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!
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Celebrate your wedding in a truly unique style at one of Hidden Ireland’s beautiful historic houses.
With our comprehensive selection of the best wedding venues in Ireland, we can offer a breath-taking setting for your big day, with the ceremony taking place in either the verdant gardens or luxurious period interiors of one our many stunning houses, you will be sure to have memories to cherish forever, and photographs that will be the envy of everyone you know.
By choosing a Hidden Ireland house you will ensure your wedding is a lavish and memorable occasion, with photographs and memories worthy of a grand period drama, and a sense of romance and tradition that is unrivalled.
What’s more, Hidden Ireland will lend you all of their wedding planning expertise and knowledge, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and stress free throughout.
Take advantage of our expertise, experience and enticing selection of the best wedding venues in Ireland
When planning a wedding you always want to make sure you can standout, not just with a theme and style that are your own, but with a venue that will set you apart from the crowd. Hidden Ireland can offer you just that, with all their venues offering character, tradition and personality. Not to mention the benefits of their renowned catering expertise and years of wedding planning experience.
Hidden Ireland houses have been fulfilling the wishes of couples for years, always making sure to take the time to listen and understand, never losing sight of what matters. This is why we have put together a hand-picked list of unique venues for you to browse through, each with their own unique qualities and style. Once you’ve found the right one for you, simply contact the venue and you’re on your way to the perfect wedding.
Our Stylish wedding venues are renowned for their grand receptions
A Hidden Ireland property is a fantastic choice for any union, with their historic properties guaranteed to imbue the proceedings, and startle your guests, with a sense of grandeur and elegance. Supported by Hidden Ireland’s excellent food and wine, and with exclusive use of the property, you can enjoy the perfect wedding experience.
Several of our houses are spacious enough to accommodate the wedding party in one splendid room. Others, particularly those with sprawling and breath-taking gardens, provide the perfect backdrop for a marquee wedding.
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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.
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Book an exclusive stay at Preston House and find our beautifully restored 18th Century Georgian House. Preston House has a private courtyard and wooded garden. This beautiful property is located on the Main Street of the picturesque Heritage Town of Abbeyleix.
Preston House is the perfect space to unite for family gatherings or private parties. Explore this home from home with the comforts of a fully equipped country kitchen, a drawing room, a music parlour & two dining rooms. There are six luxurious suites in Preston House. Each suite is individually decorated with a quirky mix of chic and antique furnishings. This provides ample living space to comfortably accommodate 14 people.
The country manor kitchen was originally designed to cater for up to 80 people but it’s perfect for large or small gatherings. The individual room mixes are the perfect setting for family dining, relaxing with friends or celebrations. Preston House as a whole can be transformed into an event space, a cultural gathering or wellness space. With a beautiful courtyard for outdoor dining, Preston House is the perfect place as a unique wedding setting.
The Lords Walk is just a short walk from Preston House, every day, there is an adventure waiting in Laois. With its mountains, canals, forest trails, rivers & lakes, Laois is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, Preston House and Abbeyleix is the perfect starting point to explore!
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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 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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The Hidden Ireland Christmas Competition is back! Take in the aromas of cinnamon, baked ham and Christmas Pudding. The Christmas tree is up and we are all ready to celebrate. If like us you are rapidly getting in the Christmas spirit this year we have a fantastic opportunity for you to share that Christmas spirit! Hidden Ireland is delighted to offer a fantastic competition to start the Christmas season!
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 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 on Wednesday 22nd December 2021. Do not delay; get your name in that draw now!
Black Friday Sale 2021
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.
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.