Day Seven: Ireland through the Ages and the Castle Finale
Depart Killarney, travelling north. Today, discover hidden Ireland at its best: untouched, undiscovered and truly authentic. When not accompanied by our chauffeur-guide, your mode of transport is Ireland’s only skippered motor cruiser.
Part One - 16th century Ireland Visit a private Castle, set on its very own tiny island. Once a ruin, this 16th century building has been beautifully restored by a couple who once camped here. Irish Oak replaced the wooden floors and authentic furniture was painstakingly sourced to bring this haven back to life. It is now used as a private summer residence.
Savour a range of artisan food and drinks akin to those favoured in the 16th century and make sure you head to the roof-top terrace and capture the panoramic scenic views.
Part Two - 18th century Ireland Fast forward two hundred years and travel to a gorgeous Manor house and meet the lady of the manor, a wonderful character. Here, sample a wide range of local artisan cheese tastings paired with homemade spiced chutney and an organic apple syrup.
Part Three - 21st Century Fast forward 300 years and travel to a contemporary lakeside Villa. Aptly named The Lakehouse, it was designed by world renowned Irish architect Cathal O’Neill, who studied under Mies van der Rohe. Enjoy a tour of this beautiful private home by its charismatic owner and admire her private collection of Irish Contemporary Art & Sculpture by renowned Irish artists.
Your host, having studied with Chef Rick Stein, then welcomes you to a unique Irish Seafood Platter Meal served in the dining room which offers amazing 300 degree lake views.
Thereafter continue to your final accommodation, which is nothing short of spectacular.
Approached by a meandering drive through magnificent lawns, it sits in beautiful and ornamental grounds of more than 1,500 acres. Today, it seamlessly blends oldworld elegance with contemporary luxuries and an uncompromised tradition of delivering impeccable, unobtrusive service.
Set on 450 acres of parkland, the sprawling Estate has much to offer. The gardens, which are based on designs by Andre Le Notre, who also planned the gardens at Versailles, include a formal rose garden and a lily pond dating from 1812. Deer, pheasant and other wildlife roam the grounds surrounding the Castle, creating a natural ambience.