Through the heavy wooden doors are dramatic stories from Ireland’s Big House era of the early 1800s – sometimes glamorous, sometimes shocking, but always intensely fascinating. In castle courtyards are telltale signs of battles fiercely fought, legacies created and power struggles eventually resolved.
Hidden behind the walls of Ireland’s grand houses and castles are vast estates filled to the brim with blooms of every colour imaginable, greens that far exceed the number 40, and even kitchen gardens providing fine food through the seasons.
Centuries later, Ireland’s castles, houses and gardens are often quiet oases pushing up above lush green valleys, beside tranquil lakefronts, perched at the heart of a city or standing guard over crashing waves.
And they’re even more welcoming, too. So if you’re looking for a journey into the past, a chance to absorb spectacular views or a bed for the night in a place that’s a little out of the ordinary, those doors are easier to open these days…
For a little taste of what we mean, just take a look at our video.