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Manor House Hotels in Ireland
Our Ireland country house selection consists of charming Luxury Hotels and boutique properties. Understated elegance and informal luxury with Ireland country house appeal is the hallmark of these beautifully appointed manor house hotels. Each of our manor house hotels are graced with ornate architectural and period features, antiques and collections of fine paintings. Set in picturesque Irish countryside, rambling estates or smart city and town locations, their elegance and comfort are only surpassed by the genuine hospitality and warmth extended to each guest at these Ireland country house hotels.
The Burren is one of Ireland's surprises for the discerning traveler. This Ireland country house is situated amidst a special area of limestone mountain scenery, with a distinctive beauty and holding a wealth of treasure for the botanist and explorer of historic ruins. In the midst of this Irish wilderness lies Gregans Castle Hotel, at the foot of the Corkscrew Hill, with breathtaking views over The Burren and Galway Bay. Owners Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray manage this Ireland country house, where hospitality, good food, comfort as well as peace and quiet are the themes. The Burren is an excellent location for walking and biking. Come and stay and enjoy one of the finest hotels in Co. Clare and indeed, the West of Ireland, to which our awards testify. Past guests at this Ireland country house have included: President Richard Von Weizacker of Germany; Sharon Stone; Jerry Garcia; Kathy Bates; Kathleen Turner; Brian Ferry; Jean Kennedy-Smith; Mike Eisner; Gabriel Byrne; Christy Moore; Ewan McGregor; Edna O'Brien; Donovan...read more
Loch Lein Country House Hotel is situated just outside Killarney in Ireland's South West region. This is a secluded Ireland country house with magnificent uninterrupted views over Killarney's famous Lower Lake and The Macgillicuddy Reeks. Its location also gives easy access to the Ring of Kerry peninsula, the lakes of Killarney and is close to the beautiful Gap of Dunloe. This Ireland country house puts emphasis on friendly personal service and high standards of food and accommodation and the attention paid by both Paul and Annette Corridan, the proprietors, is second to none. Spacious, non-smoking bedrooms have many thoughtful touches to enhance a comfortable and relaxing stay. Enjoy a pre dinner drink in the residents lounge, whilst choosing from the daily menu of modern Irish cuisine in Legends Restaurant - a memorable dining experience. A friendly and informal atmosphere prevails at Loch Lein Country House Hotel putting you at ease from the moment you arrive. Allow yourself to indulge in deep-cushioned comfort with views across the Lakes of Killarney. ...read more
The Cliff House Hotel is a perfect place. An intimate, cascading Ireland country house sewn into the coast overlooking the historic village of Ardmore, in West Waterford, that is distinguished as much for its design and sea views as for the region's most exquisite food - The House Restaurant is a One Michelin Star Restaurant - spa and sleep experiences. This 39 bedroom jewel is at once holiday and hideaway. It is as true to the trusted service standards of yesteryear as the subtle, stylish comforts expected by you - the 21st Century guest. Welcome to Ireland's standout small hotel in West Waterford. The Cliff House Hotel is unique amongst Irish hotels. Sitting into Ardmore Bay in the picturesque landscape of West Waterford, and splashing with natural light, its gardens, terrace and balconies seem literally to trickle down the cliffs. The Ireland country house interiors draw an extraordinary landscape inwards. Palettes of marine blue, fuchsia, aubergine and sea green evoke the surrounding Waterford countryside. So close is the sea, you'll feel like a passenger on an ocean liner. ...read more
Lough Inagh Lodge, just 42 miles from Galway, is an Ireland country house set on the shores of Lough Inagh, one of Connemara's most beautiful lakes. Amidst the most spectacular scenery in Ireland visitors can fish, shoot, play golf, hill-walk, pony-trek, or just relax. Lough Inagh Lodge is the perfect haven for total relaxation offering you all the comforts and pleasures of an elegant, modern hotel in an old-world atmosphere. Seafood and wild game dishes are specialties of the house and are complemented by an excellent wine list. Open log fires in the library and the oak-paneled bar symbolize the warmth of Inagh hospitality. The ideal base for your tour of Connemara, Lough Inagh Lodge is surrounded by famous "beauty spots", including the Twelve Bens mountain range and the Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey is also nearby. By the way, if you fish or shoot you'll find the old Lough Inagh Lodge record books fascinating reading!...read more
