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Gregans Castle Hotel
‘Country house luxury’ abounds in this Georgian mansion, run by owners Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray as a luxury hotel.
‘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.
The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge
‘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.’
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.
‘There is a magnificent view over Belfast Lough’ from Conor and Bernie McClelland’s Victorian merchant’s house in large gardens close to Holywood Golf Club.
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.
A tree’s length from medieval Carlingford, this pretty Georgian house sits in mature walled gardens.
Inis Meain Restaurant and Suites
Blending into the landscape, Ruairí and Marie-Thérèse de Blacam’s design-led restaurant-with-suites is on a remote Aran island, a stronghold of Gaelic culture.
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