Forget Paris or Rome, Ireland is truly one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
With its stunning landscapes and beautiful coastlines, Ireland makes the ideal location for a magical getaway with your beau.
Here are 10 of the most romantic getaways on your doorstep.
1. Cliff House Hotel, Co. Waterford
The Cliff House Hotel on the striking coastline of Ardmore Bay is one of the most popular choices for luxury honeymoons in Ireland. The beautiful 39-room seaside hotel is the ideal location to take in the breathtaking views of the beach, and the dolphins who play in the waters below. Indulge yourself in a seaweed facial or a specialist bath using Irish peat at the hotel’s stunning Well Spa, which is set in to the rock face. You can enjoy some of the country’s best restaurants, including the hotel’s own Michelin-starred House Restaurant.
2. Longueville House Hotel, Co Cork
Set in 500 acres of private wooded grounds and gardens just west of Mallow, this elegant Georgian mansion overlooking the River Blackwater offers stunning accommodation, beautiful day rooms with open fires, and a cosy drawing room bar. Dine in the wonderful restored Turner conservatory, which is romantically draped with muslin and candlelit at night, or the adjoining Presidents Restaurant.
3. Harvey’s Point, Co Donegal
Harvey’s Point, sitting on the shores of the stunning Lough Eske in County Donegal, is a haven for newlyweds looking for a few days calm after their wedding day. Harvey’s Point prides itself on their warm Donegal hospitality. Guests can enjoy fine dining in the hotel’s Lakeside Restaurant before heading off for a long walk in the Donegal countryside. Treat yourself to a lakeview room, where you can indulge with a beautiful backdrop to relax, recharge, or simply whisper sweet nothings.
4. Gregan’s Castle Hotel, Co Clare
This hotel offers open fires and understated romance at a luxurious country house hotel overlooking The Burren. Discreetly hospitable staff, luxuriously furnished bedrooms, and delicious, locally sourced food all make this a great place to be: the perfect hideaway.
5. The Powerscourt Hotel, Co Wicklow
Given the special nature of its stunning location, this deluxe hotel enjoys an unbeatably romantic setting in the beautiful Wicklow Hills and offers great amenities including golf and a destination spa. With the Powerscourt Estate and Gardens on the doorstep, and the whole of the Wicklow Hills to wander, this is a very romantic destination at any time.
6. The Village at Lyons Demesne, Co Kildare
As romantic a destination as anyone could wish for, with good value offers often available. In the grounds, accommodation is offered in beautifully furnished houses including the Shackleton House, with elegant interiors, four-poster beds, and over-sized baths. There’s even a dovecote, home to four pairs of white doves.
7. Moy House, Co Clare
This stunning house is romantically located on a wooded site beside the river Moy, overlooking Lahinch Bay - and it’s one of Ireland’s most appealing and luxurious country houses. Although it appears to be quite a small, low building as you approach, the hillside position is deceptive and, while cosy, it is a spacious, elegant and exceptionally hospitable place to stay. All the rooms are lovely and have sea views.
8. Picin Cottage, Co Kerry
The idyllic boutique Picin Cottage, on the south side of the Ring of Kerry, is the ultimate in romance. If you’re looking for a quirky, cosy cottage for two to spend a few tranquil days in the arms of your beau, this wonderfully restored two-story luxury lodge is the venue for you. Enjoy long afternoon walks on the nearby Derrynane Beach before relaxing in your own charming candle-lit cottage for two.
9. Triumphal Arch Gatelodge, Co Fermanagh
If you’re looking for somewhere truly peaceful to spend a couple of days with your other half, check out this venue, located in the heart of County Fermanagh. The comfortable lodge will be your home away from home as you explore the surrounding areas, including a visit to the nearby Lough Erne, fishing on the Colebrook River or walking tours or birdwatching on the widespread estate. The lodge is one of the gateways to Colebrooke Park and is the perfect venue for those looking to spend a weekend getting to know some of Ireland’s most wonderful attractions.
10. The Westbury Hotel, Co Dublin
The Westbury Hotel, in the heart of the capital, is one of the city’s most luxurious venues. Fill your romantic weekend stay at this iconic location by enjoying all that Dublin city has to offer - cosying up to each other over a pint of Guinness in one of the city’s numerous pubs, or taking in history with a tour of the city’s beautiful museums and art galleries. Each luxuriously appointed room is flooded with natural light.
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