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Our Cottage to Castle tour offers you the opportunity to experience Ireland in a very unique way. For your first four nights you’ll rest easy in a beautiful Irish Cottage - Eden Retreat. Boasting all the amenities of a luxury home, this elevated property overlooks the surrounding Irish countryside. Live like a local, and enjoy everything Ennis town, and its famous surrounds has to offer. Next? An exquisite 5-star 19th Century Manor House Hotel awaits you, and it’s just short stroll from the heart of Cork City. And last, but not by any means least……your final taste of Ireland whisks you back in time again to another utterly luxurious and famous 5-star property, Dromoland Castle.
4 NightsEden Retreat
The large cozy home offers all amenities necessary for a pleasant and relaxed stay off from the big standardized hotels. It is located on a hillside with trees and a big yard around it and the beautiful Irish countryside just beyond. It is perfectly suitable for couples and families who want to spend some quality time together. The idyllic cottage in Western Ireland consists of a main home and a little cottage with full bathroom. It is covered by a deck partly covered for all weather, which makes it great to sit outside and enjoy the crisp country air. The indoor hot tub is a special addition to the cottage life. The home is peaceful and quiet, but at the same time is close to the bustling city of Ennis which is the capital of County Clare. Eden Cottage Retreat can be easily reached from Shannon Airport, Galway and Limerick, making the latter two a great destination or a day trip.
There are 2 Queen Beds: 1 in the bedroom downstairs, 1 in the mater bedroom. Both of these beds have very high quality pillow top luxury mattresses. There is a double height 3rd Queen Aerobed available for use in the hot tub cottage. There is one high quality full-size bed upstairs with a luxury mattress and one single bed.
Features & Amenities:
- Large house that can accommodate up to 9 people in four bedrooms and a separate guesthouse (1 Queen, 2 Full-size and 1 single bed)
- Situated on elevated acre of land – wonderful countryside views from the terraced gardens and many seating areas
- Ample off-street parking
- Full gourmet kitchen, stocked with everything you could possibly need!
- Free Wi-Fi access
- TV with Sky Satellite channels
- DVD/CD player with surround sound and DVDs
- Whole house water filtration system with additional under-sink filter for drinking water
- Open fireplace
- Indoor 4-person hot tub located in separate hot tub cottage
- Wooden playset, ping-pong and bikes for your use
- Heating and electricity usage included
- All linens and towels supplied
- Travel cot available
Gourmet Kitchen stocked with everything you could possibly need! Coffee maker, coffee grinder, electric tea kettle, toaster, microwave, dishwasher, double oven, food processor, chef's knives, all the baking trays and cooking utensils you could possibly need.
On the Map: Ennis is located in County Clare in the west of Ireland, only 20 minutes from Shannon Airport. Ennis lies just off the major N18/M18 motorway that connects the cities of Limerick (to the south) & Galway (to the north).
Ennis is the capital of County Clare and known to be a bustling historic market town. The town’s history along with modern influences represents a pleasant blend of the historic past and active present. It’s narrow bustling streets and lanes give character and ambiance to the town confirming that it is indeed somewhere very special. It has a rich heritage tradition with some of the finest monuments, buildings and waterways. The town has held a strong presence every year in the All Ireland Tidiest Town Awards and won Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre 2012.
2 NightsHayfield Manor
Set within a secluded walled garden, Hayfield Manor is a world apart from the bustle of Cork City. Lush ivy compliments the red brick façade as it welcomes guests into a sanctuary of luxury and unrivaled amenities. Family owned and managed, the manor hotel has become tantamount to the highest levels of customer service. Hayfield Manor is a member property of two hotel collections, Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Ireland’s Blue Book, and is the recipient of myriad awards. As an internationally recognized establishment, Hayfield Manor invites both new and return visitors to experience and enjoy the rich culture of County Cork. Guests are urged to unwind from their daily routines and to indulge in the ornate and verdant surroundings. With several fine-dining options, elegant gardens and terraces, and a relaxing spa, guests will see for themselves how Hayfield Manor has distinguished itself as Cork City’s premier 5-star hotel.
Hayfield Manor offers a variety of guestrooms that have been carefully designed to provide a unique and relaxing stay. Each room displays exquisite antique furnishings and beautiful textiles. While still retaining their old-world charm, the various accommodations are individually styled and outfitted with all of the modern amenities guests may require. For those looking to indulge, look no further than the Beautique Health Spa, equipped with a swimming pool, outdoor jacuzzi, and sauna, among other fitness facilities.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Orthopaedic King Size & Twin Beds
- Spacious Marble Bathrooms with Elemis Spa Products
- Individually Controlled Air-Conditioning
- Plush Bathrobe & Slippers
- Complimentary Wi-Fi Access
- 32” Flat Screen TV
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Hair Dryer
- Direct Dial Telephone
- 24-Hour Room Service
- Laundry Service
- All Hotel Guests May Avail of Our Complimentary Valet Parking & Car Park
The premier choice for gourmet dishes in Cork City, Orchids Restaurant overlooks the lush garden and terrace of Hayfield Manor. Illumined with candles and soft lighting, the atmosphere makes any dining experience magical. Enjoy delectable Irish Cuisine prepared by Executive Head Chef Mark Staples and his brilliant team.
