Make sure your destination lives up to your expectations, by checking into these special places with extra special vistas.
8 Rooms With a View
1 Marlfield House, Wexford
A boutique country house in county Wexford, Marlfield House has been welcoming guests in style since 1978. Elegant and intimate, the luxurious Regency house offers beautiful decor, generous bedrooms, four poster beds and the most beautiful gardens. The Conservatory restaurant, with its frescoed walls, has wonderful views over the gardens, and you’ll find leafy pleasures out every window of the house, including the chic new Pond Suites, set amongst fabulous trees and with views of the pretty pond.
2 Rathmullan House, Donegal
It’s hard to beat Rathmullan House’s location in the wilds of North Donegal. Laidback and informal, the handsome country house perches on seven acres of peaceful gardens that sweep down to the shores of Lough Swilly. It’s a beautiful setting that opens onto two miles of sandy beach, offering spectacular views every way you turn. The Wheeler family’s hospitality is exceptional too, and they take pride in serving homegrown vegetables from the walled garden and an abundance of local seafood and Donegal lamb.
3 The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
The Grand Dame of Irish hotels, and one of the loveliest locations, The Shelbourne stands proud on St Stephen’s Green in the heart of Georgian Dublin. A landmark hotel for almost 200 years, this fashionable five-star has always found itself at the centre of Dublin’s social scene. Luxurious and spacious, check in to one of the Park View rooms and you’ll find magical bird’s eye views over leafy St Stephen’s Green. Even Dubliners will be astonished by this exquisite vista of their hometown.
4 Renvyle House Hotel, Galway
Perched on The Wild Atlantic Way, overlooking the ocean, the remote and rambling Renvyle House is a historic hideaway deep in the wilds of Connemara. Welcoming guests since 1883, the interiors of this characterful country house are cosy, the atmosphere fun and the views simply breathtaking in every direction. Comfortable and chilled out, it’s renowned for its delicious country house cooking that gives a real flavour of the region.
5 Tankardstown, Meath
A perfect place to escape and unwind, Tankardstown House is a glamorous and glorious bolthole. The impressive 18th century manor stands proud in beautiful grounds and is luxurious and cosy inside. Celebrated for its exceptional food, antique-filled interiors and warm hospitality, the wonderful grounds are the icing on the cake at this exclusive Georgian hideaway. The mature parkland and walled garden offer picture-perfect vistas and a real sense of pleasure.
6 Ballyvolane House, Cork
A country house for all occasions, Ballyvolane House is a firm favourite for escapism. The luxurious hideaway in North Cork’s is run by the Greens whose exceptional style of hospitality is effortlessly classy and fun. Indoors, expect supremely comfortable interiors, delightful decor and delicious Irish cooking. Outside explore the extensive grounds and gardens that were meticulously planned in the 18th century, when the house was built. Think walled and formal gardens, ornamental lakes, a young orchard and wonderful woodlands.
7 Ashford Castle, Mayo
If you’re looking for wow factor at every turn, Ashford Castle is likely to deliver. Tucked between forest and lake, the views are exceptional everywhere, from first glimpse of the imposing stone facade to first steps inside the 800-year-old stronghold. A byword for excellence, expect opulent accommodation, exemplary service, exquisite food, and every manner of modern luxury at this world class property. The 350 acre estate offers the very best of the Irish outdoors too, from lakeside walks to horse riding, golf and fishing, zip-lining and all kinds of classic country pursuits.
8 Dunraven Arms, Limerick
Set in one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, the atmospheric Dunraven Arms has been welcoming guests since 1792. On the main street of Limerick’s idyllic heritage village, it’s got perfect views of its neighbours – the colourful postcard-worthy thatched cottages that make Adare so famous. Inside, you’ll find a warm welcome, good food and a freshly updated decor with real character. Think roaring fires, large windows, comfy bedrooms and excellent service.