Lough Bawn House

Go Exploring at Lough Bawn House

Book a stay with Verity and go exploring at Lough Bawn House!

The house and estate has been in the same family since it was built in 1820 by George Battesby, the current occupier, Verity’s, Great Great Great Grandfather. The house is being lovingly restored by Verity, having returned from England to live in the family home. Verity ran her own catering and events company in Gloucestershire for over 20 years. Her passion for cooking & entertaining shines through. Guests enjoy an extensive and varied breakfast with much of the ingredients being grown or reared by Verity herself, and delicious dinners are on offer. Breakfast is eaten in the large newly restored dining room, with wonderful views over the lough and of the parading peacocks on the rolling lawns.

Both of the large, en-suite rooms have fine views down the length of Lough Bane and over the wooded hills while the single room and the twin/double room have sweeping views of the surrounding parklands. Guests are warmly welcomed and encouraged to relax in the homely drawing room in front of a roaring fire or to explore one of the many local historical sites, gardens, walks or cultural entertainments on offer.

What to do!

There is so much you can do while staying in Lough Bawn House! Travel westwards along the River Shannon to the historic town of Athlone, Mullingar and Kells. Heading east brings you to the vibrant city of Dublin! Ramble through beech tree forest at Mullaghmeen or cycle on the Royal Canal Greenway and Old Railway Line.

Play golf at courses in Mullingar, Virginia, Kells Headfort, Slieve Russel, and the K Club. Visit the Lough Crew Megalithic Cairns & Passage Tombs, Hill of Uineach and Newgrange. Visit Tullynally Castle, Belvedere House, Loughcrew, and Ballindoolin gardens. Explore Ireland’s Ancient East with historic places like Fore Abbey with it’s Nellie and Nancy walk and Trim Castle. Kilbeggan Distillery Experience, Lockes Museum, Causey Farm, Sheridan’s Cheesemongers and farm shop.

Click HERE to learn more or to book a stay with Verity and go exploring at Lough Bawn House

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Visit Donegal with Hidden Ireland

Why not visit Donegal with Hidden Ireland and stay in the beautiful Frewin?

Formerly a rectory, Frewin is a fine Victorian house in mature, wooded grounds on the outskirts of Ramelton, Donegal, skillfully restored by its current owners, Thomas Coyle and Regina Gibson. Both are natural hosts and their warm, genuine welcome makes their guests instantly at home. Ramelton is a charming heritage town on the River Lennon and a historic early port. Home to many important buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland with wonderful empty beaches, rivers, lakes, a spectacularly rugged coastline and the mountains of the Glenveagh National Park.

Ramelton was once prosperous as a centre of the linen industry and a port, and still largely unspoilt today. There is an early church and the many merchants’ houses are fine examples of 17th century and Georgian architecture. There are also a number of large stone warehouses along the quaysides.

At the head of Lough Swilly, a deep inlet of the sea reaching right into the heart of County Donegal, Frewin is located in one of the most beautiful parts of the county. The area is surrounded by high mountains, yet is within a short drive of wonderful, almost-deserted beaches. Lough Swilly, Mulroy Bay and Sheephaven, lakes and wild open countryside, all bathed in the brilliantly clear Donegal light. Nearby is the Glenveagh National Park, centred on the Victorian-baronial Glenveagh Castle with its spectacular gardens, and Derek Hill’s Glebe House and Gallery at Church Hill.

Click HERE to learn more about Frewin or to book your stay with Thomas & Regina in beautiful Ramelton.

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Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails

Are you looking for an activities holiday this year? If the outdoors is your thing then why not try the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails.

There are currently 35km of new mountain bike trails (MTB), with trailheads at Kinnitty and Baunreagh. These trails, which are waymarked in one direction and designed specially for mountain bike use, vary in difficulty. They range from the grade trails: ‘blue’ (moderate, with some single-track sections) to ‘red’ (difficult/severe, with challenging climbs and tricky descent).

The trails have been developed by Coillte in partnership with Offaly and Laois County Councils and are funded by the Dept. of Rural and Community Development.

There will eventually be 100km of biking tracks to explore on the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trail, so keep an eye on the site for new developments!

Where to Stay?

While you are considering being on the adventurous side you can book your stay with Hannah & Paddy at Roundwood House which is set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. 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”.

A 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.)

The area is picturesque, unspoiled and peaceful – a delight for hikers and cyclists of all abilities. Horse-riding, fishing and golfing are also available locally. There is no reason why you can not take some time off and feel the wind in your face while you are out on the mountain bike and then relax in the evening and let Paddy cook you dinner that will awaken all your taste buds!

