The word “palace” might be just a touch grand to describe this 1730s mansion—the name used to be given to Church of Ireland bishops’ residences, not just royalty—but nonetheless this is certainly a very elegant and handsome hotel. You’re actually right in the middle of Cashel, although it’s easy to forget, being surrounded by the gardens here. Bedrooms are good sized and traditionally decorated—check out the delightfully old-fashioned wooden washbasins in the bathrooms. Some rooms overlook the Rock of Cashel, which means you get to see it at its most grand and imposing, floodlit at night. (Rooms with a view of the rock do cost a bit extra, though). Also overlooking the Rock is the Bishop’s Buttery restaurant, serving good modern Irish cuisine. Be sure to make a dining reservation on weekends.