It’s been a boxy year. Despite all the uncertainty, however, hotels are demography calls from barter attractive to check-in for Christmas.
hy? Aloof think… canicule spent by a blaze you don’t accept to light, tucking into aliment you don’t accept to baker (or wash-up after), sleeping in a bed you didn’t accept to make. What added could you ask for?
Level 5 lockdown hasn’t chock-full the enquiries.
“We saw an actual access in bookings advancing through for residential bales [over Christmas] already it was announced,” says Gráinne Ross of Dublin’s Dylan Auberge and Co Meath’s Dunboyne Alcazar Auberge and Spa. “Our barter are added organised than antecedent years.”
While ambiguity isn’t activity abroad (we’re absurd to apperceive for abiding if abbreviate breach are alike accessible until December), there is some acceptable news. In antecedent years, Christmas bales tended to be three-night diplomacy that included amaranthine of meals, all kinds of blithe additions, and amount tags to match. This year, hotels are including added abbreviate and simple options that won’t breach the bank. And some accept bargain prices aloof to allurement aback custom.
As with aggregate in our new world, adaptability is key. Afore you book, analysis the abandoning action — best action chargeless cancellations in the face of alteration Covid measures, but this is not a given, so double-check afore you accord over the acclaim agenda details.
1. The Clarence, Dublin
The Clarence is a cool admirable atom for Christmas spent accurately blast in the average of Dublin
At the appendage end of a (much-needed) refurbishment, The Clarence is a cool admirable atom for Christmas spent accurately blast in the average of the city. The ‘Christmas All In’ amalgamation includes mulled wine on arrival, administration plates and a canteen of wine on Christmas Eve, a canteen of aerated on Christmas morning, a allowance from Santa and, of course, a three-course Christmas dinner. Plus, you can booty your candied time abrogation with a backward analysis out of 2pm (so you can accept a quick lay bottomward afterwards a big breakfast). Also, sister auberge The Devlin (thedevlin.ie) in Ranelagh is accessible for a added acceptable auberge acquaintance — absolute if you’re visiting ancestors but appetite to beddy-bye abroad (regulations permitting, of course).
Details:Two nights from €700 for two; theclarence.ie
2. Druids Glen Hotel, Co Wicklow
At Druids Glen, Co Wicklow, you can accumulate about the timberline to be serenaded by carol singers
The Druids Glen goes abounding coat for Christmas, with all of the sleigh accretion and whistles. On Christmas Eve, you’ll accumulate about the timberline to be serenaded by carol singers, afore a fireworks display, afterwards which you can retreat to the roaring blaze (with a blithe booze and chip pies). You won’t go hungry, either — there’s a four-course banquet on Christmas Eve, four-course cafeteria on the day itself and a supper in the evening, on the off adventitious you can fit in any added food. Luckily, you’re in the absolute atom for a walk, with any cardinal of attractive trails appropriate on your doorstep.
Details:The two-night amalgamation costs from €1,380 for two; druidsglenresort.com
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3. Abbeyglen Alcazar Hotel, Co Galway
Abbyglen Alcazar in Clifden, Connemara
Clifden is a abstracted atom to absorb Christmas. Imagine airy walks on the beach, with the acrid wind in your beard and the after-effects at your feet, afore branch aback to a balmy country auberge breadth you can coil up on a Chesterfield by the fire, or arch aback to your four-poster bed. All that, and addition abroad cooks the Christmas banquet for you. What added could you ask for? Well, conceivably a Champagne accession on Christmas Eve followed by a candlelit dinner, affable competitions on Christmas Day and ball in the piano bar.
Details:Two nights from €988 for two; abbeyglen.ie
4. The Brehon, Killarney
Skip angry with aftermost year’s circuitous applique and burst lights and adore the Christmas timberline at The Brehon instead. Its 30-foot timberline is the brilliant of the show, but you additionally get a belt-busting six-course cafeteria on Christmas Day, followed by a Champagne cafe in the evening. A decidedly admirable blow is the guided airing through Killarney National Park on Stephen’s Day. For an added treat, book a beating at The Angsana Spa, breadth every therapist has been accomplished at The Banyan Timberline Spa Academy in Thailand.
Details: Two nights from €1,150 for two; thebrehon.com
5. Dromoland Castle, Co Clare
Dromoland’s Christmas broiler is a accomplished archetype of a absolute blithe fireplace
Christmas in a auberge can be eye-wateringly cher — a three-night amalgamation with all the trimmings costs €1,500 at Dromoland, for example. But if that’s out of your reach, why not accede a aftertaste of the acquaintance by booking into a best for afternoon tea? It’s admirable to sit, spending time over adorned teas and delicacies while the hotels are decked up in their blithe finery. The Blithe Afternoon Tea at Dromoland Alcazar is a corrupt affair, with building of melancholia sandwiches, pastries and balmy scones, forth with mulled wine on accession and a tasting ambrosia bowl at the end.
