Revive In Luxury in some of Ireland's Hidden Gems

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From manors to mansions, castles to cosy pubs, there are more options than ever to choose from when you book your luxury hotel stay in Ireland. Discover some of Ireland's unique stories and fascinating legends when you stay at one of these gems.

A visit to Ireland will leave you with lasting memories and enchanting tales to regale your family and friends. There's no better way to experience authentic Irish hospitality than in one of the Original Irish Hotels – but which one will you choose?

When it comes to unwinding in idyllic settings, you'll be spoilt having to choose between all the iconic Irish properties we have on offer. Relaxation is the name of the game in each of these best-loved hotels, so you may feel a yearning to come back over and over.

You'll be spoilt for choice, from romantic castles to imposing forts, multi-generational family homes, "haunted" eighteenth-century manors, and the cosiest peat-fire pubs. It's never a simple task deciding where to stay, but we hope this list makes it a little easier to choose! Look through the Original Irish Hotels Brochure to make your choice.

Cast your eyes over the options below and discover your dream holiday or staycation at one of Ireland's best locations.

Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa, Co. Donegal

The Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa is a stunning, four-star hotel in Rossnowlagh on the Wild Atlantic Way. Nestled in the corner of Donegal Bay, it is resplendent with old-world charm.

Treat yourself to some fine dining in the Glasshouse Restaurant overlooking Donegal bay, where local produce is beautifully prepared to order. Or enjoy a lazy morning relaxing in your room and listening to the waves outside.

Offering a spectacular panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sandhouse is renowned for its marine spa experience, where you can escape to serenity with a range of nourishing treatments on offer. We recommend the Seaweed Bath; soak in a bath of organic hand-harvested Atlantic seaweed and watch your worries float away.

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Things to do

For those who fancy a spot of surfing, nearby you'll find the Fin McCool Surf School and Rossnowlagh Surf School, where you can learn the moves of the pros.

After an energetic morning on the waves, head to one of the many charming towns nearby, such as Ballyshannon. Here you'll find local crafts, a welcoming pint of Guinness, and historical attractions such as the statue of Rory Gallagher, the "best guitarist you've never heard of". Explore the local museum to find out more about this talented musician.

Nearby, the fairy bridges at Bundoran are a magical sight. Experience an enchanting time and find yourself whisked away to a land of fancy as you trace the steps of the fairy folk.

The Fairy Bridge Bundoran

Above Image: The Fairy Bridges, Bundoran, Co. Donegal.

Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel & Spa, Co. Limerick

A unique location just outside the beautiful village of Adare, the Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa gives you the perfect base for exploring the west of Ireland.

This spectacular country haven has plenty to capture your imagination. Every year they host an Oktoberfest beer festival, where you can sample plenty of local ales, and a Harvest Festival, where you can try everything from beekeeping to willow design and wild foraging.

At the Revas Spa, you'll discover a world of relaxation with treatments suitable for couples as well as individuals. You can take a rejuvenating dip at the leisure club in their excellently appointed pool or partake in one of their energetic fitness classes.

A true luxury paradise, Fitzgeralds is the hotel you'll want to return to over and over.

Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel Exterior

Things to do

You'll find plenty of activities on offer for the whole family in and around the hotel, especially for children needing to burn off a bit of energy. Why not introduce them to Woody's Kids Club, where they can enjoy supervised activities, or take them on the exciting Fairy Trail to discover a magical world?

The hotel also boasts its own organic garden, where you can meet the head gardener and learn all about growing vegetables. Feed the adorable animals in their mini pet farm, and play outdoor games on our outdoor pitch.

Elsewhere, you'll discover that Limerick is steeped in living history dating primarily to the middle ages. Not far from the hotel, you'll find one of the few remaining Norman fortifications in Europe at Desmond Castle. Or, if you're looking for the 'gift of the gab', Blarney Castle and the famous Blarney Stone are just over an hour away.

Blarney Castle

Above Image: Blarney Castle, Co. Cork

Racket Hall Country House Hotel, Co. Tipperary

Set at the foot of the magnificent Slieve Bloom Mountains, the excellent Racket Hall Country House is the ideal home from home for anyone who wants the opportunity to tour Ireland's Ancient East.

Opulent rooms provide a luxurious escape in this historic haven, while Lily's Bar and Restaurant will transport your senses with indulgent, expertly-prepared local and seasonal fare.

The hotel also offers a range of golf packages, where you can combine your relaxing stay with days spent on the green. Whether your break is for business or pleasure, you'll wish you had more time available to enjoy everything on offer at Racket Hall.

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Things to do

The Roscrea Equine Centre is a must while in Tipperary. It offers horse and pony hire along with guided treks and trails.

Attractions a short drive away include Leap Castle, built in the 13th century and reportedly haunted by myriad frightening spectres! See if you can spot the Red Lady, who walks the halls holding a dagger, or two little girls named Charlotte and Emily, known to run up and down the spiral staircase.

If that's not enough, Tipperary is home to several stunning spots, such as the Rock of Cashel, Ireland's most impressive cluster of medieval buildings. It boasts a round tower, a high cross, a Romanesque chapel, a Gothic cathedral, an abbey, and a fifteenth-century Tower House.

Visiting Ireland will never disappoint, no matter where you go or what you do. Stay in one of our beautiful Original Irish Hotels, and indulge in a feast for your senses and sensibilities.

Rock Of Cashel

Above Image: Rock Of Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Original Irish Hotels are a collection of unique, owner-run hotels, located in Ireland’s most outstanding destinations. Open the door to the magic of unmissable moments with Ireland’s leading collection of independent hotels.

Our 55 hotels are dotted around the entire island of Ireland in must-see locations, from the Wild Atlantic Way, to Ireland’s Ancient East, the Causeway Coast, Dublin and the treasured heartland of Ireland’s midlands and lakelands.

Irrespective of where our hotels are, Original Irish Hotels pride themselves in hosting a unique and truly memorable experience for our guests, and soon to be friends. The collection is made up of a range of traditional and boutique hotels, castles, manor and country houses, all run by locals, ensuring a unique experience every time.