Travel Tuesday Staycations on Virgin Media’s Elaine

Elaine show February 9th 2021

It’s time to start thinking of staycations after Failte Ireland announced at a recent webinar that they will be concentrating on the domestic market this year. Interestingly last year 65% of people said they would take a break but the actual number was only 28% and many properties were sold out. But don’t panic as I have a variety of lovely places to stay that will ensure you have a fantastic staycation this summer.


The Pond Suites at Marlfield House, Co. Wexford

Marlfield House is renowned for its lavish and warm hospitality and has long been recognized as one of the most celebrated luxury hotels in Ireland.

An Oasis of tranquillity and charm this luxury country house hotel in Ireland has a refreshingly relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, mirrored by the courtesy of the Bowe family and their dedicated team. Marlfield first opened its doors to guests over 40 years ago and is a member of the prestigious world wide Relais & Chateaux luxury hotel group and Ireland’s Blue Book.

The Pond Suites are located overlooking the pond, in a lush, wooded setting of mature oak trees and ferns. Encompassing large open plan interiors of 50m2, with patio doors onto a private terrace, they are the epitome of a modern, luxurious country house experience, in the most private of settings.

From the woodland and russet colours of The Fox, exotic greens and blues of The Peacock, the striking Blue Heron and The White Heron, each has its own distinctive character. A large bathroom with a free-standing bath sits under a round picture window, walk-in shower, double sinks & separate WC. You will experience plush, luxe interiors encompassing eclectic & bespoke furnishings & modern amenities & fittings.

Price: Bed breakfast and dinner rates starting from €249 per person sharing

The Cosy Cabins at Dunbrody House, Co. Wexford

The cosy cabin offers guests a back-to-nature woodland retreat for those seeking to get away from urban life and experience a more relaxed private option to the main hotel accommodation. Set in the woods beside near the Dunbrody herb garden the only sounds you’ll hear are the birdsong and cattle lowing. Overlooking the valley down to Arthurstown Harbour the cabin is decorated New England style with one double room and two singles, a lovely open space to sit and relax and a gorgeous terrace from where guests can watch the sunset through the trees.

Only a stone’s throw from the main hotel you can still enjoy all the facilities and choose to dine in the restaurant, sip cocktails on the terrace of the seafood bar or head to the pub for a more casual vibe.

Although the cabin is not self-catering breakfast is offered as an additional option in the Harvest Room Restaurant.

Price: From €150 per night sleeping up to four people.

Longueville House, Co. Cork

Longueville’s beautiful view of the Blackwater Valley belies a turbulent history. The oldest section of this house was built in 1720 by the Longfield family, who always maintained they were of French extraction and not Cromwellians.

Current day proprietor William O’Callaghan is a descendant of original owner Donough O’Callaghan. Donough fought beside the Catholics after the collapse of the 1641 Rebellion and forfeited the land to Cromwell. At this time, when Richard Longfield was created Baron Longueville in 1795, the family changed the name of the estate to Longueville.

Longueville House is available for you to rent exclusively for as long as you wish! This gorgeous house usually accommodates groups of up to 18 guests. Should your party require more bedroom space we can accommodate an additional 11 guests by special request – a total of 29/30 guests.

We also offer another smaller 5 bedroom property next door known as The Courtyard Mews taking small groups of up to 10 guests should your party extend to a grand total of 40 guests between the two houses. Rates are €486 for the mews per night for ten people


Dunowen House, Co. Cork

Dunowen House is a luxury 18th-century property on the Wild Atlantic Way, close to Clonakilty. Surrounded by private coves and beaches, guests get the chance to totally experience West Cork. Carefully restored, it showcases its unique rock and roll heritage, as the former home of Noel Redding, bass guitarist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. A music room is dedicated to memorabilia, vintage posters and music magazines. When you stay it is yours exclusively – ideal for families, friends, celebrations and events. Dunowen offers the comforts of a luxury small hotel with the privacy of a country estate. Private catering available.

