With its jawdropping scenery and its famous charm, Ireland is the perfect place for a romantic vacation. The country offers endless things to see and do no matter what the season; some of the must-dos include enjoying a farm-fresh meal in one of the country's many cozy pubs, marveling at the many miles of windswept countryside, and paying a visit to one of the impressive stone castles that can be found scattered across the country.
1.Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
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If you're looking for a uniquely luxurious place to rest your head during your trip to Ireland, look no further than the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. This incredible four-star hotel is located inside a historic stone castle built in 1756, and it's set on a scenic 450-acre estate. The rooms and suites offer views of either the neighboring mountain range or of the salmon fishery below the hotel, and they're all equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs. Another highlight of a stay at the castle is a visit to the elegant on-site restaurant or pub, which specialize in creative, seasonally-inspired fare.
Recess, Connemara, Recess, Co. Galway, Ireland, Phone: +35-39-53-10-06
© Castlewood House
Established in 2005, the Castlewood House is a boutique hotel conveniently situated within five minutes' walking distance of the town of Dingle. The sophisticated rooms are an appealing blend of traditional elegance and modern comfort, and they're individually decorated with unique pieces of artwork. They also feature marble bathrooms and amenities like luxurious Jacuzzi bathtubs, flat screen TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi. A complimentary gourmet breakfast is served every morning in the dining room overlooking the bay, and an afternoon tea service is available for groups of six or more people. On-site parking is available free of charge.
The-Wood, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland, Phone: +35-36-69-15-27-88
3.Ard Na Sidhe Hotel
© Ard Na Sidhe Hotel
Set on the shores of the breathtaking Caragh Lake, Ard Na Sidhe Hotel offers a small selection of boutique-style rooms decorated with beautiful antique-style furnishings. Some of the rooms are located inside an elegant stone manor that dates back to 1913, and the rest can be found inside a separate building out in the garden courtyard. Breakfast and dinner can be had in the hotel's elegant dining room if desired, and delicious picnic lunches can be purchased to enjoy by the lake. Because of the hotel's lakeside location, rooms are only available for rent between May and September.
Caragh Lake, Killorglin, Co. Kerry, V93 HV57, Ireland, Phone: +35-36-69-76-91-05
© Ballyvolane House
Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Northern Cork, the Ballyvolane House is an intimate bed and breakfast with six traditionally-decorated rooms to choose from. The spacious rooms are intentionally free of televisions, and they offer wonderful views of the terraced laws and gardens surrounding the house. A traditional Irish breakfast is included in the room rate, and delicious four-course dinners are available for an extra charge. Both breakfast and dinner are served in the house's elegant dining room, and much of the food is prepared with ingredients sourced right from the estate or from local artisans.
Nr Fermoy, Castlelyons, Co. Cork, P61 FP70, Ireland, Phone: +35-32-53-63-49
© Bellingham Castle
Located just outside of a historic medieval village, Bellingham Castle is set on a lush 17-acre estate overlooking the River Glyde. The castle offers nineteen luxurious rooms, all of which come with flat screen TVs, luxurious bathrooms, and coffee makers. Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel's common areas. A complimentary breakfast is served every morning in a dining room overlooking the gardens, and guests are also welcome to enjoy complimentary tea and cookies in the elegant castle library. Room availability depends on the season and on the wedding schedule at the castle, so guests are advised to book their stay well in advance.
Castlebellingham, Co. Louth, Ireland, Phone: +35-34-29-37-21-76
6.Blairs Cove Restaurant
© Blairs Cove Restaurant
With its remote location on a bay in the Wild Atlantic Way, Blairs Cove Restaurant is ideally suited to visitors who want to experience the isolated splendor of Ireland while still enjoying all the comforts they're used to. The accommodation here consists of four private suites centered around a peaceful courtyard; all units come with full kitchens and separate living areas, and two offer stunning views of the water. Bed and breakfast packages are available if desired, and guests are encouraged to enjoy a meal or two in the on-site restaurant, which is located inside a beautifully restored stone-walled barn on the property.
Murreagh, Durrus, Co. Cork, Ireland, Phone: +35-32-76-11-27
7.Brook Lane Hotel
© Brook Lane Hotel
Situated within walking distance of the small town of Kenmare, the Brook Lane Hotel is a family owned and operated hotel known for its friendly service and welcoming atmosphere. The accommodation options include rooms and suites as well as studio apartments for guests who want more space; all rooms are equipped with iPod docking stations, yoga mats, and flat screen TVs. Complimentary coffee and cookies are provided upon request, and free Wi-Fi is available all throughout the hotel. A complimentary breakfast is offered every morning, and the hotel also owns two excellent restaurants, one of which is located in the nearby town of Kenmare.