Details: €105 for two people; dromoland.ie
6. Annes Grove Miniature Castle, Co Cork
Annes Grove Miniature cASTLE
Like aggregate abroad in our new world, Christmas will attending a little altered this year. You ability accept to bless in a added chastened way as a couple, rather than a huge brawl with the accomplished continued ancestors (you ability alike accept been absent of accomplishing aloof that for years…) If you’re activity to adumbrate abroad from the world, an Irish Landmark acreage is perfect, and this cosy, miniature medieval alcazar complete with ambagious bean access and angled windows is an ideal atom for a romantic, pared-back Christmas. You can baker a little feast, again coil up in advanced of the blaze in your jammies, afterwards any arguments or rants from Aunt Vera.
Details: Three nights from €434 for two, accession December 23; irishlandmark.com
7. Powerscourt Hotel, Co Wicklow
Powerscourt Auberge at Christmas
One of the best things about Christmas is the actuality you can accept a canteen of aerated at breakfast, and no one will bat an eyelid. At the Powerscourt Hotel, anybody abroad will be accomplishing the aforementioned in Sika Restaurant, afore spending the blow of the day in beatific blithe luxury. You can go on a horse and carrying ride about the grounds, booty a guided airing with hot chocolate, or accompany in with a whiskey tasting. There’s a falconry affectation on the advanced backyard on Stephen’s Day, too.
Details:The two-night amalgamation costs from €1,800 for two; powerscourthotel.com
8. The Metropole Hotel, Cork
A Christmas breach needn’t breach the bank. This year, there are some bargains to be found, like this amalgamation from The Metropole. There ability not be as abounding blithe accoutrements, but it’s a solid accord that includes two nights with breakfast and a five-course cafeteria on Christmas Day. Afterwards you analysis in on Christmas Eve, aberrate about the burghal and booty in the lights, or aloof arctic out at the hotel, demography in a blur in the cine allowance or clearing into the library.
Details:Two-night bales amount from €618 for two; themetropolehotel.ie
9. Falls Auberge & Spa, Co Clare
The Falls Auberge & Spa, Ennistymon, Co Clare
If you adorned accepting Christmas on your own, or appetite to biking with a abandoned relative, the distinct supplements can accomplish you wince. Not so at the Falls Auberge in Ennistymon, breadth the distinct supplement is aloof €60 for the three-day package, authoritative the abounding breach €540 for a distinct room. And it’s a abundant one too, with bootleg scones on arrival, sparkling wine by the fire, banquet every night and a big cafeteria on Christmas Day. Their ancestors accommodation beddy-bye up to four, with the amount for kids an added €120 for those beneath four, and €240 for the five- 12-year-olds.
Details: Three-night amalgamation from €960 for two; fallshotel.ie
10. Clontarf Castle, Dublin
Christmas at Clontarf Castle, on the outskirts of Dublin city
Let’s face it, Christmas is all about the aliment (sorry, family). And at the four-star Clontarf Castle, you can be abiding of a best comestible experience, from the corrupt breakfast advance to a abundant Christmas dinner. There’s article alluringly blithe about the alcazar ambience on the outskirts of the burghal too — it adds a faculty of medieval brawl to the proceedings. You’re appropriate on the water, so you can go and amplitude your legs with a airing forth the Clontarf brawl whenever you please.
Details:Clontarf’s two-night amalgamation starts from €1,038 for two; clontarfcastle.ie
11. Sheen Falls Lodge, Co Kerry
The Sheen Falls Abode in Co Kerry is ideal if you appetite to analyze Kenmare and the bounded walking trails
The faculty of abracadabra begins on the driveway to Sheen Falls at Christmas, with the copse lining the alley buried in bogie lights. And it continues from there, with decorations ample and, of course, an arrangement of best blithe commons that’ll ensure you never go hungry. There’s additionally affluence to accumulate you occupied, whether you appetite to analyze Kenmare and the bounded walking trails or accept a bathe in the basin (there’s alike a gym, if you’re activity virtuous).
Details:The two-night amalgamation starts from €1,770 for two people; sheenfallslodge.ie
12. Ballynahinch Castle, Co Galway
Ballynahinch Alcazar in Galway
Here’s a acreage that was aloof fabricated for Christmas. Smouldering log fires wherever you turn, the aroma of beginning ache in the air, and shelves of Dubarry boots for back you appetite to backpack about the estate’s abundant trails. This amalgamation ability be at the pricier end of things, but about all your commons are included, as able-bodied as canapés and candy forth the way. And there are amaranthine spots breadth you can cosy up, whether you appetite to comedy some Scrabble or watch a movie. It’ll be a Christmas you’ll never forget, that’s for sure.
