Country houses made for an autumn escape

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Autumnal, cosy and luxurious — discover enchanting houses from Ireland’s Blue Book for a romantic getaway this season

Cooperhill House Co Sligo

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Coopershill House, Co Sligo

Nestled in the centre of a 500 acre private estate, Coopershill is the ultimate romantic hideaway. A stunning mile long avenue crossing the River Unshin and winding through ancient woods and deer pastures brings you to this fabulous Georgian mansion. The food is all sourced from their own farm and gardens on site. Coopershill is the perfect base for exploring Sligo, with a range of activities to take part in such as kayaking, hawk walks on the estate and climbing Ben Bulben.

Currarevagh House, Co Galway

Currarevagh is a graceful Victorian country house, set in a 180-acre private estate on the shores of Lough Corrib in Connemara. Currarevagh offers genuine Irish hospitality, a timeless experience in a unique setting which has welcomed guests for 130 years. Peace and tranquillity reign, with elegant bedrooms and comfortable drawing rooms in a beautifully maintained historic house, all surrounded by majestic scenery and stunning vistas. Currarevagh installed their new wood fired sauna in 2021, located in a boathouse on the lake shore. It is exclusively for guest’s use and is the ultimate in relaxation.

Cahernane House Hotel, Co Kerry

Cahernane House Hotel is a unique experience of old Irish history mixed with modern luxuries. Beautifully situated on its own private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park, and only a twenty-minute walk to Killarney town centre. The hotel exudes a sense of relaxation and peacefulness where guests can retreat from the hectic pace of life into a cocoon of calmness and serenity. Dine on local produce in the award-winning Herbert Restaurant or soak up the atmosphere in The Cellar, where you can enjoy a drink or casual dining experience from the all-day dining menu.

Newforge House, Co Armagh

With beautiful views of gardens and green fields, Newforge House is a lovingly restored 18th century home, set in 40 acres offering peace and tranquillity. With only six bedrooms, Newforge offers an intimate home-from-home experience and is the perfect spot for a romantic break. First-class food is central to their offering, incorporating flavours from their own kitchen garden and surrounding fields. There are a range of things to do on the doorstep of Newforge House such as visiting Hillsborough Castle and Gardens or visiting the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre.

Virginia Park Lodge, Co Cavan

An 18th century hunting estate set in 100 acres of beautiful countryside overlooking Lough Ramor, Virginia Park Lodge is a truly unique estate and former home of Lord Headfort and his wife, the Marchioness of Headfort. The property has been brought back to life and into Irish hands by Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan with a distinctly homely feel and luxury finishing touches. The Deerpark Shepherds Huts at Virginia Park Lodge are nestled on the edge of the forest. With super comfy double beds and stylish furniture, you’ll want for nothing in your thoughtfully furnished sylvan bolthole complete with log burner and shaker style kitchen. The grounds also boasts a nine-hole golf course.

Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Estate, Co Galway

A warm welcome awaits you at the five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Estate. This luxury hotel is nestled on a stunning 138-acre estate overlooking Lough Corrib near Galway City. Dine aboard the award-winning Pullman Restaurant, set on two original Orient Express carriages, or for a more casual dining experience try the contemporary offering of Palmers Bar and Kitchen. Enjoy a signature massage in their newest addition, Glo Spa & Wellness or entertain yourself with a range of on-site activities such as golfing, fishing, horse-riding, falconry or the Abbey movie theatre.

Wineport Lodge, Co Westmeath

Nestled on a lakeshore, Wineport Lodge is a back-to-nature bolthole with a little touch of luxury in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Dine, delight and dream in blissful comfort. Completely relax your mind and body at Cedarwood Spa, an intimate spa sanctuary with your choice of VOYA or Yonka spa treatments. Soak in the deep outdoor baths, discover the Cedarwood Spa Infinity Plunge Pool and experience the floating hot tub pontoon. Bike rides, boat trips and country walks start right at the door. Glasson village with its traditional pubs, craft shops and gallery is just a short stroll away.

Mount Juliet Estate, Co Kilkenny

The elegant grandeur of a magnificent Georgian Manor House, along with the chic sophistication of Hunter’s Yard. The two residences at Mount Juliet Estate draw on centuries of local Irish history to weave a rich tapestry of vibrant stories and memorable moments for every guest. Whether it’s the Jack Nicklaus signature-designed golf course that draws your eyes or the Michelin-starred Lady Helen Restaurant there is something to suit everyone. Also on site is a state-of-the-art equestrian centre, a cinema, archery and fishing.

Ireland’s Blue Book is a romantic collection of Irish country house hotels, manor houses, castles and restaurants located around the island of Ireland. For more information on Ireland’s Blue Book visit irelandsbluebook.com.