Set in 200 acres of beautiful parkland, Dunbrody Country House Hotel is an enchantingly intimate 1830s Georgian manor. Ancestral home to the Chichester Family, this Ireland country house has a long and well-established tradition of hospitality. A warm reception awaits you at Dunbrody Country House - an oasis of tranquility located on the dramatic Hook Peninsula. Fresh flowers, crackling log fires in period fireplaces, relaxed elegance and more await. Dunbrody is a charming Ireland country house with a character and atmosphere all of its own. Located a mere two hours from Dublin and Cork International Airports and only 15 minutes from Waterford City, Dunbrody is easily accessible from both North and West. Dunbrody Country House Hotel is accredited with four stars from the Irish Tourist Board. This Ireland country house was also the recipient of the Hotel and Catering Review Gold Medal Award for Excellence 2009 and Country House of the Year 2009....read more
Rathmullan House, a four star Ireland country House, is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly, Co Donegal in the North West region of Ireland. Donegal is undoubtedly one of Ireland's most beautiful counties and has everything from wonderful Atlantic Beaches, idyllic unspoiled lakes to rambling hills and mountains, forest walks and open friendly people, delighted to welcome you to this stunning part of Ireland. This gracious Irish Country House Hotel, which was built in the 1760's, enjoys a glorious seting above the shores of Lough Swilly in the wild and beautiful county of Donegal and is typical of the Georgian era. The Ireland country house stands amid award winning gardens with lawns and trees which stretch down to one of the many deserted sandy beaches of the area. Inside this Ireland country house, elegant sitting rooms tastefully furnished with antiques and paintings provide slumbering comfort with views over the garden and Lough. Open turf fires keep them cosy in winter and provide the perfect setting of an Irish Coffee or a pint of Guinness....read more
Ballyseede Castle in Ireland's South West offers you the chance to appreciate history, while relaxing and enjoying a break from hectic life. This history can be experienced by all hotel guests who wish to spend a night in one of the hotel’s historical and richly designed luxurious bedrooms - you may even meet our resident friendly ghost Hilda! Guests can enjoy the beautiful scenery, the elegant and spacious Irleand country house accommodation, sample fine food and wine in the Dining Room, and hear the stories and enjoy the craic in the Library Bar. Ballyseede Castle is located on its own thirty acres of gardens and woodland. At the approach is an imposing entrance gateway with pillars of block granite. The castle stands on its own grounds at the end of a winding carriage drive. This elegant castle accommodation in Ireland looks as if it were built to outlive the vices and follies of man. It has been fought over, lived in and loved, and carries forward its ancient grandeur to this age. Bedrooms are elegant and spacious and come in a large variety from single to mini suite to deluxe.All the bedrooms have been totally refurbished. They are individually designed and are decorated with taste and imagination....read more
For 350 years, the Cooper family has been living in the mighty Markree Castle in county Sligo in Ireland, which is quite unique. This fine castle hotel in Ireland lies in the romantic landscape where the poet Yeats found his inspiration, north of awe-inspiring Connemara and south of the beautiful Donegal coast, with the impressive cliffs of Bunglass and Magho make a trip to this part of Ireland a memorable one. All the bedrooms in Markree Castle are individual in style and character. The furniture is old, in keeping with the style of the castle, yet meets all the requirements of the modern day. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, television, individually controlled heating and beverage making facilities to make a hustle of the modern world outside. The majority of rooms in this castle hotel in Ireland have fantastic views of the gardens and surrounding countryside....read more
Homely furnishings, blazing fires and a friendly face offer a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Perryville House creates a uniquely comfortable atmosphere, perfect for enjoying a quiet pre dinner cocktail or getting together with friends. Kinsale, a haven that is crawling with history drawing cognoscente to County Cork, with its enticing shops and streetscapes and a reputation as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland....read more
