Christmas Competition

Christmas Competition

There is only one day left to get your name into the Hidden Ireland Christmas Competition!

To be in with a chance to win a €500 Hidden Ireland Gift Voucher all you need to do is purchase one of our Hidden Ireland Vouchers before Tuesday 21st December 2021, and your name will automatically be entered into the Christmas Competition draw to win.

Just imagine…on arrival at the house of your choice being welcomed and invited to relax and unwind, simply because the house will be your home during your stay. Take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy some of the most breath-taking scenery that each house has to offer. Sit and relax in the library by the open fire and get lost in a good book. Enjoy the peace and quiet and erase all memories of the nine to five for the duration of your stay! Just visit our website and choose which house you would like to stay in.

Hidden Ireland vouchers are an ideal stocking filler for Christmas, Anniversary or Birthday present. All our Gift Vouchers are valid for 5 years and we can email or post them directly to you or the recipient! Happy shopping from the comfort of your own house!

Hidden Ireland will announce the winner of the Christmas Competition on Wednesday 22nd December 2021. Do not delay; get your name in that draw now!

Click here to buy your Hidden Ireland Gift Voucher and get your name into our Christmas Competition draw for a Gift Voucher worth €500!


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Ballyvolane House

Stay at Ballyvolane House

Escape to Ballyvolane House and stay a glorious historic Irish country house. Feast on delicious home-grown food meticulously prepared by our chef Sarah English and sip on our own Bertha’s Revenge Gin tipples. Why not explore the delights of the locality such as cliff walks on the coast, hike up the Knockmealdown or Galtee mountains? Visit Cork City and Kinsale, cast a fly on the river Blackwater or gently glide down the river in a canoe or simply relax here.

Enjoy late breakfasts, curl up by the fire and immerse yourself in all the latest glossy magazines, stroll around the gardens and if inclined, come and help feed the pigs and chickens, or if you are feeling active, play a game of tennis in the walled garden. We are always happy to help plan day trips during the day and book a table at some of our excellent local eateries.

Originally built in 1728, Ballyvolane House is a magical house surrounded by woods, vast gardens and parkland. The house has a charming, peaceful and homely atmosphere. There are three lakes and the huge gardens are impeccably maintained by Jeremy Green. Jeremy and his late wife Merrie, a fly-fishing expert, first opened their home as luxurious country house accommodation about twenty-five years ago. Ballyvolane House is now run by their son Justin and his wife Jenny, who have brought a wealth of Hospitality Management experience with them. Hosting weddings and other special occasions has been a huge part of Ballyvolane House for over ten years. In 2018 they were honoured to have HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to stay at Ballyvolane House during their official visit to Cork.

Book your stay in Ballyvolane here.

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Churchtown House

Churchtown House & Golf Course

Churchtown Estate is the home of both Churchtown House and Beaufort Golf Course. The centre piece of the estate is the Georgian Churchtown House built in 1740 by Sir Rowland Blennerhassett.

Churchtown House mixes traditional elegance with country house charm and modern facilities. The house boasts 2 large elegant reception rooms, roaring fires and quiet reading rooms add to the atmosphere. Enjoy the home entertainment room and games room in the basement of the house for guests to enjoy.

Churchtown House & Golf Course comfortably sleeps 12 in 6 spacious bedrooms. There is a selection of King or twin rooms, with 2 additional ‘pull out’ beds if needed to accommodate 14 guests.

Enjoy meals in the kitchen which is fully equipped with an Aga and halogen hob and modern appliances. Enjoy your breakfast looking out onto the courtyard and Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil.

The ruins of 15th century Castle Corr stand on the 15th green and was built circa 1480 by the MacGillycuddy’s. The MacGillycuddy’s are a branch of the O’Sullivan Mór Clan.

A stay in Churchtown House is a must! There is so much to do on this part of the Wild Atlantic Way!


To book this exclusive rental click here.

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Hidden Ireland break at The Castle, Castletownshend

Looking for a wonderful destination for a couple of nights break?

