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THE ONE & ONLY BEST OF IRELAND Dromoland Castle SCREEBE HOUSE Ideally located on the Wild Atlantic Way, Screebe House is one of Ireland’s nest Victorian estates, overlookin­g the magni cent Camus Bay. Situated in the beautiful surroundin­gs of Connemara, the luxury family-run hotel is one of the ultimate destinatio­ns for relaxing breaks. The house offers eight bedrooms in the main lodge, with ve deluxe rooms and three junior suites, while the spa lodge – located just ten metres from the main house – boasts two double deluxe rooms. With a maximum of 22 guests at any time, visitors can always be assured of a private, intimate experience in a tranquil, elegant atmosphere. The house is perfectly situated for reconnecti­ng with nature and has tailored hunting and shing packages, along with easy access to a number of historic sites. These include Cong and Connemara National Parks, which offer scenic day trips. The spa facilities include a sauna, gym and pool, and from May 2019, Screebe House will also offer a Voya Spa. It uses 100% organic beauty products, along with speciality seaweed baths – a 300-yearold tradition famed for its relaxing and detoxifyin­g properties. Meanwhile, their award-winning restaurant serves up an excellent culinary experience courtesy of head chef Pascal Marinot, with a focus on inseason-organic produce. Their kitchen is completely additive-free, using vegetables grown from their own garden, along with meat and sh sourced locally in Connemara. A number of special promotions will be available throughout the year, including weekend breaks throughout the summer (June 1-3, August 3-5 and 24-26), consisting of two nights deluxe bed and breakfast, along with a four-course dinner for two, with use of spa facilities for €590. This will also run across the autumn (September 28-30 and October 26-28) for €470, for a perfect mid-year getaway. For full details visitscree­ BEST FOR ROMANCE Overlookin­g McSwyne’s Bay, Castle Murray House Hotel is a hidden treasure of the Donegal countrysid­e, boasting striking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Sliabh Liag Mountains. Taking its name from the Murray family’s castle, the ruins of which still stand on the shore, the hotel is renowned for its seafood – try the lobster and thank us later! CASTLE MURRAY HOUSE HOTEL CLIFF AT LYONS An enchanting retreat, this striking venue has been lovingly restored to become an idyllic hideaway for those seeking some peace and luxury. Located just 24 minutes from Dublin, Cliff At Lyons neverthele­ss evokes the tranquilit­y of the countrysid­e, due to its magni cent natural grounds on the Lyons Demense. It’s also a stunning wedding venue, for all you romantics. Enjoy the sense of grandeur at this majestic castle and its enchanting lake, where the Earl of Thomond’s Restaurant offers you a heavenly dining experience. For good measure, you can also have some sublime drinks in the Cocktail Bar. The Dromoland Estate is 440 acres of sheer natural beauty, so feed the ducks, take a boat out on the lovely lake, or try an archery class. Alternativ­ely, you can check out the falconry experience, take a 60-minute pony and trap ride, or relax in the DROMOLAND CASTLE BEST FOR SPORT Located just beside the Aviva Stadium, you don’t get much better for sport in Dublin than Sandymount Hotel. Whether you’ve got yourself tickets for a match or just want to experience the buzz of the area on match day, there’s plenty to do around Sandymount for any football or rugby lover. And even for those who aren’t inclined to sport, you’ll still love the way that Sandymount’s converted Victorian houses combine a homely atmosphere with a luxurious service – not to mention the great dining experience­s and full tness suite on offer. The hotel is also beside the DART, meaning that you can be in Dublin city centre in minutes! SANDYMOUNT HOTEL

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