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Introduction - The
Hidden Ireland is a unique collection of private houses offering
the more adventurous visitor a chance to sample Irish country life
at its very best, in a style not usually experienced by the ordinary
Our houses are not hotels, guesthouses or B&Bs, but buildings
of architectural merit and great character, with unusual and interesting
owners who all enjoy sharing their homes and their way of life with
Do not expect the reception desk, bar or residents lounge of some
more impersonal establishments. Instead, you will find a warm welcome
and a glass of sherry beside a log fire in a comfortable drawing
room filled with family heirlooms.
Some are great houses, at the centre of large estates. They may
have been designed by famous architects and lived in or visited
by famous people. Others are smaller but no less beautiful or interesting.
Most are surrounded by their own tree-studded parks or by gardens,
often internationally renowned. They are all in beautiful or historic
parts of the country. Some have belonged to the same family for
You will meet the present generation of owners who are always a
fund of local information and knowledge. Their houses often reflect
their particular interests and, if your interests are similar, you
are liable to enjoy yourself all the more. Some owners are particularly
keen on painting, gardening, music or literature. Others are devotees
of country sports. In all cases, they will ensure your stay is enjoyable.
You may well find that just one night does not give you nearly
enough time to see the house and its surroundings properly
or to get to know your hosts. We strongly urge you to consider staying
for at least two or three nights in order to relax fully and absorb
the atmosphere of bygone times. We have found that visitors on a
madcap dash around Ireland, staying just one night at each location,
may completely miss the point of The Hidden Ireland which
is to be a private guest in the wonderfully relaxed and intimate
atmosphere of an Irish Country House.
The Hidden Ireland provides a real and interesting alternative
to conventional tourist accommodation, with plenty of activities
for all, or tranquil havens for those in need of a restful break.
For the sportsman there is access to the very best hunting, shooting
and fishing in the country.
We hope you will greatly enjoy the country houseparty atmosphere
of another era, with splendid surroundings, good food and an air
of exclusivity, privacy and total relaxation.
George Gossip, Chairman.
As our houses are private family homes, not hotels, it is generally
wise, and in some cases essential, to make your reservation in advance.
Reservations may be made by contacting the houses directly.
We suggest that you should arrive during the late afternoon. That
will give you time to settle in and look around. Should you wish
to arrive before 4.30pm, it is a good idea to telephone in advance
to make sure your hosts will be there to greet you.
Prices The prices
shown are per person per night and are based on sharing a double
room. Where shown, some houses charge a supplement for single person
occupancy. Prices include a full, traditional Irish breakfast. Higher
priced houses may have a certain level of grandeur and luxury. Less
expensive houses may be simpler, though no less comfortable or interesting.
All our houses are of a high standard, with friendly owners, and
all give good value for money.
During the two-year transition period, beginning 1st
January 1999, The Hidden Ireland is happy to accept payment in either
Irish pounds or Euros. However, as Euro notes and coins will not
be in circulation, transactions in Euros can only take place by
cheque or credit card. The conversion rate will be struck on 1st
January 1999; it will be fixed throughout the transition period
and will apply to all conversions from Irish pounds to Euros. If
you wish to be quoted a Euro price for your holiday, or would like
to know the Euro rates for all our houses, please contact our Central
Reservations Office (Tel:+353 1 6627166, Fax:+353 1 6627144 &
or visit our website (http://www.hidden-ireland.com)
where you will find a price list for all of our properties in Euros.
Many houses give special rates for longer stays or for groups or
family parties, particularly mid-week or during the quiet season.
Hidden Ireland houses are particularly attractive when entirely
taken over by a party, whether of family, friends or business associates.
Please check with the Hidden Ireland Office or at each house for
All of our houses welcome credit cards. The credit cards accepted
are clearly identified under the individual entries.
& Non-arrivals The Hidden Ireland have both
a reservations and cancellations policy. You are encouraged to enquire
about this when making your reservation.
Tipping We are private
country houses and do not make a service charge. If you wish to
leave a tip for the staff, it is at your discretion and will be
Bathrooms The great
majority of members have private bathrooms adjoining each room.
In a few cases, some of the bathrooms may be across the corridor
but still exclusive to the bedroom to preserve the original
architectural integrity of the house. In a small number of cases,
bathrooms may be shared; if so, this is indicated under the entry
for the house. If an integral or private bathroom is important to
you, please check when booking.
Children Many of
our houses welcome children, but some have antique furnishings or
natural hazards such as fast flowing rivers. For your own comfort,
and in consideration of other guests, please check the suitability
for children when booking. Some members offer special rates and
meals for children.
Dinner All our country
houses, and a number of our town houses, serve dinner. When dinner
is not available there is a choice of good restaurants within easy
reach. Dinner is served using the finest produce of the region.
You may find yourself dining by candlelight, frequently (though
not always) sitting with your hosts and the other guests. It is
generally necessary to book dinner in advance for the day of arrival.
After that, you can discuss arrangements with your hosts. Please
give advance warning of any dietary requirements or allergies.
Wine Almost all our
houses have a wine licence. Some have excellent cellars. Those that
do not have a licence are clearly identified under the individual
guidebook entries; in these houses guests are normally welcome to
bring their own, without any corkage charge being applied.
Many of the house owners have a good or fluent knowledge
of a European language. Please enquire when making your reservation.