In the previous blogs, we’ve looked at luxury hotels and hotels on more of a budget. In this blog, we’re going to have a look at some of the more unusual places you can stay in Ireland.
Set in a countryside retreat in the heart of Co Kilkenny and surrounded by acres of farmland and woodland, the Cullintra Hotel offers a unique hotel experience. The complex is based around Cullintra house itself, which has six guest rooms, the gallery room, which is a self-contained suite, the chaff house – room based in the barn with exposed stone walls – or the Glamping Cottage which is its own self-contained cottage – with no electricity. The hotel is designed for people who like to get it away from it all. You won’t find in-room TVs and Wi-Fi here. The hostess, Patricia, has adorned all the rooms with natural cotton and wool fibres and the emphasis is on relaxing like you’re living on a traditional farm. A unique hotel experience.
The Step House
This Georgian hotel was built in 1808 and is located in Borris, Co Carlow. Offering luxury rooms equipped with king-sized beds, marble vanity units, rainforest showers and 42” LCD televisions, the theme is relaxed elegance and luxury. If you want to splash out a bit more the superior suites, offer the same features but have walk-out balconies with views over Mount Leinster, a 796m tall mountain. The signature suites offer larger accommodation and are kitted-out with unique luxury fabrics, as well as complimentary robes and slippers, to help you relax during your stay. The penthouse suite is located at eth top of the hotel with no neighbours either side. It boats a private terrace, a sauna, a walk-in wardrobe and a massive living area which is equipped with a sweeping glass wall that opens onto a private balcony. It’s not just luxurious suites that the hotel offers, they also offer self-catering apartments and cottages with separate kitchens, bedrooms and a separate sitting room. These are located within the grounds of the hotel and have their own separate parking. The hotel boasts two restaurants, The Cellar, which used to be old kitchens of the house and the 1808 Brasserie offering a huge range of French-inspired food.
Quinlan and Cooke Boutique Townhouse
Based in Cahersiveen on the wild Atlantic coast, the hotel boasts ten spacious rooms and one suite. The hotel offers amenities such as a monsoon rain shower, a flat-screen TV, mini-fridge, Bose iPod docking station, a Nespresso Coffee Machine and free Wi-Fi. The hotel offers a unique “breakfast in your room” experience. The restaurant is a long-established destination restaurant run by owners Andrew and Kate Cooke. Supplied by the family’s fish company, Quinlan’s Kerry fish, the menu is based around ultra-fresh seafood with a choice of daily specials. The menu includes items such as seafood platters, local crab, pan-seared baby squid, Dingle Bay prawns and the family’s own smoked salmon.