The Sandhouse Hotel is a special hideaway overlooking Donegal Bay at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Ireland's North West. With four star accommodation and a fully equipped marine spa as well as conference and meeting facilities, this Ireland country house can cater for all your requirements. The natural presence and charm of the Sandhouse Hotel places it in perfect harmony with the miles of sandy beach and rolling hills that surround it. The Britton family and their team have been welcoming guests to this magical Ireland country house setting for over 50 years and look forward to welcoming you. Enjoy excellent award-winning cuisine (AA 2 Red Rosettes) in the Sandhouse Hotel's elegant Seashell Restaurant, enhanced by carefully chosen and imaginative wine list. Menus are designed by our resident chef, who uses the wonderful natural fresh produce which is a feature of this unpolluted coast and hinterland. ...read more
Welcome to the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in the West of Ireland, an exclusive 4-star castle hotel in Ireland providing Irish Manor House accommodation, excellent cuisine and service, ideal for those real Irish vacations. Located along the famous Sky Road and overlooking the sea, the Alpine-like village of Clifden provides a beautiful setting. With the backdrop of the Twelve Bens mountain range, nestled in the heart of Connemara, on the West coast of Ireland - this is an ideal destination for a wonderful, stress-free vacation. Tastefully decorated, each bedroom and nine luxury suites offer comfort and style, all with bath/shower, central heating, direct dial telephone, multi-channel television, radio, trouser press, irons, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Recommended by Egon Ronay, "Table for Two", and A.A., Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Restaurant is renowned for its gourmet food and fine wines. With its elevated position overlooking the gardens the cuisine will delight you from locally caught fresh salmon to the well-stocked aquarium housing the best in rich shellfish to our true culinary traditional Connemara lamb. All tastes are catered for with staff always happy to prepare any fish caught by guests. ...read more
A Victorian Ireland country house mansion steeped in history, Tinakilly near Ireland's East Coast was built by the British government in 1883 for Captain Robert Halpin, commander of "The Great Eastern" and mariner supreme who laid 2,600 miles of telegraphic cable in 1866, joining Europe to America. Attracted by the gracious architecture, wonderful sea views and romantic gardens in this part of Ireland, William and Bee Power decided to purchase and undertake the renovation of what has become one of Irelands most romantic secret hideaways. In the new Millennium, the next generation of Powers took their place at the helm and Tinakilly continues to welcome the guests who return again and again to escape and relax. An elegant oak-lined avenue leads up to Tinakilly House, which is enveloped by seven acres of pleasure gardens overlooking the Irish Sea and Broadlough Coastal Lagoon. The stunning sea views, romantic gardens and surrounding hinterland of Tinakilly capture but a small slice of the magnificence of county Wicklow....read more
The Butler Arms, one of the best known family-run Ireland country house hotels, is treasured for its air of luxury combined with a homely, intimate atmosphere. Overlooking the Atlantic, and surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland, the hotel is within easy reach of a host of activities and attractions, yet provides the perfect hideaway in which to relax and indulge yourself. From the moment you arrive at this Ireland country house, you will bask in the warmest of Irish welcomes from the Huggard family, who have run the Butler Arms for four generations. Whether you want to explore the countryside, relax on the beaches, or have an action-packed sporting holiday, IrishTourism.com will be happy to help with the arrangements. The restaurant, awarded two Red Rosettes by the AA for excellent cuisine, offers a varied menu, specializing in a variety of fresh Irish seafood complemented by an excellent wine list....read more
Formerly the Irish Residence of the Herbert Family, the Earls of Pembroke, Cahernane House dates back to the 17th Century. The last quarter mile to the Cahernane House Hotel in Ireland's South West is through a tunnel of greenery that frames its long private avenue - an approach that helps you to find a slower, sweeter tempo in time with its tranquility. Cahernane House is situated on its own parklands on the edge of Killarney's National Park, an area of outstanding beauty with its untamed landscape of mountains, lakes and woodland walks, and only a ten minute walk from Killarney town. On the Ireland country house grounds there is croquet, billiards, hard court tennis, garden walks and fishing. Locally there is championship golf, hill walking, horse riding and biking with Killarney's beauty spots only a short distance away. Cahernane House prides itself on its award-winning restaurant offering fine wines and delicious food prepared daily with the best of local produce. The Herbert Room restaurant offers full a la carte, table d'hote and vegetarian dishes prepared by our master chef. The Pembroke Room Bistro restaurant offers freshly prepared dishes nightly....read more
