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.
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway
Set amid Connemara’s peaceful valleys, tumbling streams, and mighty mountain slopes, Delphi Lodge is a spectacularly sited, 200-year-old chic country house of high glamour and sophistication. At one time it was the sporting hideaway of the Marquis of Sligo, and that appeal remains, especially for those keen on winter woodcock shooting, or year-round golfing, horseback riding, and walking. The mountain of Mweelrea, which translates to “the gray bald one,” is nearby, and so too is Ireland’s only natural fjord at Killary Harbour.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.