Mourne Mountains

Explore the Mourne Mountain Region

Explore the Mourne Mountain Region! From dramatic mountains sweeping down to the sea to miles of sandy beaches and magical Forest Parks. The Mourne Region has it all.

The Mourne Mountain range has many walks for all abilities and boasts many wonderful views. The tallest peak Slieve Donard was the inspiration for the Percy French song “Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea” as it dominates the quaint seaside town of Newcastle. The world class Royal County Down Golf Club sits between Newcastle and Murlough Beach which is a protected wildlife reserve and one of the most picturesque places for a swim in Ireland.

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When you are exploring the Mourne Mountain Region there are 3 forest parks in the area. Tollymore Forest is 3 miles outside Newcastle and Castlewellan Forest is 5 miles from Newcastle. It has many forest walks and a mature maze to keep you occupied for hours.  Kilbroney Park can be found in the pretty village of Rostrevor and was one of the areas which inspired CS Lewis to write The Tales of Narnia. You can climb up to the Cloughmor Stone and look out over Carlingford Lough to the Cooley Mountains. All three parks have designated bike tracks and bike hire is available.

Downpatrick is also close by and you can visit St Patrick’s Grave at the Cathedral and follow St Patrick’s trail. The many stone circles and Neolithic Dolmens in the area are also well worth a visit.

There is so much to discover in the Mourne Region and all over Northern Ireland. To learn more about discovering Northern Ireland click HERE.

Hidden Ireland also have two Country Houses, namely Kiltariff Hall & Tyrella House  where you can stay and explore this whole area

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Roundwood House

Amazing Food at Roundwood House

Amazing food is essential, especially when you go away for a few days! Roundwood House specialises in amazing food!

Hannah, Paddy and their family are the proud owners of Roundwood House in Mountrath, Co Laois. Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains which is just over an hour from Dublin. Roundwood House is surrounded by mature trees, lawns, gardens and delightful, extensive outbuildings. It is a historic home of architectural interest and was once described by Desmond Guinness, co-founder of the Irish Georgian Society, as having a “marvellous doll’s house-like quality”.

 

The rambling avenue leads you through a welcoming committee of animals and into a bright, spacious hall. There is a drawing room, study and dining room, where the combination of log fires, antique furniture and absence of televisions may actually make you believe you’ve been transported back to the 18th century. (A bottle of wine tends to hasten the trip.)

Amazing Food

Hannah & Paddy are very much the hands on type! Paddy has an amazing skill with the wooden spoon and a whisk because every dish that leaves the kitchen has character, flavour & indeed a work of art! Paddy’s attention to detail on the plate ensures that you will not forget your dining experience at Roundwood House! Accompanied by a well chosen bottle of wine means you have little or no worries while you stay at Roundwood House!

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Birdhill House & Gardens

Birdhill House & Gardens

Book a stay at Birdhill House & Gardens which offers the ultimate mix of homeliness and grandeur. The perfect place to reflex and re-energize. Enjoy the welcoming warmth of this mid 1700’s Georgian country house. Nestled in the Suir valley with panoramic views of Knockmealdown and Comeragh mountains.

Explore the tranquil and breathtaking beauty of the gardens. Take the time to relax on one of the many terraces. Sip a glass of wine or dine al fresco around the fire pit. If you feel like a little exercise you might stroll along the river bank, be tempted to take out the rowing boat/kayak. Or maybe enjoy an energetic game of tennis. On a chilly day sit by a roaring fire in the drawing room or gather friends and family around the kitchen table to play games. Hide away in the library for a quiet read surrounded by relaxed elegance. Retire to the delightfully decorated bedrooms and snuggle down for sweet dreams, but be warned: the morning chorus here at Birdhill House & Gardens is quite spectacular. Oh! And watch out for Millie and her daughter Hettie, the sweetest of dogs.

Birdhill House & Gardens

Birdhill is a labor of love and a lifestyle choice for Yvonne and Robert. All the restoration and maintenance work tirelessly themselves and have designed and constructed a 4 1/2 acre gardens from scratch, without any help from machinery. Just three boys and a girl on their summer holidays from school. The result is a beautiful home and spectacular gardens that they feel privileged to be custodians of and to share with others.

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Ashley Park House

Stay at Ashley Park House

Book a stay at Ashley Park House where you can enjoy the magical quality that is particularly appealing!  The avenue winds along the shore, through deep woods of oak and beech, until–suddenly–you reach the Georgian house. The rooms are large, comfortable offering a truly relaxing break away from the busyness of modern life.