If you haven't yet visited Carrig House, a whole new experience of old-world hospitality awaits you in one of the most beautiful hideaways in the world. This charming and meticulously restored Victorian Ireland country house has a sense of timeliness about it that has captured the imagination of poets and adventurers alike. Situated on the shores of beautiful Caragh Lake in Ireland's County Kerry, you will find the cleanest air in Europe, beautiful gardens and natural green woodlands with spectacular views across the still waters to the wildness of the Kerry Mountains. As the true spirit of nature abounds, the elements combine in the timeless gardens of Carrig House. Universally loved and admired by all who are lucky enough to visit them, these four-acre gardens contain a magnificent selection of rare and unusual plants from all corners of the world. Our bedrooms are spacious and elegant, individually decorated with en suite bathroom and the best modern facilities. Some have spectacular lake views while others enjoy a lush woodland aspect. In-room facilities include: Color TV with remote, radio, voice mail, individual climate control, direct dial phone, jack for fax, modem and PC....read more
Welcome to Seaview House Hotel, a delightful four star Ireland country house hotel set in private and well tended grounds in the quiet village of Ballylickey in the heart of West Cork. Renowned for tranquility and unique beauty, this charming country house is close to Bantry and Glengarriff and is a welcome retreat for the leisure and business traveler alike. The house is located close to Ballylickey Bridge over the Ouvane River and commands wonderful views of Bantry Bay from the main rooms. Savor the intimate atmosphere in the delightful nooks and crannies of the main dining room. Dine in the lofty airness of the new conservatory restaurant, overlooking the gardens and set with polished mahogany tabled and crisp linen. The restaurant is well known for it's superb cuisine based on country house cooking using local fresh produce and is complimented by a well stocked wine cellar with carefully selected fine wines. The restaurant has won many awards for the quality of the food and service including the AA rosettes for excellent cuisine....read more
Adare Manor Hotel is a five-star luxury castle hotel in Ireland set in one of the country's prettiest villages, Adare. The former home of the Earl of Dunraven, Adare Manor Hotel is regarded as one of Ireland's premier destinations; complete with its own challenging Robert Trent Jones designed championship golf course and luxurious spa. Horse riding, fishing and clay-pigeon shooting can be arranged for guests. Voted the Number One European Resort by the Conde Nast Traveler Magazine's "2002 Readers Choice Awards", the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort has earned this honor by consistently providing the highest possible standards of service and facilities in Ireland's most breathtaking setting. Whether traveling with family or friends, or if you are looking for the ultimate corporate retreat at one of the most beautiful castles in Ireland, Adare Manor will pamper you in old world style while you experience unforgettable new memories. As rich in beauty as it is in history, Adare Manor is an architectural masterpiece of towers, turrets, and stonework ornamentation surrounded by breathtaking gardens, majestic trees and fascinating ruins dating back over eight hundred years. The legendary 18th Century manor is perched along the River Maigue and has been lovingly transformed from a private home into one of the world's premier luxury resorts, all the while maintaining that special essence which is so uniquely Adare....read more