Hidden Ireland has the perfect locations!

Why not take advantage of September and have a break away at The Castle, Castletownshend?

Warm Welcome

At The Castle guests can wander the grounds or the village of Castletownshend. In the evening you can make use of the honesty bar to relax and unwind in this peaceful setting. At the Castle each bedroom is individually named and decorated. The balcony in “Army”, large four poster bed in “Archbishops”, or double bath in “Chavenage”, all make for a unique and memorable stay. Breakfast is served each day in the Dining Room on the East side. The morning light streams in on the fresh buffet table or order a hot Irish breakfast.


Six of our unique rooms have sea views and King size beds which help you to enjoy the luxury of the accommodation offered at The Castle. A ground floor room is also available upon request if stairs are problematic, all our rooms have private ensuite bathrooms.


Visit and book your stay today!

Exclusive Self Catering Rental in Killarney Co Kerry

Fancy an exclusive self catering rental in Killarney, Co Kerry?

Would you like to plan a trip to Killarney this summer?

Why not choose Coolclogher House, an exclusive self catering rental where you can bring all the family and maybe friends!

Enjoy the joy and freedom of having the house all to yourself! Mary will be there to meet you with open arms and Coolclogher House still has a couple of weeks available. It is never too late to book your stay! Coolclogher House is only a short walk or drive from the heart of Killarney. Coolclogher House is an amazing spot to relax and enjoy your surroundings and if you so wish to go exploring the area, climb mountains, or travel along the Wild Atlantic Way!

Tailor made Holiday!

At Coolclogher House, Mary can help tailor your vacation to help suit even the most adventurous people! Check out the top 5 activities our guests have loved doing right here at Coolclogher House.

Lake and Sea Swimming 

The Killarney Lakes and local beaches are perfect for those families who love to go wild swimming. The best part about swimming in Killarney is the views and because you never know what wildlife you might encounter along the shoreline, with Red Deer and White-Tailed Eagles calling Killarney home. 


A new addition to Coolclogher House. The combination of local instructor and beautiful scenery creates an informal, fun place to try out archery for the first time.  A fun experience for the whole family.


Eric our local falconry guide brings by his personal aviary and while he shows each individual bird, he tells you about their strengths and what makes them the perfect hunters. You even get a chance to put on the gauntlet and really get to know these birds face to face.

If you find yourself interested please click here to see more of Coolclogher House to to enquire about availability:  Enjoy an exclusive self catering rental in Killarney, Co Kerry this year!

Exclusive self catering rental


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César Award for The Quay House in Clifden

Congratulations to Paddy & Julia Foyle from The Quay House in Clifden, Co Galway who collected their César Award from the Good Hotel Guide in London last week. Well deserved award for two amazing hosts and their wonderful home in Co Galway. Perched on the edge of Clifden Harbour, The Quay House is just minutes from the centre of this vibrant, engaging town. Dating from 1820, it is Clifden’s oldest house, originally built for the harbour master.

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The owners, Paddy and Julia and their family, operate a luxurious town house in what is still very much their own family home. The decoration of the main reception rooms displays their eclectic collection of pictures and objects, which reflects their wide-ranging interests and tastes, and their close attention to detail. The bedrooms are also individually decorated and furnished.

Newest Member of Hidden Ireland – The Castle-Castletownshend

We are delighted to welcome The Castle-Castletownshend and its owner, Sharon Poulter to Hidden Ireland.

Built by the Townshend family, the house gradually expanded with the towers being added in the 1800’s. Now 11 generations on and rejuvenated in 2016, The Castle offers both an authentic historic home, with its wood panelled walls, family portraits and museum like ornaments, and all the expected modern facilities.

A warm welcome awaits you at The Castle, Castletownshend so you can relax and unwind in this peaceful setting. Every bedroom is individually named and decorated so each having it’s own charm, the balcony in “Army”, the large four poster bed in “Archbishops”, and the double bath in “Chavenage”, all making a unique and memorable stay.

