The Best Winter Escapes in Ireland

While winter conjures up thoughts of dark, rainy weather, it is a season for some wholesome, cosey days by the fire with a mug of hot choco. So as the days get shorter and nights get longer, why not beat those winter blues with a lovely Winter Escape? 

We have searched for some of Ireland’s best Winter Escapes for you!

  1. Cashel House Hotel

As our Head Quarter’s are placed in Galway, Connemara has a special place in our hearts! One of the best spots to enjoy the thrill of stormy weather and a cosy home from home is the McEvilly family’s beautifully located country house hotel on Cashel Bay. 

With a well-earned reputation as one of the country’s most relaxing retreats, it’s set in extensive gardens. They’re known for quiet, comfortable accommodation and good food (we hear their breakfasts are to die for!). With open fires at every turn, it’s the perfect place to chill out with a good book in winter. Sounds like heaven to me!

Find out more about what they have to offer here: Cashel House Hotel

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2. Dunraven Arms Hotel

Dating back to the 18th Century, Dunraven Arms is a four-star hotel situated in Limerick with luxurious rooms and breathtaking views. Their rooms are wonderfully adorned with antiques and flat-screen televisions, with some suites featuring four-poster or canopy beds. You can live out a Victorian Era-styled weekend in these lavish rooms! The hotel also has a spa, indoor pool, and exercise rooms. In addition, there are three reading rooms where guests can enjoy relaxation or afternoon tea. A bit of luxury before Christmas could be precisely what you need. 

Find out more about what they have to offer here: Dunraven Arms Hotel

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3. The Imperial Hotel & SPA

Image of the Imperial Hotel in Cork.

The Imperial Hotel is a timeless landmark in the heart of Cork City with real character and a boutique design.

It is famous for being Cork’s first hotel built over 200 years ago. Situated in the centre of the pedestrianised zone in Cork City, it is the prime location for the perfect winter escape. The world-famous English Market and the hustle and bustle of Patrick Street and Oliver Plunkett Street are right on the doorstep! The Imperial Hotel is regarded by many as the ‘Grande Dame’ of Cork. You can enjoy the finest afternoon tea, relax is their luxury spa or enjoy their vibrant cocktail bar. 

Find out more about what they have to offer here: The Imperial Hotel & SPA

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3. Wineport Lodge

If you’re looking for more of a homely feel, then the Wineport Lodge is just the place for you. With a unique sense of cosiness and comfort at every turn, the Wineport Lodge is situated on the banks of Lough Ree. Its tranquil country setting, paired with the native woodland and water, creates the perfect peaceful atmosphere for those looking for time away from a busy lifestyle. They even have rooms with private balconies overlooking the lake! You can cosy up in the lakeshore lounge with a warm glass of mulled wine and savour a leisurely breakfast in bed the following day.

Find out more about what they have to offer here: Wineport Lodge

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