Fantastic Four: Pet-friendly hotels
Pamper your pooch!
Nicola Brady picks four hotels where your pet is also a welcome guest.
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.
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.
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.
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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