From lighthouses, tower houses, merchant houses and stately homes, the selection of unusual places to lay your head in Ireland is huge. We’ve suggested six to get you started...
Clare Island Lighthouse, Clare Island, County Mayo
Bed down in a lighthouse, one of the most unique and exclusive getaways on the island of Ireland.
The ultimate room with a sea view, this architecturally majestic listed building offers luxury, fully-catered B&B stays, complemented by the natural environment of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Helen’s Tower, Bangor, County Down
Guests can see views of Scotland and kilometres of rolling countryside from the top of this three-storey stone tower.
The quirky gothic retreat features a modernised bedroom, shower room, kitchen, living room, reading room and rooftop terrace all linked by a narrow stone staircase. Set within a large forest and estate, it’s a perfect self-catering hideaway for two.
Barberstown Castle, Straffan, County Kildare
This historic property is set within the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, yet just a 30-minute spin from Dublin city centre.
Surrounded by eight hectares of grounds and once owned by world-famous guitarist Eric Clapton, it’s ideal for enjoying exceptional personal service, open log fires and great food and wine.
The Merchant’s House, Derry-Londonderry
Savour the atmosphere of a bygone era alongside all the comforts of today in this unique four-storey townhouse within walking distance of the famous Walls of Derry.
Built in the Georgian style almost 150 years ago, the architectural features of the era survive largely intact. This is a distinctive, atmospheric base to explore the attractions and culture of Northern Ireland’s second city.
Martello Tower, Sutton, County Dublin
A self-catering getaway with a difference, this 1804 circular stone tower is one of many ‘bombproof’ defences built against a Napoleonic invasion.
Promising a combination of luxury and exclusiveness for up to four people, a modern kitchen/diner offers sweeping 360° views from roof level, a living area and balcony overlook the coastline of Dublin Bay on the middle level, while two bedrooms and a bathroom occupy the lower level.
Roundwood House, Mountrath, County Laois
Spoil yourself in one of Ireland’s finest mid-size country houses of the Georgian period.
The reception rooms are filled with antique furniture, the bedrooms lined with paintings and overflowing bookshelves. Enjoy crackling fires, good food, manicured gardens and extensive outbuildings.
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