Click HERE to book your stay! Do not delay!

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Yoga, Music & Poetry in Ireland

Yoga, Music and Poetry in Ireland

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We’ve got something special to share with you. If you like poetry, music and yoga in good company read on. There are only a few spots left.

Join Irish yoga teacher Dearbhla Kelly along with Irish musicians Liam Ó’Maonlaí, Rónán Ó’ Snodaigh and Grammy-nominated kirtan singer Dave Stringer, for a week-long immersion in Irish culture, music, poetry and landscape. Stay at the historic Temple House in County Sligo close to the Atlantic coast, Neolithic sites and Yeats’ country.

This one of a kind yoga retreat curated by Dearbhla will showcase the stunning natural beauty of the Emerald Isle and introduce you to the depth and richness of Irish culture, the deliciousness of Irish farm-to-table food and the warmth and friendliness of Irish hospitality.

Registration fee is per person. Room fees are not based on occu

pancy. Cost for each room can be shared amongst occupants.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

Personal interaction with world renowned traditional musicians Liam and Rónán, both of whom are steeped in Irish history and folklore, as well as being native speakers of Gaelic

Daily morning yoga classes with Dearbhla featuring musical accompaniment by Dave

Storytelling evening with Irish seanchaí

Tour of Yeats country with local Yeats scholar

Guided visits to Neolithic sites (Carrowkeel Megalithic Passage Tomb Site 3200 B.C.E. – 2400 B.C.E and Queen Maeve’s Cairn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knocknarea 3000 B.C.E)

Kirtan with Dave – you are welcome to bring musical instruments to join in

Evening music jams with Dave, Liam and Rónán

Irish pubs and optional activities at Temple House (bodhrán classes with Rónán, horse riding, eagle flying, fishing etc)

 

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • Coach to / from Dublin

  • 6 dinners at Temple House

  • 4 lunches at Temple House

  • 6 breakfasts at Temple House

  • Closing brunch at Temple House

  • 7 morning yoga classes with musical accompaniment

  • Evening music performances

  • Guided tours of Yeats Country and Neolithic sites

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights

  • Hotel in Dublin

  • Covid tests

  • 1 evening meal at a restaurant in Sligo town

  • 2 pub lunches

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Optional activities

 

*Registration fee is per person. Room fees are not based on occupancy. Cost for each room can be shared amongst occupants. Many rooms are suitable for 2-3 persons.

Email Dearbhla with questions about anything: hotels in Dublin, activities, on site accommodations.

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Temple House

Temple House on the Wild Atlantic Way

This is the perfect time to book a stay at Temple House on the Wild Atlantic Way and explore all that Sligo has to offer!

Temple House, Ballymote, Co Sligo is one of the finest estates in the west of Ireland. The great house, which was remodeled in 1864. Nestled in a wooded demesne, looking out over the Templars’ castle to Templehouse Lake. Despite its vast size this is a comfortable, welcoming family home with many original contents. The owners are Roderick and Helena Perceval, whose family has lived here since 1665. Temple House is surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty, with beaches, mountains and numerous sites of archaeological interest. It is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast, with fishing on a private lake and miles of lovely woodland walks.

Temple House is a vast classical house in the Georgian style, set in the centre of a beautiful 1000 acre west of Ireland estate. This of course is ideal for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way and in particular Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim & Mayo.  After a day exploring you can then return to the house and be welcomed with a mouthwatering menu for dinner and plenty of rest and relaxation afterwards. Sipping a glass of wine while overlooking Temple House Lake and the 13th century castle of the Knights Templar.

Roderick & Helena are welcoming and consummate hosts taking great pride in the character of their home, north west Ireland and the special nature of Temple House Estate.

Temple House still retains its authentic decoration and furniture from that period and delicate Chinese porcelain is intermingled with solid County Sligo squires and their ladies. The main reception rooms are large, bright and comfortable, while the bedrooms – several have canopied beds – are particularly pleasant, with superb views.

Click HERE to book a stay at Temple House on the Wild Atlantic Way

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Best Places to Stay in 2022

This morning the Irish Independent has published its Fab 50: Ireland’s best places to stay in 2022. We are so delighted that Hidden Ireland has two houses included in the list! Clonalis House in Castlerea, Co Roscommon and Birdhill House & Gardens in Clonmel, Co Tipperary appear under the heading of “cool castles & character stays”!

