Thinking of an Irish staycation but with a little more gravitas? These Irish Landmark Trust homes have got plenty of comfort and historic style to spare.
We've been dreaming of an Irish summer. And not just a regular Irish summer, I mean an actual summer in Ireland. As in strolling with a 99, the wafting scents of sun cream and sea salt, sausages sizzling on the barbecue, and the end of the “do I need to bring a jacket” debate.
But even if the weather disappoints, there are plenty of gorgeous places to go for your staycation. An Irish Landmark Trust break in one of their stunning properties will keep you occupied. They've opened their doors, so now is the time to get booking.
The Family Gathering: Inchiquin House, Co Clare
If you’re considering taking a big break with the extended fam in tow, Inchiquin makes for a gorgeous getaway.
Built around 1800, this period home can sleep ten very comfortably and the large modern kitchen/diner leaves space for your family to spread out. With the Cliffs of Moher, Aillwee Caves and the Burren all on its doorstep, there's lots to keep everyone busy.
The Cosy Escape: Batty Langley Lodge, Co Kildare
Alternatively, if holidaying with your extended (or even immediate) family sounds like the stuff of nightmares, then consider the excellently named Batty Langley Lodge.
On the edge of the Castletown House demesne, its Gothic architecture holds just a few small rooms, including a beautiful main bedroom on the upper floor. Only big enough for two (plus the dog), you’ll simply have to find a babysitter.
The Grand Reverie: Helen’s Tower, Co Down
The extraordinary Helen's Tower is a history buff’s dream. Built in 1848 and immortalised in Alfred Tennyson’s poem by the same name, it’s tucked into the Clandeboye Estate.
Originally a game keeper’s tower, it hosts some magnificent features, including a third-floor octagonal room with wood panelling and a rising arched ceiling.
Seaside Reverie: Galley Head Lighthouse, Co Cork
With two houses available for rent, these buildings were home to the lightkeepers and their families until the Galley Head was automated in 1979.
With magnificent views along the Wild Atlantic Way, and Inchydoney beach and the market town of Clonakilty nearby, it’s the perfect, peaceful spot to base yourself for a few days exploring the glories of West Cork.
The Country Retreat: Knocknalosset House, Co Cavan
This quaint,two-storey sandstone farmhouse is set down a quiet country lane. It’s got plenty of original features and lots of squishy chairs, along with all the necessities of modern living.
Ideal for a book-filled weekend away, punctuated by walks along one of Cavan’s many lakes and some good food.
Featured image: Knocknalosset House
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