Michele’s Hot Deals in Ireland 2011
Save money and get some great deals and offers in Ireland. Give your budget a break; get a discount, special extra or an upgrade by staying in excellent accommodations throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. All of these offers are from reputable lodgings that I have personally inspected and stayed at. All are reviewed in my book Ireland Dream Trip.
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All offers are for 2011 and subject to the details in each individual description. Listings are alphabetically by town. Note: pps means per person sharing a room.
ADARE, CO. LIMERICK
Gate Lodge Cottage Offer: 20% discount for bookings confirmed by March 21. Mini Review: Gate Lodge Cottage is a charming thatched cottage right in Adare village. It is very convenient for walking to everything. Those who prefer old world charm will find the cottage cozy, comfortable and extremely convenient.
ARDEE, CO. LOUTH
Smarmore Castle (north of Dublin). Offer: 10% off for a two-night stay or more. Mini Review: Smarmore is a great little castle. Rooms are comfortable and well kept; there is an elegant drawing room to relax in as well as a pool and leisure facilities. A very good Italian restaurant is located in the stable courtyard.
BALLYVAUGHAN, CO. CLARE
Drumcreehy House Offer: Discount off their usual rate of €42 from now to March 31, 2011 and from Oct 1 to Dec 16, 2011. One night B&B: €38 euro pps (per person sharing a room) or two nights B&B: 70 euro pps. Mini Review: Drumcreehy House is an elegant guesthouse overlooking Galway Bay slightly outside Ballyvaughan. Lovely, comfortable rooms overlook either the water or Burren and breakfast is has so many selections you will have to spend a week to sample them all.
BUNRATTY, CO. CLARE
Bunratty Lodge Offer: €30 pps for a 2-night stay (or longer). Available all year, even high season. Mini Review: Bunratty Lodge is a delightful B&B with spotless, very comfy rooms and elegant public areas. The stylish Wedgwood sitting room is a great place to read, relax or meet other travelers. Renowned for true Irish hospitality and an excellent breakfast with homemade baking, this flawless lodging is an area favorite of actress Maureen O’Hara.
Headley Court Offer: “Red or White Grape Deal”. B&B for two is €65 per night and includes a free bottle of wine. Mini Review: Headley Court an attractive B&B with meticulous, well-decorated accommodations. Kathleen is a charming host who makes guests feel right at home with her warm Irish welcome and home baking. Set in the countryside, yet minutes from Shannon Airport.
CASHEL, CO. TIPPERARY
Dualla House Offer: July & August: 5% off any stay or 10% off a 3-night stay. Remainder of the year: 10% off any stay or 20% off a 3-night stay. Mini Review: Dualla House is a historic farmhouse set on a 300-acre sheep farm just a few miles from Cashel town. It is a very peaceful, lovely place to stay in the Irish countryside with large rooms, great breakfast and afternoon tea served in front of a fire. Plus it is fun to watch the sheep dogs rounding up the sheep.
DINGLE, CO. KERRY
Emlagh House Offer: Upgrade to a superior or deluxe room (when available). Mini Review: Emlagh House is an outstanding place to stay with an easy walk into Dingle town on lit sidewalks. Most of the rooms overlook Dingle Harbor and some have private patios. If you are looking for quiet elegance, wonderful hosts, gourmet breakfast and a unique experience that will be difficult to duplicate anywhere Emlagh House will fulfill all that and much more.
DONEGAL, CO. DONEGAL
Donegal Manor Offer: Dream, Dine & Discover Donegal – Short Break: 3 nights of B&B and one gourmet dinner €149 pps. Available till Oct 30, 2011. Mini Review: Donegal Manor is the epitome of the famous warm Irish welcome. Comfortable, modern, well-kept rooms blend with the old world charm of the public areas. Food is top quality and carefully overseen by Sian who also runs a cookery school.
DOOLIN, CO. CLARE
Cullinan’s Guesthouse Offer: Bed and Breakfast (excluding holiday weekends). Feb/March €30 pps; April/May: €32.50 pps; June/July/Aug: €40 pps; Sept/Oct: €35 pps. Mini Review: Cullinan’s is set on the river in Doolin village. Rooms are bright, comfortable and clean. Food is a specialty so look for delicious breakfast and gourmet dinners. Booking ahead during the season for both the guesthouse and restaurant is advised.
O’Connor’s Farmhouse Offer: Discount off regular prices for March, April, May and June. €30 pps (cash only). That is a savings of €10 per couple per night. Mini Review: O’Connor’s Guesthouse is in Doolin Village and provides attractive, comfortable, well kept accommodations and a good Irish breakfast. Many of the rooms are on the ground floor and several are wheelchair accessible and fitted for handicapped access.
DOWNPATRICK, CO. DOWN
Pheasants’ Hill Farm Offer: discount of £10 on a 2-night stay. The regular price is £70 pounds per night for two people sharing. The 2-night special is a total of £130 for B&B for two. Mini Review: Pheasants’ Hill provides charming accommodations on a working rare breeds organic farm. Rooms are serene, well kept and comfortable. The farms own organic products are served at breakfast.
ENNISKERRY, CO. WICKLOW
Ferndale House Offer: €5 per person discount for those that stay 3 nights or more. Mini Review: Ferndale is a historic house located right in the village so you can walk everywhere. It is filled with antiques, was a film location for a TV movie and has a surprisingly large garden to enjoy out back. Private off-street parking is a plus. Powerscourt House and Gardens is nearby.
ENNISKILLEN, CO. FERMANAGH
Abocurragh Farm Offer: A free nightcap each evening. Your choice of whiskey, Baileys, a glass of wine or most anything else to suit your fancy. Mini Review: This is one of those special hidden places that will have you dreaming of Ireland long after your trip is over. Wonderful food and hospitality, adorable bedrooms and the peace of being deep in the Irish countryside.
