Valentine’s Day Travel on VM1 Elaine

With Valentine’s Day coming up in less than a month it’s time to turn our attention to some Romantic Travel. I’ve pulled together some lovely hotels that will inspire and put romance into your love life, with a selection of Irish and European short stays.

Ireland, The Lodge at Castle Leslie

The Blue Book have a selection of beautiful country houses and stately homes and I recently sampled the delights at The Lodge at Castle Leslie. Best known as the hotel where Paul McCartney was married, Castle Leslie has attached The Lodge which was once part of the house’s stables.

Castle Leslie Estate

With inspiring rooms named after individual horses such as Jupiter and Tiffany, rooms have a view over the stables and with a Victorian spa and outdoor hot tub this luxury property will inspire romance in any soul.

Enjoy horse-riding and spectacular cuisine while soaking up the scenery on the 1000 acres across the estate. The town of Glaslough is perfect for a romantic stroll with quaint stores and pubs.

One night Roses & Romance  at Castle Leslie Estate, Co Monaghan

Enjoy 1 nights’ accommodation with a romantic candlelit dinner in the 2 AA Rosette award winning Snaffles Restaurant, along with a glass of bubbly.

Chocolates and a single Red Rose will await you in your bedroom on turndown and a fabulous full Irish breakfast the following morning.

Guests are advised to book dinner prior to arrival.

This package is only Valid on the 14th February 2019


From: €150 per adult


From more information please see or call 04788100


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The Metropole Hotel, Cork

Staying in Ireland and heading south this time to McCurtain Street which has emerged as a trendy new quarter in the city offering high end luxury to budget places to stay laced with delicious dining and speciality bars. I stayed in the Jack Lynch Suite and was treated to a fabulous dining experience at the Met Restaurant in the Metropole. Next door the Shelbourne Bar is a cosy haven offering whiskey tasting and they’ll even allow customers to bring takeaways into the bar from the quaint chipper across the road, The Fish Wife. There is a wonderful sense of community and revival on this street crowned with examples of beautifully restored Victorian Architecture. Another good bar is Cask which specialises in cocktails.

The Metropole Hotel Cork 

Enjoy a romantic stay at The Metropole Hotel Cork in the heart of the Victorian Quarter in Cork City

this Valentine’s weekend

Stay on our two-night package which includes bed and breakfast with a three-course dining experience on an evening of your choice at the MET, the newly opened fine dining restaurant along with the MET Valentines speciality cocktail.

As you arrive you will be greeted with warm towels with prosecco & chocolate dipped strawberries will await you upon check in.

Enjoy a leisurely late check out on the morning of your departure.

€189.50 per person sharing

For more information visit or call 021 464 3700

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Ballygally Castle, Antrim


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European Breaks

If you’d like to spend your romantic time with your loved one a little further abroad then Click and Go have some great offers

This two night trip to Amsterdam

4 star Valentine’s Day City Breaks to Amsterdam from €259pp 

From €259pp for the 4 star WestCord Fashion Hotel.  Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel on 15 February 2019.

Price includes:

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Or what about this fantastic price to Budapest with Click and Go

4 star Valentine’s Day City Breaks to Budapest from €219pp 

From €219pp for the 4 star Mediterran Hotel.  Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel on 14 February 2019.

Price includes:


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Rome with The Travel Department

Is there anywhere more romantic for lovers than Rome? This wonderful tour will take the pain out of organising your way around this romantic city with plenty of free time to explore at your own pace.

Beautiful Fountain de Trevi in Rome, Italy

Romantic Rome City Break

Departing 14th February 2019 for 3 nights

4* B&B hotel accommodation, return flights, transfers, city tour

From €469pp


  • Guided walking tour of Ancient and Baroque Rome – visit such sites as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain and Saint Peter in Chains Basilica
  • Plenty of leisure time to relax, sight-see or do some shopping at your own pace. You may like to visit the Vatican with its Sistine Chapel or the Spanish Steps, or your guide will be happy to recommend activities or other places of interest

Contact the Travel Department online

or  Call us today01 637 1650


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