Lakeside Leisure – You Need to Add These Scenic Hotels to Your Must-Visit List
Ireland is an island nation, something which seems to highlight our seaside hotels above all others. Now, while a seaside hotel is a wonderful choice for your stay in Ireland, we must not forget our vast lakes, which are happily dotted around the country.
So, just this once, avoid the beach, steer away from the coast and head straight for Ireland’s lakes and the magnificent hotels that sit on their banks.
Imagine basking in unbeatable, uninterrupted views of the Fermanagh Lakelands? Look no further than the 5-star Lough Erne Resort. Located on a 600-acre peninsula, this spectacular location is a haven of luxury. With delicious fine dining options courtesy of Chef Noel McMeel and spacious rooms, you’ll never want to leave this resort in the heart of Enniskillen. The resort’s romantic Lakeview Terrance is the perfect backdrop for your fairytale escape.
More Information: lougherneresort.com
Experience one of Ireland’s most romantic and idyllic hotels with a visit to Wineport Lodge. Located in Athlone, County Westmeath, this beautiful destination is nestled on the banks of Lough Ree. Here, you can sit back, relax and watch the sunset on the lake – a picture perfect place for a romantic getaway.
More Information: wineport.ie
Take a visit to Ireland’s most luxurious destination spa in the Wexford countryside. Situated on 100 acres, this 18th century property is stooped in historic grandeur. When you’re not strolling from the sauna to the steam room, experience the magnificent views of the nearby lake and lush woodland.
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Dromoland Castle is a majestic property that will capture your imagination. If you can drag yourself away from the castle’s alluring interior, make your way to Dromoland Lough for a spot of boating or even some trout fishing. With so much to offer on the castle’s magical grounds, you’ll never want to leave.
More Information: dromoland.ie
One of the country’s most enchanting locations, Luttrellstown Castle is a complete escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Take a stroll through the grounds of this historic estate, experiencing the walled garden, apple orchard and soothing lake and waterfall. The 20-acre lake is ideal for water activities like angling and boating, right under the protective gaze of the castle’s classical architecture.
More Information: luttrellstowncastle.com
It’s no secret that The Kingdom possess some of the most spectacular views in all of Ireland, so it’s no surprise that Ard na Sidhe makes the cut. This elegant 4-star hotel is located on the shores of Caragh Lake in County Kerry and boasts both a feel of old-world enchantment and all the modern amenities and natural wonders that attract countless visitors to Kerry.
More Information: ardnasidhe.com
There are few places quite as beautiful as Donegal and few again quite as majestic as Lough Eske Castle. This stunning destination spa will have you feeling completely at ease within moments of arrival. The nearby lake, sharing the name of the castle, is the perfect place for a walk or water-based activity, especially when the sun is shining.
More Information: lougheskecastlehotel.com
Originally built as a hunting lodge for the first Earl of Bective, Virginia Park Lodge is now owned by acclaimed Chef Richard Corrigan. Situated on 100 acres of countryside, Virginia Park Lodge overlooks the spectacular Lough Ramor – the perfect setting for weddings and other special occasions. For the ultimate in relaxation, take a boat out on the lake and recreate that oh so romantic moment from Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.
More Information: virginiaparklodge.com
One of Ireland’s best kept secrets, Leitrim is starting to be discovered more and more thanks to Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and the magnificent Lough Rynn Castle. Visit this breathtaking lake during a memorable stay at the castle and don’t forget to also stroll through the beautiful gardens.
More Information: loughrynn.ie
The multi-award-winning Ballyfin should be on everyone’s Irish hotel bucket list. Named Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Irish Hotel in 2017, Ballyfin is the epitome of luxury. When you aren’t swooning at the beauty of the country house’s interiors, you’ll find plenty to do at the lake, including coarse fishing or a peaceful boat ride, taking in all the scenery that surrounds you.
More Information: ballyfin.com
There are few hotels in Ireland that are quite like Harvey’s Point, which is lovingly run by the McGlone family. From the incomparable Irish welcome to the sheer luxury of the accomodations, a stay at this hotel on the banks of Lough Eske in Donegal will be something you won’t soon forget. So whether you relax by the lake or explore the surrounding area, you can be assured of a truly memorable experience.
More Information: harveyspoint.com
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