meeting we host.  All Conference & Meeting Rooms at Waterford Castle Hotel are equipped with state of the art equipment including:
Wifi access; Projector and Screen; Flipchart and markers; Writing pads and pens; Lectern; Wheelchair Access; Private Coffee Lounge; Utilise natural daylight

Over the last year we have heavily invested in improving our conferencing capacity and facilities at our Golf Club-House. The President’s Lounge serves as the perfect arena for larger conferences, meetings and private functions. The Lounge holds up to 150 people theatre style but the seating plans can be altered to suit the needs of all functions. Additionally, the lounge is an ideal location to host lunch and dinner during conferences. Furthermore, the clubhouse serves as an ideal location for team building events or client entertainment. Additionally, the Lounge has a stage, perfect for delivering presentations and amplification systems can be provided at request.

Here at Waterford Castle, we understand the importance of team building and corporate retreats play towards building staff morale. Our 310 acre Island provides the perfect setting for any outdoor team-building day and we can organised specialized 3rd party experts to oversee all activities. Our team building activities are stimulating problem-solving tasks designed to help group members and teams develop their capacity to work effectively together. Team building activities are often used in meetings, presentations, workshops, training seminars, education programs and corporate training. We also specialize in hosting unique corporate parties and retreats.

Furthermore, at Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort we believe that the needs of delegates extend beyond attending a meeting or conference. Our unique location, luxury accommodation, award winning food and superior customer service prove to be important factors in why companies choose to host conferences and meetings with us. For delegates who wish to stay with us, we offer competitive corporate rates and our corporate bedrooms are designed with the requirements, the comfort and convenience of the corporate traveler in mind. Furthermore, to ensure that all delegates have a luxurious, memorable and relaxing stay with us, we offer the following benefits to all corporate clientele:
Express Check-in; Complimentary WiFi; Complimentary newspaper on request; Business support services ; Complementary takeaway tea/coffee in the morning on request; Flight confirmations & Boarding Passes Printed; Dedicated workspace; Cable T.V and Express Check-out.

To conclude, if you wish to host a small meeting, large conference, hosting a team building day or wish to entertain clients, Waterford Castle is the ideal location to fulfil all your corporate needs. Pricing can be put arranged on an A La Carte Basis or as a Day Delegate Package.  Furthermore, lunch and additional dining options are available on request. For more information or if you wish to book your meeting conference or corporate event, please contact our sales team on 051- 878 20, email  info@waterfordcastle.com , or visit http://www.waterfordcastle.com/meetings-and-events.html

If you are planning to visit Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort or if you have recently stayed with us, why not visit our Tripadvisor page http://www.tripadvisor.ie/Hotel_Review-g186638-d212907-Reviews-Waterford_Castle_Hotel-Waterford_County_Waterford.html .