Perrotts Garden Bistro:
A favorite of visitors and locals alike, Perrotts Garden Bistro serves an array of international and Mediterranean dishes. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the bistro is located in the conservatory area at the front of Hayfield Manor. Awarded 2 AA Rosettes, the restaurant is ideal for a relaxed meal with family and friends or even a working lunch with colleagues.
Hayfield Manor also offers a selection of seasonal and holiday dining options, revolving annually.
On the Map: Cork City is located off the southern coast of Ireland. As Ireland's second city, it is well served by good roads - The M8 northeast to Dublin, the N20 north to Limerick & the N25 east to Waterford.
In the bustling city of Cork (often referred to as 'Ireland's Second Capital'), stroll the river walk at the University and pop into the Glucksman Gallery. Relax in a café, and hit Shandon Street, just a short walk from the main shopping district. Climb the 120 foot steeple, and ring the bells of Shandon. Soak up the city views as they fade into the countryside. Award-winning restaurants line the streets, and nightlife choices include Irish Traditional, classy nightclubs, theater, opera, plays, and dance. (Take the haunted night tour of the city jail—it’s a great way to start your evening with a bang.) Of course, there’s the Jameson Old Middleton Distillery in east Cork. Learn how Irish whiskey is made, and finish with a tasting.
1 NightDromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle is one of Ireland's most magical locations since the 16th century. It was once the home of O'Briens of Dromoland who dates back to one of the last High Kings of Ireland. Thus, the hotel is through and through noble and boasts hospitality. The historic grandeur shows in the baronial facade and the startling interiors. The features of the house are combined with fabulous views, indulgent dining, magnificent bedrooms and lavish decor to make it one of the top hotels. Every resident at the castle hotel is treated like royalty making them feel especially welcome on the 450-acre estate. The castle really captures the feeling of living like king and queen making a stay unforgettable.
From lakeside look-outs to sumptuous suites, canopied beds to breakfast-in-bed, bubble baths to lazy lie-ins (not forgetting secret staircases to love nests), each room at Dromoland Castle has been thoughtfully designed to meet with royal approval.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Dromoland Castle's signature soft slippers and bathrobes
- Nespresso coffee maker
- Full stocked minibar – charged on consumption
- Interactive television with music and movies on demand
- Complimentary WiFi
- 24 hour in-room dining
- Iron/Ironing board
- Personal safe
- American socket (110v)
- Turndown service each evening
- Asprey luxury bathroom amenities
The Fig Tree Restaurant
The restaurant in the Golf & Country Club is lively and welcoming where sportspeople, locals and guestes dine alike. The menu offers a great range from sandwiches to steaks and salads, as well as fish and chips or chowder. The dinners are prepared with Irish ingredients.
The tradition is celebrated like a feast of royalty in the castle hotel. Guests may enjoy a great variety of teas along with sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, jams and pastries. With teas from all around the world this Afternoon Tea is a special experience in the rooms of the magnificent Dromoland Castle.
The Cocktail Bar
Once a library, the room has been transformed into a intimate and comfortable bar with cosy window seats overlooking the lawns. It is great to enjoy a casual snack or relax with a drink from the cocktail list or some wine, Irish whiskey or gin.
Enjoying drinks, coffee and small lunch in the impressive Gallery of the castle should not be missed. The unique atmosphere provides a relaxing and luxurious feeling surrounded by beautiful antiques.
Earl of Thomond
The flagship restaurant of the castle is perfect to enjoy a delightful meal from the most outstanding Irish produce. Combined with exquisite wines and the silk and chandelliers of the room, the restaurant is the spot to dine like king and queen.
The Dromoland Estate
On the Map: Dromoland Castle is located in County Clare in the west of Ireland. The castle is reached via the R458, a country road that intersects the M18 motorway between the city of Ennis (to the north) and Shannon Airport/ Limerick City (to the south).
The Dromoland Castle is the perfect starting point for tours through the South and South West of Ireland along The Wild Atlantic Way. The area combines unique views, wild beaches, splendid lakes and charming villages. Also lively festivals are never far off. A day trip can also be taken to the UNESCO World Heritage Cliffs of Moher and The Burren. The county is also not short of history. Spots to visit are the medieval town of Ennis, Bunratty Castle and the Georgian buildings of Limerick City. Aran Islands and Galway City are just some of the other spots to visit while staying at Dromoland Castle.
- Rental Car - Super Cover Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes
Points of Interest
- Visit Ennis' Many Famous Traditional Music Pubs
- Explore Bunratty Castle & Craggaunowen
- The Cliffs of Moher & 5000 Year-Old Poulnabrone Dolmen
- Marvel at Connemara & Kylemore Abbey
- Visit Blarney Castle & Kinsale Town
- Be in Awe of the Stunning Southwest Scenery of County Kerry
- Stop-off at the Rock of Castle & Glen of Aherlow
Bunratty, County Clare
Connemara, County Galway
Galway, County Galway
Lahinch, County Clare
The Burren, County Clare
Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
Craggaunowen, County Clare
Kylemore Abbey, County Galway
Available Tour Dates
Jan - March & Nov - Dec
From $1,198 per person
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April, May & Oct
From $1,398 per person
Available Tour Dates
June - September
From $1,898 per person
Your Price Includes
- 4 nights at Wonderful Eden Retreat - Your Home from Home
- 2 nights at a 5-Star Manor & 1 night at a 5-Star Castle
- Rental Car - Super Cover Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes
- 3 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts in Cork & Dromoland
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- All Taxes & Fees Included
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