Breakfast is served each day in the Dining Room on the East side, perfect for the morning light to enjoy the fresh buffet table and order a hot cooked to order Irish breakfast. Eight of our unique rooms boast King size beds which help you to enjoy the luxury of the accommodation offered at the Castle-Castletownshend.

Castletownshend is an unspoilt village set on a steep hill running all the way down to The Castle at the bottom, past the “Two Trees” in the middle of the road. The village has an air of days gone by with its old phone box, petrol pump and listed green water pumps. The village has much to offer with Mary Ann’s Bar & Restaurant just 2min walk from The Castle, serving award winning food all day throughout the year. Lil McCarthy’s pub at the top of the village is open for late drinks and hosts music throughout the summer months. The small village shop offers news papers, basics and the local gossip! In an area full of history, visit the Church to see Harry Clarke stained glass windows, check opening times for the Edith Somerville museum and gardens. Walk to the “Three fingers” or Knockdrum fort for amazing views of the Castlehaven area.

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Skibbereen market town (farmers market on a Saturday) is just a 10 min drive away, with a selection of cafes, restaurants and bars. Visit the art gallery or the Heritage centre to learn all about the famine or to trace your family roots.

Why not let Sharon and her team look after you in The Castle, Castletownshend where you will most definitely experience a warm welcome.

Charming Collon House in Irish Garden Magazine

Charming Collon House

Some gardens feature great plant choices, others are graced with good design. The garden at Collon House in Co. Louth has both. It is the hugely impressive creation of John Bentley-Dunn and Michael McMahon. Shirley Lanigan paid a visit to Collon House.

Collon House is one of the fantastic and homely Hidden Ireland houses that are located all over the island of Ireland! John & Michael are always ready to receive guests into their home and even give a guided tour of the magnificent gardens if you wish! Collon House happily accept Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers and are open all year!

Check out this fantastic feature below that appeared in the Irish Garden Magazine!.

Photography: Vincent McMonagle

Statement from Hidden Ireland regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hidden Ireland Statement


Dear Friends and Future Guests,

All Hidden Ireland houses are currently closed due to the Covid-19 crisis.

According to the government roadmap to ease Covid-19 restrictions and reopen Ireland’s economy and society, Hidden Ireland houses, along with all accommodation providers, are still awaiting a date on which we can start to welcome guests into our homes once more, as long as social distancing guidelines can be adhered to.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us here at the Hidden Ireland Office on +00 353 98 66650 or by emailing

We thank you for your continued support and we all look forward to welcoming you back to a Hidden Ireland House as soon as it is safe to do so.

Best wishes,

Hannah Flynn

Hidden Ireland

Spreading the word about our best-kept hospitality secrets!

Roundwood House, Mountrath, Co Laois


Hidden Ireland Houses share an ethos of hospitality, tradition and history and they are open for business: for holiday visits, for corporate affairs, for weddings, for house rental or bed and breakfast overnight accommodation.

When you chose to stay in a Hidden Ireland property you will find that they have a selection of enchanting bedrooms, gorgeously carpeted drawing rooms and galleried stairways, antlered halls hung with ancestral portraits, heritage china and glass on tables which can sit from 12 to 30 people in settings where an epergne (an ornamental centrepiece) is just another detail in the serving of excellent food.

Every roof shelters modern kitchens, sophisticated bathrooms and central heating. Restored outbuildings revive stable yards there are walled gardens, rare turf barns and acres of woodland, moor and river bank. These properties are mostly country houses of middle size (and some smaller than that) which still breathe the cultural context of Lady Gregory and Sir Hugh Lane, of Elizabeth Bowen and Molly Keane, of the landed Protestant and Catholic gentry who sometimes could afford to employ the best architects, sculptors, stuccadores and decorators in Ireland, and did so. Why not check out this article in the Irish Times by Mary Leland who stopped by and spoke to our Chairperson, Hannah Flynn from Roundwood House and other members of Hidden Ireland.

Click [here]( “Irish Times”) to read this article!

At Home in Ireland by Mary Leland available [here]( “Book Depository”)