The main house at Dunowen sleeps max 18 people here are the prices:

Weekend celebration 2 night stay & dinner party from €175 per person

2 night self catering from €2,000

Weekly rates:

Low Season from €3,600

High Season from €4,000

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Sneem Hotel and self catering Kerry

Sneem Hotel is nestled in Goldens Cove on the famous Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. This quiet and unspoilt location will take your breath away and make you feel right at home from the moment you arrive at this beautiful hotel.

Family Hotel and Self Catering

Taste the FREEDOM, enjoy the Kingdom

3 nights Self Catering in a 2 Bedroomed Apartment which sleeps 4  the rate for the Self Catering is €525.00 for three nights.

The apartments in Sneem Hotel are beautifully designed in calming neutral colours, with uninterrupted views over the Sneem estuary, Golden’s Cove two and three bedroomed apartments are a great example of spacious luxury self catering in Ireland and include a larger open plan living area and kitchen with all the modern conveniences. With spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms, stunning sea and mountain views, with generous balconies or terraces bringing the magnificent outdoors of the Ring of Kerry, they are the ideal choice for spending time with family and friends.

3 nights Family Break €615.00

3 night offer includes breakfast each morning and family dinner on two evenings.

Three Night Stay in a  spacious mountain view family room with en suite facilities for two adults and 1 child, includes breakfast each morning and dinner on two evenings for all the family.

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Woodland Huts at Virginia Park Lodge, Co. Cavan

Originally built as a hunting lodge for the first Earl of Bective,Lord Headfort, one of Ireland’s richest men.


on the edge of Deerpark forest at Virginia Park Lodge, these bespoke handcrafted luxury Shepard’s huts are glamping at its best.

Steps lead up to French double doors with solid oak flooring throughout, open plan living at its smartest, the huts feature a built in dining area that seamlessly converts to a super comfortable double bed. There is a Shaker style fitted galley kitchen area with Neff hob, kettle & fridge. The hut features a good size wardrobe with plenty of storage space and a full standing fitted shower and toilet.

Price: From €140 per hut per night, bed and breakfast.



The Potting Sheds at Enniscoe House, Co. Mayo

Situated on the lovely Enniscoe House estate near Crossmolina, Horse House One and The Potting Shed are a wonderful choice for a self-catering holiday in County Mayo.

Horse House One is a three-bedroom self-catering holiday cottage. It is a new conversion of an old building situated in the courtyard behind Enniscoe House and The Potting Shed is two bedrooms and the cottages overlook the walled garden. Guests will find a sitting room with an open fireplace and double doors opening onto the garden and woodland area behind the courtyard.

The Potting Shed is furnished in a simple farm-house style, but it is comfortable and attractive.

Enniscoe Estate is ideally located near the renowned fly fishing and game angling waters of the West. The region also offers splendid heritage sites, hiking, cycling, golfing and horse riding.

From €480 per week.


The Courtyard Cottage Suites at Tankardstown House, Co. Meath

The cosy courtyard cottages are beautifully appointed and open out onto the courtyard complete with fountain and access to the walled garden where the hot tub and small summer house are located. Each bedroom within the suites have its own ensuite bath/shower room, whilst an easy seating area downstairs is perfect to relax and enjoy the peaceful surrounds. Well behaved four legged family members are also welcome to Tankardstown House, in the dedicated dog-friendly courtyard cottages.

Price: From €260 per room per night


These are going to be popular for people who are anxious and would rather have their own private space. I’ve picked a nice property in County Tipperary.

Located 5 mins drive from Lough Derg in North Tipperary in the centre of Ireland, The Calves Field Holiday Rental has every modern luxury necessary to feel more than comfortable. With an open floor plan, abundant amenities and wonderful details in every corner, you’ll find everything you need for a Family Staycation or weekend break. Lough Derg offers an abundance of water activities for all the family including an inflatable obstacle course and a huge selection of restaurants and Gastro Bars. See my blog for 7 day staycation itinerary.
Accommodating up to 2 x 4 person families / 8 adults comfortably our rates are €1000 per week during the summer period of June – September inclusive. Visit to book direct. 


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