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Ballyfin, which was built in the 1820s and restored and reopened in 2011, is considered by many to be the grandest hotel in Ireland. But it's also home to one of the grandest collections of art on the Emerald Isle.
The house itself was built in the 1820s for another Sir Charles Coote to designs by the great Irish architects Sir Richard and William Morrison.
Ballyfin houses an outstanding collection of paintings which traces the development of Irish art from the mid-seventeenth century to today. Works by many of the leading figures of Irish Art, as well as paintings and drawings of Irish subject matter by continental and American artists provide for a fascinating exploration of Ireland’s art, history, topography and social life, reflecting both the splendour of the Great House and also the humble life of the cottage.
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I have a special place in my heart for tiny boutique hotels. It may be a little smaller than some of the other chambers, and there aren't enough spots for everybody, but that just makes the few who do make their way into my good graces all the more special. I can give each and every one the loving care and attention they deserve. And thus began my new segment on boutique hotels that I just adore.
There are few places in the world as storied as Ireland, and people travel there specifically for the romance of the countryside. Why then would one stay in a large city hotel when your accommodations can be as magical as the views? Ballyfin, at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, was restored in an eight year process that just finished in 2011 to allow it to open as a 5-star country house hotel with the pure Gaelic soul of the rolling hills. 600 acres of land hold just fifteen rooms, so you'll experience the greenery in perfect quiet.
Open to children 14 and over, the all-inclusive resort maintains the original 1820s design, full of antiques and gorgeous art. Row boats are available on a nearby lake, and you can even go ice skating in the wintertime. This small boutique hotel is the perfect destination for a wedding or retreat, and, listed as a Forbes Top Life Hotel, it has the accolades to back up its reputation. If you want to experience Ireland as she's meant to be, then you should think about staying at Ballyfin.
We at Five Star Alliance know that our travelers are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you. Be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!
Today's big opportunity comes at the Four Seasons Dublin, a wonderful place to stay and see one of the UK's most storied cities. The Four Seasons is close enough to the heart of Dublin to feel the city's heartbeat, but you'll also find yourself looking out over over Ireland's natural beauty. A great mainstay for a trip to Ireland.
Stay A While and Listen
What's the big deal at the Four Seasons Dublin? Stay for at least three nights, and the third will be on the house while you're in the house. That means you can get 3 nights for 2 or 4 for 3, or even 11 for 10 if you're feeling extra intrepid. In any case, check out the upcoming months for availability on this great deal at the Four Seasons Dublin.
The Indian Summer may be long gone (the holidays are right around the corner!), but the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin is bringing you a little summer sunshine with some new spa treatments. Throughout the month of November, when you're not getting cozy in a Dublin pub, retreat to the spa sanctuary at the Four Seasons, the only hotel in town with a full-service spa. The "Ultimate Indian Summer" treatment package draws on traditional Indian ingredients and techniques to ward away the winter blues. You'll start off with the Aromatic Lulur Sayan Body Scrub, which incorporates sandalwood, ginger, cumin seed and yogurt to increase blood circulation and smooth the skin’s appearance. Next, a stress-relieving back massage eases muscle tension, and a pampering facial does wonders to your skin. To finish up: You'll tuck into a two-course lunch served poolside so you can relax and make use of the spa's facilities. Make sure to indulge in the sauna and steam room, soak in the whirlpool, and go for a swim in the sunlit indoor pool. The "Ultimate Indian Summer" package is priced at 185 euros, available Monday to Friday until November 30, 2011.