Saturday 20 January 2018

Enjoy a full Irish break at super summer rates

With the Silly Season at its height, it's the perfect time to avail of fabulous breaks around the country

The Pembroke Hotel in the beautiful city of Kilkenny is offering a ‘Medieval Picks’ package, just one of many deals on offer around the country for the month of August.
The Pembroke Hotel in the beautiful city of Kilkenny is offering a ‘Medieval Picks’ package, just one of many deals on offer around the country for the month of August.

Lucinda O'Sullivan

City dwellers tend to think about vacating the big smoke for the 'wicked month' of August, which also makes it a good time for other people to visit, when it is at its relaxed best. With the August bank holiday weekend coming up, here are some ideas, breaks and happenings, in a nutshell, to tempt you. Please note: family packages refer to 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years.

Starting with Dublin, the five-star Dylan Hotel is a boutique hotel in a superb location, with lots of bars and eateries within walking distance. Its 'City Escape' package is from €229 per room per night, including breakfast and valet parking.

The Radisson St. Helen's Hotel, on the Stillorgan Road, is a great location for a break, with or without the family. Set in a mid-1700s estate, with the excellent Talavera Italian restaurant, it has a 'Dublin Horse Show' offer (August 5-9) from €95pps.

The Boyne Valley is a hugely historic area, and the very cool Conyngham Arms Hotel at the heart of Slane village has 1BBD from €75pps midweek and €100 pps at weekends.

Moving south to Ballymoney, Co Wexford, the Seafield Hotel has room-only breaks, in two- or three-bedroom courtyard family suites, running from €295 for two nights up to seven nights from €625. Adults have full use of the thermal suites & hydrotherapy pool in Oceo Spa.

In the amazing Marble City of Kilkenny, the Pembroke Hotel has a 2BB2D 'Medieval Picks' package from €154pps, with visits to Kilkenny Castle, St Canice's Cathedral, Smithwick's Brewery and Kyteler's Inn.

Take the family to visit the Viking settlement at Woodstown, Co Waterford, as well as the funfair at Tramore, both of which the kids will love. At the Tower Hotel in Waterford a family of four can have 2BB and one family dinner for just €259 in August.

Moving over to east Cork, the Garryvoe Hotel has an extensive range of packages for families of all ages, with or without evening meals, tickets to Fota Wildlife Park, Jungle World, Leahy's Open Farm, Queenstown Story Cobh, Jameson Heritage Centre, and so on. 2BB1D starts from €175pps. It has a 'Fab Five for Family' 5BB2D midweek break for a total of €920. It also has a 'Timeout for the Teens' 3BB1D package for €699, to include one hour kayaking or one hour paintballing, a boat trip, a tour of Ballycotton Lighthouse Island and €10 phone credit for the teens.

The delightful Bayview Hotel at Ballycotton, where all rooms have sea views, has 2BB1D packages from €145pps.

In Cork city, there is a 2BB1D wine and dine package from €185pps at the River Lee Hotel, to include a three-course dinner, a bottle of house wine in its Weir Bistro, and 20pc discount in its Urban Escape Spa.

Also in Cork, the superb five-star Hayfield Manor has a 2BB1D luxury escape from €335pps for the August Bank Holiday weekend. Dinner will be served in either its signature Orchids restaurant or in the popular Perrott's Garden Bistro.

Down in fabuloso Kinsale, the Blue Haven has one- to two-night bank holiday specials from €105/€185pps to include one evening meal. With live nightly music and craft beer or gin tastings, it's a lot of fun.

Also in Kinsale, Friar's Lodge has spacious rooms, and will also happily welcome your pooch with open paws. B&B in August runs from €60pps.

Maeve Coakley's serene Blindgate House has double or twins, with breakfast, at €120 per room.

Over in Killarney, the fabulous five-star Aghadoe Heights has an August Bank Holiday weekend offer of 2BB1D in a luxurious garden superior room from €309pps. It also offers August midweek overnight accommodation in a lakeside room from €120pps.

In the centre of Killarney, The Malton has a 1BBD rate in a classic bedroom from €134pps, as well as many family packages.

Make a visit to see the fabulously restored King John's Castle in Limerick, and indeed the equally fabulous Milk Market. The stylish Absolute Hotel, overlooking the Shannon, has a great value Summer Date Night package, for August only, to include 1BB1D at just €63pps.

Out in Ennis, the Old Ground Hotel on Sunday, August 2 and other selected dates, offer a two-hour guided walk in the Burren, followed by dinner, overnight accommodation and breakfast for €105pps, or €135 for single occupancy. Kids sleep free.

At the Egan family's fab historic Inch House in Tipperary, where they make the fabulous black pudding, they offer 1BB with a five-course dinner from €180, or 2BB with dinner on both nights from €320, both prices for two people.

In Galway, the fab g Hotel has a 2BB break from €180pps sharing, to include dinner in its Restaurant Gigi's and a complimentary visit to the thermal suite in the ESPA spa.

The Radisson Blu Hotel has an August bank holiday rate of €179 per room, per night, including a buffet breakfast.

Following refurbishment, the wonderful Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara has been upgraded to a four-star rating. Its €890 family package includes 3BB2D for adults, and children's evening meals.There's a supervised kid's club from 3pm-9pm. It also has 1BB rates at €105pps or 1BBD at €149pps.

The Yeats Country Hotel at Rosses Point has a 3BB2D family package from €499, and have joined with Ewing's Sligo Boat Charters to offer an Eco Tourism Cruise Experience along the Wild Atlantic Way, taking in an abundance of wild life, as well as naturally stunning geological features and historical sites.

Moving up to Harvey's Point at Lough Eske, Donegal, it has an August midweek 3BB package, including dinner cabaret on Wednesday evenings plus a complimentary wine tasting and cookery Demonstration from €399pps.

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