Wednesday 20 March 2019

Top 10 Valentine's Day breaks in Ireland

Rediscover romance!

Rathmullan House, Donegal
Rathmullan House, Donegal
Ballyknocken House, Wicklow
Salthill Hotel, Galway
Bellinter House, Meath
Ballyvolane House
Sneem Hotel, Kerry

Nicola Brady

Looking for a romantic getaway? Nicola Brady has a selection of breaks from around the country, making it super-easy to cosy up with your Valentine.

Rathmullan House, Co. Donegal

Want to show your partner that you're really nuts about them? Rathmullan House has you covered. This Valentine's weekend, all couples staying for two nights will be able to have a hazelnut tree planted in their honour. The package includes one dinner and breakfast each morning.

Book: 'Nuts About You This Valentine's' starts at €210pp for two nights. rathmullanhouse.com

Bellinter House, Co. Meath

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Bellinter House, Meath

Bellinter House, Co. Meath

Nothing says romance like an outdoor hot tub. At Bellinter House, you can sink into the Jacuzzi on Valentine's night, or even book in for a double seaweed bath in the Bathhouse Spa. You'll finish the night with dinner in the award-winning Eden Restaurant.

Book: The 'Stuck on You' package starts from €155pp for Valentine's night. SEE: bellinterhouse.com

Ardtara Country House, Co. Derry

Ireland's Blue Book have some great packages this Valentine's Day, including a break in Ardtara Country House. Once named the "Most Romantic Hotel of the Year" by the AA, Ardtara has only nine rooms, all kitted out with grand fireplaces, antique furniture and high ceilings. The Valentine's Getaway includes a six-course dinner and full breakfast.

Book: The Valentine's Getaway starts from £119/€156pp for one night. irelands-blue-book.ie

Ballyvolane House, Co. Cork

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Ballyvolane House

Ballyvolane, Co. Cork

For a cosy weekend break, nothing beats hunkering down in a country house hotel. Ballyvolane House fits the bill perfectly, with open log fires, gigantic antique bathtubs and stacks of books to lose yourself in. There are no televisions in the bedrooms, just a funky old wireless and homemade cookies. They're offering a one-night package on Valentine's Day, which includes a four-course dinner, full Irish breakfast and a half bottle of champagne on arrival.

Book: The one-night package starts from €165pp. ballyvolanehouse.ie

Gregans Castle Hotel, Co. Clare

If you want to push the boat out, then how about a whole weekend filled with luxurious treats, cosy breakfasts in bed and country walks? At Gregans Castle, you'll enjoy a nine-course tasting dinner and take breakfast each morning in your own room. There's also a guided half-day walk around the Burren.

Book: 'Romance in the Stones' costs from €299pp for two nights. gregans.ie

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Co. Meath

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Dunboyne Castle and Spa - Bridal Suite

Bridal suite at Dunboyne Castle

Handily, Dunboyne Castle is just a short hop from Dublin, complete with everything you'd need for a mini-break. There's an extensive spa and thermal area with a huge hydrotherapy pool. A dinner is included, and when you make it to your room, you'll find a rose petal turndown and chocolates.

Book: The package starts at €220 per couple. SEE: dunboynecastlehotel.com

Ballyknocken House, Co. Wicklow

If you're a foodie couple, then a weekend filled with delicious treats at Catherine Fulvio's bolthole is sure to tick all your boxes. You'll tuck into a four-course dinner by candlelight, with an award-winning breakfast the next day. Then head out for a bracing stomp around the Wicklow hills, a Ballyknocken Picnic swinging at your side.

Book: The 'Mountain Top Picnic Package' costs €249 per couple for one night. SEE: ballyknocken.co

Salthill Hotel, Co. Galway

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Salthill Hotel, Galway

Salthill Hotel, Galway

There's nothing quite like a seaside stroll with your Valentine, and with a location right on the Salthill promenade, you'll be in for a treat at the Salthill Hotel. After a hardy walk on the prom, you can cosy up in bed with one of the in-room movies, or take a dip in the pool. The Valentine's package also includes dinner on one night, with breakfast each morning.

Book: The 'Sweethearts' escape starts from €99pp for two nights, from Fri to Sun. salthillhotel.com

The Glasshouse, Sligo

It's always been a busy town, but the Fleadh brought a breath of fresh air to Sligo last year, and the city is still buzzing. You can't get more central than The Glasshouse, poised right above the Garavogue River in the heart of town. On Valentine's Day, there's a one-night package including a seven-course tasting menu and breakfast the next morning.

Book: The 'Love is in the Air' one-night getaway starts at €99pp. theglasshouse.ie

Sneem Hotel, Co. Kerry

You can't beat a room with a sea view, and at the Sneem Hotel you'll enjoy just that on a romantic two-night break. There'll be a bottle of chilled prosecco awaiting your arrival, as well as a table d'hóte dinner on one evening and a full breakfast each morning.

Book: The two-night package costs from €149pp. sneemhotel.com

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NB: All prices subject to availability/change.

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