Clonalis House

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To quote Nicola Brady when it comes to historical properties, Castlerea’s Clonalis House is top of the pile. Life at Clonalis House is all about kicking back with all the ingredients for a lazy weekend in the country. Expect the good-old fashioned hospitality of bygone days, roaring turf fires to sit next to and a charismatic ambience. Curl up with a book on a sofa in the library or borrow a pair of wellies and take a stroll in the 700-acre woodland estate. Clonalis House won the O’Flynn Group Heritage Prize, recognising the dedication to history and preservation of old Irish architecture. To quote Carol-Anne, from Clonalis House “it’s a never ending project”. An excellent choice for inclusion in the Irish Independent’s Fab 50, Ireland’s best places to stay in 2022. Click HERE to book a stay in the beautiful Clonalis House.

 

Birdhill House & Gardens

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Thomas Breathnach called to Yvonne & Robert in Birdhill House & Gardens. Another stunning Hidden Ireland house which is the latest addition to the Hidden Ireland family. Thomas found a villa-like splendour and an all-season appeal , with sun trap terraces, palatial bedrooms, and inviting spaces to curl up in. The house also boasts a beautiful decadent drawing room and a library that is just bursting with character! Condé Nast Traveller has tipped Tipperary as one of the best places in the world to visit in 2022.Click HERE to book a stay in Birdhill House & Gardens!

 

Click HERE to read the full list of the Irish Independent’s Fab 50 Ireland’s best places to stay in 2022!

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Treat your Mother to a Hidden Ireland Gift Voucher for Mother’s Day this year and your mum can treat herself to a stay in one of the best places to stay in Ireland for 2022!

Wild Atlantic Way

Explore the Wild Atlantic Way

Is it time you went to explore the Wild Atlantic Way?

The Wild Atlantic Way is a world-renowned touring route up the wild and rugged west coast of Ireland. The northerly tip starts on the Inishowen peninsula in Co Donegal and it finishes in the beautiful town of Kinsale in Co Cork, some 2,500 km.

If you are limited on time you can do it in a week but 2-3 weeks would be better. It is a driving (or cycling) tour that meanders its way casually along the Atlantic coast line. The Wild Atlantic Way highlights some 188 of the very best discovery points to see! It also affords you the opportunity to steer off the well sign posted route and explore many more memorable attractions.

You need not try to do it all. Pick out a region or two and explore at a leisurely pace. Come back another time to do some more. Maps are deceiving in Ireland. It takes longer than you might expect because there is so much to see and do around every bend in the road and behind every blossom laden hedge.

Hidden Ireland & The Wild Atlantic Way

Hidden Ireland accommodation is scattered up and down the trail giving you a great choice of where to stay while you explore the Wild Atlantic Way. An historic Country House bed and breakfast might suit you for a couple of days or a whole house vacation rental in a cottage, lodge or even a manor might suit an extended stay better. It will be a memorable experience to share with friends or family.

Make sure to check out what Hidden Ireland can offer as you explore the Wild Atlantic Way! We even have a map to help you organise your trip along the west coast! Click HERE to check it out!

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Lorum Old Rectory Valentines

Valentines at Lorum Old Rectory

This is the perfect opportunity to treat your Valentine at Lorum Old Rectory. The house sits peacefully on the slopes above the River Barrow at Kilgreaney, about halfway between Bagenalstown and Borris. Bobbie Smith & her daughter Rebecca welcome you to their home, both renowned for their warm welcome and splendid home-baking.

Special Mention

Special thanks to Nicola Brady who included us in “Grown-up getaways: 10 adult-only hotel, spa and country house breaks in Ireland” in the Irish Independent on Sunday. Nicola captures what is so special about Lorum Old Rectory. Nicola describes it as ‘home to a gorgeous collection of homely guest rooms, complete with overflowing bookcases and four-poster beds.

Staying at Lorum Old Rectory

Treat your Valentine at Lorum Old Rectory simply because we offer guests relaxed, Country House style Bed & Breakfast Accommodation where the emphasis is on making guests feel ‘at home’.

The broad, high-ceilinged hallway at Lorum is both elegant and inviting. With a commanding presence is the 18th century grandfather clock marking time with its comforting chime. The glow of fresh flowers reflected in the mirror over the hallstand. All adding to the sense of warmth and generosity is immediately conveyed to the visitor. The spacious, pleasingly-proportioned drawing room, where our Bed & Breakfast guests may enjoy afternoon tea, drinks before dinner and coffee afterwards, has large windows that frame magnificent views of Mount Leinster and the western hills. Three large couches – ideal for perusing the many books that the family has collected or continuing a lively dinner conversation. The room’s many curios and photographs give a lively sense of the family’s and the area’s past. The graceful dining room, small “snug” and the family’s study (where Bed & Breakfast guests may watch television) are also off the main hallway.

 

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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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