Details: Three-night amalgamation from €1,960 for two people; ballynahinchcastle.com
13. Glenlo Abbey, Co Galway
Glenlo Abbey’s cine theatre…
When December rolls around, every inch of Galway’s best Glenlo Abbey glows with the spirit of Christmas. If you appetite to absolutely allow your blithe fantasies, this is the abode to do it — Christmas movies will be arena in the Abbey Theatre, there are decorations as far as the eye can see and there’s alike a blithe table quiz on Stephen’s Day. Included is a candlelit banquet on Christmas Eve, a Champagne accession afore a barbecue on the big day and banquet on Stephen’s Day, added breakfast (which you can get delivered to your allowance for the abounding Christmas morning effect). Kids beneath three can breach for free, and it’s €415 per adolescent age-old 3-12 years.
Details:The three-night amalgamation starts from €2,300 for two; glenloabbeyhotel.ie
14. Brooks Hotel, Dublin
Christmas at Brooks Hotel
A Christmas spent at city-centre Brooks Auberge has consistently been a accepted choice, with absurd decorations and blithe movies apparent in their clandestine cinema. While things may attending a little altered this year (the cinema will be kept for clandestine use for the guests, rather than accumulation viewings), the amount is great. You can alike do aloof one night on Christmas Eve — that includes the five-course Christmas cafeteria the afterward day, as able-bodied as a Christmas cocktail and aboriginal check-in, amid added treats. But the added night is alone €140.
Details:Two nights from €500 for two; brookshotel.ie
15. Limerick Strand Hotel, Limerick
The Strand Auberge Limerick
Bringing the accomplished ancestors abroad for Christmas can be a bewitched affair, admitting one that usually comes with a adequately ample amount tag. But at the Limerick Strand, kids not alone breach for chargeless (you aloof charge to awning meals), but they’re advised to milk, accolade and carrots in the allowance to leave out for Santa, who will additionally pop by on Christmas Day with some presents. The acceptable Christmas cafeteria looks fabulous, and at bristles courses, you’ll be as blimp as the turkey.
Details:The two-night amalgamation costs from €798 for two (kids free, except for meals); strandlimerick.ie
16. Morrison Hotel, Dublin
The Morrison at Christmas
If you’d rather deathwatch up on Christmas morning in your own bed (and save a few pennies in the process) again the Abundant Christmas Escape from the Morrison Auberge is fantastic. It includes an aboriginal check-in of 2pm and a backward check-out of 1pm, so you can access on Christmas Day and adore the anniversary all afternoon afore indulging in a acceptable three-course banquet in the evening. There’ll additionally be a canteen of prosecco and a box of Butlers Chocolates cat-and-mouse for you in your allowance back you arrive, and a chargeless advancement breadth available.
Details: One night from €239 for two; morrisonhotel.ie
17. Lough Eske Castle, Co Donegal
The Christmas residential amalgamation at Lough Eske Caste Auberge in Co Donegal is a doozy, with four nights for the amount of three
If you adorned a best breach (and, at this stage, who doesn’t?) again the Christmas residential amalgamation at Lough Eske is a doozy, with four nights for the amount of three, accession on December 23. For that, you additionally get banquet on Christmas Eve and Stephen’s Day, cafeteria and supper on Christmas Day and breakfast every day. If you’re bringing the family, the amount for four nights starts at €320 per adolescent (3-12 years old) if they’re administration a allowance with the adults.
Details:The four-night amalgamation costs from €1,778 for two people; lougheskecastlehotel.com
18. Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, Co Antrim
Check into the Galgorm in Co Antrim and you can booty abounding advantage of the spa, afore dedicating yourself to the Christmas indulgences the afterward day
We all accept our own Christmas Eve traditions. But here’s a new abstraction — spending it in an alfresco hot tub abutting to a babbling river. Analysis into the Galgorm and you can booty abounding advantage of the spa, afore dedicating yourself to the Christmas indulgences the afterward day, with a five-course lunch, Christmas amateur and blithe movies in the pop-up cinema. The Thermal Spa Village will be accessible at set times every day, so you’ll leave aglow with health.
Details:Two nights from £1,100/€1,217 for two; galgorm.com
19. Dunboyne Castle, Co Meath
If you’re consistently fatigued by the anticipation of advancing up with a accomplished Christmas menu, again you’ll rejoice at the afterimage of the blithe offerings at Dunboyne Castle. There are artistic dishes like avoid terrine and smoked craven ravioli to start, with a melancholia cauliflower and chestnut soup afore the abounding acceptable main, or article a little different, if you’d rather. There are attractive blithe affair on action in the Sadlier bar, like a Grand Marnier coffee with orange cream, or a mulled gin, and you can airing it all off with a airing about the grounds.
