These five country houses are the perfect escape for a trip to the picturesque Irish countryside this winter.
Whether its shopping for that perfect gift, collecting loved ones from the airport or releasing your inner DIY decorator, Christmas really is the busiest time of the year. It’s important to take some time out for yourself to relax and enjoy the festivities. What better way to do that than with a peaceful winter escape? Ireland’s Blue Book have added five new country houses to their list of beautiful travel destinations dotted around the country. Perfect for a weekend stay with a partner, friends or a trip by yourself to rest and recharge.
Fernhill House and Gardens, Co Cork
Tucked away in Clonakilty’s scenic country side is Fernhill House and Gardens. If you can brave the cold, venture out to the gardens that are the inspiration behind everything at Fernhill, including their own gin and food. Rooms are €80 per person per night and can be booked on fernhillhousehotel.com.
The Landsdowne Kenmare, Co Kerry
This recently refurbished townhouse dates back to the 1790’s and is owned by John and Francis Brennan. As it is at the heart of the quaint town of Kenmare, it is the perfect spot to sit back and watch the colourful streets come to life. Visiting before the end of November means that you can experience ‘Kenmare on Fire,’ a festival based on fire, warmth and fun. Prices are from around €175 for two adults per night and can be booked on landsdownekenmare.com.
The Old Inn, Co Down
Another historical attraction that dates back to 1614, The Old Inn in Co Down is just 15 minutes from Belfast City. What makes this hotel special is its links to the 20th century literary icon, C.S Lewis. The writer stayed there with his wife in 1958. To be pampered and enjoy the scenic views of the country park, make sure to visit the Treetop Spa. Prices start from around €280 per night and can be booked on theoldinn.com.
Perryville House, Co Cork
Overlooking the picturesque Kinsale Harbour, Perryville House is a boutique guesthouse that sits at the beginning of the Wild Atlantic Way. Built in 1820, this once privately owned property remains true to its original role. Known for its traditional Irish hospitality, this family-run hotel is a luxury home away from home. Rooms start from €280 B&B per room and can be booked on perryvillehouse.com.
Tubrid Castle, Co Kilkenny
Set in the woodlands of Kilkenny’s countryside, this story book castle is the perfect place for wildlife spotting. With many of the original furnishings from 1516 still in tact, the hotel has blended in modern detailing to maintain the feeling of staying in an authentic fifteenth century tower house. The castle costs from €725 per night and has three bedrooms. Book at tubridcastle.com.