Heritage Rural Break

From €299 per person sharing.

A self drive stick shift car for 4 days and 3 nights accommodation including full Irish breakfast, service and tax, detailed itinerary and maps.

To book, emailvacation@adamsandbutler.com or call 1-800-894 5712 / +353 1 288 9355

 

It was Sir John Betjeman who wrote that in Ireland there are such enormous houses that not even the Commissioners of Lunacy would take them on.  This short break to the romantic river valleys of the South East will give you a little taste of some of the historic stately homes, the gothic ruins and the glorious gardens that are Ireland 's heritage.

 

Day 1

Fly into Dublin Airport and pick up your self drive car.    Your destination tonight is Ireland 's medieval capital, Kilkenny, on the River Nore.    Travel around Dublin and consider a visit to Castletown House, the finest Palladian mansion in Ireland .   Take the road Southwards by way of Moone High Cross, the Quaker Village of Ballitore, the gothick towers of Duckett's Grove to Kilkenny to explore its medieval streets, craft workers’ studios, antique shops, medieval houses, castle and cathedral.  Spend the night overlooking the Nore near Thomastown where you will stay in Georgian grandeur, either in the 4* Mount Juliet Hotel , or Ballyduff House.

 

Day 2

By way of the Cistercian abbey at Jerpoint to the ruined shell of Woodstock House surrounded by its beautiful gardens above the village of Inistioge .  On to New Ross to see The Ros Tapestry and consider lunching in the tea rooms at Kilmokea Gardens .  In the afternoon visit Tintern Abbey and Johnstown Castle and overnight in the eccentric and stately Woodbrook House, near Bunclody or the Millrace Hotel.  As you travel through the villages there will be antique shops, craft worker's studios and art galleries to explore.

Day 3

By way of Altamont Gardens at Tullow, and the mysterious stone fort of Rathgall, to the Georgian masterpiece of Russborough House, and then over the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough, with it early monastic ruins, and the great gardens of Powerscourt House

Overnight in the village of Enniskerry or in the Ritz Carlton.  Nearby you could enjoy an entertaining evening in a village inn.

 

 

Day 4

Depart

 

 

From €299 per person sharing,

A self drive stick shift car for 4 days and 3 nights accommodation including full Irish breakfast, service and tax, detailed itinerary and maps.

 

Upgrade to hotel accommodation from €90 per person.

Supplement for July & August €55 per person

 

To book, emailvacation@adamsandbutler.com or call 1-800-894 5712 / +353 1 288 9355