12 romantic hotels in Ireland with secret tips

These romantics hotels in Ireland each have a little secret tip alongside them so you don’t miss out on anything during a nice weekend away with your s/o.

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Each of these 12 Blue Book romantic hotels in Ireland each ensure a memorable experience and I’ve shared my top tips with my insider secrets to a romantic getaway…

1. Wineport Lodge, Co. Westmeath

Hidden on the quiet, picturesque shores of Lough Ree, Wineport Lodge enjoys an incomparable setting, approachable by boat or car. Its cedar-clad log cabin-style exterior is matched with a tasteful, modern interior that reflects the warm and relaxed atmosphere found in the lodge and on the lakeside grounds.

Romance Tip: Request a private-balconied lake-view room to watch the sun set over the shimmering lake.

romantic hotels in Ireland

2. Clare Island Lighthouse, Co. Mayo

For almost two centuries, Clare Island Lighthouse has stood as a nautical landmark. Perched high on craggy cliffs and standing guard at the entrance to Clew Bay off Ireland’s western Atlantic coast, it offers a retreat like no other, with solitude and welcoming warmth, and sumptuous locally-sourced foods.

Romance Tip: Request the Sauna Suite, offering access to a private sauna with beautiful views.

romantic hotels in Ireland

3. Ice House, Co. Mayo

Luxurious bedrooms and suites, all with panoramic views, marry the beauty of the original 18th-century Ice House with rich, contemporary styling. This eclectic mix perfectly frames the amazing views stretching across the River Moy to the woodlands beyond. Ideal for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way.

Romance Tip: Visit the Chill Spa to relax in the luxurious double treatment room with a couples massage.

romantic hotels in Ireland

4. Glenlo Abbey, Galway

Nestled peacefully on a stunning 138-acre estate on the shores of Lough Corrib, the five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Golf Resort offers couples a warm, personable and luxurious getaway. Beautiful and unspoiled Connemara scenery creates a soft and balanced contrast to the vibrant nearby Galway City.

Romance Tip: Dine aboard the awarded Pullman Restaurant set on two original Orient Express train cars.

romantic hotels in Ireland

5. Gregans Castle, Co. Clare

With breathtaking views across Galway Bay and the unique Burren landscape, Gregans Castle offers the ultimate luxury and gourmet hideaway. Romance flourishes under the comfort of genuine Irish hospitality, award-winning dining, turf fires and candlelight, and television-free bedrooms.

Romance Tip: Explore the heart of the Burren with a private guide from Gregans Castle.

romantic hotels in Ireland

6. Castle Durrow, Laois

Originally built by Viscount Ashbrook in 1716, Castle Durrow is one of Ireland’s most popular luxury four-star hotels. The family-owned home is conveniently located between Dublin and Cork, along the banks of the River Erkina, and is one of Ireland’s most popular wedding venues.

Romance Tip: Stroll through Castle Durrow’s gardens and enjoy a picnic among the fragrant flowers.

romantic hotels in Ireland

7. Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny

Steeped in heritage, Mount Juliet’s stunning walled estate is one of Ireland’s most lavish country estates, famed for its welcoming and exception service. Guests enjoy the 1,500 acres of sprawling countryside, fine dining and relaxing spa treatments, along with the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and other activities.

Romance Tip: Dine in the Michelin-starred Lady Helen restaurant.

romantic hotels in Ireland

8. Dunbrody House, Co. Wexford

The focus is on food and pampering at Dunbrody House, with its world-renowned gourmet restaurant, chic champagne seafood bar and breakfast until noon daily. Set in 300 acres of parkland on the idyllic Hook Peninsula, Dunbrody is the perfect year-round romantic getaway.

Romantic Tip: Learn to cook together with a tailor-made course at the renowned cookery school.

romantic hotels in Ireland

9. Marlfield House, Co. Wexford

Marlfield House is a beautifully-restored Regency-period house set on 36 acres of fine gardens and woodlands, and close to miles of sandy beaches. All rooms are filled with beautiful antiques, paintings and vases of flowers, with views of the extensive gardens (with a croquet lawn and kitchen garden) and grounds.

Romance Tip: Stay in one of the lavish and luxurious four-poster suites, such as the Stopford Room.

romantic hotels in Ireland

10. Castle Leslie Estate, Monaghan

Steeped in history and full of character and charm, Castle Leslie Estate is one of Ireland’s last great castle estate remaining in the founding family. Set on 1,000 acres of ancient woodland and glittering lakes, it is known for its authentic original interiors, old-style hospitality and romantic Irish Castle weddings.

Romance Tip: Discover the beautiful Irish countryside on horseback from the Estate’s equestrian center.

romantic hotels in Ireland

11. Bushmills Inn, Co. Antrim

Roaring peat fires, nooks and crannies, and a secret library set the romantic tone at Bushmills Inn. Guests can linger by the fire, enjoy afternoon tea in the garden courtyard, partake in water sports, hike in the unspoiled countryside, visit the Old Bushmills Distillery, or golf nearby on some of Ireland’s finest courses.

Romance Tip: Enjoy intimate movie screenings of favorite films in the Inn’s boutique cinema.

romantic hotels in Ireland

12. Ardtara Country House, Derry/Londonderry

Widely regarded as one of the finest country houses in Northern Ireland, Ardtara is an elegantly-restored 19th-century mansion filled with owner-collected antiques, original working fireplaces, and en-suite bedrooms with king-sized beds, set on private eight-acre wooded grounds.

Romance Tip: Explore Northern Ireland’s Game of Thrones filming locations and the Giant’s Causeway.

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10 Comments

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      April 13, 2018 / 9:39 am

      I know what you mean. Me and mine just spent a night in Brighton and just one nice night to ourselves was lovely.

  1. April 13, 2018 / 11:48 am

    Gosh what beautiful hotels. We haven’t really explored much of Ireland but this needs to change! I’ve always wanted to stay in a lighthouse so Clare Island lighthouse would be my first choice.

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      April 13, 2018 / 5:09 pm

      I have to agree, it would be so interesting.

  2. April 13, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    We’re going to Ireland in a few months so maybe we will try to book one of these! They all look amazing

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      April 15, 2018 / 10:48 pm

      Glad too be of help xxx

  3. April 14, 2018 / 3:35 am

    Wow! Ireland was so beautiful I haven’t been there and I should add these on my bucket lists, Love to see their hotels

  4. April 15, 2018 / 8:29 am

    Ireland is on my hit list and now I have an idea of what kind of accommodation I can look into, thanks for the recommendation

  5. April 15, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    I would love to visit Ireland, Hubby loves the country but I have never been. Marlfield House wins it for me

  6. April 16, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    I’m planning a visit to Ireland next year so I will definitely have a look properly through these hotels as they sound lovely, thanks for the recommendations

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