Sunday 23 November 2014

The staycationers

'As a family, we'd much rather be out and about cycling or walking than lazing by a pool'

Published 22/06/2014 | 02:30

David and Fiona Murphy enjoy a holiday at home with sons Jack and Charlie and cousin Nicholas

David and Fiona Murphy are staycationing in Cork and Kerry with sons Charlie (14), Jack (13) and their cousin Nicholas Bakker (15)

Three nights' B&B at the Randles Court Hotel in Killarney €600 (based on 2 adults and 3 children sharing two rooms) + Seven nights' rental of Broadstrand Cottage in Courtmacsherry €750. Total €1,350

Dad David, a farmer, says: "For our family holiday this year, we're spending three nights in Killarney before heading to west Cork for a week. Although we've gone abroad before, package holidays aren't really our thing.

"As a family, we'd much rather be out and about cycling or walking than lazing by a pool. In the past, we've travelled as far as New Zealand and Australia together, and the quality of holiday you can have here is every bit as good. From scenic walks to good restaurants, Ireland has everything we need.

"Even if you don't get the weather, so long as you pack the raincoats, there's plenty to do. For me though, the best thing about holidaying at home is that you don't spend half the time getting to your destination. You just pack your bag, hop in the car and you're there in a couple of hours.

"As a dairy farmer, it also gives me the peace of mind of being close to home on holiday. Between midweek breaks and early-bird menus, nowadays you can get really good value for your money if you shop around.

"We've been going back to the same hotel, the Randles Court Hotel in Killarney, for quite a few years, so you build up a good relationship. Over the years, you get to know people and enjoy going back to the local pub each summer. You're not a complete stranger some place."

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