Ireland Journals

Luxury Accommodation South of Dublin

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An April 2008 trip to Ireland by LenR

Ballymaloe House Photo, County Cork, Ireland More Photos
Quote: Sure Ireland is pretty. There are green meadows, rolling hills and dramatic seascapes. Remember, however, that a further attraction is the luxury accommodation available throughout the country.

Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt

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Hotel | "Newfound luxury"

Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt Photo, Enniskerry, Ireland
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I guess the name just about says it all. Ritz-Carlton has become synonymous with luxury hotels in The Americas, Europe and Asia. The Powerscourt Estate is 1000 acres which includes the world-renowned Powerscourt Gardens, a championship 36-hole golf course and horse and bicycle trails though lovely countryside.The hotel is situated about 25 kilometres south of Dublin in really delightful country side near the village of Enniskerry. It is set within the estate and since opening late 2007 it has steadily built a reputation for quality and sophistication. As you approach the hotel you are aware that this is a grand place but you don’t really appreciate that it is in fact a seven-storey buildin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2008

Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt
Powerscourt Estate
Enniskerry
+353 (1) 274-8888

Rathsallagh House

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Hotel | "Great Atmosphere"

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If I was in Ireland and wanted to spend a day or so recharging the batteries while enjoying fine food, interesting company and real friendship, I would chose Rathsallagh House. This is much more a home than a hotel and the owners the O’Flynn family make you feel part of the family during your stay.Rathsallagh House is about an hour south-west of Dublin. It is in the centre of lovely green Wicklow countryside. The House is surrounded by 530 acres of parks, woods and farmland and then there is the 18-hole championship golf course. The Wicklow mountains and the Irish National Stud are nearby.I had heard little about Rathsallagh House before arriving so the half mile drive from the...Read More

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Rathsallagh House
Dunlavin
County Wicklow
+353 45 403112

BrookLodge & Wells Spa (The)

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Hotel | "Stylish Hotel, Great Restaurant"

BrookLodge & Wells Spa (The) Photo, County Wicklow, Ireland
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Brooklodge is a 4-star country house hotel set in attractive countryside just over an hour directly south of Dublin. There are 90 bedrooms brimming with all the luxuries and accessories required in the 21st-century.I initially had a few problems with the concept of Brooklodge, including how to get to reception without getting wet in the pouring rain. The property is too large for a country house but is quite ‘low-key’ from the car park, and I was unsure whether we were staying at Brook Hall or Brook Lodge. It didn’t take me long, however, to warm to this property and by the time we left, I was totally converted.Brooklodge is a modern building in traditional style. The receptio...Read More

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BrookLodge & Wells Spa (The)
Macreddin Village
Co. Wicklow
+353 402 36444

Kilkea Castle Hotel

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Hotel | "Stay Like a Lord"

Kilkea Castle Hotel Photo, County Kildare, Ireland
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Kilkea Castle is the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland but it has been refurbished to bring it into the modern world. It generally succeeds but the physical difficulties with a 1180s building mean that there are some compromises which guests need to accept.The builder and first occupier of the castle was Sir Walter de Riddlesford, a young knight who has accompanied the first invasion party of Anglo/Normans in 1170. For the next 400 years there were recurrent local and national wars in the area around the castle but the building survived even though the ownership changed several times. The civil war of 1919-1923 had a devastating effect on the then owner, the Duke of Kildare and the family...Read More

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Kilkea Castle Hotel
Castledermot
Kildare
+353 059 9145156

Ballymaloe House

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Hotel | "A Foodies Delight"

Ballymaloe House Photo, County Cork, Ireland
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Ballymaloe House is a renowned Irish country house hotel and restaurant owned and run by the Allen family for over 40 years. Nestled in a 400 acre estate in rural East Cork, Ballymaloe House is only 20 miles from the historic city of Cork, and minutes from the breathtaking south coast.Ballymaloe is a byword for timeless elegance and pleasures of days gone by. Food is a big part of the Ballymaloe experience so while there take time to enjoy afternoon tea by the pool or roaring fire, croquet on the lawn with a glass of champagne and a lavish five-course dinner followed by traditional music in the drawing room.Ballymaloe House is a building that has evolved and grown with the pass...Read More

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Ballymaloe House
Shanagarry
County Cork, Ireland
353 (0)21 4652 531