Castle Grove was built in 1695 by the Grove family, who came here in 1656; however, the original Ireland country house was burnt during the siege of Londonderry in 1690. It was here also that the famous Daniel O'Connell was introduced to the powers that be; that led to him being an elected MP at the time. Castle Grove also had a big influence in the life of General Richard Montgomery whose fame still lives on - the American War of Independence. During famine times the Groves both fed and educated all tenant families. We all enjoy the welcoming atmosphere that lives on from such generosity and is complimented by the "Cead Mile Failte" that awaits you to make your stay a memorable one. Castle Grove is a "must" when in the North-West, the most beautiful and un-spoilt part of Ireland with its magnificent beaches. Castle Grove restaurant offers excellent cuisine that is prepared with dedication and care by our award winning chef, and served by discreet and friendly staff. The restaurant provides the very best of good Irish food including fish fresh from the sea, tender juicy roasts and vegetables fresh from the hotel garden, all cooked with care and attractively presented and accompanied with an extensive wine list....read more
Longueville is situated on an eminence overlooking Ireland's Blackwater Valley - the Irish Rhine. The House, a Georgian Ireland country house, is in the centre of a 500 acre wooded estate. The beautifully sited House, or centre block of same, was built about 1720 by the Longfield family who always maintained they were of French extraction and not Cromwellians. The house, architecturally descriptive of the late Georgian period, features a handsome hall-door, the two beautifully plastered and decorated ceilings done by an Italian artist of the dining room and the main lounge, the white marble Adams mantelpiece featuring a relief of Neptune in his chariot in the dining room, the numerous, now rare, inlaid mahogany doors with lovely brass locks and the main staircase, which rises to the full height of the house and is of a most unusual design, the central ramp and the two returns being repeated again in the storey above....read more
Situated on an elevated site overlooking the heritage town of Westport in the West of Ireland, Knockranny House Hotel is an imposing building in the classic Victorian style. This purpose built four star Ireland country house hotel offers all the modern luxuries, with a service, elegance and style that is reminiscent of a bygone era. It is a hotel full of character with sophisticated decor and breathtaking views. Friendly and efficient staff provide the best in Irish hospitality in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. The interior of the hotel gives a feeling of space and comfort. The reception, foyer and gallery are large and airy, while the conservatory, lounge and drawing room offer quiet havens to admire the views, have afternoon tea or just relax in front of an open fire. The hotel is privately owned and managed by Adrian & Geraldine Noonan, who personally guarantee the best in Irish hospitality and together with management and staff will endeavor to ensure your visit is a very memorable and enjoyable experience....read more
Built in the early 1800’s, Zetland Country House is situated overlooking Cashel Bay in the heart of Connemara, surrounded by acres of garden in the west of Ireland. This Ireland country house was originally built as a sporting lodge, and derives its name from the Earl of Zetland, a regular guest and Lord Viceroy to Ireland in the last century. Antique furnishings and panoramic sea views have recreated the charm and elegance of those days combined with the sophisticated luxury expected by discerning guests. The cuisine, with an emphasis on local seafood, is second to none. Guests can enjoy the numerous walks in the area, which have been mapped and documented, outlining the areas of historical and geographical interest and the local wildlife. Local attractions include the Aran Islands, Inish Bofin Island, Kylemore Abbey, Roundstone’s sandy beaches and the Connemara National Park. Clifden, Galway, Roundstone and Westport are some of the towns and villages to visit. Local activities include golf, horse riding, game fishing, sea angling, hunting, cycling, guided walks and heritage tours. Zetland Country House is owned and managed by the Prendergast family who assure you of a warm welcome and personal attention. The restaurant has two AA Rosettes....read more
The 35 bed-roomed Bayview Hotel is a luxurious development overlooking the fishing harbor of Ballycotton on the South coast of Ireland. This Ireland country house has been architecturally designed to combine old world charm with modern conveniences. Each of the bedrooms feature en suite bathroom, colour television, tea and coffee making facilities and direct dial telephone. In addition, the bedrooms on the first floor feature French doors opening out onto a lovely balcony with spectacular views of the bay. An award winning restaurant combines locally sourced fresh produce and imagination, creating an experience long remembered. The hotel's original garden offers invigorating air and an insight into the work of a traditional Irish fishing harbor. Our focus is simple at the Bayview, we are dedicated in every way to the guest. Homely furnishings, a blazing fire and a friendly face offer a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life....read more
