Here you will find some of the finest historic country houses, hotels and castles in Ireland that offer bed and breakfast accommodation. If you are the owner or manager of such a venue and would like to be listed please contact us for details.
Cabra Castle, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan
Castles, with their nooks and crannies and ancient histories are made for exploring, and you’ll chance upon amazing secrets at gorgeous Cabra Castle. Wander through the magnificent reception rooms, find a quiet corner or fireside to relax with a book, or just enjoy the atmosphere in one of the best-known Castle hotels in Ireland. Period features and furnishings create an authentic, old-world charm and a long tradition of warm and friendly service make Cabra Castle the perfect retreat from the pace of modern living.
Spanish Point House, Spanish Point, Co. Clare
This charming, luxury guest house is located on the Wild Atlantic Way in the picturesque seaside resort of Spanish Point. Having been tastefully restored to its former glory, Spanish Point House combines old world charm with modern day luxury. Whether you’re heading to the area for a romantic getaway, golf outing, a wedding or to visit one of the countless attractions that Co. Clare has to offer, allow Spanish Point house, luxury guesthouse, to be your home away from home.
Frewin House, Ramelton, Co. Donegal
Frewin House is an unaltered Victorian house in mature wooded grounds on the outskirts of the historic town of Ramelton. It opened it’s doors in 1999 as an historic Irish house offering guest accommodation in an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation. Our priority at Frewin is to provide an ambience in which our guests may completely unwind. Located in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, the house is within easy reach of many amenities, e.g. golf, deep-sea angling, river and lake fishing, pubs and fine restaurants.
The Quay House, Clifden, Co. Galway
Built for the Harbour Master nearly 200 years ago, The Quay House is Clifden’s oldest building. It has also been used as a Franciscan monastery, then a convent and finally a hotel owned by the Pye family. Now providing town house accommodation in Clifden, it is run by the Foyle family, whose forebears have been entertaining guests in Connemara for nearly a century. The Quay House has been sensitively restored and offers guest accommodation in fifteen bedrooms (all different) with full bathrooms.
Bookeen Hall, Athenry, Co. Galway
Bookeen Hall is a 200 year old church about 20 minutes from Galway City and within easy reach of the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and Connemara. It was built in 1820, deconsecrated in 1920 and after decades lying empty it was given a new lease of life and converted into a two bedroom home. The guest bedroom available to visitors has access to its own bell tower/reading room with great views of the surrounding countryside and a private bathroom complete with claw-foot bathtub.
Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara, Co. Galway
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is one of Ireland’s finest luxury castle hotels. It is set in a private 700 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara, Co. Galway. This authentic and unpretentious Castle Hotel stands proudly overlooking it’s famous salmon fishery, with a backdrop of the beautiful 12 Bens Mountain range. Relax in your beautifully appointed bedroom or suite with wonderful views, wake up to the sound of the river meandering past your window before enjoying breakfast in the elegant restaurant.
Renvyle House Hotel, Connemara, Co. Galway
Renvyle House Hotel and Resort is a perfect place to holiday in Connemara on the shores of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The hotel is a four star, family owned, historic country house resort, first opened as a hotel in 1883 and is spectacularly located on a 150 acre estate on the shores of the Atlantic. The grounds include a private freshwater lake, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site including tennis, croquet, outdoor heated swimming pool (summer months), fly-fishing, canoeing, shore angling and more.
Ballyseede Castle, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Take a step back in time with a hotel steeped in history that offers luxurious surroundings within 30 acres of private gardens and woodland. The Doric columns that lead to an elegant oak staircase in the lobby are indicative of the grand decoration throughout the hotel. Elegant accommodation, fine dining with traditional Irish cuisine, rooms that tell a story and the picturesque natural setting will all comprise to make your stay at Ballyseede Castle an unforgettable one.
Carrig Country House & Restaurant, Killorglin, Co. Kerry
If you are looking for the perfect hideaway which offers peace, tranquillity, plus a wonderful restaurant on the lake, Carrig, on the Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way is the place for you. The beautifully appointed bedrooms, drawing rooms and The Lakeside Restaurant, overlooking Caragh Lake and the majestic Kerry mountains are considered the perfect treat. At the heart of the Carrig Country House Hotel experience is genuine old fashioned Irish hospitality provided by Frank, Mary, Claire and their professional team.
Martinstown House, The Curragh, Co. Kildare
Martinstown House is a fine Strawberry Gothic style cottage ornée nestling in a peaceful setting on its own miniature park, with many fine old trees and a beautiful walled garden. From the moment you step over our threshold you will realise that we are not hotel, but a stylish, private country residence where your every need is catered for. Each of our rooms has been individually designed to ensure that they are unique and dramatic in style and finish.
Roundwood House, Mountrath, Co. Laois
Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, just over an hour from Dublin, Roundwood is a beautiful and historically significant 18th century Irish Country House. Warm reception rooms filled with antique furniture, bedrooms lined with paintings and overflowing bookshelves, crackling fires, good food, lovely gardens and extensive outbuildings, all give rise to a unique Irish experience. The house offers a welcome that only a family home can. It is a country house to treat as your own… for a nominal fee!
