Although Coopershill is not at the pinnacle of luxury, it embodies the spirit of Irish hospitality at its best. Presiding over the Georgian house that his family has owned since 1774, Simon O’Hara could not be more gracious and helpful. During our recent trip, he was to be found at breakfast each morning, helping [...]
The Fanad Peninsula in northern Donegal forms the western shore of Lough Swilly, a glacial fjord that in 1607 provided an escape route for the last Irish chieftains, the Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnell, who eluded the British in what is memorialized as the “Flight of the Earls.” The earls embarked from the [...]
Located 60 miles southwest of Dublin, Ballyfin is perhaps the greatest Regency house in all of Ireland. In the front hall, we found an antique mosaic brought from Italy during the building’s construction in 1822. This served as prelude to the magnificent public rooms. The parquet floors are among the finest we have ever [...]
The Galway Independent reports that Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo, is up for sale. A castle has stood on the grounds since 1228, when it was an early settlement of the Anglo-Norman founders of Galway. The 83-bedroom property was owned by the Guinness family from 1855 until 1939, and it was also [...]
Countless words have been used to try to capture the spirit and the essence of Ireland. Indeed, this island to the northwest of continental Europe has inspired and produced some of the most renowned poets and writers of the past century. Yet, Ireland’s dramatic scenery, warm and generous people, and near-perfect blend of the [...]
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There are few guarantees in travel, regardless of where you go. But one thing you can count on in Ireland: You can’t count on the weather. One moment, you will be gazing on fields resplendent in shades of green enlivened by a brilliant sun. The next moment, you will find yourself enshrouded in fog [...]
Driving up to the castle gives you a fine view of the impressive granite and red stone exterior. The interior, however, will really capture your imagination. The paneled drawing room, with views of the adjacent lake, is filled with photographs and family memorabilia, including Winston Churchill’s christening gown.
In the course of my recent journey through northwest Ireland, I was able to see firsthand how three famous Irish products are made: gorgeous Donegal tweed, Bushmills whiskey and delicate Belleek porcelain. -A.H. Read the complete article here.
Read the full review of this exquisite Regency house in the July 2012 issue of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.