Travel Tuesday finds some summer staycations in Ireland

Sensational Summer Breaks

Is there anywhere more beautiful than Ireland in the sunshine? I’ve been travelling through so many different countries around the world and it is difficult to compete with the standard of hotels and hospitality found in Ireland. I’ve put together a variety of luxury stays at home that require a short train or car ride.

Westport Woods, Mayo; 4 Night Family Holiday


Description : 4 Nights Familly Holiday for 2 adults and up to two children sharing a family room.  July 17th – August 22nd – €849 in total August 23rd – Sept 10th – €579 in total Fantastic offer includes: Full Irish Breakfast each Morning Four Course Evening meal in our Lakeview Restaurant on three evenings Fun and Games for the kids in our go!kids! Club Complimentary Pool & Gym  To add more children to the package or personalise your stay call 098 25811. Your kids will be busy bees: Movie Nights! Theatre! Puppet Shows! Swim Club ! Go Kids Olympics! Horse Riding! Pizza Making! Volley Ball! Ceili! Science Experiments & Much More!

Bloomfield House, Westmeath; Fun Family Break

Description : Enjoy a Fun Family Break with our inclusive special offer of 2 Nights Bed & Full Irish Breakfast with 1 Dinner. From €268 This Fantastic Family Break also includes: * FREE Bumble Bee Kids Club (Weekends and Holidays | Kids aged 4 to 12) * Discounts off Spa Treatments * Full use of the Leisure Club with a fully equipped Gym, 20 Metre Swimming Pool and Thermal Facilities * Discounted rates at Local Attractions and Golf Clubs * Free WIFI * Special Rate for Rock & Bowl Adventure Centre located nearby * Live Music every Friday & Saturday Night (Every Night throughout July & August) * Less than 1 hours drive from Glendeer Pet Farm, Tayto Park & Dublin Zoo Read why Kids love Bloomfield so much… Children’s rates added to this package include Bed and Breakfast each morning and Dinner on one evening. All other meals and extras are charged as taken. Book Direct  with us on this site for the Best Rates | Exclusive Special Offers | Perks & Promotions |  No Deposit | Flexible Cancellation | Deal Direct with us and  more

Fitzgeralds Vienna Woods, Cork: 2 Night Family Break

Description : Treat the family to our two night B&B package which offers one evening meal on 1 nights of your choice and entry to a host of Cork’s best Kids attractions from €279. This package includes: Family Pass to Fota Wildlife Park Entry to Source Leisure Centre This package is based on 2 Adults and 2 Kids.  A supplement of €50 for 1 additional child applies. Evening meals are for adults only and children will be charged seperately at an additional cost.

Valid From : 01.01.2013 Valid To : 31.12.2017

Booking Direct with a property will almost always get a better deal for the consumer so refrain from 3rd party sites and pick up the phone or go to the hotel website directly.


Furthermore, is the official consumer booking site of the Irish Hotels Federation where consumers can choose from over 600 accommodation providers in Ireland.


See out the summer in style with a luxurious midweek break at Castlemartyr Resort in Co. Cork  



To celebrate long summer evenings and glorious sunshine, five-star Castlemartyr Resort have created a gorgeous mini holiday for those who wish to holiday in style with a little relaxation and a lot of luxury.


Enjoy overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Room with full Irish breakfast the following morning. Spend your evening dining in Franchini’s, the resort’s authentic Italian eatery, or the fabulous Bell Tower Restaurant overlooking the restored parterre garden, where the menu is based on the best of seasonal produce from the locality.


The five-star manor house hotel is set on 220 acres of mature, rolling parkland speckled with meandering streams and glistening lakes. Wander through the gorgeous grounds featuring a tranquil swan lake, the dramatic ruins of an 800-year-old castle and impeccably restored parterre gardens while soaking up the sunshine. Great food and wine, a glorious spa, and award winning golf course are the backdrop to a splendid staycation.


Enjoy an opulent summer break at Castlemartyr Resort. The Hello Summer! offers are available with a choice of overnight packages from €230 per room per night including overnight accommodation with a full Irish breakfast and a two course dinner in Franchini’s or a two-night break from €195 per room per night including overnight accommodation with full Irish breakfast and a two course dinner in the Bell Tower Restaurant, valid for two adults and up to one child under the age of 12 when sharing with parents. The Hello Summer! package is available for midweek stays from Sunday to Thursday and valid until August 31st 2017 – terms and conditions apply.


To book call 021 421 9000 or visit for more information.


Tea & Treats in the luxurious surroundings of The Heritage Killenard



If you are looking for an escape or just some time to relax, The Spa at The Heritage Killenard is the place for you. Set in the countryside just outside the picturesque village of Killenard in County Laois, The Heritage Killenard is the ideal location to enjoy some Tea & Treats and a great night’s sleep in a luxurious room.


