Experience a level of comfort above our classic rooms and enhance your stay in this Sligo hotel by booking one of our supremely comfortable superior bedrooms. With all of the facilities of our classic rooms but with added separate seating areas, more original features and enhanced comfort. Our superior rooms allow you to make the most of your castle hotel experience, with each taking inspiration from one of Markree’s famous guests.
Superior Upgrades are available for €35 per room per stay regardless of the length. Please make sure you tick the ‘superior upgrade’ box on booking. If you would like to book a specific superior room, please make sure you request this on booking and we will do our best to accommodate your request on a first come first served basis.
The Bryan Cooper Room
Named for the current owners Grandfather, Bryan Cooper was one of the only Unionist MPs to also be elected as TD (member of the Irish Parliament) after Irish independence as a member of Cumann na nGaedheal. He served in World War I with the Connaught Rangers in Gallipoli and wrote a book about his experiences. A friend of WB Yeats, he was an avid writer and allied with members of the Irish Litereary Revival, having a play produced at he Abbey Theatre in Dublin. The Bryan Cooper room features an ornate carved double bed and a spectacular garden view
The Charles Kingsley Room
The novelist Charles Kingsley was a guest at Markree in the 1850s. He is primarily known for his children’s work, The Water-Babies and novel, Westward Ho! . He was concerned with social reform and was a high profile supporter of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. While at Markree he wrote many letters to his wife describing his experience in Ireland, particularly the levels of poverty he saw around him. The Charles Kingsley Room has a king sized bed and a twin bed and overlooks the garden. It was formerly the bedroom of the current owner’s parents.
The WB Yeats Room
WB Yeats is was an Irish poet, winner of the Nobel prize and one of the foremost figures of 20th century English literature. WB Yeats was a regular visitor to Markree while staying in Sligo and was a literary friend of Bryan Cooper. He stayed in Markree in 1830 and wrote of the castle and of the Cooper family, “We have always looked on the Coopers and Markree Castle as greater than the Royal Family and Buckingham Palace”. The WB Yeats room has a king and a twin bed and overlooks the gardens.
The Cornet Cooper Room
The land at Markree was traditionally that of the McDonagh clan but was passed on to a Cromwellian officer, Cornet Edward Cooper, in lieu of payment, in 1666. Following the defeat of Conor O’Brien by Cromwellian forces during the siege of Limerick, his widow, Maire Rua O’Brien (Red Mary) married the same Cornet Cooper in order to protect her two younger sons, both of whom took the name of their step father. On his death in 1679, Cornet Cooper willed his Sligo estate to the second of his O’Brien step sons, Arthur Cooper thus starting the history of the Cooper (or should that be O’Brien) family in Sligo. The Cornet Cooper room is the bridal suite, with king bed and huge bow windows, separate bath and shower and plenty of space.
The Johnny Cash room
Johnny Cash is certainly Markree’s most famous guest. He stayed for Halloween in 1993 in this room with his wife June Carter-Cash. You can see where he signed the guest book at reception. He enjoyed being able to walk the grounds undisturbed during a break from touring and recorded a song on the stairs with local artist Sandy Kelly. You can read more about his stay by clicking here.
The Johnny Cash room has a king and a double bed with panoramic views of the garden and a very large bathroom with separate bath and shower.
The Cecil Frances Alexander Room
The words to the famous children’s hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful were written while Cecil Alexander stayed at Markree and you can see where her inspiration came from when you look out the window of this room. Read the words of the hymn by clicking here. The secret room, hidden under the staircase to the tower, this room has a large window over looking the parkland and mountains that inspired it’s namesake, with a king bed and a twin. The bathroom has separate shower and bath.
The Tom Watson Room
Eight time major winner Tom Watson was one of the first guests at Markree Castle when it opened as a hotel while on a golfing holiday playing local courses in Sligo and Donegal. The story goes that he was pulling into the car park as the curtains were being hung in this room. This room has beautiful bow windows overlooking the woodlands and an ornate king bed.
Room Number 1
Our most recently renovated room enjoys a quiet corner of the castle with beautiful views over the garden on one side and the Unshin river on the other. So recently upgraded it has yet to be named! A lovely bright room which has a king sized bed with separate w.c. and bath.