The owners, Margaret & David McKenzie  run their home in a relaxed and informal way in the style of the traditional Irish country house, ideal for family and friends taking a break to celebrate a special occasion. Book a stay in Ashley Park House and you can row around the lake, undoubtedly one of the best views of the estate.

The House

Ashley Park House sits in the middle of 76 acres of beech woodland and formal gardens in the heart of County Tipperary. Six miles north of the busy market town of Nenagh with its famous circular keep. This beautiful 18th century country house has sweeping Edwardian verandas overlooking the lake. Approach the house through a rusticated stone arch, down a long tree-lined avenue with lovely views across Lough Ourna.

Ashley Park House retains many of its original Georgian fittings and has been faithfully restored to its original appearance which makes this house so magical to stay in. This gives visitors the opportunity to appreciate truly authentic Irish country house accommodation. Recent renovations have created stylish new rooms in the Coach Houses next to the main house where modern comforts link with traditional styling.

Good Food

Ashley Park House has a fantastic in house culinary team who are eager to entertain you with the finest food. Enjoy a romantic break away with four course dinner in the Main House dining room overlooking the lake. Retire to the luxurious drawing room where you can enjoy a digestif from the residents bar. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, which is Highly Recommended by the Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards. This is a chance not to be missed because if you do, you only have yourself to blame. Book a stay now so you can treat yourself!

 

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Coach House

Self-Catering Ballynatray Coach House

Looking for an ideal family location for a break away? A stay at the Self-Catering Ballynatray Coach House is a must!

The Coach House

As the name suggests, it was originally the Coach House where the horse drawn carriages along with all the necessary tack for the horses. Sometimes these buildings housed some very ornate and fascinating carriages. The two storey Coach House takes centre stage in the stable yard. The Ballynatray Coach House is now a beautiful, luxurious 4 bedroom self catering property. Downstairs there is a very relaxing style open plan kitchen & dining area with comfortable couches which allow for great conversations even while you prepare a bite of lunch or dinner.

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Within the quaint stable yard and in view of Ballynatray House itself, the Coach House really is a home from home with beautifully maintained gardens & parklands. The Coach House offers self-catering accommodation most suited to families. This is the perfect retreat for any family who wishes to step back from the hustle & bustle of modern life and just relax and soak up the atmosphere only a private estate can offer.

The Garden Flat

This flat is located in the stable yard and is suitable for those looking for a self-catering holiday. Boasting two double bedrooms on the ground floor. One of the bedrooms can be changed to be a twin room. The Garden Flat is ideal for a luxury self catering week in the beautiful Irish countryside.

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The Coach House & The Garden Flat can be booked as one unit. These can accommodate a large family gathering up to 15 people. Families enjoy having more space when the Coach House and the Garden Flat are booked as one.

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Ballynatray Boat House

Ballynatray Estate Riverside

Take a walk on the banks of the River Blackwater in the Ballynatray Estate you will lose all sense of time and be completely overcome with the beauty of the area. The mesmerising scent of the sea air drifting up the river from the harbour in Youghal. Take a Ballynatray Picnic with you and explore the stunning parkland and gardens with commanding views of the Blackwater River. Along the riverside Ballynatray Estate offers two private holiday rentals and these are namely The Boat House & The River Cottage

The Boat House

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The Boat House is a romantic private holiday rental on the waterfront. It is the ideal adult only location where romantic notions are never very far away. The boat house is an open plan room with a King-size bed in the centre. Soaking in the free standing bath were you can enjoy breathtaking views of the River Blackwater.

The River Cottage

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Not far along the Blackwater is The River Cottage which unquestionably enjoys some breathtaking views of the river and some of Ballynatray House because of its unique location. The cottage, split between two levels boasts a magnificent large and spacious master bedroom.

Both of these properties are not self-catering properties. The clever idea behind these two fantastic holiday rentals because while they are private to just you above all there is also no cooking involved either. Equipped with a microwave, kettle & fridge it is all that is needed for a couple who love to dine out and not have to worry about the washing up.

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Self-Catering at The Courtyard, Mallow

Self-Catering at The Courtyard, Mallow is a must for anyone touring the South West of Ireland. The Courtyard, located at the rear of the main Georgian house has been lovingly renovated. Each apartment in The Courtyard, Mallow is elegantly decorated with its own unique style and story.  Having scoured vintage and antique shops around the country to add that extra flare and individuality to the living spaces of The Courtyard apartments. We use White & Green luxury organic cotton bed linen on all beds and Dalkey liquid handmade soap to ensure our guests can fully unwind during their stay. All bedrooms are ensuite for your comfort and privacy.

