Thursday, 14 March 2013
Since it's St Patrick's Day on Saturday, Sluttery Travels is hopping over the water to Ireland and rounding up their most beautiful hotels. There are loads of great ones, it's been bloody hard to narrow down.
Let's start with the very eye-catching Gatsby House in County Donegal, where every room is named after a famous film star. The Ava Gardner room is the most luscious, that's some damn fine wallpaper. There are 5 rooms and you book out the entire place for 10 - it's around £850 for two nights.
Bellinter House is in County Meath - just an hour's drive from Dublin. The mansion also has a spa (not that you'd ever want to leave that bathroom), making the double rooms a bargain at £105 a night.
The Merchant is one of the swishest hotels in Belfast. It's in the historic cathedral quarter of the the city, and the listed building has Art Deco features all around it. The suites start at £300 a night, double rooms are a little more affordable at around £180.
Ashford Castle. You can't write about hotels in Ireland and not mention a blimmin' brilliant castle. County Mayo's Ashford is pretty spectacular. The website tours immediately, which causes a sort of motion sickness but it's all very gorgeous. A little chunk of it can be all yours for £200 a night.
The G Hotel. Of all the parts of Ireland I'm most enamoured with, Galway is the biggest. I'm itching to go, as soon as the weather decides what the hell it's going to do. The G hotel is gorgeous and glam and not to put too finer point on it... BLOODY HELL WILL YOU LOOK AT THE VIEW FROM THAT BEDROOM WINDOW.
Speaking of bloody brilliant views, let's all just put down our cups of tea and head to Cliff House in Waterford. Everything about this shower is tickling my fancy.
The Barbican. Ireland have their own branch of The Landmark Trust, which means historical properties at an affordable price tag. The Barbican is a little miniature castle for two in County Antrim and currently around £260 for three nights.
Inis Meáin. The appeal of Inis Meáin isn't clear at first glance. It's on the Aran Islands just off Galway Bay and the stone building is quite a contrast to the rest of the peaceful landscape. It's actually a restaurant (a fabulous one that you'll have to book way in advance to visit - you won't have much luck if you pop over on the off chance), but there are five guest suites so you can really make the most of your stay. It's around £500 for two nights. Inis Meáin is simple and uncluttered, it's beautiful and very special indeed.