Bellingham Castle, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth
Set on the banks of the glistening River Glyde, Bellingham Castle is an elegant and spacious 17th Century Irish castle bursting with rich history, splendour and old-world luxury and located in Ireland’s north-east, less than one hour from Dublin and Belfast and only 2km from the M1 motorway. Every one of our 19 luxury castle bedrooms are individually designed and, depending on which you room you’re in, you’ll be able to see the River Glyde, our formal gardens, the fountain, or the nearby church steeples.
Ghan House, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Built in 1727, Ghan House is a 4* AA rated, fully restored, family run Georgian House. It is one of the oldest private houses of its type in Ireland, a tree length from medieval Carlingford with 3 acres of walled mature gardens. All of Carlingford’s ancient buildings dating as far back at 1210; from King John’s Castle, the Dominican Friary, the Mint and Taaffe’s Castle are within a 2 minute walk from our front door. The Tholsel, Medieval Carlingford’s old town gate, is just 30 metres from our walls.
Enniscoe House, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Hidden among the woods at the foot of Mount Nephin is Enniscoe House, ‘the last Great House of North Mayo’. Enter through the white gates, go past the pink gate lodge and follow the long winding avenue through extensive parkland, to arrive at the classical Georgian family home of Susan and DJ Kellett, where stunning views of Lough Conn greet you. The Enniscoe Estate has been in the family since the 1650s and the house dates from the 1790s. Susan and her son Dj are delighted to share their house and grounds with you.
Belleek Castle, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Belleek Castle is a historical and romantic castle in 1000 acres of woodland on the banks of the River Moy. The castle is informal, hassle-free and friendly, rich in decor and antiquities, with many open log fires to warm your steps back through half a millennium. The neo-gothic Country House, dating from 1831, has not lost its flavour by over modernisation and was built on the site of the 14th century Belleek Abbey. The castle is the perfect base to explore this beautiful area on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Tankardstown House, Slane, Co. Meath
Exuding elegance and luxury, Tankardstown comprises an impressive 18th century manor house and orangery with a central courtyard of cottage suites adjacent to the garden village where casual lunch and afternoon tea is available along with classic evening dining in Brabazon Restaurant. Along with our friendly service, Tankardstown is truly a special place to visit in the heart of the Boyne Valley, Co. Meath. Known as Ireland’s Heritage Capital, Co. Meath is the perfect base to explore the local history and heritage sites.
Hilton Park, Clones, Co. Monaghan
Hilton Park is one of Ireland’s great surviving Historic Houses. Completely authentic and still owned by the family who built it in 1734, a stay at Hilton is a dreamlike escape from all the pressures of the modern world. Located just 90 minutes from Belfast and Dublin airports on the beautiful Monaghan and Fermanagh border, our 18th century estate is a must stay for those seeking somewhere truly unique. We provide guests with an informal and personal service to ensure that a stay here is relaxing and enjoyable.
Markree Castle, Collooney, Co. Sligo
Markree Castle is an extraordinary venue – an authentic and historic Irish Castle located in the north-west of Ireland on the route of the world-famous Wild Atlantic Way. Recently reopened after extensive and sensitive renovations, now is the time to discover a fairytale of elegance and service in a majestic part of Ireland. The castle was purchased by renowned family of Irish hoteliers, The Corscaddens, and has been lovingly and extensively renovated to the highest standards.
Coopershill, Riverstown, Co. Sligo
Built in 1774, Coopershill has been the family home to 8 generations of the O’Hara’s and is in immaculate condition. This country house is the perfect base for exploring the stunning North West of Ireland. This is the land of W.B. Yeats with mountains, lakes and megalithic tombs along with championship golf courses, beaches and fishing just a short drive away. The setting is magical. Just 2 hours from Dublin, nestled in the center of a 500 acre private estate of mature hardwoods, deer pastures and our own river.
Mornington House, Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath
Mornington House, a historic Irish Country Manor, offers luxury country house accommodation in the heart of the Co. Westmeath countryside, just 60 miles from Dublin. Tranquility and warm hospitality are the essence of Mornington, home to the O’Hara’s since 1858. A special place to stay for a romantic or relaxing break Mornington House’s location in the centre of Ireland just an hour’s drive from Dublin and Dublin Airport makes it ideal for either a midweek or weekend country break.
Rathsallagh House, Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow
Converted from Queen Anne stables in 1798, Rathsallagh is a large 4-star Grade A country house on the Wicklow / Kildare border set in 530 acres of peaceful parkland with its own walled garden, all surrounded by the magnificent Rathsallagh Golf Club. It is central to some of the most beautiful countryside in Ireland’s Ancient East yet Dublin is less than one hour’s drive away. The atmosphere is happy and relaxed with log and turf fires, central heating throughout and luxurious bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms.