Live like a Lord or Lady in the beautiful Castles and Country Houses of Ireland
Experience a countryside retreat like no other and enjoy the highest luxury Ireland has to offer on this 8-night Castles and Country Houses of Ireland tour.
Leaving the city of Dublin behind, you will sojourn for 2 nights at the incredible country house manor that is the Ballyfin Demense, sitting at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains on 614 acres in County Laois. The lavish heritage mansion is as magnificent today as it was when the wealthy British Coote family built it 200 years ago, with the motto “cost what it may”. It underwent one of the finest and most intricate historical restorations this century and has amassed the industry’s top luxury awards. With only 20 bedrooms, you can enjoy the many exclusive services while being treated as a most-welcome house guest.
Next up, it’s a stay in the luxurious and lavish Adare Manor, recently voted #1 Resort in Europe in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2019. It also was recently awarded a Michelin star for its restaurant, The Oak Room. Set on an 840-acre estate, this opulent Neo-Gothic manor hotel and golf resort is the perfect place to enjoy world-class hospitality. Adare Manor Golf Course will also host the Ryder Cup in 2026, so it’s time to get those golf shoes on!
As you catch the first glimpse of stone towers and turrets of Dromoland Castle, you’ll feel like you’re traveling back in time. This historic 16th century castle has been upgraded for today’s traveller, with wonderful dining, golf, bars and luxurious rooms, without losing the charm has made it such an iconic place to stay for decades.
Weaving along the Wild Atlantic Way and through the colourful town of Galway, will bring you to your final destination – Ashford Castle. As you round a bend along the meandering driveway the full splendour of this part 13th-century castle, part French-inspired château slides into view. Enjoy the true wilds of Irish countryside, accompanied by hotel’s resident pair of Irish wolfhounds before curling up in the cinema or one of the many cosy nooks if the weather turns wild. The warmth of the staff – many who have worked there for decades – ensure guests always feel at home.
We chose these properties because of their elaborate facelifts in recent years ensuring world-leading luxury throughout; professional and friendly staff; top quality dining; bountiful estate activities; on-site spas; and beautiful locations. Any route from these landmarks can include attractions like the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Kylemore Abbey, as well as Connemara’s sky road and pretty coastal villages. We will also ensure you have time to enjoy top-class country estate activities, such as falconry, horse-riding, fishing and shooting, as well as time in the spa!
Your personal Travel Advisor will work with you to tailor this tour to create the perfect Castle and Country Manor retreat.