From family-friendly self-catering options to relaxing hotel stays.
The autumn weather seems to have (finally) materialised, and while it has us reaching for our coats, it’s also definitely made us excited for the idea of autumn breaks. A different, often more relaxed affair than a summer getaway, there’s no reliance on the weather to base our activities around, it’s all about embracing a wrapped-up walk followed by a drink beside the fire.
So if you’re hoping to get away this mid-term, we’ve put together a few ideas to inspire your trip.
Titanic Hotel Belfast
Situated in Belfast’s famous docklands area and within walking distance of the city centre, Titanic Hotel Belfast is the perfect place from which to explore the city’s many attractions, including Titanic Belfast, the Ulster Museum and Belfast Zoo.
The Anchor Down in Autumn package includes a two-course dinner in the hotel’s award-winning Wolff Grill Restaurant for two with a glass of prosecco, breakfast in the historical dining room, and complimentary parking for 24 hours in the hotel’s carpark, from €196 per room for 2 adults sharing.
Falls Hotel Clare self-catering apartments
Situated in Ennistymon, looking over the River Inagh, Falls Hotel has nine self catering apartments. Each apartment has two double en-suite bedrooms, an open plan sitting, dining and kitchen area plus a utility room with a washing machine and dryer.
They give you the freedom to explore the area, while having the comfort of the hotel nearby, as you get complimentary access to the hotel’s Aqua & Fitness Club. From €200 per night.
Rathmullan House, Donegal
Set in seven acres of tranquil woodland on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Rathmullan House has been welcoming guests for nearly 60 years.
You can relax in its comfortable surroundings, or plan a trip packed with activities, from boat trip on Lough Swilly, discovering sea caves by kayak, cycling in Glenveagh National Park, playing some of Donegal’s finest links golf courses, exploring Ards Forest Park and experiencing stunning views from the top of Muckish and Mount Errigal.
Rates for October start from €160 per room B&B, and guests of the hotel can dine in the Cook and Gardener Restaurant with three courses for only €50.
Clifden Station House Self Catering Apartments
With a choice of two and three bedroom deluxe self-catering apartments that include full use of the hotel’s swimming pool, leisure facilities and kids’ club, Clifden Station House is another good option.
There’s plenty to do in the area, from driving the Sky Road overlooking Clifden Bay, a variety of water sports, to exploring Connemara National Park or Kylemore Abbey, so there’s no chance of being bored. From €140 per night.
Butler House, Kilkenny
For a city break, Butler House in the heart of Kilkenny is the perfect base for discovering the city’s historical spots, enjoying a long lunch in one of its many great restaurants, or discovering the work of local craftspeople and artists.
Each of the seventeen rooms has been individually decorated, and family rooms are also available. Rooms from €125
Fota Island Lodges
Set on the beautiful grounds of Fota Island Resort, residents of Fota Island Lodges have full access to the facilities of the nearby five-star hotel, including swimming pool, gym, spa, golf courses and several restaurants.
From two to four bed lodges, there are a variety of options to choose from, from €198 per night.
Lough Erne Resort Lodge Suites
With 25 lough side turret-shaped lodges, all with either two or three bedrooms, Lough Erne Resort is a great place for an autumn break.
The Lodges are as luxurious as you would expect from a renowned resort, with bathrobes, luxury towels, and freestanding baths, as well as full use of the hotel’s facilities. From €375 per night.