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Romantic places to stay in Ireland?

New Hampshire
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Romantic places to stay in Ireland?

Hubby and I will be visiting for our anniversary next year. So far, I have found several B&Bs and inns that look incredibly romantic. Most are not on our intended route, but as I have had a few private messages asking for more info, and have seen a few posts on honeymooning in Ireland, I thought I'd share them here. Most I found on Alistair Sawday's "Special Places to Stay in Ireland" website.

I've also attached some higher end hotels and country houses. These are not places we look at, due to price and the fact that we are mere peasants ;-) but on a honeymoon you should certainly pamper yourselves more than we do!

I encourage anyone with knowledge of a very romantic, very private B&B or other lodging to post it here. Thanks!

Sheep's Head Peninsula:


Check out the "bothy", a private cottage right on the waterfront!

Off the Ring of Kerry:


"The bathroom is built entirely for pleasure..." ;-)


High end country house with gorgeous grounds.


Framhouse self-catering for two, available by the week or short breaks off-season.


A place I want to stay before I die...

Co. Cork:


Lovely-looking country house, cooking classes, and private self-catering apartments.

Co. Tipperary:


A private self-catering cottage

On Inishmaan (the middle of the Aran Islands)


This place looks unbelievable! Breakfast delivered to your bed, too ;-)



"Imagine lying in a mohogany sleigh bed, watching dolphins play in the bay..."


Private cottage available on a daily (2 night minimum) rate. Dinner available.


Self-catering tiny cottages in a historic village setting.

Achill Island, Co. Mayo:


Not sure how "romantic", but the area is secluded and gorgeous.

County Mayo:


High end luxury hotel, spa services

Near Kells, Co. Meath:


Self-catering cottage for two, by the week only.

County Westmeath:


High end hotel, spa

County Clare:


Waterfront small luxury country house

County Waterford:


A Relais & Chateaux hotel, beautiful setting.

Cork, Ireland
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1. Re: Romantic places to stay in Ireland?

Wow, thanks for putting that together, I'm looking for a place in October.

Picin and Westcove look fantastic.

Edited: 03 June 2010, 22:01
london, ontario
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2. Re: Romantic places to stay in Ireland?

Fantastic willow - and many thanks!!

Hopefully more people can contribute :)

Cork, Ireland
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3. Re: Romantic places to stay in Ireland?

Can I add


A medium sized Manor House hotel,near Ballyvaughan in the heart of the burren in beautiful County Clare.

Ennis, Ireland
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4. Re: Romantic places to stay in Ireland?

Thanks for putting that together willowtree.

That is amazing and I will definitely try out some of them over the next year or two.

The one on Inis Meain looks very enticing, although a bit on the pricey side.

Ennis, Ireland
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5. Re: Romantic places to stay in Ireland?

Also as Bryno has added one, I will add one of my favourites too


It is a bit expensive but really worth if for 5 star treatment on a special occasion.

New Hampshire
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6. Re: Romantic places to stay in Ireland?

Oh, PLEASE add any that you know of!

Some folks like high end luxury, some go for castles, some for modern amenities, some for rustic seclusion, some for quaintness....

My personal favorites (I haven't been to any, so this is based just on website):

Ballyroon Mountain




Dolphin Beach House

Moy House

I think you can tell we like scenic vistas, clean streamlined rooms, and B&B vs. self-catering (I'm on vacation - I'm NOT %$#@ cooking, how's THAT for romance for ya, dear?!" ;-)

New Hampshire
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7. Re: Romantic places to stay in Ireland?

Gregans looks wonderful, Bryno. I've seen it mentioned on TA many times before, but somehow never really read the website. Very "un-stuffy" seeming for a manor house!

Westcove looks great as well, and relatively inexpensive.

Altrincham, United...
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8. Re: Romantic places to stay in Ireland?

What a Fabulous list..... !

Thanks for posting / starting this Willowtree.

: )

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9. Re: Romantic places to stay in Ireland?

Our concepts of a 'romantic place to stay' are olde worlde or vintage properties (preferably rustic and rural) and ones with pleasant gardens/walks/attractions and good food/wine on-site or nearby so our favourite 'most romantic places to stay' in Ireland would currently be:


Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in Recess, Connemara

(expensive hotel)



The Clarence in Dublin

(expensive hotel)



Markree Castle Hotel in Collooney, Co Sligo

(mid-price hotel)



Annes Grove Gatelodge in Castletownroche, Co Cork

(mid-price Landmark Trust property)



Gort-Na-Nain Vegetarian Guesthouse in Ballyherkin, Co. Cork

(low-mid price B+B - not vintage but lovely anyway)



We're very fond of the Malmaison chain as an urban 'romantic weekend' getaway hotel so in Belfast we like to stay here:



Edited: 04 June 2010, 09:30
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10. Re: Romantic places to stay in Ireland?


I can't believe it: you and I have an identical "wish-list" (your personal favourites).

I too have yet to stay at any of them, but have recommended Iskeroon, Picin and Moy House when the question of romantic places has arisen. I tried to get a couple of nights at Inis Meain this year, but they hadn't opened for the season, and I almost got to Dolphin Beach House last year - but visited Beara and Dingle instead.

(I'm still waiting for DH to take me to Moy House; we've driven past several times and the location looks amazing!).

I'm a big fan of Alastair Sawday's Special Places, and have been lucky enough to stay at a couple of places in Ireland (and the UK). I've never been disappointed:



and I'll be staying at Lawcus Farm in the Oak Room with my children next month:


Here are some suggestions for Dingle for anyone heading that way:






and some in Kenmare that have been recommended by other posters, including Sally (Ireland DE), if memory serves me right: