Seven perfect places for you to take a ‘Twixmas’ break

The Cahernane House Hotel is a magical post-Christmas hideaway.

It’s time to plan ‘Twixmas’, your sneaky short break between Christmas and New Year.

Cahernane House Hotel

Finish 2018 in style at the recently renovated Cahernane House Hotel. Bookings are open from December 27-30. Guests can dine at the Herbert Restaurant with a one night Christmas package including wine and dinner at €145pps. Plus there’s prosecco on arrival.

Located just outside Killarney the 38 bedroom hotel is an intimate getaway located on six acres overlooking the lakes and national park.

The Rose Hotel, Tralee

Take a breather after Christmas and before New Year with a winter escape at the Rose Hotel.

Junior guests can enjoy dinner at 5.30pm followed by festive games in the North Pole kids club like gingerbread man decorating, pin the red nose on Rudolph and Christmas charades - while adult dine and relax later in Dotts bar.

Also included is a pass to the Aquadome or Tralee Omniplex. One night with breakfast and dinner costs €209 for two adults and two children.

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Ballynahinch Castle, Galway

This Victorian house, on its own stretch of river in the heart of Connemara, is the go to destination for simple pleasures of good food and company in the post Christmas glow.

Savour the fresh Connemara air with guides to take you on a local hike or explore the 700 acres solo at your own pace.

Or find a comfy couch and cosy corner by the fire to relax with a good book.

One night B&B with dinner is available for €385 per couple.

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The Ice Hotel Mayo

The Ice House has a “Stay and Chill” package.
The Ice House has a “Stay and Chill” package.

Cosy up and chill out after Christmas at the Ice House. The Twixmas ‘Stay and Chill’ package runs from Dec 26-30 offering guests a chance to unwind after a busy Christmas. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, overlooking the River Moy and surrounding woodlands, this is an escape from the ordinary. There’s even a waterside hot tub and sauna with quirky unique add ins from art work to goose down duvets.

Check into the Ice House for a two night stay with dinner one evening for €335 per person sharing.

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Glenlo Abbey, Galway

The five star hotel is the ultimate indulgence. A country house feel, with all the warm welcomes you’d expect, but it’s the restaurant that’ll really blow you away. An original carriage from the Orient Express has been converted into a fine dining experience complete with moving train soundtrack.

It’s like nothing you’ve experienced before.

Back inside cosy log fires make each drawing room ultra snug, perfect to relax after all the excesses of Christmas. The package costs €339 per person sharing for two nights luxury accommodation - dinner one night and afternoon tea is also included.

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Dromoland Castle

Check into one of the country’s finest castles: Dromoland.
Check into one of the country’s finest castles: Dromoland.

Check into one of Ireland’s most famous castles after Christmas and dine in the candlelit surroundings of The Earl of Thomond.

From €294 per person sharing midweek and from €320 per person sharing weekends, this offer includes two nights luxury accommodation; full Irish breakfast each morning; five-course Table d’Hote Dinner in the Earl of Thomond Restaurant on one evening.

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Mount Juliet

Take time out after Christmas and recover in the cosy Hunter’s Yard, the more casual, laid-back luxury option at Mount Juliet Estate.

In a bygone era when Mount Juliet Estate was a working farm of several thousand acres, many people were employed and housed on the estate. Back then, Hunter’s Yard would have had horses and hay lofts, plus lodgings for the grooms, coachmen an stable boys.

Today, this elegant courtyard, just five minutes’ walk from the Manor House, is home to the bright and spacious rooms of the Hunter’s Yard. A tranquil hideaway adjacent to the Jack Nicklaus signature designed golf course, Hunter’s Yard is only a few paces from Mount Juliet Spa, and is home to the The Hound at Hunter’s Yard, which offers all-day dining. With plenty of fresh country air and majestic woodlands across Mount Juliet Estate to explore, you could just as easily curl up with a good book or read the papers by the fire in the manor house – this is your time to relax.

A two-night stay in Hunter’s Yard from December 27 to January 2 with breakfast each morning, a complimentary bottle of prosecco on arrival, free parking and complimentary WiFi is available for €445, based on two people sharing.

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