Take Three: Historic Properties
1 Rossnaree Guesthouse, Co Meath
In the heart of the Boyne Valley sits Rossnaree, a historic country estate which has been transformed into a boutique B&B. With the River Boyne and Newgrange directly opposite the grounds, Rossnaree not only overlooks history but is a part of it. It is thought the High Kings coming from Tara would wait here before crossing the River Boyne to partake in seasonal ceremonies.
The unique rooms are what country dreams are made of: thick mahogany beds, antique furniture and quirky artwork. Rooms start at €140, B&B. See rossnaree.ie.
2 Mount Vernon Guest House, Co Clare
In the walled garden at Mount Vernon, you'll find three cypress trees. Rumour has it that they were given to Colonel William Persse by his friend George Washington.
The house itself was built for Persse in 1788 on his return from the American War of Independence, and was named in honour of his friendship with the president (who lived in Mount Vernon, Northern Virginia).
These days, the house is an idyllic hideaway, with plush and elegant rooms, some of which enjoy views across Galway Bay. Rates start at €95pps, B&B. See mountvernon.ie.
3 Ballyvolane House, Co Cork
Built in 1728 by retired Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, Richard Pyne, this classic Georgian building was later adapted by Jasper Pyne, after he acquired funds from wealthy wives.
Things have stabilised nowadays – run by a husband and wife, there are four generations of the Green family in residence. But there's still the mystery of buried treasure...
Rates start at €95pps, B&B. See ballyvolanehouse.ie.
All properties can be found on Hidden Ireland, a collection of historic country homes around Ireland. See hiddenireland.com