Thursday 5 December 2019

7 Irish hotels perfect for a cosy Christmas catch-up

At Christmas, it’s important to spend time with your nearest and dearest. From family reunions to catching up with old friends, it’s the perfect time of year to reconnect with the people that mean the most.

This winter, we have teamed up with Ireland’s Blue Book to highlight some gorgeous Irish hotels that are perfect for a cosy catch-up. With everything from twinkling fairy lights to roaring fires, each of these venues is special in its own way but the main thing that they have in common is a festive atmosphere that is sure to put a smile on your face.

So, if you’re planning a Christmas catch-up, add these hotels to the top of your list.

1. Barberstown Castle, Co Kildare


For a festive catch-up with a Downton Abbey feel, try Barberstown Castle in Co Kildare. Just a 40-minute drive from Dublin city centre, this beautiful 13th century castle is a real gem.

Enjoy drinks by the fireside or a night of music in the new Haggard Bar; a 15th century stone building that has been lovingly renovated into a traditional Irish pub. Or, if you would prefer an intimate meal or a private group dinner, their fine dining restaurant serves the best of French and Irish country house dining.

The hotel is also set on 20 acres of gorgeous gardens which are perfect for a winter walk with friends or family stroll.

2. Tankardstown House, Co Meath


Open fires, friendly staff, and excellent food - Tankardstown ticks all the boxes. Located in Co Meath this gorgeous venue includes an 18th century manor house, an orangery, cottage suites and the renowned Brabazon Restaurant. Lead by talented Head Chef, Janos Sarkozi, the dishes at Tankardstown are based on seasonal produce from the walled kitchen gardens and poly tunnels on the estate.

Their festive menu is available from December 4 and features traditional Christmas fare such as turkey and ham, and Christmas pudding, as well as the more exotic sounding pork belly with black pudding gnocchi, and chocolate sponge with Japanese black sesame ice cream.

3. Butler House, Kilkenny


Did you know that Kilkenny has its own Christmas festival, Yulefest? If you decide to visit, you must stop off at Butler House, one of the city’s most-loved hotels.

Over the festive period, you can visit their Christmas garden experience. At dusk, light installations come to life, a miniature train chugs around the gardens and you can even meet Santa himself in his outdoor grotto.

If you want a more grown-up catch-up, book a festive afternoon tea. Butler House serves afternoon tea from Monday to Sunday. Warm up with a delicious selection of teas and three tiers of delicious treats with miniature sandwiches, pastries, homemade scones and mini desserts. Perfection!

4. The Mustard Seed, Co Limerick

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If you want to spend some quality time with your significant other in the run-up to Christmas, then The Mustard Seed is the perfect place to escape for a romantic getaway. This beautiful hotel in Ballingarry has it all, stunning décor, a cosy atmosphere and plenty of charm.

Their award-winning restaurant is perfect for an extra special romantic meal. The Mustard Seed prides itself on their fine dining options but this hotel is anything but pretentious. They encourage guests to simply enjoy the experience, plus they’re also pet-friendly so you can bring along your pooch. Ideal!

5. The Cellar Bar, Co Dublin


Shop ‘til you drop in Dublin city and celebrate with a festive cocktail in the Merrion’s Cellar Bar. What could be better?

The Merrion is Dublin’s most stylish 5-star hotel with 142 bedrooms and suites arranged around two 18th century style gardens. But did you know the hotel has a magnificent cellar bar that is open to both guests and the general public?

Located in the original wine vaults of the main house, the cellar bar offers a warm, relaxed atmosphere and an all-day gastro-pub menu. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends for a Christmas tipple or hearty lunch.

6. Sash restaurant, Co Limerick


Sash is located at the Georgian No.1 Pery Square, a boutique hotel that is both elegant and contemporary. The restaurant is cosy and relaxed while Head Chef, Mark Belton places great emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients.

This Christmas they are offering customers the opportunity to book private fireside dining experiences which would be a great way to catch up with old friends or simply spend quality time with a loved one.

If you’re looking for a night away, No.1 Pery Square has a chic townhouse that’s perfect for a group of friends. Located on the top floor, the townhouse suite can sleep up to six people, and includes a large separate living space, as well as sweeping views of the city and the mountains of Clare.

7. Bushmills Inn, Co Antrim


Originally a Coaching Inn in the 1600s, this 4-star boutique hotel and restaurant is located right next to some of Northern Ireland’s best-known tourist attractions from the Giant’s Causeway to Bushmills Distillery.

If you want a Christmas catch-up with a difference then pop along to one of their Christmas movie screenings. Bushmills Inn has a private cinema and over the festive period guests can watch both classic and more modern Christmas films. For £45 per person, guests can enjoy a 4-course Christmas banquet, the movie and popcorn.

Ireland’s Blue Book is a unique collection of country house hotels, historic houses, castles and restaurants around the island of Ireland.

This Christmas, why not get your loved one the gift of a Blue Book voucher. They can be used in any Blue Book property for relaxing overnight stays, delicious meals, luxury spa breaks and more.

For more information or to purchase Ireland’s Blue Book gift vouchers, visit the website or call 01 676 9914.


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