Casey's, killarney Road, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, V93 T289, Ireland, Phone: +35-36-46-64-20-77
8.Castle Leslie Estate
© Castle Leslie Estate
The Castle Leslie Estate has been the home of the Leslie family since it was founded in the 1660s, and it offers the unique opportunity to experience authentic Irish hospitality at one of the only Irish Castles still owned by the original family. There are plenty of different rooms to choose from, some of which are located in the castle itself and some of which can be found in the property's country-style lodge. Larger groups can also book one of the hotel's four or five bedroom cottages, which are located approximately fifteen minutes away from the castle on foot.
Castle Leslie Estate, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, Ireland, Phone: +35-34-78-81-00
9.Ahernes Seafood Restaurant and Accommodation
© Ahernes Seafood Restaurant and Accommodation
Family owned and operated for three generations, the Ahernes Seafood Restaurant and Accommodation is the perfect base for exploring southeast Ireland. The charming rooms and suites are all individually decorated with pieces of antique furniture, and they feature complimentary Wi-Fi. Lunch and dinner are available in the on-site bar, and there is also a restaurant that is open for dinner seven nights a week. The food is prepared using locally-sourced ingredients, including fresh-caught fish and Irish beef. Bed and breakfast packages are available for guests who would like to enjoy a hot Irish-style breakfast each morning of their stay.
163 N Main St, Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland, Phone: +35-32-49-24-24
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10.Dunbrody Country House Hotel
© Dunbrody Country House Hotel
Sitting on the Hook Peninsula on the country's southern coast, Dunbrody Country House Hotel is owned and operated by a friendly husband and wife team. The cozy rooms are set inside a beautiful Georgian-style mansion, and they come with flat screen TVs, high-quality sound systems, and iPod docks. Some also offer lovely views of the hotel gardens. The hotel also boasts several special culinary features, including an award-winning restaurant, a casual seafood bar, and an on-site cooking school with courses ranging in length from one to five days. Massages and beauty treatments are available at the on-site spa.
R733, Arthurstown, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Y34 R597, Ireland, Phone: +353-51-38-96-00
11.Hayfield Manor Hotel
© Hayfield Manor Hotel
Tucked away inside a leafy walled garden, the Hayfield Manor Hotel is a peaceful oasis nestled in the heart of the city of Cork. The luxurious rooms all boast marble ensuite bathrooms, and they come with complimentary high-speed internet, coffee makers, flat screen TVs, and even golf putters so that guests can work on their technique in the privacy of their own rooms. The on-site restaurant serves gourmet Irish cuisine for dinner, and guests can enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast or afternoon tea for an additional fee. All guests also receive complimentary on-site valet parking.
Perrott Ave, College Rd, The Lough, Cork, Ireland, Phone: +35-32-14-84-59-00
© Hunter's Hotel
The oldest coaching inn in the country, Hunter's Hotel has been family owned and operated since the 1820s. The hotel is set on a two-acre property on the banks of a river, and it's located only 15 minutes away from the Mount Usher Gardens, some of the most famous gardens in the country. The rooms are furnished in a cozy period style, but they come with modern amenities like flat screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. All guests are served a complimentary breakfast in the morning, and lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea are available in the on-site restaurant for an additional charge.
Newrath Bridge, Newrath, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, Phone: +353-40-44-01-06
13.Ice House Hotel & Spa
© Ice House Hotel & Spa
Boasting amazing views of the Wild Atlantic Way and the River Moy, the Ice House Hotel & Spa is a unique four-store hotel named for the fact that it served as an ice store during the 19th century. Guests can choose between contemporary and traditionally-decorated rooms, but no matter what their style of decor, all rooms offer panoramic views of the river, private balconies, and work areas with desks. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available all throughout the hotel. Other amenities include a spa with five private treatment rooms, several outdoor hot tubs, and a restaurant that specializes in seafood.
The Quay, Quignalecka, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland, Phone: +35-39-62-35-00
14.Marlfield House Hotel
© Marlfield House Hotel
Found on a beautiful 40-acre property dotted with trees and beautiful gardens, the Marlfield House Hotel is an elegant 19th-century country residence that has been converted into a refined hotel. The rooms are decorated with stylish antique furnishings, and some also feature luxurious marble bathrooms, garden views, gas fireplaces, or four-poster beds. A delicious breakfast is included in the room rate, and guests can enjoy an afternoon tea in the garden or dinner at the on-site fine-dining restaurant. There are also plenty of things to keep guests entertained on the hotel grounds, including wine cellars, a private lake, and peacocks, ponies, and dogs.
