If you’re over staring at the same four walls of your house after your time in lockdown, your next trip to Ireland can provide a refreshing new perspective, with an array of quirky and enchanting accommodation options that’ll have you happy to be inside!
Bored of your standard hotel, B&B, or hostel room?
Well, the accommodation genie has heard your wishes for more, and granted you this handy Karryon article.
Perhaps you dream of climbing the turret stairs of a miniature castle such as the Barbican in County Antrim; hiding from the world in a treehouse such as the Birdbox tucked within a leafy canopy in County Donegal; or discovering the essence of the Wild Atlantic Way by waking up to the sound of Atlantic waves rolling ashore at the Inis Meáin Suites?
Maybe a lakeside bubble dome at Finn Lough County Fermanagh, where you can slumber beneath the stars as the wind whispers between the trees is more your thing?
How about luxury glamping in a yurt at Rock Farm Slane in the heart of the Boyne Valley?
Here you can explore the fields overlooking Slane Castle and the Boyne River before taking a dip in the wood-fired hot tub.
If you love HBO’s Game of Thrones®, choose to channel your inner Sansa Stark while resting well in a glamping pod in the grounds of Castle Ward in County Down at Winterfell Tours, where the hit series was filmed.
Or maybe you’d rather head to County Wicklow for a wild Irish seaside stay where you can cosy up inside the snug Wicklow Head Lighthouse, with six octagonal floors and metre-thick walls keeping you safe from the roaring winds outside.
For a more spiritual stay, Dzogchen Beara Buddhist retreat centre in the wilds of west Cork and the Lake Isle Retreats in County Fermanagh are both a balm for the soul, offering visitors contemplative walking, yoga and meditation escapes from the craziness of everyday life.
After a night away that’s completely unique? Step back in time and explore Ireland’s Ancient East as you spend the night in the Viking House in County Wexford, a replica of the thatched huts common in Ireland over 1,000 years ago.
If you love the story of Rapunzel (the nice Disney one rather than the kind of terrifying fairytale version) venture to Helen’s Tower, and let down your hair in this enchanting stone tower in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate.
Last, but not least, if you tend to go with the flow, maybe Riversdale Barge Holidays in County Leitrim will make you feel free, traversing the island’s inland waterways around the Shannon-Erne.
Hopefully, these wild, stunning, and creative accommodation options can stir your wanderlust and inspire you on your next trip to the island of Ireland.
One thing’s for sure, wherever you stay, you’re going to have the best sleep of your life after all that exploring!
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