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BALLYMALOE HOUSE

One of the most famous places to stay in the country, this family-run country house retreat is known as one of the most important centres for Irish cooking. There’s plenty of countrysid­e to explore across the 400-acre estate in rural East Cork, and large bedrooms can accommodat­e parents and kids. There’s also a home farm for the family to check out, and outdoor activities for all ages.

DINGLE SKELLIG HOTEL

Explore the wild west coast of Ireland with your family and check into the Dingle Skellig Hotel. The helpful staff will ensure everyone stays entertaine­d, as they suggest local events and help plan activities in the great outdoors.

FOTA ISLAND RESORT

One of Ireland’s only ve-star hotels to be situated on its own island, Fota Island Resort is just a 20-minute drive from Cork City and – thanks to a daily shuttle service – a short trip from two premier tourist attraction­s, Fota Wildlife Park and Fota House and Gardens. A chic and spacious 131-room resort with two ne restaurant­s and a swimming pool, Fota Island’s facilities and nearby attraction­s make it perfect for family trips. Parents will also be glad to get a break from the kids in the world class spa, which boasts 18 treatment rooms where guests can enjoy massages, hydrothera­py and a thermal suite.

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