Courtown Rd, Raheenagurren, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Y25 DK23, Ireland, Phone: +35-35-39-42-11-24
© Moy House
Named for its location just outside the village of Moy, the Moy House was originally built to serve as one of the residences of Sir Augustine Fitzgerald. Since then, the 18th-century building has been lovingly restored and equipped with all the modern amenities that visitors need for a comfortable stay. The rooms come with TVs and coffee makers, and guests can also choose to book one of the hotel's two suites, which come with fireplaces and plenty of space to relax. A complimentary breakfast is offered every morning, and the hotel also offers a restaurant with beautiful views of the nearby bay.
Calluragh South, Lahinch, Co. Clare, Ireland, Phone: +35-36-57-08-28-00
16.No.1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa
© No.1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa
Conveniently located only steps away from the beautiful Limerick City Gallery of Art, the No.1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa is a boutique four-star hotel that offers wonderful views of the nearby People's Park. There are two different types of room to choose from: four unique bedrooms in the main townhouse that are decorated in a charming period style, and a selection of more modern rooms named after famous Irish poets. Hotel amenities include a fine-dining restaurant, a spa with a selection of organic products, a comfortable lounge with a fireplace, and a complimentary daily breakfast.
1 Pery Square, Georgian Quarter, Limerick, V94 EKP9, Ireland, Phone: +353-61-40-24-02
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© Number 31
Tucked away down a quiet residential lane in Dublin, Number 31 offers chic bed-and-breakfast style accommodation and easy access to all that the city has to offer. The tasty breakfast is served at communal tables, and it includes both a continental-style buffet and cooked-to-order egg dishes. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in every room; other in-room amenities include complimentary bottled water, high-end toiletries, and comfortable beds outfitted with luxury linens. Guests are also welcome to relax in the peaceful hotel garden or in the communal hotel lounge, which features a fireplace and a sunken relaxation area.
31 Leeson Cl, Dublin 2, D02 CP70, Ireland, Phone: +353-16-76-50-11
© Park Kenmare
Perched overlooking Kenmare Bay, Park Kenmare is an elegant five-star hotel that dates back to 1897. The uniquely-decorated hotel rooms come with flat screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and separate sitting areas, and a housekeeping service is offered twice daily. Guests who are planning a longer stay can also book the hotel's town house, which comes with a full kitchen and access to all of the hotel's wonderful resort-style amenities, including an intimate 12-seat movie theater, a luxurious spa with a lap pool, and tennis courts. Guests are also given access to a neighboring 18-hole golf course.
Shelbourne St, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland, Phone: +35-36-46-64-12-00
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19.The Bushmills Inn
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One of Ireland's best-known hotels, the Bushmills Inn is an excellent place to base yourself while exploring the Causeway Coast and Glens. The hotel is set on a gorgeous one-acre property, and the rooms all come with modern amenities like flat screen TVs, coffee makers, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Traditional Irish cuisine is available at the on-site restaurant, and guests are always welcome to enjoy a hot breakfast free of charge. The famous Old Bushmills Distillery is located within easy walking distance, but guests can also stay on the hotel property to take advantage of amenities like a private cinema and a cozy library.
9 Dunluce Rd, Bushmills BT57 8QG, UK, Phone: +44-28-20-73-30-00
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20.The Cottages Ireland
© The Cottages Ireland
Featuring an incredible beachside location on the east coast of the Irish Sea, the Cottages Ireland are 6 quaint cottages that date back more than three centuries. The thatched-roof cottages range in size from one to three bedrooms, and they can accommodate between two and six people. Despite their age, the cottages are all equipped with modern amenities like gas-fired central heating, completely up-to-date kitchens, satellite TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi. They also boast large living areas, lofty vaulted ceilings, cozy fireplaces, and traditional wooden furniture. A minimum stay of three nights is required, and special weekly rates are available.
Coast Road, Ninch, Bettystown, Co. Meath, Ireland, Phone: +35-34-19-82-81-04
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© The Dunloe
Nestled on a secluded 64-acre estate, the Dunloe is a luxurious five-star retreat that overlooks the well-known Gap of Dunloe. The luxurious, well-equipped rooms come with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including mini fridges and flat screen TVs, and many also have private balconies. The hotel estate offers a wealth of exciting activities for guests to enjoy, including horseback riding, swimming, kayaking, hiking, indoor tennis, and fishing. Complimentary fishing equipment can be borrowed from the hotel if needed, and the hotel kitchen staff are happy to cook and serve the fish you catch for dinner.
