Sandymount Hotel, Dublin 

24/12/2018 by .

‘Dublin can be heaven, with coffee at eleven and a stroll in Stephens Green’ ….a famous Irish song goes and there’s no better spot to begin that gentle stroll, passing Georgian-era Dublin than from the Sandymount Hotel situated in the gracious leafy district of Dublin 4.

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Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny

22/10/2018 by .

“To the Manor Born”, jokes my companion. With a grinding of gears (well it was a rather sharp turn) we enter the wide gates and sweep up a long imposing driveway towards one of Ireland’s still intact grand demesnes.

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Dunbrody  House Hotel

06/09/2018 by .

Make no mistake, this is a proper Ireland hideaway. We’ve already taken the wrong road three times and in desperation must pull over to ask for directions. The first person we see is a man unloading what looks like the contents of an entire hardware store from a white van.

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Slieve Russell Hotel

12/10/2017 by .

It was no surprise that a red, amber and green traffic lights warning system was operating to ease guests through the hotel’s busiest breakfast session times.

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Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa

05/10/2017 by .

What a pleasant surprise to find that the red carpet had been laid out for me as I walked up the welcoming greystone entrance stairway to the elegant early 20th century mansion that is Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa.

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Kilronanan Castle Estate and Spa

05/10/2017 by .

It was good fortune that brought me an hour early to the Drawing Room Bar so that I could sample a glass of Guinness, served with that the special care and magic that you only find in Ireland.

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