If there is one thing guaranteed to keep the love of your life happy it is a romantic break away somewhere utterly gorgeous, like one of the following romantic hotels which can be found throughout Ireland. Nestling in fabulous, heathery, ‘Heathcliff-style’ wild, remote (but not too remote) locations or on vast country estates. Dreamy, old manor houses with tumbling rose gardens or converted hunting lodges with leafy walks, beside misty lakes, rugged windy seascapes or tucked in under great towering mountains.
Ballyvolane (pictured above) is one of my favourites but without doubt the nicest place I stayed this year was Ard na Sidhe in County Kerry. This cut stone manor house with leaded pane windows was designed by Lady Gordon (of the Gin family) to be ‘the house of her dreams’ and has has the most perfect arts and crafts interior. It has been described as the sort of place you can read or write a book, in front of the fire or abroad on the terrace overlooking Caragh Lake. The woodland gardens are a blaze of pink and purple in the spring and leafy red and orange in the autumn, Ard na Sidhe (Hill of the Fairies) is very romantic and the perfect place to pop the question (they will happily set the scene by arranging a lakeside picnic for you) and / or spend your honeymoon.
Ard na Sidhe
is just one of the Top 10 Romantic Hideaways recommended in my eBook
Where to Eat, Sleep & Play 2014