Dunloe Lower, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland, Phone: +35-36-46-64-41-11
22.The Killarney Park Hotel
© The Killarney Park Hotel
Less than a five-minute walk away from the Killarney train station, the Killarney Park Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in the country. The refined rooms all feature marble bathrooms and flat screen TVs, and guests can choose to upgrade to rooms with extra features like fireplaces and steam showers if desired. The hotel makes an excellent base for exploring the nearby Killarney National Park, but there are plenty of things for visitors to do right in the hotel as well; highlights include a walk-in wine cellar, a well-equipped fitness center, and a cozy library with an afternoon tea service.
Town Centre, East Ave, Dromhale, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 CF30, Ireland, Phone: +35-36-46-63-55-55
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23.The Merrion Hotel Dublin
© The Merrion Hotel Dublin
Spread out across four beautifully-restored Georgian townhouses, the Merrion Hotel Dublin is an elegant hotel located right across from the city's Government Buildings. There are 142 rooms and suites to choose from, all of which come with amenities like Italian marble bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, and minibars. However, the luxurious rooms aren't the only reason to stay here; the hotel also boasts a two-star Michelin restaurant with garden views, an 18th-century wine cellar that has been converted into an upscale pub, and an on-site spa with a marble steam room and an infinity pool.
Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland, Phone: +353-16-03-06-00
24.The Mustard Seed
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Set in the scenic countryside outside Limerick, the Mustard Seed is a cozy hotel with sixteen individually-decorated guest rooms and a well-known restaurant run by celebrity chef Dan Mullane. The rooms are decorated with rich fabrics and antique-style furnishings, and in-room amenities include cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and coffee makers. Guests who prefer to have more space can also choose to upgrade to one of the hotel's spacious suites, which come with kitchenettes and separate living areas. Breakfast is included in the room rates, and the on-site restaurant offers delicious four-course dinners and eight-course tasting menus.
Echo Lodge, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick, Ireland, Phone: +35-36-96-85-08
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© Wineport Lodge
Sitting on the shores of Lough Ree, Wineport Lodge is a luxurious, cedar-sided lodge surrounded by some of the most beautiful nature in Ireland. The rooms all feature floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning views of the lake, and they come with amenities such as minibars, flat screen TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Many also come with private balconies and king-size beds. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and it can be enjoyed either in the hotel restaurant or in the comfort of your own room. Other hotel amenities include an on-site spa, two lakeview hot tubs, and complimentary parking.
Portaneena, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 R2D7, Ireland, Phone: +353-9-06-43-90-10
25 Best Romantic Getaways in Ireland
- Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Photo: Courtesy of Patryk Kosmider - Fotolia.com
- Castlewood House, Photo: Castlewood House
- Ard Na Sidhe Hotel, Photo: Ard Na Sidhe Hotel
- Ballyvolane House, Photo: Ballyvolane House
- Bellingham Castle, Photo: Bellingham Castle
- Blairs Cove Restaurant, Photo: Blairs Cove Restaurant
- Brook Lane Hotel, Photo: Brook Lane Hotel
- Castle Leslie Estate, Photo: Castle Leslie Estate
- Ahernes Seafood Restaurant and Accommodation, Photo: Ahernes Seafood Restaurant and Accommodation
- Dunbrody Country House Hotel, Photo: Dunbrody Country House Hotel
- Hayfield Manor Hotel, Photo: Hayfield Manor Hotel
- Hunter's Hotel, Photo: Hunter's Hotel
- Ice House Hotel & Spa, Photo: Ice House Hotel & Spa
- Marlfield House Hotel, Photo: Marlfield House Hotel
- Moy House, Photo: Moy House
- No.1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa, Photo: No.1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa
- Number 31, Photo: Number 31
- Park Kenmare, Photo: Park Kenmare
- The Bushmills Inn, Photo: The Bushmills Inn
- The Cottages Ireland, Photo: The Cottages Ireland
- The Dunloe, Photo: The Dunloe
- The Killarney Park Hotel, Photo: The Killarney Park Hotel
- The Merrion Hotel Dublin, Photo: The Merrion Hotel Dublin
- The Mustard Seed, Photo: Courtesy of Elenathewise - Fotolia.com
- Wineport Lodge, Photo: Wineport Lodge
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