Marlfield House - Two Night Break Special Offer
‘Ambitious’ and ‘very stylish’, the Bowe family’s Regency-style mansion (Relais & Châteaux) stands in extensive, ‘well-kept’ gardens'.
From £230 per night
Come and be spoiled at the O’Flynns’ large country house on the Wicklow/Kildare border, where the staff ‘make you feel so welcome’.
From £160 per night
‘Mark Foyle, the owner, has seemingly endless enthusiasm for the Rosleague project. The energy he brings to it helps make it a very special place,’ say regular Guide correspondents this year, of this pink-washed Regency manor house on the shores of Ballinakill Bay.
From £75 per night
Arrive to tea and home-made biscuits at Paddy and Hannah Flynn’s Georgian country house in parkland below the Slieve Bloom mountains.
Surely Ireland’s oldest hotel in continuous family ownership, Henry and Lucy Hodgson’s Victorian country house on the shores of Lough Corrib was taking paying guests as a sporting lodge in 1890.
Built as a summer retreat in 1820, this country house on the wooded shores of Lough Swilly has come up in the world since its 1940s hostel days of shared dormitories, sing-songs and potted-meat sandwiches.
From £60 per night
‘Grand and glorious’ Hilton Park is less a hotel than a stately ancestral home where one stays as a cherished guest.
From £90 per night
The Quay House
‘There’s no reception as such – just a warm welcome, straight into first names, and an easy smile.’ Guide inspectors in 2016 were ‘charmed’ by the ‘generosity of spirit’ at this ‘well-run’ B&B on the harbour’s edge.
From £155.00 per night
‘I had an excellent stay.’ In a ‘dramatically beautiful’ setting on the Wild Atlantic Way, Frances Kelly-McSweeney’s hotel wins praise for its ‘comfortable’ rooms, its ‘local and freshly prepared’ meals and its ‘cosy’ atmosphere.
From £75.00 per night
Experience traditional country house hospitality at Kieran Thompson’s grand Georgian mansion overlooking the estuary and quay.
From £110.00 per night
The Old Presbytery
Once the residence of the parish priests, Philip and Noreen McEvoy’s rambling, 200-year-old B&B stands on a quiet street in the centre of this historic port and fishing town.
From £95 per night
Come in time for a fireside tea at Regina Gibson and Thomas Coyle’s gracious B&B, in a creeper-covered Victorian rectory on the outskirts of an unspoilt heritage town.
From £75 per night
Lough Inagh Lodge
Cast your net in Lough Inagh – land a fishing spot with history. ‘Lovely’ and ‘peaceful’, this 19th-century fishing lodge has been owned by the O’Connor family since 1989.
From £155.00 per night
Brook Lane Hotel
There’s ‘a genuine sense of hospitality’ at Una and Dermot Brennan’s small hotel, a short walk from the centre of the pretty heritage town.
From £99 per night
There’s a quiet charm to Beryl and James Kearney’s ‘extremely comfortable and well-appointed’ hotel, in a Georgian mansion on the outskirts of town.
From £70.00 per night
Gregans Castle Hotel
There isn’t a castle at this chic country hotel, but the welcome guests receive is nearly royal. Peat fires warm the bar and ‘gracious’ drawing room; there are antiques, garden flowers, books to borrow, ‘gorgeous, squashy’ sofas.
From £265.00 per night
Crocnaraw Country House
Time slows to a gentle pace between Connemara national park and Ballinakill Bay, where Lucy Fretwell runs her genteel Georgian guest house in acres of gardens and rugged meadowland.
Sheen Falls Lodge
Fall for the views, over Kenmare Bay and the Sheen waterfalls, at this much refurbished 17th-century fishing lodge (Relais & Châteaux) across the suspension bridge from the heritage town.
From £180 per night
In a magical setting between Lough Eske and the foothills of the Blue Stack Mountains, this traditional, family-run hotel is just right for adventure walks, leisure strolls, loughside picnics and a taste from a range of rare Irish whiskeys.
From £150 per night
Foxmount Country House
In large, well-kept gardens, Margaret and David Kent’s ivy-clad Georgian house pleases with its country charm.
From £55Eu per night
A short walk from the ‘interesting’ medieval town, Phil and Rhoda Nolan’s ‘pleasing’ B&B is liked for its good-value bedrooms and praiseworthy breakfasts.