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Romantic Staycations in Ireland to Spark Love This Valentine’s Day

Can you feel it? Love is in the air. This year, why not head off to a beautiful location and embrace all the peace, quiet and serenity that comes with a weekend away.

Whether or not you buy into all the Valentine’s Day malarkey, there’s no denying that we could all use a little bit more love in our lives.

Below we have listed some of the most romantic and scenic hotels in Ireland, if you have not made plans uet well ten look no further.

Castle Leslie Estate

With a sense of old world grandeur and true Irish hospitality, the estate offers guests an escape from the outside world.

The castle’s bedrooms transport guests back to the past, opting to remove mini bars and televisions in favour of a calming atmosphere (don’t worry, you can still get wifi if you really want).

There’s also a spa and options to partake in a number of activities. For a truly romantic experience, be sure to stroll around the grounds of the estate, stopping by the lake and boat house. It’s truly wonderful.

More Information: www.castleleslie.com

Tulfarris Hotel

One of Wicklow’s most picturesque hotels, Tulfarris offers spectacular views across Blessington Lakes and the Wicklow mountains. Just 45 minutes from Dublin, Tulfarris is the perfect spot for a secluded weekend away.

Take romantic walks around the scenic landscape and stay in a deluxe guest room or even one of the hotel’s three self-catering lodges.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, why not take advantage of one of our romantic offers. Choose from a one or two night stay with breakfast, dinner and a glass of bubbles on arrival.

More Information: www.tulfarrishotel.com

Waterford Castle

If you fancy an escape to a truly enchanted and magical place, look no further than Waterford Castle. Located on a private island on the outskirts of Ireland’s oldest city, a visit to Waterford Castle, no matter how long it may be, won’t be soon forgotten.

This 16th century hotel provides the ultimate escape for romance hunters and if the stars align, you may even spot some deer through the majestic gates and winding paths of the castle grounds.

More Information: www.waterfordcastleresort.com

Farnham Estate

Experience 1,300 acres of ancient forest, rolling meadows and pristine lakeland at Farnham Estate. An oasis of calm and escape from the trials of everyday life, this Cavan resort is ideal for a couple looking to relax over a game of golf or a nice chilled walk.

The best way to end an active day is to soothe your aches with a spa treatment and indulge in a delicious dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, which boasts a creative selection of the finest local produce.

More Information: www.farnhamestate.ie

Wineport Lodge

Experience one of Ireland’s most romantic and idyllic hotels with a visit to Wineport Lodge.

Located in Athlone, County Westmeath, this beautiful destination is nestled on the banks of Lough Ree.

Here, you can sit back, relax and watch the sunset on the lake – a picture perfect place for a romantic getaway.

More Information: www.wineport.ie

Mount Juliet Estate

Looking for some Michelin magic to add to your romantic Valentine’s Day celebration?

A truly unique experience, Mount Juliet is one of Ireland’s finest country houses and is located only 20 minutes from Kilkenny.

Whether you’re after some activities like fishing, golfing or archery or you just want to have an unforgettable dining experience, Mount Juliet Estate is a fantastic location for a luxury break in the south east of the country.

More Information: www.mountjuliet.ie

Malone Lodge

Located just minutes from Belfast city centre, Malone Lodge offers visitors the chance to experience a luxury evening in the heart of this bustling city.

Treat yourself to an overnight stay this Valentine’s Day with our offer for two people including breakfast.

More Information: www.malonelodgehotelbelfast.com

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Set in the heart of Connemara Co. Galway, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is one of Ireland’s finest luxury properties.

With unbeatable rivers, walks and an enchanting woodland, this 700-acre estate is set against the enviable backdrop of the Twelve Bens mountain range.

Grab a drink and your significant other, relax by one of the hotel’s six open log fires and appreciate the luxurious surroundings of Ballynahinch.

More Information: www.ballynahinch-castle.com

Faithlegg House Hotel

Picture yourself relaxing in a beautifully restored 18th century mansion. A tranquil escape located on the banks of the River Suir, Faithlegg House Hotel is a peaceful haven that is just waiting to be explored.

Guests seeking a romantic escape this February can taste the finest local produce in the hotel’s 2AA Rosette Roseville Rooms restaurant, which is headed up by Head Chef Jenny Flynn.

When you’re finished dining, be sure to pencil in some time to enjoy the hotel’s sauna, stea, room, tennis courts and 18-hole golf course.

More Information: www.faithlegg.com

Shipquay Hotel

Experience a dreamy escape to County Derry during the month of love and visit The Shipquay Hotel.

Offering the perfect mix of heritage and contemporary style, this hotel is both modern and luxurious, perfect for a memorable night in Northern Ireland.

More Information: www.shipquayhotel.com

The House Hotel

Located in the heart of Galway’s thriving Latin quarter, The House Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel, perfect for those hoping to seek out the tastes and thrills of Galway city.

Sip a cocktail as you lounge on one of the lobby’s couches, kicking off your romantic night away to the city of the tribes.

If you’re contemplating a stay at The House Hotel, you can relax in knowing that you’re in for an experience that is both wonderfully comfortable and fabulously stylish.

More Information: www.thehousehotel.ie

Barberstown Castle

Barberstown Castle is a magnificent 13th-century property located in Kildare’s rolling countryside.

Just 30 minutes from Dublin, experience fine dining in luxurious surroundings removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

A true escape, this is a wonderful destination for a romantic night away.

More Information: www.barberstowncastle.ie

The Gibson Hotel

Spend Valentine’s Day in the home of one of Ireland’s most popular TV series’, First Dates.

Located across from Dublin’s 3 Arena, the gibson hotel is a chic, modern venue that dishes up more than just a charming date or two.

Enjoy food in the coda eatery during your stay and feast on Chef Igor Cikarev’s creations, many of which have featured in the hit show. Be sure and sip on one of the hotel’s love potion cocktails to really set the mood!

More Information: www.thegibsonhotel.ie

FEATURE BY SARAH GLASCOTT

Sarah has always had a great love of travel, food and photography. Following her journalism degree at DCU, she developed a passion for travel writing while living in Spain.

Named Best Break Out Travel Writer at the 2018 Travel Media Awards, Sarah loves exploring new places and sampling the local cuisine. Working with TheTaste.ie combines her love of food and travel.

A big people person, especially when it comes to hearing other people’s stories, Sarah loves interviewing chefs, food producers and more.

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