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    10 secret hideaways in Ireland’s Ancient East

    From castle hotels and cottages, to lighthouses and lovely glamping spots, here are some of the wonderfully unique places to stay while exploring Ireland’s Ancient East

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    Blackstairs Mountains, County Carlow

    1. Blackstairs Eco Trails, County Carlow

    If you are looking for a quiet and cosy retreat in the mountains where you can learn more about rural life in Ireland, there is no better place than the Blackstairs Eco Trails in County Carlow.

    Accommodation here includes a lovingly restored barn and two gorgeous shepherd’s huts in a wild flower meadow. This is paradise for lovers of nature, art and spirituality, where days are punctuated by foraging trips and river walks observing butterflies and picking flowers. But don't worry – WiFi is available if you want to post snaps of this heavenly hideaway. Feel like coming to Carlow to enjoy the simple life?

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    Coarse angling, County Cavan

    2. Knocknalosset House, County Cavan

    Knocknalosset House is a picture-perfect two-storey farmhouse, in the heart of the lakelands of County Cavan. A peaceful oasis found on a quiet country lane, this property is ideal for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and experience a real journey back in time.

    The interior features many original details, and the décor, filled with carefully curated antiques, makes this the perfect getaway to spend the night. Local attractions include horse riding, forest walking trails, and some good fishing spots.

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    Bellingham Castle, County Louth

    3. Bellingham Castle, County Louth

    A luxury destination situated on the River Glyde, Bellingham Castle is a lovely rural property that features a beautiful weir, with footbridges and walkways made for romantic walks.

    A former aristocratic seat of architectural and historical interest, its story goes back to the 17th century, and you’ll be able to discover more of it by browsing in the cosy library over a warm drink by the log fire.

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    Slane Castle, County Meath

    4. Rock Farm Slane, County Meath

    Situated in an ancient grove overlooking Slane village and the River Boyne, Rock Farm is a unique glamping spot carefully carved into one of Ireland’s most historic landscapes.

    A luxury eco-certified boutique resort, it offers farmhouse rooms, five yurts and two shepherd’s huts, and recreational activities include kayaking, rafting and straw bale building. Venture out further to explore the Boyne Valley's historic landmarks, including Slane Castle and its newly opened distillery. 

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    Seal Rocks Lighthouse, County Wicklow

    5. Wicklow Head Lighthouse, County Wicklow

    One of Ireland’s few lighthouses that function as self-catering accommodation, Wicklow Head Lighthouse is a place where memories are made, and one of the most unique accommodations in Ireland's Ancient East!

    An Irish Landmark Trust building, it features six octagonal rooms looking out on the Irish Sea. Close to other notable locations in the Wicklow countryside, including historical such as Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow Gaol, The Sally Gap and Glendalough, it’s perfect for the tourist looking for nature and culture in one place.

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    Castletown House, County Kildare

    6. Batty Langley Lodge, County Kildare

    Elegant Batty Langley Lodge is part of the world-famous Castletown House, one of Ireland’s largest Palladian buildings, a French Baroque-style property known for its majestic riverside gardens and parkland.

    From here you can enjoy the beautiful environs of County Kildare, famous for its many stud farms and passion for horse racing.

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    Roundwood House, County Laois

    7. Roundwood House, County Laois

    An award-winning, family-friendly Georgian country house hotel, Roundwood House nestles in parkland below the Slieve Bloom mountains. This lovingly decorated oasis features blazing fires, communal dinners, expansive gardens and was once described as having a “marvellous doll’s house-like quality”.

    Explore the beautiful scenery of the Laois mountains, and retire to the unusual, purpose-built library in the evening to delve into the history of world civilisation with a glass of wine.

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    Wineport Lodge, County Westmeath

    8. Wineport Lodge, County Westmeath

    A rustic retreat on the shores of Lough Ree, Wineport Lodge is a luxury getaway that offers an exceptional experience with understated style. Close to Athlone town, with outdoor hot tubs, outstanding dining, and water activities close-by, this makes it perfect for family and group breaks. 

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    River Nore, Inistioge, County Kilkenny

    9. St Columb’s Presbytery, County Kilkenny

    A former coach house throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, St Columb's Presbytery has found a whole new lease of life as a quirky and very charming holiday home.

    Tucked away in the lush County Kilkenny countryside, just outside the beautiful and historic village of Inistioge, this is a wonderful base from which to explore the pretty Nore Valley. Fully restored into luxury accommodation, it still retains its unique character including an open fireplace - perfect for snuggling up on frosty nights. 

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    Drominagh Castle, Lough Derg, County Tipperary

    10. Fuchsia Lane Farm, County Tipperary

    Quaint cottages don’t come better than this. Recently voted as one the 100 places to stay by The Irish Times, and recipient of many international travel accolades, Fuchsia Lane Farm is a great place to holiday with friends, family … and pets.

    Small and colourful (thus, the name), it offers an authentic rural experience only a short drive from the bustle of the market town of Terryglass and the shores of Lough Derg, so there are plenty of ways to pass the time and make this an unforgettable getaway.