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.

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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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Quay House Self Catering

Self-catering stay at The Quay House Clifden

Book a Self-Catering Stay at The Quay House Clifden

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. The present owners are Paddy and Julia Foyle, whose family have been involved in tourism in the region for almost a century. They are constantly on hand to share their suggestions of what to see and do. Paddy & Julia also preside over the finest of breakfasts–the perfect start to a day exploring Connemara.

The Quay House stands right beside the harbour in the market town of Clifden, long considered the capital of Connemara, a beautiful region of mountains, lakes and coastal inlets and the most westerly part of County Galway. Fishing boats and traditional gaff-rigged Galway Hookers are moored right alongside the house, yet it is just a short walk from the centre of the town, with its colourful restaurants, cafes and shops.

The Quay House was originally built as a residence for the Harbour Master, but it subsequently became a Franciscan monastery, then a convent and finally a Country House Bed & Breakfast owned by the Pye family, so it has had a long and chequered career. Today it is run as a Town House by the Foyle family, whose forebears have been entertaining guests in Connemara for nearly a century.

In the self catering part of the Quay house there is a fully fitted kitchen complete with washing machine & dryer and all mod cons. 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. Some have good antiques and original paintings, several have working fireplaces, and all overlook the harbour.

Nearby are wonderful beaches, coastal walks, sea and trout fishing, horse riding, cycling, several golf courses and links, and a vast choice of hill and mountain walks.

Click HERE to book a Self-catering stay in The Quay House in Clifden Co Galway.

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Orlagh House

Book your stay at Orlagh House

Book your stay at Orlagh House. A Georgian mansion built by Dublin snuff merchant Lundy Foot back in 1790. Frequent visitors to the house included the Great Emancipator Daniel O’Connell, Eoin Mac Neill, Padraig Pearse and William Smith O’Brian.

Orlagh House

A truly unique house set on 45 acres in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, with spectacular views over Dublin City and stretching out as far as the Irish Sea. We are only 25 minutes from Dublin Airport and from Dublin city centre. The house has been lovingly and tastefully restored in recent years, with large drawing and reception rooms and open fires. Our beautiful dining room sits 20 people at our regency table. There is a large games room in the basement of the house with table tennis, pool table, and a full-sized snooker table.

There is lots to do in the area including hiking trails both on the estate and including the Dublin Way and the Wicklow Way. We have an equestrian centre next door with reduced rates for guests and some of Dublin’s most infamous pubs are within 10 minutes of the house, with great local food, traditional music, and Irish dancing.

The house really is one-of-a-kind. Make sure to click HERE and book your stay at Orlagh House

WEDDINGS

Orlagh house is the perfect location for couples who want something different from the norm, a unique and truly personal day to remember. Exclusively yours for your wedding day with a second day optional, we also have 14 bedrooms to offer your guests.

We have an in-house catering team who can create your perfect menu, from sit down formal dining to a more laid-back BBQ’. Choose from our indoor ballroom or numerous outside garden areas. Our wedding team are there to help you with everything you may need.

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Ballynatray Coach House Area

Are you looking to book a beautiful family holiday this summer? Book your stay at Ballynatray Coach House Area where there is plenty of room for a family to spend some quality time together. Located right on the edge of Ireland’s Ancient East Ballynatray is the perfect spot to explore the south. There are four different self-catering options in the Coach House area.

The Coach House

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The two storey Coach House takes centre stage in Ballynatray Coach House Area. It has been transformed into a beautiful, luxurious 4 bedroom self catering property. Downstairs, 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.

 

The Garden Flat

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Set in the Ballynatray Coach House Area, the Garden Flat has two double bedrooms on the ground floor which would ideally suit two couples. One of the bedrooms can be changed to be a twin room. A large bathroom and the kitchen is well equipped, decorated in the style of a country kitchen with painted units, stone floor and large kitchen table to seat ten.

 

The Groom’s Flat

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Renovated & situated in the Coach House Area the Groom’s Flat is an ideal self catering option for two people. The Groom’s Flat now boasts a beautiful open plan structure which allows guests the feel of an authentic cottage; complete with the original stone floor in the kitchen and a small wood burner. The double bedroom benefits from French doors, whilst the heritage bathroom includes a shower and is decorated with small hand painted tiles.

 

The Garden House

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The Garden House is a quaint little cottage that sits at the bottom of the walled garden. Set across two floors it boasts a beautiful double room complete with comfortable armchairs either side of the open fire. This is an ideal adult only location where romantic notions are never very far away.

Click HERE to book a stay in the Ballynatray Coach House Area.

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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!

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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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.

Click here to book a stay on the Ballynatray Estate Riverside.

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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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