Summer Staycation Ideas With Ireland’s Blue Book

The Blue Book have a lovely selection of properties to match up and extend your stay. You can hear myself and Michelle Maguire the CEO of Ireland’s Blue Book speak about some of these suggestions on this week’s The Novel Traveller Podcast. Click to hear us in conversation Podcast

Or listen to our conversation here

Extend your stay by fitting in a second destination I hope that you like these suggestions here.

Derry – Country and City

Set amidst 10 wooded acres, Ardtara is an elegant 19th-century mansion in the heart of Northern Ireland. Just 15 minutes from Seamus Heaney HomePlace and within 45 minutes of both Belfast & Derry, the Giant’s Causeway, the Antrim coast, Royal Portrush golf club and many Game of Thrones film locations, it’s the perfect base from which to explore.

From: £79.50 B&B pps

Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Derry City

Perfectly positioned within the historic city walls, nestled in the heart of the “Cathedral Quarter”, Bishops Gate Hotel is an iconic landmark, and the epitome of Edwardian elegance; an intimate urban oasis featuring 30 luxurious guestrooms, including 2 suites, a residents lounge, fitness area, restaurant and champagne bar.

From: £129 B&B per room per night

Galway – Country and City

Glenlo Abbey, Galway

Glenlo Abbey Hotel is a 5 Star Hotel in County Galway which dates back to 1740. Nestled peacefully on a stunning 138-acre resort on the edge of Ireland’s largest lake, Lough Corrib, the hotel offers wonderful, scenic views and is a haven for walkers looking to explore the rugged landscapes of Connemara.

Open log fires and a warm welcome await you at this luxury, five-star property. Guests can dine aboard the award-winning Pullman Restaurant, set on two original Orient Express carriages, and the 18th Century Abbey is the perfect venue for banquets, occasions and intimate weddings.

From: €220 B&B per room per night

Currarevagh House, Connemara

Currarevagh is a graceful Victorian Country House, set in a 180-acre private estate on the shores of Lough Corrib in Connemara. Currarevagh offers genuine Irish hospitality, a timeless experience in a unique setting which has welcomed guests for 130 years. Peace and tranquillity reign, with elegant bedrooms and comfortable drawing rooms in a beautifully maintained historic house, all surrounded by majestic scenery and stunning vistas.

From: €80 B&B pps

Kerry – Lake and Park

Carrig Country House, Killorgan

Hidden away on the shores of Caragh Lake, on the Ring of Kerry, discover the enchanting Carrig Country House and Restaurant where you can escape from it all, relax and enjoy some of the most beautiful and unspoiled scenery in Ireland.

Located in the heart of the Reeks District, guests to Carrig House can enjoy hiking, biking, stand-up paddle-boarding,  golf, horse riding or boating. Tour the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Killarney National Park or the World Heritage Site – Skellig Michael, or just laze, read and sip an Irish whiskey by the fire.

From: €95 B&B pps

Cahernane Country House, Killarney

Cahernane House Hotel is a unique experience of old Irish history mixed with modern luxuries. Beautifully situated on its own private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park, and only a twenty-minute walk to Killarney town centre.

Cahernane House Hotel exudes a sense of relaxation and peacefulness where guests can retreat from the hectic pace of life into a cocoon of calmness and serenity.

From: €169 B&B per room per night

Mountain and Coast

Coopershill House, Co. Sligo

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. Coopershill has been in the O’Hara family since it was built in 1774 and they have been welcoming and entertaining guests for the last 244 years.

Their “Picnic of Benbulben’s Head” includes a climb of the majestic mountain (4 hour moderate hike) 2 nights B&B, 1 x 4 course dinner, maps and directions and 1 picnic for €594 total price

Just over 2 hours away is Rathmullan House, Co. Donegal

Situated on the shores of Lough Swilly, a short walk through the rolling lawn leads you to a two-mile stretch of golden sandy beach. The interior of Rathmullan House is relaxed and welcoming with open fires burning in the homely lounges.

Bedrooms range from romantic doubles with garden views to the large garret rooms for families. A heated indoor swimming pool provided the perfect opportunity to unwind after a day of sightseeing.

From: €90 B&B pps

Limerick – Country House Meets Modern City Hotel

The Mustard Seed, Ballingarry

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.

From: €70 B&B pps

No.1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa, Limerick City

Overlooking the handsome, tree-lined Peoples Park in Limerick’s historic Georgian Quarter, No.1 Pery Square is a luxurious and intimate boutique townhouse. Situated just 5 min’s walk from the city centre & train/bus station. The house comprises of 20 bedrooms all individually named and styled.

Delicious food & wine served at Sash and the Park room lounge. No 1 also houses an organic VOYA spa tucked away in the basement vaults and own kitchen garden, rooms full of personality and style throughout and a boutique wine shop.

From: €75 pps

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