The Dunraven Arms Hotel established in 1792 is an oasis of Irish tranquility. Surrounded by mellow thatched cottages, offering the old world ambience of an Ireland country house, along with first class service and friendly and efficient staff, the Dunraven Arms is "Paradise Found". The hotel is ideally located ten minutes from Limerick City in Ireland's Mid-West just 30 minutes from Shannon International Airport. Facilities at the hotel include a state of the art Leisure Centre (17m swimming pool, steam room, gym, massage and beauty facilities), conference facilities and a choice of two award winning Restaurants. Our warmest welcome awaits you. The Dunraven Arms offers a rare combination of conferencing amenities and technically advanced facilities in a picturesque village, less than 30 minutes drive from Shannon Airport. Guests are spoiled for choice at the Dunraven Arms Hotel, with a choice of two award winning restaurants. The Maigue Restaurant, named after the River Maigue which flows peacefully through the village of Adare, has received the highest accolades in the country for its outstanding cuisine. This Ireland country house restaurant is the winner of three AA Red Rosettes, Egon Ronay Irish Meat Restaurant of the Year and Gilbey’s Gold Medal Award....read more
Set in its own gardens and amongst the breathtaking scenery of the Burren in the west of Ireland, Sheedy's Country House enjoys a perfect location. The original Ireland country house dates from the 17th Century and is the oldest house in the village of Lisdoonvarna. All our guestrooms have been individually designed and comfort is guaranteed. Crisp white linen, fluffy white towels, luxury toiletries combine with thoughtful colour schemes and lavish soft furnishings to create an atmosphere of unhurried luxury. The food is the focus at Sheedy's Irish Country House Hotel. Sheedy's reputation is based upon the modern interpretation of traditional dishes, concentrating upon the superb local ingredients. Since 1998, Sheedy's Restaurant has been awarded two rosettes for food from The AA. The New York Times, in an article on The Burren, said 'I had an entrée of black sole so exquisite, I wonder if I'll ever eat fish that fresh again'. ...read more
Dundrum House Hotel Golf and Leisure Club is an elegant 18th Ireland country house with full time leisure and health facilities. Built in 1730 it was purchased by Austin and Mary Crowe in 1978 and opened as a hotel in 1981. Substantial and sensitive restoration of the Manor House has been complimented by the construction of a White Flag award winning health & leisure club and a wonderful 18-hole championship golf course designed by Ryder Cup hero Philip Walton. Ancient Irish chieftains, the O'Dwyer's of Kilnamanagh, once held the land where Lord Hawarden, The Earl of Montalt, built Dundrum House in 1730. Its elegant Georgian lines presided over a demesne of 2,400 statute acres and consolidated Anglo-Norman power in the area for nearly 200 years. The Hawardens sold the property to a religious order at the beginning of the 20th century and the Crowe family bought the house and adjoining lands on the Multeen River in 1978....read more
This exclusive Ireland country house hotel is just two miles from the bustling centre of the modern city of Derry in Northern Ireland, yet it has all the atmosphere and advantages of a quiet, rural retreat. In the best traditions of the grand, Irish country house it offers the finest hospitality served up with style and sophistication; a picture of living in a gentler, more elegant age. The authentic atmosphere of the Beech Hill Country House is greatly enhanced by its wonderfully proportioned rooms and elegant furnishings. Sink into a comfortable sofa in the Gallery lounge or perhaps take a traditional afternoon tea, curl up and read a book or just admire your surroundings. The restaurant is open throughout the day for everything from that greatest of culinary delights, a breakfast with a great Ireland country house tradition, the Ulster Fry, through to delicious light lunches and sumptuous evening meals....read more
Innishannon House Hotel is an Ireland country house set in four hectares of parkland and riverside gardens on the banks of the Bandon river, seven miles from Kinsale on Ireland's South Coast. The house was built in 1720 for a prosperous Irish farming family. It has been completely refurbished in the Irish country house style and retains its old world charm, reminiscent of a French petit château. All 25 rooms are en suite, the service is friendly and the food is in the bonne cuisine style. The Frankfort Restaurant overlooks the hotel gardens running down to the Bandon River. Relaxed Sunday lunches have been a tradition at Innishannon House Hotel for many years, enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike....read more