Unwind in the thermal suite while you enjoy the Heritage Spa Experience followed by a Bespoke Mini Facial to leave your skin feeling fresh and radiant, finishing up with a Muscle Melting Back Massage to relax, restore and revitalise the body. Feeling fully relaxed and rejuvenated make your way to the opulent surroundings of the Lobby Lounge where you will enjoy The Heritage Killenard Signature Afternoon Tea including a selection of fine teas and coffees served with a delicious selection of sweet and savoury treats. After all those treats, you’ll want to make the most of your relaxed mind and body, and enjoy a wonderful night sleep in one of the hotel’s beautiful bedrooms.


As always, guests can expect the welcoming atmosphere and impeccable service that the Heritage Killenard has become known. Whether you are looking for a little self-indulgence or a day out with the girls the Tea & Treats package at Heritage Killenard is a little bit of luxury that you don’t want to miss.

The Tea & Treats package is available from €149 per person sharing and includes Afternoon Tea, the Spa Experience, a ½ hour spa treatment and overnight accommodation with breakfast the following morning.


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Get active this summer with the Cycle and Stay Package at Mount Juliet Estate 


Enjoy a fun and relaxing cycling break at Mount Juliet Estate, a magnificent 500-acre country estate with a gorgeous Georgian house set at its heart, just an hour from Dublin.


Stay in one of Mount Juliet Estate’s spacious and comfortable two-bedroom Rose Garden Lodges and enjoy all this country escape has to offer. Kilkenny Cycling Tours will have your bike ready so you can head off an adventure with Ireland’s Medieval Mile Treasure Hunt. With a map of 19 historical buildings, take a self guided tour of Kilkenny city’s ancient winding streets and discover the city on wheels.


The map includes a brief history of each building with clues and questions at each location. Ideal for families or groups, split into teams to see who can get the most correct to win the challenge! Each participant will also receive an Ireland’s Medieval Mile Certificate.


The ideal spot for cycling enthusiasts, complimentary bikes are also available at Mount Juliet Estate to explore the lush parklands and scenic countryside.

Stay overnight in one of Mount Juliet Estate’s Rose Garden Lodges (suitable for a family of four or four adults) and Ireland’s Medieval Mile Cycling Treasure Hunt with Kilkenny Cycling Tours including bike hire for €395 for family of four or four adults.


Visit for more information



Serenity Spa at The Rose Hotel – Time away to nurture and nourish mind, body and soul


To celebrate the launch of Serenity Spa, The Rose Hotel in the heart of The Kingdom is offering guests a choice of pampering breaks designed to nurture and nourish mind, body and soul.


Time stands still at the newly opened Serenity Spa at The Rose Hotel where the bespoke treatment rooms provide a tranquil space to relax and let the worries of the world drift away.

To meet the individual requirements of their guests, Serenity Spa at The Rose Hotel have carefully selected world acclaimed ELEMIS Skincare Therapy products and treatments.


Spoil yourself with a weekend escape at The Rose Hotel where you and a guest can enjoy a two-night spa break with a bottle of Prosecco on arrival, dinner on one evening of your choice in the elegant Rose Room restaurant, breakfast each morning and a choice of spa treatments at the Serenity Spa (choose from a deep tissue massage or an ELEMIS 55-minute facial of choice). Spa Escapes start from €480 for a total stay based on a two-night stay for two sharing.


For more information on spa breaks visit or call +353 66 7199100

Time for a Vintage Tea Break

Trinity City Hotel teams up with Vintage Tea Tours for a ci-tea break with a difference

Trinity City Hotel has teamed up with Vintage Tea Tours to give guests the opportunity to explore the city in style – from the top deck of a vintage double decker!


Tea in hand, tour Dublin’s most famous sights –  including Phoenix Park and St. Patrick’s Cathedral – while enjoying a quintessential afternoon tea spread on “Pauline”, the vintage 1960s Routemaster bus.


Trinity City Hotel, encompassing four original Georgian houses and situated on Pearse Street in the heart of Dublin city, is the ideal location to begin a nostalgic trip through the capital. Check-in to your newly refurbished room before making your way to the nearby CHQ building, a mere hop, skip and a jump across the Liffey, where you can board the dinky double decker before enjoying a 1.5 hour tour of the city, accompanied by a vintage jazz soundtrack and a feast of seasonable afternoon tea delights.


Following your deliciously unique tour, return to the chic and stylish Trinity City Hotel to relax. Wander around the hotel and discover the fascinating décor before enjoying dinner in the Courtyard Restaurant, a night cap in the bar and a restful night’s sleep.


The Vintage Tea Break package includes overnight accommodation with breakfast and a Vintage Tea Tour. Prices starts from €219 per room. The Vintage Tea Tour runs three times daily from Wednesday to Sunday.


For more information visit



Enjoy a Summer Escape at Glenlo Abbey: 

  • Two night stay in luxury accommodation with views overlooking Lough Corrib and Glenlo Abbey Estate, breakfast each morning served in the timeless elegance of the River Room Restaurant, a Summer Cocktail on the Terrace and Dinner for Two on one Evening in the Pullman Restaurant. A fine dining restaurant set on two original carriages from the Orient Express – enjoy a 4 course Summer Menu – The Flavours of Summer aboard the Pullman.

