Kilkea Castle, originally established in 1180, is located one hour south of Dublin in Castledermot in County Kildare. The castle encompasses a rich, magnificent lineage as the former medieval stronghold of the FitzGerald’s, Earls of Kildare. It is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland.
Inside are beautifully appointed bedrooms and suites. This includes the FitzGerald Suite at the very top of the Castle in the Round Tower. Carriage rooms and self-catering lodges are also available for booking.
Kilkea Castle is a golfer’s paradise and is home to an 18-hole golf course, putting range, shop, and an on-site clubhouse with a bistro.
The culinary offerings at the castle include a diverse reflection Irish cuisine with hints of international inspiration. The cuisine at the resort reflect key relationships Kilkea Castle has with the local farmers and suppliers.
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Situated on the waterfront in picturesque Glengarriff village is Eccles Hotel & Spa, the only 4 star hotel in Glengarriff. Witness stunning panoramic views of Bantry Bay on West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way. Glengarriff Harbor, with its boats to the famous gardens on Garinish Island, and the village center with quaint craft shops, cafes and pubs are just a two-minute stroll away.
Guests can make the most of their time at Eccles Hotel & Spa in the scenic surroundings of West Cork by sea kayaking in Glengarriff Bay, going for a hike up to Mount Gabriel or even
scuba-diving to discover what’s beneath the surface of Bantry Bay.
The mid-18th century property includes wellness spa and stunning cliff-top outdoor thermal area. Many of the original features are still in place including its iconic Victorian metalwork facade with a sweeping balcony. In addition, the original fireplaces have been beautifully restored, retaining its rich history and unique charm.
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Hayfield Manor was built in the 1920’s and was later transformed into a 5-star hotel in 1996 by the Scally family. Each of the 88 rooms is individually designed and furnished. This individuality ensures guests are able to experience the charm of a grand manor house.
A 30 minute drive north of Kinsale, Hayfield Manor is located within the historic university quarter of Cork. Many attractions including St. Patrick’s Street and the shopping district are within a 15 minute walk from the hotel’s 2 acre property.
Onsite, there are are a great deal of dining options to choose from, including two award winning eateries. Perrotts Garden Bistro is the hotel’s popular casual dining venue with a menu inspired by world food trends and the best local produce. Hayfield Manor’s dramatic and glamorous signature restaurant, Orchids, features the finest in contemporary Irish cuisine. The Manor Bar is the perfect pub style spot to enjoy a pint without having the leave the hotel.
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The Kingsley Hotel & Spa is a luxury 4-star hotel located just a stone’s throw from Cork City, 30 minutes from Kinsale. Set in a stylish and distinctive location, the hotel boasts 131 elegant spacious guest rooms, each of which exude a sense of modernity with a hint of old-world luxury.
Overlooking River Lee, the K Lounge is a great place to enjoy a light lunch or classic Afternoon Tea right in the hotel. For a cozy spot, the Fishers Bar offers a large selection of Irish beers and whiskeys or even more local range of Corkonian brews. Try some of the hotel’s other eateries like The Springboard and Fairbanks Restaurant for more award-winning food.
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When in Ireland, an essential resort to stay in with the whole family is Sheen Falls Lodge. Set on the Wild Atlantic Way just outside the town of Kenmare, the resort evokes quintessential Irish hospitality and European luxury. Sheen Falls Lodge has everything you would desire for a five-star resort getaway in the picturesque countryside of southern Ireland.
Sheen Falls Lodge is part of the Relais & Chateaux hotel group. It is renowned for its 2AA Rosette restaurant that serves exquisite cuisine you have to taste to believe. Dining at Sheen Falls should be a top priority for every visit.
Set on the Wild Atlantic Way, outside the town of Kenmare, Co Kerry, Sheen Falls Lodge is an unforgettable base for your Irish holiday, providing the ultimate in hospitality.
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