Churchtown House is a uniquely converted Georgian guesthouse dating back to the 17th Century, lovingly run by Patricia and Austin Cody. Churchtown House is a stunning venue for guests who seek peace and tranquility in the country. It is the ideal start and finish to your Irish holidays. You can enjoy super beaches, walks, local restaurants, evening entertainment and a choice of golf courses.The twelve spacious bedrooms with bath/shower rooms are all individually decorated and are comfortably furnished with a mixture of antique and traditional pieces. In 1993, Patricia and Austin Cody reopened and somewhat extended this lovely Ireland country house, providing good food, excellent accommodation, and all you would expect from a small intimate hotel. Perfect for an overnight stay or longer visit, you can enjoy the history of the area, sea fishing, swimming, walking, bird watching and golf amongst an extensive range of other activities....read more
Pembroke Town House located in Ballsbridge, is one of Dublin's finest guest houses and offers excellent Dublin accommodation in Dublin city, comparable to the finest of Dublin Hotels. Pembroke Town House offers the highest standard of guest house Dublin accommodation, in a tastefully restored 18th Century Georgian Townhouse. Each room is en suite and is individually designed to the highest standards; providing the best in hotel accommodation. Located just in the right part of Dublin City, the hotel offers guests comfort and convenience. Merging traditional Georgian elegance with contemporary style to create a guest house with its own unique and welcoming personality. Stay at Pembroke Town House and enjoy a boutique bed and breakfast experience, comparable to the finest of Dublin hotels....read more
Thanks for asking about our trip. Amazing. Wonderful. Fun. Magnificent. Great. Brilliant. And any synonym thereof.
Grab yourself a cup of tea or a Guinness - or two - put your feet up and loosen your tie and we’ll review the adventure and my impressions of Ireland.
The Cliffs of Mohr should be seen from land and from the water and from above. I was most impressed to see them from the water. They are beautiful. We did climb O’Brien’s Tower and saw the cliffs from there.
We did the Doolin Cave. I thought the man said 25 steps and I thought “We can do that after doing Cliffs of Mohr and O’Brien’s tower.” It wasn’t until we were ready to go on the tour that we found out it was 125 steps – down. What a price to pay to see a limestone formation figured to be 300 million years old. One thing for sure, I’ll never see anything like it again in my lifetime and “no”, I have no intentions to see it again unless they get rid of the 125 steps – one way.
Galway was fun. No one should miss the Connemara tour. You were so right to recommend taking some other tours so I didn’t have to drive everywhere. We never would have found everything we saw that day. It was a full day of sightseeing: the “Quiet Man Bridge” and replica cottage as well as the ruins of the original cottage, quaint villages, the stories, laughter, the peat trenches and walking on the bog, and most of all Kylemore Abbey. The sight of the reflection of that castle in the lake as you come out of the mountains is unforgettable. The gardens are beautiful. We had 3 hours there and it wasn’t enough. We took the ferry out of Galway to the large Aran Island. The only way to see the Island is by hiking or the pony trap. Our driver was Timothy and our horse Cappucino. What a wonderful afternoon, the outdoors, sun, sea air, fresh blackberries off the side of the road. We got to see some ladies knitting sweaters and mittens. Again, more stories and a better understanding of the people and culture. We did a 3 hour ferry tour of Galway Bay – history, fun, stories, drinks, and singing. The stories of the famine and the results were so interesting and intense especially as my family is from the Galway area and immigrated to the States in the mid 1800’s.
The best ring tour was the Ring of Dingle. We did a 4 hour tour with John O’Connor of Dingle which ended up being over 5 hours. After the tour he took us to a pub that served good food at a reasonable price on a Sunday evening and then picked us up and took us back to the hotel. He wouldn’t take any money for the extra tour time and the taxi ride back to the hotel. We saw the beehives, the Verder holdings and school, the stones, fairy rings, fort rings, the western most place in Europe, got drenched in the Atlantic in the waves (the beach where Ryan’s Daughter was filmed) – again not paying attention. It was a great afternoon. This is one tour I would do again and recommend to anyone.
