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Marlfield House

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Gorey

Lavish, ‘prompt and very attentive’ hospitality is the order of the day at this ‘distinguished’ family-run hotel in an ‘imposing’ Regency house surrounded by 36 acres of grounds.
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Rathmullan House

Rathmullan House

Rathmullan

Lawns run down to a sandy beach on the shores of Lough Swilly from this engaging country house, built for a Bishop in 1760 and enlarged by serial extensions.
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Gregans Castle Hotel.

Gregans Castle Hotel.

Ballyvaughan

On the Wild Atlantic Way, with views across the ‘dramatic’ Burren Hills to Galway Bay, ‘delightful’ Gregans Castle is ‘the epitome of understated country-house hotel luxury,’ writes a Guide regular this year.
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Rosleague Manor

Rosleague Manor

Letterfrack

‘It doesn’t seem to change,’ says a reader who first stayed some 30 years ago at this pink-washed Georgian country house ‘in a glorious setting’, with gardens bordering Ballinakill Bay.
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Roundwood House

Roundwood House

Mountrath

Infused with warmth, Paddy and Hannah Flynn’s Georgian mansion beneath the Slieve Bloom mountains may be a little lived in, but few hotels can touch it for character.
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Currarevagh House

Currarevagh House

Oughterard

Reputedly Ireland’s longest running hotel under one family’s ownership: its ‘true country house’ atmosphere and easy access to rural pursuits draw back guests year after year.
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Ballymaloe House

Ballymaloe House

Shanagarry

‘Remains a flagship in its idiom,’ writes a trusted reader, of this legendary enterprise, centred on a wisteria-draped Georgian house grafted on to the remains of a Norman castle.
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The Old Presbytery

The Old Presbytery

Kinsale

Built by a Spanish merchant in 1750 and, as you would guess, once home to the parish priest, this smart town-centre B&B has been run for more than 20 years by ‘likeable’ hosts Philip and Noreen McEvoy.
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The Quay House

The Quay House

Clifden

‘It is impossible not to like Julia and Paddy Foyle,’ the ‘delightful hosts’ of this ‘sybaritic’ harbourside B&B on the fringes of the Wild Atlantic Way.
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The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

Ballingarry

‘Tranquil air of relaxed calm’, ‘Good for the soul’, ‘An oasis of peace’. We hear perennial praise for John Edward Joyce’s country house hotel.
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Castle Leslie

Castle Leslie

Glaslough

Scottish Baronial meets Italian Renaissance in Samantha Leslie’s Victorian pile on one of the last great Irish castle estates still owned by the founding family.
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Viewmount House

Viewmount House

Longford

A long drive through parkland brings guests to this Georgian mansion beside the golf course on the edge of town, where Beryl and James Kearney are the ‘warm and friendly’ hosts.
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Lorum Old Rectory

Lorum Old Rectory

Bagenalstown

Afternoon tea is taken by a turf fire in the drawing room of this ‘beautiful’ 19th-century granite rectory at the foot of the Blackstairs mountains.
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Brook Lane Hotel

Brook Lane Hotel

Kenmare

In a small town well placed for tours of the Ring of Kerry, and the Wild Atlantic Way, Una and Dermot Brennan’s hotel is family-run, with a lot of heart and luxury boutique aspirations.
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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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Sheen Falls Lodge

Sheen Falls Lodge

Kenmare

There are diversions aplenty at this much-refurbished 17th-century former fishing lodge on a tranquil estate overlooking Kenmare bay and the Sheen waterfalls.
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Moy House.

Moy House.

Lahinch

‘Great Atlantic views’ and beach walks await at Antoin O’Looney’s ‘wonderfully hospitable’ small hotel.
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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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Lough Inagh Lodge

Lough Inagh Lodge

Recess

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Hilton Park

Hilton Park

Clones

It is easy to see why this 18th-century Italianate country house is known locally as The Castle.
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Inch House

Inch House

Thurles

‘Warm and charming in its small-scale grandeur’, the Egan family’s Georgian mansion sits amid a cereals farm in Tipperary countryside.
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Stella Maris

Stella Maris

Ballycastle

Guests can ‘watch the dolphins frolicking in the bay’ from the conservatory of Frances Kelly-McSweeney’s hotel in a ‘dramatically beautiful’ setting overlooking Bunatrahir Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way.
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Foxmount Country House

Foxmount Country House

Waterford

Fall into the relaxed pace of country life here: green fields on the horizon, Margaret and David Kent’s ivy-clad Georgian house stands amid large, well-kept gardens on the owners’ working dairy farm.
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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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Ard na Breatha

Ard na Breatha

Donegal Town

Along the stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way outside Donegal, Theresa and Albert Morrow provide ‘great value’ at this coolly rustic B&B that stands within a working farm.
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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.