HILLSBOROUGH, CO. DOWN
Kilwarlin Cottages Offer: £10 off a 2-night stay or 10% off stays of 7 nights or more. Mini Review: Kilwarlin Cottages are set on a 200-acre farm in Northern Ireland near Hillsborough and Lisburn in Co. Down. The two adjacent self-catering cottages are cosy, well heated and sparking clean. Each has two bedrooms and two baths, while sharing a utility room with washer and dryer. Light and airy inside with high ceilings and open-concept living areas, the cottages are comfortable, welcoming places to stay.
KENMARE, CO. KERRY
Arthur’s Lodge Wood Offer: Book two nights and get half off your third night. Mini Review: Arthur’s Lodge Wood is a superb new guesthouse just around the corner from Kenmare town and a quick 5-minute walk to pubs, restaurants and shopping. Arthur’s has it all and then some: beautifully decorated rooms, excellent breakfast, hospitable hosts and even air-conditioning.
Doire Farm Cottages Offer: 10% discount off self-catering cottages. Mini Review: The three cottages are about a 10-minute drive to Kenmare in a quiet, rural, scenic area. Enjoy time on the farm with the friendly Randles family who take great pride in running comfortable, sparkling accommodations. All the cottages are spacious, beautifully decorated and well equipped. Everything you need for a wonderful stay is in each cottage.
Willow Lodge Offer: Discount of 20% in Jan, Feb, March, April, Sept, Oct, Nov & Dec. During other months and Greta will see if she can do something special for you (depending on dates). Mini Review: Willow Lodge is near the church and square in Kenmare, making it a quick walk into town. It is a quiet comfortable place to stay with well-kept rooms and a nice breakfast.
KILKENNY, CO. KILKENNY
Rosquil House Offer: Based on 2 people sharing a room, this special is not available on Bank Holidays, public holidays or during festivals. Feb & March: Stay for 2 nights get 50% off your third night. April: Stay mid-week for 2 nights get 50% off your third night. May – Sept: 10% discount on any 3-night stay. Oct: Stay mid-week for 2 nights get 50% off your third night. Nov & Dec: Stay for 2 nights get 50% off your third night. Mews Apartment (Self-catering Rental): Feb & March; Nov & Dec (except Dec 22 – Jan 2): Stay for 3 nights get 50% off your fourth night. Mini Review: Rosquill House is an elegant guesthouse that is walking distance to Kilkenny City. Beautifully decorated, this lodging has very comfortable, meticulous rooms and luxurious public areas. A scrumptious breakfast and kind hosts make this a great place to stay in Kilkenny.
KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY
Earl’s Court House Offer: 10% discount on all bookings made before March 17. The date of the stay can be up to Oct 30, 2011. This applies to all bookings made on www.killarney-earlscourt.ie or directly with the hotel. Mini Review: Earl’s Court House is elegant, meticulous and tranquil with an easy walk into Killarney town. Big, comfortable rooms and suites are luxuriously appointed, some with four-poster beds. Superb food and attentive hosts makes it a perfect stay in Ireland’s southwest.
Friar’s Glen Offer: Two nights B&B for two people sharing a room for €160 total. Three nights B&B for two people sharing a room for €200 total. Mini Review: Friar’s Glen is a picturesque retreat surrounded by Killarney National Park. Although a few miles from Killarney, it is near Muckross House and Gardens. Rooms are large, nicely decorated and comfortable. Public areas have the rustic aura of an old world hunting lodge and you can enjoy breakfast overlooking the mountains and forest.
Killarney Lodge Offer: 10% discount, available all year. Mini Review: Killarney Lodge is just a short walk into Killarney town, making it a quiet, convenient place to stay. Charming hospitality with rooms that are comfy, spotless and even have air conditioning! Breakfast is truly memorable and delicious.
KINSALE, CO. CORK
Woodlands House Offer: a free bottle of wine for a stay of 2 nights or more from March 1 to Nov 1, 2011. Mini Review: Woodlands is walking distance to Kinsale town and is a warm, immaculate, elegant B&B. I especially enjoy tea or coffee on arrival and the very comfortable rooms that contain everything you would expect of a 1st class establishment. Nice beds, great breakfast and excellent hosts.
NEWTOWNARDS, CO. DOWN
Edenvale House Offer: Free admission for two to Mount Stewart House & Gardens for each couple staying for one night or more. Mini Review: Edenvale is set on the Ards Peninsula in Northern Ireland overlooking Strangford Lough and is just minutes from Mount Stewart House & Gardens. It is a 300-year-old country house straight out of a Masterpiece Theater movie set. Well kept yet comfortable and filled with family antiques, the enchanting house is covered in vines and flower boxes. Breakfast is a bountiful banquet set in the formal dining room and pretty guest bedrooms have absolutely everything a traveler can think of.
WATERVILLE, CO. KERRY
Brookhaven House Offer: 10% discount. The only date it is not available is Nov 15 to Feb 1. Mini Review: Brookhaven overlooks the ocean on the tip of the Ring of Kerry. It is a comfortable, well kept, luxurious guesthouse near Waterville Golf Club and a perfect place to stop and explore the Ring of Kerry.
WEXFORD, CO. WEXFORD
Granville House Offer: For a two-night stay or longer choose either €10 off or a free bottle of wine. This offer is good all year except for July, Aug and the last half of Oct. Mini Review: Granville House is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and provides excellent accommodations near Wexford. Meticulous, comfy rooms, friendly hosts and a truly memorable breakfast make for an outstanding stay.
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