From €274 per person in a Classic Room


Glenlo Abbey is one of my favourite places to stay in Galway and for a real treat get taken back in time in the nostalgic pullman restaurant.

Falconry and Archery in the Walled Garden – Our falconry packages include a falconry session with our resident falconer when you will get up close with numerous birds of prey.

Cycling on the new cycle tracks around the 138 acre estate

Golfing at Glenlo Abbey Golf


PLUS  – we have a newly refurbished onsite cinema with daily movie screenings for those rainy days.

Indulge in a luxurious Summer break with Ireland’s Blue Book

I’m a big fan of their properties and especially love the Ice House in Mayo. The King Sitric in Howth is another favourite and the cafe bar East attached to the property is my local! Here are a select few Summer Special Offers from the Blue Book, more can be found at:


Overnight Escape to Carrig Country House, on the Ring of Kerry

Description: Enjoy a leisurely overnight stay and a 4-course dinner in our Lakeside Restaurant where a wonderful dining experience awaits you.  In the morning relax and catch up with the newspapers after enjoying a hearty Country house Irish breakfast before departing at your leisure. The rate is per person sharing.


Hidden away on the shores of Caragh Lake, on the Ring of Kerry, discover enchanting Carrig Country House & Restaurant where you will “escape from it all”, relax and enjoy some of the most beautiful and unspoilt scenery in Ireland. Whether you wish to just laze, read and sip an Irish whiskey or partake in outdoor pursuits, such as golf, fishing, water sports, beach horse riding, hiking in the magnificent hills or tour the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, Killarney National Park or World Heritage site Skellig Michael, Carrig Country House is the ideal location.


Valid From: 03.03.2017 To: 30.10.2017

From: €270 total stay

For more information please see or contact Carrig Country House directly on 066 9769100


The Mustard Seed, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick. Picture: Alan Place.

Sparkle & Soothe at The Mustard Seed, Co. Limerick (3-night Break)

Description: Fantastic value break for three nights inclusive of a bottle of prosecco in your room on arrival, the Mustard Seed Classic dinner on one evening, 4 course Early Evening dinner on another evening and full Irish breakfast each morning.

Nestled in the heart of the Co. Limerick countryside is The Mustard Seed, a converted 19th century convent. This celebrated and comfortable country house is set on ten acres of mature trees, herbaceous borders, orchard and kitchen garden. The restaurant with its busy, buzzy dining room has long been highly acclaimed, attracting lovers of good food and fine wine from around the globe. Dinner is memorable and non-residents are also welcome. The Mustard Seed is an oasis of understated luxury making it the ideal hideaway.

Valid From: 03.09.2012 To: 30.12.2017

From: €€315 per person sharing.

For more information please see or contact The Mustard Seed directly on 069 68508


Dusk til’ Dawn at Newforge House, Co. Armagh

Description: Escape for a night away in Ireland’s Blue Book’s “Dinkiest” Country House! Take a stroll in the gardens, watch the chickens in the orchard, read a book or simply get busy doing nothing! Available Tuesday-Friday Overnight stay in one of the bespoke ensuite bedrooms. Best ‘Ulster Fry’ cooked to order Tea/coffee & homemade bakes on arrival and a 3-Course Dinner

Cradled in mature gardens and green fields in the village of Magheralin this 5-star Georgian Country House, built in 1785, has been in the family for six generations. Extensive, yet sensitive, restoration works were undertaken over two-years before John and Louise Mathers opened the family home to guests in 2005. Newforge boasts light and airy reception rooms and six individually designed bedrooms

Valid From: 01.02.2017 To: 18.12.2017

From: £190 Total Stay


Country House Romance at Coopershill House, Co. Sligo

Description: Escape to the peace and quiet of rural Co. Sligo. 2 nights B&B and 1 x 4 course dinner. There are just 8 luxury bedrooms at Coopershill so this is a truly quiet place where we take the time to make you feel welcome and relaxed in a beautiful 18th century mansion. Golf, Spas and wonderful activities are only a short drive away but not here. There’s not even a hint of the sound of traffic. Just the wind in the ancient trees, bird song and the clink of the ice in your Gin & Tonic.

If you are looking for a genuine, romantic, Grand Irish Country House with comfort, character and sublime cooking, then you are going to love Coopershill in Co. Sligo. A stunning mile long avenue crossing the River Unshin and winding through ancient woods and deer pastures on the 500-acre Private Estate brings you to this fabulous Georgian mansion. Dinner is a highlight served at candle lit tables set with family silver and crystal. Ingredients straight from the estate vegetable and fruit gardens produce wonderfully fresh flavours.

Valid From: 01.01.2015 To: 31.10.2017

From: €494 total price for two

For more information please see or contact Coopershill House 071 916 5108



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