You’ve planned the big day, you’ve grown to love your in-laws, you’ve made it to the altar with a smile.Now it’s time for the big reward: the honeymoon. And there’s no more fitting way to celebrate than with a romantic getaway to Ireland.
If a wedding is a time to reconnect with our roots, then take advantage of the opportunity to hunker down in the ancestral seat of the O’Briens, direct descendants of Ireland’s High King Brian Boru. Historic Dromoland Castle, built in the 17th century and transformed into a luxury hotel in the 1960s, recieved a five-star rating by the Irish Tourist Board. Located eight miles from Shannon Airport, this 375-acre estate makes a spectacular launching point for your tour of Ireland.
Another option is exploring an Irish manor, such as the 18th century Adare Manor in County Limerick. Set on 840 acres of formal gardens and gorgeous parkland, this 63-room luxury resort is a far cry from the dank castles of old. Plush furnishings, a golf course, swimming pool and sauna are only some of the reasons it recieved Conde Naste Traveler magazine’s Readers Choice for No. 1 European Resort in 2002.For something a bit more cozy, stay at your own private 15th century Irish keep, or tower house.
Ballyhannon Castle, also located a short drive from Shannon Airport, features antique four-poster beds in all three of the bedrooms and offers a medieval dining room.