Belfast was interesting and somewhat ….sad is the only word I can think of. It is kind of “dark” with an undercurrent of tension. We took a Black Taxi tour – the political one and went to the Shankill and Falls areas. One of the gates actually closed while we were there. The prison tour was excellent and made the history more alive. Belfast is not on my list of places to revisit but I would recommend the prison tour. The taxi driver was so nice and full of stories. He also told us to keep the tip. This was a recurring theme. The people were very nice especially at the Post Office.
Speaking of Post offices- a cute story… we went to the post office in Kinsale around 10 am and then back at noon. The lady there reminded us that they didn’t close till 5:05 pm if we had more to mail. We, of course, hasn’t been shopping yet but figured we were about done shipping boxes. Don’t you know, at 3:15 pm in we walk with 2 more boxes each. She just laughed and let us go to the front of the line. Again reminding us that we had 2 more hours to “shop and mail.” Back to the travellog.
Yes, we did the Rope Bridge – have the pictures and the certificate to prove it - as well as Giant’s Causeway. There is a bus down to the rocks at the Causeway and back. No bus to the Rope Bridge – it’s all pedal power. The views are wonderful. I have never seen rocks come out of the ground in columns. I recommend both of those attractions. Don’t forget Bushmills.
Dublin. Dublin. Dublin. What can you say? None of the superlatives are enough. There was more to see than what we could see in 4 days. Guinness, Trinity College, The Old Library, The Book of Kells. I spent two hours in the exhibit and could have stayed longer. The Hop-on Hop off tickets were a great purchase. We really used them. The Food, Folklore and Fairies dinner presentation was terrific. Being at the oldest pub in Ireland 1197 was an added bonus. The gentleman who does the presentation is quite a story teller. “ We may not believe in fairies but just in case….respect the fairies.” It is a 4 star evening which I wholeheartedly recommend. The GPO, Dublin Castle, the prison – so much history. To touch those walls where bullet holes can still be seen was an experience. I plan on returning to Dublin in a couple years to see what all I missed. The shopping was great!!
No trip to Ireland would be complete without a medieval meal. The Bunratty Castle is the place to go. What a fun night eating with a knife and your fingers. The entertainment was good. Not a dry eye in the house when they sang Danny Boy. The village was right out of a book complete with animals. A great place for families to visit. We did it in the early evening. There were real peat fires burning in the hearths and you were expected to add the peat if the fire was going out, which of course, I had to do.
There are so many stories and so many people willing to share those stories. Are you getting a theme here – stories – the very best part! Everyone was kind and helpful and you couldn’t have asked for anything better.
The accommodations you secured were very nice and, I don’t know how you did it, but got nicer as the trip progressed. Bea at the Atlantic in Doolin was so sweet. Her excitement about the soccer championship was infectious. The room was up the stairs but the room was very nice and she makes great French toast – one of my personal favorites.
Ireland…a country of cities and villages, highways and unnamed paved lanes, bacon and bread, potatoes cooked in every way imaginable, ruins and intact castles and cathedrals, laughter and sadness, light and dark, realism and fantasy, fairy rings and fort rings, Charles Fort, smiles and tears, war and peace, trains, cars, horse and traps, and buses and ferries, superstition and mysticism, feast and famine, rock walls, hedges and grazing lands, sheep and cows, mountains, sea and lakes. What more or less can I say?
Thank you for all your help in setting this whole trip of a lifetime in motion. We could not have done it without your guidance, input and recommendations. I am already recommending you to friends who have asked about the trip. I would make one suggestion. There is a National ticket you can buy to see attractions at a decreased or free rate. We asked about it at Giant’s Causeway and the gentleman told us all the attractions would be closed and it wouldn’t do us any good. Wrong. You might want to let people know something like that is available.
So now we have come to the end of this missive and I didn’t even kiss the blarney stone. That is for the next trip!! Obviously, I had a wonderful time and hope to plan another trip in a couple years to see what I missed and there was a lot that I missed.
I will include a couple pictures. You can use any part of this you want or put it in a file and on occasion pull it out to remind yourself of the happiness you brought to an old lady you never met.
Be well and thank you again.
Michelle Estadt, Wrangell, AK, USA