The Blackwater

Named after the powerful Blackwater river which passes through Mallow as it crosses Munster from Kerry to the sea in Youghal. The first bedroom has a 6ft super-king sized bed and the second bedroom has a 5ft king-sized bed. Its modern and stylish kitchen and living area is the perfect spot to relax after a busy day exploring the wonders of Cork and Munster.

The Mount Hillary

Named after Mount Hillary, a 400m mountain located to the west of the property. The first bedroom has a 5ft king sized bed and the second has two 4ft 6in queen/double beds. This apartment is ideal for a family, with its multiple beds and comfortable living areas.

The Gortnagross

Named after Gortnagross – the name comes from the Irish Gort na gCros, meaning the Field of Crosses. This stylish apartment has one bedroom with a 6ft super-king sized bed. This apartment is ideal for a couple looking to relax in a romantic atmosphere in the Munster area.

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Kiltariff Hall Country House

Set at the end of a short drive lies Kiltariff Hall Country House surrounded by mature oak, sycamore and pine trees. Lovingly cared for down the generations Kiltariff Hall Country House has been part of the history of Rathfriland since the 1750s. Catherine Cummings owns Kiltariff Hall Country House and loves sharing with guests the beautiful history of the house including the fact that it was her grandfather who actually built the house in 1888.

The House:

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The reception rooms in Kiltariff Hall are beautifully spacious with high ceilings and ornate cornicing. The dining room boasts a large antique table and a Broadwood grand piano. The house also has many of the original fireplaces, pitch pine doors and woodwork. The bedrooms are exceptionally comfortable with well appointed en-suite bathrooms. There are exquisite views of the Mourne Mountains from one side of the house. Outside there is a vegetable garden and a patio for relaxing. Bedrooms are refreshed daily with fresh filtered water, milk and delicious home baked treats. Kiltariff Hall also has broadband internet available in every room.

Good Food:

Enjoy a traditional “Ulster Fry” or smoked salmon and scrambled egg in the dining room overlooking the garden. For a lighter breakfast, a selection of fresh fruit, yoghurt and cereal is available from the buffet on the sideboard. Kiltariff Hall’s own walled vegetable garden provides the fruit when in season. Catherine also has a variety of her own homemade preserves and freshly homemade wheaten bread. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options available upon request.

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Temple House

Stay at Temple House

If you are looking for somewhere to stay this Summer then look no further than Co Sligo! Stay at Temple House in Ballymote, Co Sligo and explore the best of the Irish countryside along the Wild Atlantic Way! Temple House is set in the centre of a beautiful 1000 acre west of Ireland estate and was remodelled in 1864.

Location:

Temple House

The House overlooks the 13th century castle of the Knights Templar, who owned this land in medieval times. The Perceval family have lived here since 1665. The present house was built in 1864 by the owner’s forebear, having returned from China with a rich wife and an enormous fortune. As a result he trebled the size of his home. Whilst the house is of enormous proportions, it has the lovely sense of intimacy and warmth of a family home.

The House:

Roderick & Helena are welcoming hosts taking great pride in the character of their home and the special nature of Temple House Estate. Temple House is a vast classical house in the Georgian style. Temple House still retains its authentic decoration and furniture with delicate Chinese porcelain intermingled with solid County Sligo squires and their ladies. The main reception rooms are large, bright and comfortable. The bedrooms, several have canopied beds are particularly pleasant, with superb views. One of the bedrooms is so large that it has a well deserved reputation as ‘the half-acre’.

 

Temple House will reopen to welcome guests from mid April 2022. Click here to check availability!

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Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers

Are you looking for that perfect gift to say thank you? Maybe even someone you love is getting married and you want to wish them well. Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers are the perfect gift for any occasion.

With a Hidden Ireland Gift Voucher you, or a friend, can choose from over 30 Irish Country Houses, B&Bs or Gate Houses and Lodges. A hidden Ireland experience includes luxury accommodation, fine foods and wines, cosy fires and great company.

A leisurely stroll before dinner to take in some of the breath-taking scenery before returning to a warm welcome and some amazing aromas coming from the kitchen. Enjoy a great night’s sleep! Then in the morning enjoy a fantastic selection for breakfast to set you up for the day ahead!

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Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers are available in a variety of values, so you can choose the right one for you.

All you need to do is choose the amount you want the voucher for and how you would like to deliver it and we are happy to look after the rest for you! Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers can be used in any Hidden Ireland property.  From our Country House Hotels to our Self-catering cottages & Gate Lodges.

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