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Ballinkeele House offers guests peace and tranquility and the opportunity to enjoy accommodation and hospitality of a gentler age. Built in 1840 for the Maher family, the house has all the solid quality of a grand home with large rooms, fine ceilings and decorative doors. Oriental rug... more

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The Wicklow Mountains offer some of the finest walks in Ireland and there is no finer place to stay in the area than Ballyknocken House. Hospitality is Catherine Fulvio’s keynote, with good baking and cooking providing the backbone for fine evening meals and decadent breakfasts. The... more

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I arrived on a windswept stormy day to be revived by hot tea and a slice of cake. The journey was quickly forgotten as I became engrossed in Patricia’s tale of training the new rooster to begin his song at 8 am, instead of dawn, to give guests a good lie in. Patricia and her husband... more

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The heart of Temple Bar with its trendy stores and vibrant nightlife is a most appropriate spot for a luxury boutique hotel. Originally built in 1852, the building was for many years a cleric’s residence. The conversion to a hotel kept all the attractive architectural features s... more

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Dunbrody House, Arthurstown, Ireland - Facade

Just down a country lane from the charming little ferry that plies its way to Waterford across the Barrow estuary, Dunbrody House was the onetime home of the Marquis of Donegal. Catherine and Kevin Dundon have transformed it from a private house to stylish top-class hotel complete wit... more

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Portlaoise has been bypassed with a new road and you can once again enjoy the quiet in this heart-of-Ireland town. Situated close to downtown on a side street, Ivyleigh House is set back from the road, its immaculate Georgian façade heralds a first-class interior furnished and decora... more

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The K Club began life as The Kildare Hotel & Country Club but as everyone shortened the name, they changed it. Stay here and you get preference for tee times on the championship golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer. If you do intend to play, enquire about the golf packages that ... more

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Kilmokea, Wexford, Ireland

This is the place to stay if you are a garden buff for this lovely Georgian house, built in 1794, is surrounded by 7 acres of glorious gardens. Started in 1947, the gardens extend from walled formality with trim lawns and herbaceous borders to a magical informal woodland garden comple... more

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The King Sitric is Ireland’s premier fish restaurant, so here you can enjoy wonderful seafood then be lulled to sleep by the sea just 20 minutes from Dublin airport. Take an aperitif at the long tasting table in the wine cellar while perusing the menu, and then go upstairs to dine i... more

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Bobbie Smith’s home reflects her welcoming, easygoing personality. Filled with mellow old furniture, books, pictures, and family mementos, the Old Rectory is very much a lived-in, comfortable family home for Bobbie and her three daughters. Guests are welcomed with a reviving pot... more

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Lough Owel Lodge is a modern house set between Lough Owel and a quiet country road that runs into Mullingar. While the house has no architectural distinction, this is a tranquil country spot where you can cycle down quiet roads, stroll the shores of Lough Owel, and generally enjoy the... more

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This dazzling, three-story Regency house, formerly the dower house of the Courtown estate, has an atmosphere of refined elegance created by vivacious hostess Mary Bowe and her delightful daughters Margaret and Laura. Mary has great charm and energy—during our stay she chatted wi... more

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Grand as life in Georgian Dublin may have been, it is surpassed at The Merrion, a dream of a hotel found in the heart of the city opposite Leinster House, home of Ireland’s parliament. A few steps from bustling city streets and you are in vast drawing rooms enjoying traditional ... more

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Modern hotels are not usually included in this guide, but I was so taken with the value for money and excellent location offered by the Mespil Hotel that I decided to stay there, and I was very pleased with the quality of the accommodation and the friendliness of the staff. Sitting be... more

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Readers’ letters praise the warmth of welcome, the delectable food, the quality and utter charm of this country house—and the fact that Mornington is an hour and a half’s drive from Dublin airport, making it an ideal first or last destination in Ireland. I totally concur; for a ... more

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Joe and Kay O’Flynn bought Rathsallagh House, a converted Queen Anne stables with 530 acres of farmland, in 1978. Encouraged by the spaciousness of the house, Kay opened three rooms for bed and breakfast guests and thus began a venture that has evolved into the country house hot... more

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Roundwood House
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When it first opened in the heart of Dublin in 1824, The Shelbourne offered a suitably handsome “home away from home” for Irish nobility and landed gentry. Today, this legendary grande dame welcomes a wider spectrum of guests–including the city’s politicians and literati–but... more

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Tinakilly House maintains the purpose for which it was designed—gracious living. The house was built in the 1870s by Captain Robert Halpin, the commander of the ship Great Eastern, which laid the first telegraph cable connecting Europe to America. Tinakilly House’s ornate staircas... more

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Viewmount House, Longford, Ireland - Facade

One of the joys of coming to stay with Beryl and James is that you get to see the completion of their various projects, first the house, then acres of gardens—the Japanese and French gardens, the addition of seven spacious suites, 6 of which have bedroom and bathroom on the ground f... more

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Waterloo House is two tall Georgian townhomes cleverly combined to become a delightful guesthouse. Just a 15-minute walk to St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College, it is well set back from one of Dublin’s quieter streets and has parking in front. Evelyn Corcoran and her friendly ... more

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Woodlands Country House, Gorey, Ireland -  Woodlands in the Autumn

As newlyweds, Philomena and her husband John put in an exceedingly low bid on a very tumbledown Woodlands Farmhouse and it was many years before she found out why their offer had been accepted. To hear why and enjoy intriguing tales of gold sovereigns, cursed families, and arranged ma... more

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Behind a traditional downtown Kilkenny shopfront sits Zuni (the name of a native American tribe adopted on a whim by Paula), a swish complex of bar, restaurant, and accommodation where ornamentation is kept to a minimum. The narrow bar—the kind where you sip martinis rather than... more

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