In this blog, we’re going to continue our look at some of the more unusual accommodation for tourist to stay in in Ireland.
Located in East County Cork between the townlands of Britway and Castlelyons and close to the towns of Fermoy, and Tallow, Ballyvolane isn’t exactly a hotel, a guesthouse or a bed and breakfast, but a family owned period home. It offers warm hospitality and comfortable accommodation. The house is located in landscaped gardens, which residents can explore. The six guest bedrooms are individually furnished and offer a complementary radio and free Wi-Fi. There are no televisions in any of the rooms. The large double sash windows offer views over the terraced gardens and the Galtee mountains – great for wildlife spotters. During the summer months, there is also a glamping option, offering 4-metre bell tents that sleep two adults and two children. The glamping experience is fully catered with all meals, drinks and afternoon tea being served in the main house. The bell tents are kitted-out with raised timber beds that get supplied with hot water bottles in the evening. A fully heated wash-house contains toilets and showers for their glamping guests. The dining experience is best described as “slow food” cooked by head chef Teena Mahon. Most of the ingredients are sourced locally, including meat, seafood and cheese. Vegetables are grown in the gardens and are served in season. The hotel also makes use of its local game and salmon in season and eggs come from the resident hens. Bread is made fresh daily in the house too.
The Twelve Hotel is located in Berna Village, Galway and offers 48 boutique style room. Each room has bespoke furniture, handcrafted pieces by local artists and state of the art technology, alongside super king-sized beds, organic Voya bath products made in Ireland, crisp cotton sheets and a hypo-allergenic goose down duvet. If you fancy, there are suite options, which offer the same luxury as standard rooms except with mood lighting, and a built-in cocktail bar. Groove along to your tunes with the iPod dock and relax in the complimentary cotton roads. The family suites include a full-size fridge and microwave with a unique snack and beverage selection and a wet bar for entertaining. The Funnymoon suite offers even more luxury with a Jacuzzi bath, a double shower for sharing and a specially commissioned sound system. The hotel’s three restaurants offer contemporary dishes with a nod to the past, with the West restaurant offering the best local produce the West of Ireland has to offer. The wine list has been described as the best in Ireland, so you’ll be able to enjoy a top tipple with your meal. The Pizza Dozzina has an Italian inspired menu and makes fresh pizza in a stone oven. Finally, the Twelve bakery shop bakes fresh bread every day and sells a range of holiday gifts including food hampers, organic chocolates and wine as well as freshly baked items.