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Rathmullan House

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Rathmullan

More a professional operation, less an intimate Irish country house experience, Mark and Mary Wheeler’s hotel on the shore of Lough Swilly, in ‘wild and wonderful’ Donegal, has something for everyone.
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Temple House

Temple House

Ballymote

A half-mile avenue meanders through parkland to Roderick and Helena Perceval’s classical mansion overlooking the ivy-clad ruins of a Knights Templar castle on a lake.
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Gregans Castle Hotel

Gregans Castle Hotel

Ballyvaughan

‘Country house luxury’ abounds in this Georgian mansion, run by owners Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray as a luxury hotel.
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Marlfield House

Marlfield House

Gorey

Approached through 40 acres of manicured grounds embracing woodland, lake and lawns, the Bowe family’s ‘ambitious, guest-centred hotel’ occupies an ‘imposing Regency house with sympathetic modern addition’.
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Currarevagh House

Currarevagh House

Oughterard

Opened as a sporting lodge by owner Henry Hodgson’s great grandfather in 1890, this Victorian country house is surely Ireland’s longest-standing hotel under family ownership.
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Ballymaloe House

Ballymaloe House

Shanagarry

‘Utter comfort – a fire lit after breakfast in the drawing room, drinks from the bar when needed.’ An endorsement from a regular visitor, following another stay at this family-run hotel.
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Mornington House

Mornington House

Multyfarnham

It’s a glorious drive through rolling countryside to Anne and Warwick O’Hara’s manor house, where guests are welcomed with tea and ‘a delicious variety’ of home-made cakes.
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  • fishing
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The Quay House

The Quay House

Clifden

In a small harbour town between the foothills of the Twelve Bens and the Owenglin river where it meets the Atlantic, Julia and Paddy Foyle run their B&B with ‘generosity of spirit’.
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The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

Ballingarry

‘We were charmed by the hotel and its attentive staff.’ Guide regulars declared John Edward Joyce’s country house hotel ‘in a class of its own’ in 2019, with praise for the man himself: ‘Mr Joyce has a gift for hospitality.’
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Castle Leslie

Castle Leslie

Glaslough

A ‘splendidly labyrinthine’ Victorian pile overlooking a lake, this castle in name only is Ireland’s brilliant riposte to the corporate blandness of many modern hotels.
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Moy House

Moy House

Lahinch

‘In a stunning location’ overlooking Lahinch Bay, Antoin O’Looney’s small hotel is upgraded from the Shortlist this year, on the urging of a reader who delighted in all that she found.
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Viewmount House

Viewmount House

Longford

In ‘beautifully maintained’ grounds, from orchards to a Japanese garden, Beryl and James Kearney’s early 17th-century mansion is ‘memorable for all the right reasons’, reports a Guide stalwart in 2019.
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Lorum Old Rectory

Lorum Old Rectory

Bagenalstown

Bobbie Smith is the welcoming heart and soul of this B&B in a former 19th-century rectory, which she runs with her daughter. It’s a ‘hidden gem’, say readers, with ‘tasteful and fine decor and furniture’, ‘exemplary comfort and service’.
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Newforge House

Newforge House

Magheralin

It was surely the ‘star quality’ recognised by Guide inspectors that saw John Mathers acknowledged in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Service to Hospitality and Tourism.
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Newport House

Newport House

Newport

Small wonder visitors linger at this inviting, creeper-covered Georgian mansion on the Clew Bay shoreline.
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Frewin

Frewin

Ramelton

Restored with flair, Regina Gibson and Thomas Coyle’s ivy-hung former rectory is a warm and welcoming outpost on the Wild Atlantic Way.
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Ghan House

Ghan House

Carlingford

A tree’s length from medieval Carlingford, this pretty Georgian house sits in mature walled gardens.
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Rosquil House

Rosquil House

Kilkenny

Phil and Rhoda Nolan’s friendly B&B is well located for exploring the medieval town with its castle and cathedral, just across the River Nore.
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Rosleague Manor

Rosleague Manor

Letterfrack

Much loved by a loyal following, this ‘very special’, creeper-clad pink Georgian country house is a beacon of hospitality in wild Connemara.
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Roundwood House

Roundwood House

Mountrath

A library in the stables, dedicated to the history of the evolution of civilisation, is a unique selling point, but there is much more to enjoy at Paddy and Hannah Flynn’s Georgian mansion in parkland beneath the Slieve Bloom mountains.
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Hilton Park

Hilton Park

Clones

Reached by a mile-long drive, Fred and Joanna Madden’s grand Italianate country house stands in ‘an estate of great beauty’, with working farm, golf, lakes for fishing and wild swimming.
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Stella Maris

Stella Maris

Ballycastle

In a ‘dramatically beautiful’ setting overlooking Bunatrahir Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way, Frances Kelly-McSweeney’s hotel was built for its stellar sea views.
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Brook Lane Hotel

Brook Lane Hotel

Kenmare

In a pretty town between the wild and wonderful Ring of Beara and the spectacular Ring of Kerry, this ‘attractively priced’ hotel exudes ‘a genuine sense of hospitality’, thanks to the ‘warm, helpful, friendly’ staff – and to hosts Una and Dermot Brennan.
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  • cycling
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Crocnaraw Country House

Crocnaraw Country House

Moyard

Minutes from Connemara national park, Lucy Fretwell’s ‘fabulously located’, creeper-clad Georgian guest house has mountain views, ‘excellent food’ and a homely, lived-in feel.
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Harvey’s Point

Harvey’s Point

Donegal Town

On the shores of Lough Eske, a traditional hotel run with old-fashioned care by the Gysling family.
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High luxury or homely hospitality near Ireland’s best golf courses

The Emerald Isle is home to some of the best golf courses in the world, and as a result it has also attracted some of the greatest golfers in the world to play their.  Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson, nick Also and Colin Montgomerie are just some of the names who have played professionally in Ireland and waxed lyrical about its quality.  Meanwhile, famous faces such as Bill Clinton, Dan Quayle, Michael Jordan have also enjoyed playing in the area.

With spectacular scenery and some of the purest golfing experiences in the world, the landscape is adorned by top resorts, hotels and courses.  Ireland has played host to many of the top tournaments in the world, including the Open Championship, the Ryder Cup and the Walker Cup, which all attest to its quality courses and high standards.

However, Ireland’s welcoming hospitality also extends to the greens and for holiday makers in the region, this too adds to its appeal for visiting golfers.  The country is home to two-thirds of the world’s total links courses which gives you an idea of scope, and perhaps too the type of game you can expect.  For families visiting with eager beginners there’s the opportunity to learn while on holiday here with plenty of clubs offering lessons and driving ranges for those looking to practice their swing.

Of course, a day on the golf course wouldn’t be complete without a hearty meal to return to at the end of the day, and while the club houses do an excellent job, it is the hotels and B&Bs that shine when it comes to hearty, local specialities at the end of a busy day.

Last updated: November 21, 2019