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    Cosy firesides in Ireland

    Escape the winter chill and curl up by the fireside at some of Ireland’s quirky pubs, majestic castles and luxury hotels

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    Castle Leslie Estate, County Monaghan

    1. Castle Leslie Estate, County Monaghan

    Castle Leslie Estate is one of the most renowned luxury castle stays on the island of Ireland. Nestled on 1,000 acres of pristine countryside, the historic site has undergone a major restoration in recent times. By day you might like to go fishing or horseback riding on the grounds, then by night you can relax with a book and a drink in one the many beautiful rooms in the castle or the lodge.

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    Blackhead Lightkeeper’s House, County Antrim

    2. Blackhead Lightkeeper’s House, County Antrim

    Staying in a lightkeeper’s house tops our list as a heavenly winter hideaway. Next door is Blackhead lighthouse, whose light once guided some of the most famous ships Belfast ever built, among them the Titanic. Perched on the edge of a cliff at Blackhead, the good news is that this Irish Landmark-managed property is available to rent as self-catering accommodation. Stunning seascapes are best enjoyed with a soundtrack of a crackling fire on a stormy winter’s evening.

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    Crosskeys Inn, County Antrim

    3. Crosskeys Inn, County Antrim

    The Crosskeys Inn dates back to 1654, making it one of the oldest thatched pubs on the island of Ireland. Its low ceilings and whitewashed walls ensure that this beautifully aged space is a cosy den in which to hunker down from the cold. Not content with being one of the oldest pubs, the Crosskeys Inn is often regarded as one of the best music pubs on the island, too. Toast your toes by the large open fireplace during a traditional Irish music session on the weekend.


    Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, County Galway

    4. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, County Galway

    Nestled in the rugged landscape of Connemara on a 450-acre estate overlooking the Owenmore River, Ballynahinch Castle’s elegant countryside décor boasts antique furnishings and roaring wood-burning fireplaces. The huge stone fireplace in the Hunts Room is perfect for sinking into a plush seat, hands firmly wrapped around a hot mug of cocoa. Come dinnertime, the Fisherman’s Pub’s log fire casts a warm orange glow on quirky angling memorabilia.


    Bushmills Inn, County Antrim

    5. Bushmills Inn, County Antrim

    There are several turf fires at the Bushmills Inn, burning pretty much around the clock on chilly days. The inn is a stone’s throw from the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, so pick your nook (or cranny) and settle in for a rest and a maybe a sneaky snooze after a day of adventures. The inglenook fire by the restaurant is the perfect place to indulge in some fine malt from the hotel’s private cask. Then, check out the secret library…


    Knockranny House Hotel and Spa, County Mayo

    6. Knockranny House Hotel and Spa, County Mayo

    Overlooking the rugged peaks of Croagh Patrick and the beautiful Clew Bay, Knockranny House’s plush interiors, antique furniture and open log fires are a cosy welcome after a bracing walk. There’s a roaring fireplace in the lobby, but we recommend you get snug in the oak-panelled Brehon Bar and enjoy a cosy cup of tea beside a crackling fire.