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A tailor-made escape to discover the many faces of Ireland. Picturesque villages, wild beaches and unspoilt nature… the beauty and diversity of South-East Ireland’s landscapes, with a selection of charming addresses combining design, well-being and art de vivre.
Arrive in Dublin and pick up your rental car. Head for Lhous County and settle in for 2 nights in a guesthouse. This lovely home is surrounded by mature trees and shrubs, with a ten-foot-high laurel hedge providing a backdrop of privacy and seclusion. The main door opens onto a sunken parterre with 18th-century topiary. The ornamental gardens give a Greek house style and the end of the garden is a restful vantage point. The central courtyard, lush with hostas, is a haven of peace and tranquility.
Located in the middle of the Boyne Valley, Bru na Boinne (Newgrange), Monasterboice High Crosses, Battle of the Boyne Bridge at Old and Old Mellifont Abbey are all within a 20-minute drive. The historic town of Drogheda on the River Boyne is 12kms further on, and the nearest tourist office is in the historic village of Slane, just 9kms away.
Free day to enjoy the region.
Drive to the Kerry region and Killarney National Park. Settle in for 2 nights in a B&B in the Killarney region. At the crossroads of all Kerry itineraries, the town is the ideal base for exploring the surrounding area. The eponymous national park is a must-see, with its magnificent moorlands, forested mountains, lakes and waterfalls, and the imposing silhouette of Ross Castle.
Magical gardens, a mysterious dark lake, countless drawing rooms, sumptuous bedrooms and divine dinners, as well as heavenly owners: paradise in Kerry. This 19th-century country house overlooks the beauty and mystery of Caragh Lake, a supreme place discovered by Frank and Mary many years ago. They run their stylish home with good humor and a professional touch, they’re charming and friendly, and she, the interior designer, has genuine warmth and a big smile.
From Killarney, it’s easy to reach the Dingle peninsula, one of the most famous in south-west Ireland for its beaches and cliffside roads.
Attractions: Inch and Milltown – Gallarus oratory – Kilmakeadar church – Slea Head.
Optional: Free discovery of Great Blasket, the largest island in the Blasket archipelago. The island is reached by ferry from Dingle; the crossing is accompanied by breathtaking views of the Slea Head cliffs, and sometimes even dolphins. The Blasket Islands archipelago comprises six islands, most of which were inhabited until 1953. The island’s inhabitants were forced to leave by government decision, as living conditions were deemed too difficult – the population lived mainly from fishing and livestock farming, virtually cut off from the rest of Ireland. Great Blasket is a mountainous island with spectacular coastal scenery: a jagged coastline, cliffs and a superb beach. The remains of the village, abandoned in the 1950s, bear witness to the life and activities of the time.
Drive to Cork, taking your time and following the south coast with its small fishing villages. Settle in for 2 nights at a Manor House that combines old-world sophistication with contemporary accents to satisfy traditionalists. Relax in one of the many comfortable armchairs with an aperitif, or choose one of the many whiskies or brandies from our extensive collection for the perfect conclusion to your meal. Enjoy our famous afternoon tea, served daily in the drawing room and gardens.
On the way: Bandon – Dunmanway and Bantry (Bantry Manor, a Georgian house dating from 1700) – the picturesque villages of Kenmare and Sneem.
Optional: Ferry crossing from Glengarriff to Garnish Island. Now a garden island under the leadership of two enthusiasts, it is home to some 15 hectares of superb subtropical gardens, particularly popular with horticulturists and tree lovers. Its sheltered location makes it a true haven of tranquillity, and the island’s surroundings are superb, colonized by birds and wild seals.
You can either hit the road right away, or spend some time discovering Cork, home to Irish soul and hospitality, whose historic heart lies on an island between the two arms of the River Lee.
We love: Strolling through old Cork with its lively, colorful alleyways, or through the aisles of the History Museum, to relive the city’s high points, from Viking conquests to the last sailing of the Titanic and its tragic fate through the War of the Roses.
Overnight in the Cork region.
Last few hours to enjoy a little shopping or a final tour of the region before returning your vehicle and boarding your return flight.
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