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Ireland’s Real Downton Abbey

Ireland’s Real Downton Abbey


There are plenty of luxurious vacations out there that can take you to beautiful places all over the world and allow you to be treated like a first-class traveler. But let’s go one step further: have you ever wondered what if would be like to truly be treated like royalty? Well, there is a new refined and truly experiential luxury vacation package out that allows you to vacation in the style of the aristocracy. From staying in an actual Crom Castle ) to exclusive tours of the gorgeous Irish countryside, everything about this holiday will embody what life is like for those born into the upper class aristocracy. If that alone isn’t enough to pique your interest, here are some of the highlights that you will experience on this incredibly unique trip, which is Ireland’s Real Downton Abbey experience.

A Three Night Stay In The Historic Crom Castle

This working, sprawling Irish castle will be your home for three nights. As you will be hosted by a member of the aristocracy, you will be treated just like a member of the family by his staff. You won’t have to lift a finger as they will do everything, from taking your luggage to your room to preparing you drinks in the conservatory. Aside from staying in the castle itself, you will also receive exclusive access and tours around its luxurious grounds and national trust property.


Crom Castle grounds (Image: Crom Castle)
Crom Castle grounds (Image: Crom Castle)
The spacious Queen Bedroom at Crom Castle Ireland (Image: Crom Castle)
The spacious Queen Bedroom at Crom Castle Ireland (Image: Crom Castle)
Crom Castle Front Hall (Image: Crom Castle)
Crom Castle Front Hall (Image: Crom Castle)
Crom Castle Double Red Room (Image: Crom Castle)
Crom Castle Double Red Room (Image: Crom Castle)
Crom Castle Full Bathroom (image: Crom Castle
Crom Castle Full Bathroom (image: Crom Castle)


Your Host: The Earl of Erne

John Crichton, the 7th Earl of Erne will be welcoming you into his family home and hosting you during your stay. The castle has been in his family for generations and he will see to it that you are made comfortable for the duration of your stay. The Earl will introduce you to other prominent figures, divulge its historic place amongst British Aristocracy, as well as give you tours of the surrounding area that only he could get you access to. Known for his lovely charm, passion for Crom, and wonderful story telling abilities, he will make you feel right at home in his beautiful castle.


The Earl of Erne, John Crichton at Crom Castle (Image: Crom Castle
The Earl of Erne, John Crichton at Crom Castle (Image: Crom Castle)


Wining and Dining

From a four course dinner in the conservatory and a full Irish Breakfast to afternoon tea and pre-dinner cocktails, you will be spoiled with your choices in fine dining, both at Crom Castle and at other fine estates. The staff will prepare breakfast to your exact liking each morning, no matter how you like your eggs and toast. Guests will be taken for pints at one of the oldest local Irish pubs, and will even receive a gala dinner in their honor!


Crom Castle Library (Image: Crom Castle)
Crom Castle Library (Image: Crom Castle)
Lord Erne's Dining Room at Crom Castle (Image: Crom Castle
Lord Erne’s Dining Room at Crom Castle (Image: Crom Castle)


Exclusive Tours

Guests at Crom Castle should be prepared for delightful afternoon boat trips around Loch Erne and wonderful walking tours of other aristocratic properties. Don’t forget about tours of historic towns and access to other castles, world class golf courses, spas and shooting lodges, all possible thanks to your host, the Earl!


Crom Castle Boathouse (Image: Crom Castle
Crom Castle Boathouse (Image: Crom Castle)


Meet Lords And Ladies

Truly immerse yourself into the world of the aristocracy by meeting other lords and ladies during your stay. The Earl will introduce guests to his cousins the Lord and Lady Anthony Hamilton at their own private estate and other local aristocrats as well. Prepare to be dazzled by the upper class life!


Exclusive Transport

One of the biggest hassles of traveling is the trains, planes and automobiles that are required to get you to each destination. This tour takes the grunt work out of the experience by providing private, comfortable and luxurious transport to get you from one destination to the next.

If you are interested in a Downton Abbey experience like this and want to create it around some special dates for a small group (8 to 16 people), please contact Blaycation.  To see the full program:  

Price is $2995 US per person based on double occupancy. Upgrades to exclusive Crom Castle Private Suites are available at an additional charge.


Fun Fact: Blanding, BBC Comedy Drama was filmed at Crom Castle. 

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Mark Stiles
    February 5, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    As the owner of Blaycation, your Bucket List Vacation, we put together some pretty cool bucket list worthy experiences that are highly informative, experiential, luxury and authentic. When I met, the Earl, John Crichton in his castle the very first time I new we had something very special here. He’s genuine, so sweet and such a lovely hospitable man. This program is truly a unique experience that I have personally enjoyed and now thanks to the generous 7th Earl of Erne a very select small group of guests can now too. If anyone would like any additional information please let me know?
    Mark Stiles, President & Chief Vacation Officer @ Blaycation

    • Carmen
      February 7, 2016 at 9:00 am

      It’s not everyday that individuals get the experience of staying in a castle with an actual Earl and his family. It’s a very unique experience indeed.

  2. Sally from Passport & Plates
    February 5, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Dying over these photos! This sounds like such a cool and unique experience! Sounds like you get the full royal treatment.

    • Carmen
      February 7, 2016 at 9:02 am

      It’s quite the experience to be dining and spending time in a castle with the Earl and his family.

  3. Rob Taylor
    February 6, 2016 at 11:35 am

    This sounds amazing. I feel like I would be terribly intrusive with questions about the current state of the aristocracy and future of the castle, but I suppose that the gracious hosts would be accustomed to that… and I would probably be using my GOOD manners.

    • Carmen
      February 7, 2016 at 9:04 am

      I’m sure those are questions that he is used to answering and wouldn’t hesitate to answer them either.

  4. Shivansh
    February 6, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Meeting the lords and ladies, that’s something I want to do. I will wear my Tux!

    • Carmen
      February 7, 2016 at 9:12 am

      I never even thought of that, what to wear to a formal dinner with the Lord and Ladies in the room.

  5. solosophie
    February 9, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Oh my goodness it really does look like Downton Abbey!

    • Carmen
      February 10, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      I would have to agree it is a spectacular resemblance to the Downton Abbey house.

  6. londonirish
    September 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I stayed at Crom Castle with a group of friends this Summer and it was sensational. Not only the castle, but the navigable lakes which surround the estate. I would recommend taking a boat trip to Inis Rath, which is an island and mansion owned by the Hare Krishna organisation. We also travelled by boat to Belle Isle, which is an estate owned by Lord Erne’s cousin, the Duke of Abercorn. Belle Isle was enchanting, but I would have to say that Crom is truly exceptional, and a great credit to Lord Erne and his late father.

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 8, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Wow, sounds like an incredible time! Thank you so much for sharing.

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