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Thursday 21 September 2017

Fantastic Four: Pet-friendly hotels

Pamper your pooch!

The exterior of Castlemartyr Resort
The exterior of Castlemartyr Resort
The exterior of Lough Eske Castle.
The Twelve, Barna, Co Galway.
The interior of Coopershill

Nicola Brady

Nicola Brady picks four hotels where your pet is also a welcome guest.

Castlemartyr Resort

Where: Castlemartyr, Co. Cork

Why: While some hotels are strict about the kind of dogs that they can host, at Castlemartyr the only condition is that they are "cute, adorable and well behaved". They'll even have two ready made friends on site - the hotel is home to two Irish Setters, Earl & Countess. There are 220 acres of landscape to explore, from formal gardens to Castlemartyr Wood, plus some gorgeous sandy beaches nearby.

How: Nightly rates start at €180pp, including breakfast. The pet fee is €50.

See: castlemartyrresort.ie

Lough Eske Castle

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The exterior of Lough Eske Castle.

Lough Eske Castle, Donegal

Where: Donegal, Co. Donegal

Why: If you're treating yourself to a night away, there's no reason why the pooch should be left out. When you arrive for a dog-friendly getaway at Lough Eske Castle, they'll be presented with their own welcome bed, basket and blanket, food and water tray, as well as a toy. It's not just for dogs, either - you could bring your cat if you'd prefer.

How: Dogs and cats are welcome in the courtyard guestrooms and garden suites. Nightly rates in those start at €230, including breakfast.

See: solishotels.com/lougheskecastle

Coopershill

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The interior of Coopershill

Coopershill, Co. Sligo

Where: Riverstown, Co. Sligo

Why: If it's walkies you're after, you can't go wrong in Co. Sligo, land of craggy mountains and sweeping beaches. Coopershill is in the thick of it all, on 500 acres of farmland scattered with grazing deer. When you've tired out your dog, he's welcome to share one of the pet-friendly bedrooms, or sleep in the stables (that double up as kennels). The house itself is a gorgeous, historic family home, with stately antiques and regal four-poster beds. It's also home to their own dog, Alice.

How: Nightly rates start from €99pps, including breakfast.

See: coopershill.com

The Twelve

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The Twelve, Barna, Co Galway.

The Twelve, Galway

VERY IMPORTANT POOCH (VIP) at Tankardstown House, Co. Meath

Get away from it all and relax in a truly special place. Bring your well behaved four-legged family members along with you for some well-deserved rest and relaxation in the tranquil grounds of our estate. Check in with your dog at reception and be taken to our beautifully appointed courtyard cottage suites where a complimentary doggie treat  welcomes your four legged friend. There's 80 acres of woodland and parkland for you both to explore.  Take a seat for dinner  by candlelight in the critically acclaimed award winning restaurant, Brabazon and enjoy a  3 Course a la carte Menu , laced with strong seasonal influences. Let restful sleep take you over with only trickling fountains and birdsong to disturb. Awaken with a quick dip in the  hot tub  before a  hearty breakfast  sets you up for the day. 

Valid From: 15.10.2014 To: 31.12.2017

From: €155 per person sharing

For more information, please see www.irelandsbluebook.com, or contact Tankardstown House directly on 041 982 4621

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