GIVEN the fact that we’ve just endured yet another wild winter, there’s nothing better than the anticipation of summertime and the hope of good weather it brings with it.
So, at the risk of speaking too soon, what better time to jump right in and treat ourselves to a little break away?
Whether it’s a bank holiday treat for your other half, or the temptation of a mid-month getaway that takes your fancy, Ireland has some great destinations and hotel offers to enjoy.
If you’re looking for a home away from home, swapping the hotel room for an historic country house could be just the answer.
And, thanks to some real property treasures being hosted by Hidden Ireland, spending this bank holiday weekend in a privately owned mansion could be just the adventure you’re looking for.
Hidden Ireland is a selection of historic private houses around the country, and an invitation to stay and dine in unique and individual homes, each as diverse and interesting as their owners.
Stay at Mornington House, outside Multyfarnham, near Mullingar, Co Westmeath, this May bank holiday for two nights’ bed and breakfast, for €220PPS, and two children go free when staying in their parent’s room.
As part of this package, enjoy complimentary afternoon tea in the drawing room upon your arrival, and a four-course dinner in the dining room on both nights, with a bottle of house wine on a night of your choice.
While there, make the most of your surroundings with a quick trip to the nearby Festival of Fires – a two-day celebration of music and culture.
For further information about this and other great Hidden Ireland properties, see www.hiddenireland.com.
Weekend away in Waterford city
Think “Waterford”, and the sunny south east tends to spring to mind. The Tower Hotel and Leisure Centre is located in the heart of Waterford city, and makes the ideal destination for a weekend away.
With 132 en-suite bedrooms, it includes a number of wheelchair-accessible rooms and luxurious river-view suites and, with complimentary car and coach parking, you can easily abandon your car once you arrive.
The hotel has three dining options, including the Lara Restaurant, offering evening meals nightly; the Bistro Restaurant, with an a-la-carte and set menu option; and the Adelphi Riverside Bar, serving food throughout the afternoon and evening.
The hotel also features weekend entertainment, with bigger music events throughout the year, and a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and treatment rooms in its spa.
With its location at the centre of the city, there is plenty to do without too much of a trek. The hotel is located just minutes from three national museums, the Waterford Crystal Visitors’ Centre, and The Theatre Royal.
The city also offers great shopping and dining opportunities, lively bars and nightlife, and is just a 90-minute drive from Dublin.
For further information, call 051 862 300, or see www.towerhotelwaterford.com.
Summer in Dublin
If you fancy staying a little closer to home this summer, the five-star Dylan Hotel is offering a special Summer Temptations package, including overnight accommodation in one of the hotel’s uniquely designed rooms, and complimentary breakfast for just €209.
Take in the sights of the city or shop til you drop before returning to the hotel and enjoying a refreshing cocktail on the terrace.
The summer package is available from June or, for those planning on attending the Dublin Horse Show in August, the hotel is offering a Horse Show package from €219.
The package includes bed and breakfast, complimentary parking and cocktails upon arrival.
For further information, see www.dylan.ie.