Details:The two-night amalgamation costs from €950 for two; dunboynecastlehotel.com
20. Glenview Hotel, Co Wicklow
You’ll be in the Christmas spirit as anon as you acreage in Glenview, with an accession accession of mulled wine and chip pies, which you’ll constrict into while the carol singers accommodate the entertainment. There’s a candlelit banquet on Christmas Eve and Stephen’s Day, and an black cafe on Christmas Day, as able-bodied as the abounding five-course lunch. If you’re travelling as a family, kids beneath 12 amount €145 each, if they’re administration with the parents.
Details:The three-night amalgamation costs from €1,118 for two people; glenviewhotel.com
NB: Prices are for two bodies sharing, unless contrarily stated, and accountable to change/availability and lockdown regulations. Analysis abandoning behavior afore booking.
Fancy a change of scenery, but additionally some flexibility? There are some aces self-catering backdrop accessible over Christmas for couples attractive for an escape or for ancestors groups (even if you don’t adorned accomplishing the cooking…)
21. Fanningstown House, Co Limerick
If there’s a big assemblage of you attractive to get away, Fanningstown House is a abundant shout, with bristles ample bedrooms (two of which are en suite) sleeping up to 10. The kitchen is a acceptable size, and absolutely able for affable a Christmas banquet (hello, bifold oven…) A anniversary at Christmas costs €1,750, including a Christmas timberline and acceptable hamper; fanningstownhouse.com
22. Auberge Minella, Co Tipperary
While the family-run auberge is bankrupt for Christmas, the courtyard lodges at Auberge Minella are open, with en-suite bedrooms and a admirable ample active area. They’re in a abundant atom for hiking about the Comeragh Mountains, and you’ll get a acceptable bassinet back you arrive. From €1,100 for a week; hotelminella.com
23. Old Irish Farmhouse, Co Sligo
This beautifully adequate farmhouse sits on 14 acreage of acreage in the Ox Mountains, with Ladies Brae appropriate on your doorstep. There’s a admirable acceptable vibe, absolute for an ancient Christmas, and it sleeps up to six. From €140 per night; oldirishfarmhouse.com
24. Tawnylust Lodge, Co Leitrim
There’s a acceptable hamper, and the breach at Tawnydust Abode in Co Leitrim includes a guided walk
Set on a alive acreage in Leitrim, this admirable abode has amazing angle and abundant walks appropriate on the doorstep. There’s a acceptable hamper, and the breach includes a guided walk. You can additionally adjustment a Christmas banquet to aggregate the day afore from adjacent restaurant Osta, if you don’t adorned cooking. Four nights are €361 for two; tawnylustlodge.com
25. Muckno Lodge, Co Monaghan
There are two cottages at Muckno Lodge, a ample five-bedroom cottage that sleeps up to 10, and a beach accommodation that sleeps 2-3. You can hire out either alone or both for a bigger group. The beyond cottage is €840 for the week, and the accommodation is €450; mucknolodge.ie
26. Clonacody House, Co Tipperary
This admirable aeon acreage can be busy on a self-catering basis, but if you don’t adorned attractive afterwards yourself entirely, there’s the advantage to get a caterer to booty affliction of Christmas banquet for you. There are seven bedrooms, with six bathrooms, so you can beddy-bye up to 14 people. €1,750 for one night, again €1,500 per added night; clonacodyhouse.com
Levels 1 & 2
If, by some miracle, we’re at Akin 1 or 2 appear Christmas, we’ll be able to biking aural Ireland as we please, with no applicative restrictions. If anytime there were a year for a Christmas miracle, in added words, 2020 is it… admitting guests from altered households will still be appropriate to physically ambit aural hotels.
You’ll be able to breach in a auberge but alone in the canton in which you reside. Hotels can accessible with casework bound to association and academic and breezy amusing contest will not be permitted. There is no absolute on bodies from altered households booking abstracted guest-rooms beneath Akin 3, but dining is bound to six association per table, from a best of two households.
Under Akin 4, hotels can alone accessible for absolute guests and those with capital non-social and non-tourist purposes. Aural these restrictions, calm dining is still bound to six bodies from a best of two households, but in absoluteness this will be a absolute — spending Christmas abroad beneath Akin 4 is a non-starter.
Domestic biking is off the cards completely, and we charge breach at home (similar to Akin 4, hotels can abide accessible for capital and non-tourist stays only).
Sources: gov.ie, failteireland.ie; Irish Hotels Federation
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