Manor house hotels for a cosy winter getaway

Make yourself at home in front of a roaring fire at one of these gorgeous country house hotels this winter

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Winter can really dampen your mood but there are some upsides to the colder season. Pop in for a hot chocolate or book a weekend escape to one of these gorgeous country hotels so you have something to look forward to this winter. Enjoying a hot toddy, reading in front of the fire, and having a duvet day is all the more enjoyable in a stunning setting.

SCREEBE HOUSE HOTEL, Co Galway

This stunning Victorian lodge was restored in 2010, retaining beautiful original features and antique furnishings, with the addition of modern comforts. A 42,000 acre estate overlooking Carnus Bay, guests can enjoy all the locality has to offer, from stunning scenery to fantastic regional products from Connemara, the Aran Islands and the West of Ireland. www.screebe.com

RANDLES HOTEL, Co Kerry

This four star hotel is located just five minutes walk from Killarney town centre. Combining the elegance of a manor hotel with the relaxed atmosphere of a boutique hotel, Randles is a wonderfully welcoming space. The Victorian house has large log fires in the drawing room, a comfortable conservatory space and the stylish Wiggs bar, so there are plenty of intimate rooms to unwind in. www.randleshotel.com

THE MUSTARD SEED, Co Limerick

Known for its exceptional food offering, The Mustard Seed is a country house with 16 bedrooms full of old world charm. This pleasant hideaway is just 10 minutes’ drive from the picturesque town of Adare, and has a gorgeous setting with herbaceous borders, an orchard and a kitchen garden to support the busy kitchen. www.mustardseed.ie

NEWFORGE HOUSE, Co Antrim

This five star Georgian country house has been in the family for six generations. Extensively but carefully restored, the Mathers opened the home to guests in 2005, providing an oasis of calm for a romantic break or a special occasion. With six individually furnished bedrooms, Newforge House is a perfectly intimate getaway if you want to escape the hectic run-up to Christmas. www.newforgehouse.com

RATHMULLAN HOUSE HOTEL, Co Donegal

The real joy of a stay at Rathmullan House Hotel is to stroll through the gardens to discover the mile long sandy beach. The Georgian house on the shores of the Swilly has been welcoming guests for over 50 years, and has maintained its classic charms. With 34 ensuite bedrooms full of period details and comfortable touches, you will instantly relaxed on check in. www.rathmullanhouse.com

VIEWMOUNT HOUSE, Co Longford

This beautiful manor was built in 1620, and retains its historic identity whilst providing a modern sense of luxury. With a cosy guest sitting room, a characterful library and twelve well-appointed bedrooms, this is a wonderful escape into the countryside. www.viewmounthouse.com

MARLFIELD HOUSE, Co Wexford

This boutique hotel is elegant and cosy, with stunning furnishings. Enjoy gorgeous cuisine with a French and Mediterranean influence at The Conservatory and comforting favourites at The Duck Restaurant. The library is an atmospheric hideaway from the winter chill, and the bedrooms are luxurious and inviting, so make sure you leave time for a lie in. www.marlfieldhouse.com

ARDTARA COUNTRY HOUSE, Co Derry

This 19th century mansion is in a spectacularly scenic part of Northern Ireland. The nine bedroom hotel has rooms decorated with quirky pieces and beautiful antiques, and all the modern touches one wants from a relaxing break away, with high pressure showers and king size beds. Lounge in the reception hall, with roaring fires and a grand piano, the drawing room with high ceilings and bookcases to browse, or the bar with its extensive wine list and array of spirits, beers and apertifs. www.ardtara.com

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