Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
Clifden, Connemara, County Galway
With tennis courts, pitch and putt, and a full-service spa, Abbeyglen is its own self-sufficient world of recreation. But a short walk to the town center of Clifden offers plenty to discover beyond the castle walls. Local musicians frequently avail themselves of the Steinway in the castle's piano bar, adding their melodies to feasts of lobster and tender Connemara lamb. Central heating, TV's and DVD players are standard though the technology may be outmoded.