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Enjoy Five Private Retreats of Ireland

Dreaming of retreating to a historic Irish castle or rustic estate?

April 9, 2021

Many travelers to Ireland think of staying in a Bed & Breakfast to be close to the Irish people. Where this an excellent choice, there are other great options in the castles and manor homes that Ireland offers its visitors to experience its history and culture.  

From small manor homes to rustic castles, your next Ireland trip can feel like you have gone back in time to the medieval ages and are living with the kings and queens.

Burren Castle is located in County Clare, Ireland, is an excellent example of Ireland in medieval times.  This castle was built in the 15th century and has fully restored to its authentic self.  The Gaelic Tower House of the castle gives you the true feeling of being in an Irish castle with all modern living features. The Gaelic Tower House of Burren Castle has six bedrooms and two bathrooms with showers and a guest bath at the ground floor entrance. At the Tower House's top is the impressive Great Hall with exposed oak roof trusses, an open fireplace, couches, and dining tables. This is the perfect location to stay when you want to explore the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren along The Wild Atlantic Way.

Rosemount Estate is a beautiful three-story Georgian country house with a unique history. Great for entertaining, Rosemount Estate features a large dining room with a dining table that can comfortably seat up to 22 people The property has eight bedrooms and two living rooms that combine to one complete room, it is the ideal place for dinner parties, receptions, and get-togethers. The kitchen is warm and homey, with the centerpiece of the kitchen is a spacious island. Located in Rosemount, Co. Westmeath, this is the center of Ireland. This area offers breathtaking landscapes, sparkling lakes, and rich culture and heritage.

Killarney Lake House is a luxury vacation home on the shores of Caragh Lake. This secluded villa is the perfect getaway for the entire family, with breathtaking views of Caragh Lake, Seefin Mountain, and the Dingle Peninsula. The home sleeps 12 guests with six bedrooms, and six bathrooms. The main living room has a large open fireplace, perfect for those lazy evenings. There's a raised stone patio outside overlooking the lake with ample seating to relax and dine al fresco on those long summer evenings. This beautiful scenic lake is located in the Reeks District of County Kerry, Ireland. Known as "the kingdom," Kerry has long been one of Ireland's must visit counties. From Killarney to Dingle, the Ring of Kerry, to the Dingle Peninsula, Kerry has something to offer everyone.  

Ferrybank House is a beautiful, gated Georgian estate on thirteen landscaped acres located an hour outside of Dublin in the Southeast Ireland town of Waterford. Farms surround the home on three sides and the River Suir on the fourth, it is the only home in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland with its own private, professional, expertly manicured 18 tee/9 green par 3 golf course with a pond. Furnished throughout with antiques, Waterford crystal chandeliers, mahogany floors, and marble fireplaces, the main house has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a large kitchen, a living room with fireplace, dining room with fireplace (table seats 10), and a family room with fireplace. The entire third floor is a game room with a pool table and a full bar with Guinness & Carlsberg on tap.  Waterford is best known for its Waterford Crystal Factory. Waterford City is a wonderful destination full of lively pubs, quaint shops, cafes, and historic sites, such as Ireland's oldest civic building Reginald's Tower. But the county's coastline is undoubtedly its biggest draw, and with good reason, for the beaches here are unspoiled, sun-kissed stretches of sand.

Crichton Castle enjoys an unrivaled location in the heart of Ireland's Lake District in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The West Wing of Crichton Castle is the ultimate in luxury castle rentals. The Irish home of Lord Erne exudes all the charm of a personal residence while offering the most modern facilities. The property offers lovely and extensive grounds and is the ideal base for those who love the outdoors. Known as the Lakelands of Ireland, Fermanagh offers some of the country's finest fishing spots, along with fabulous bird-watching experiences and Ireland's only island town to explore. On a clear day, walk the 'Stairway to Heaven' boardwalk, which offers a stunning viewpoint of the liquid gem that is the Fermanagh Lakelands.

If you would like to learn more about these beautiful accommodations all over Ireland, please call or email me, and we can discuss your next Irish adventure.

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