An Irish Country Castle Christmas House Party
December 14th - 28th, 2020
Day 1 - December 14th - We will meet at our Dublin International Airport Hotel this morning and then head into Dublin
to first visit Temple Bar’s Famous Old Christmas Market creating a vibrant festive atmosphere. These events include the
Designer Mart on Cow Lane
with Irish based designers and arts and crafts artists presenting some unique Christmas gifts for
visitors, followed by the
Old Temple Bar Food Market with traditional Christmas fayre from local farmers and food Lord
Mayor's Lounge at the Shelbourne Hotel. Lord Mayor's Lounge at the Shelbourne Hotel.
You will then have some
You will then have some free time in Dublin before we get checked into our accommodation just a free time in Dublin before we
get checked into our short way out of the city. You can get settled in to our accommodation before we meet up for a
Welcoming
Dinner. Dinner and Overnight Dublin. (L,D)

Day 2 - December 15th -
We venture just a short way out of the city today to Dublin's most loved Christmas Experience
at Malahide Castle, Gardens and Fairy Trail.
We will have a Guided Tour that will take you on a journey through
time and give you an extraordinary glimpse into the life in the castle during the 800 years that the
Talbot Family resided
there- right up until 1975! Highlights of the tour are the beautiful reception rooms,
The Oak Room, The Small and Large
Drawing Rooms
and the Great Hall, home to the original Battle of the Boyne Painting- on loan from the National Gallery
of Ireland. The castle is adorned with beautiful period furniture and an extensive collection of paintings from the National Gallery
of Ireland. Our visit will be followed by a
Festive Afternoon Tea at Bon Appetit in Malahide. After some time to explore
Malahide, we then return to our accommodation just outside the city where you can get rested up and then find dinner on your
own.
Overnight Dublin. (B,L)

Day 3 - December 16th -
Today starts our with 12 days of Christmas Market at Dublin’s Docklands. This
traditional yuletide event will see over 80 market stalls selling a range of creative Christmas gifts from craft jewellery and
glassware to wooden toys. Celebrating the magic of Christmas at its best, the market features a
Classic Carousel and other
fairground attractions as well as
Christmas Carol Singers, Mulled Wine Stalls and the chance for little ones to sit on
Santa’s knee and issue their Christmas demands! After our visit, you will be able to find some lunch on your own and then do
some shopping. Dublin offers a fantastic shopping experience with a huge range of stores, boutiques and shopping centres.
The main shopping areas of the city are the pedestrianized zones of
Grafton Street and Henry Street along with Dublin’s
central boulevard of
O’Connell Street and you’ll find many a Christmas bargain on Moore Street and at Blackrock
Market
. This evening we meet up for dinner and then a Classic Christmas Panto at Olympia Theatre in Temple
Bar. Overnight Dublin. (B,D)

Day 4 - December 17th -
This morning we make our to Thurles and to our castle home for the next 10 days. It is just a 2
hour journey to our
Wee Irish Castle where we will be staying for the next 10 days, so we will get started right away. We first
make our way to
Kilbeggan and Kilbeggan Distillery where we will join an exclusive Access All Areas Tour of
Kilbeggan Distillery
, the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland. We will meet with the distilling team as they take us through a
day in the life of a distiller in Kilbeggan. The tour includes an
Appetizing Lunch in their wonderful on site Pantry
Restaurant
ending with a delicious complete Tasting of their Irish Whiskey Core Portfolio Range as you discover the
best kept secret in Irish whiskey. As a finale, they will take us to our warehouse where we will pull our own 200ml sample from
one of their aging cask to take home.  Once we are home we will spend some time getting settled into the castle before we gather
for a
Buffet Supper. We will completely take over this lovely wee castle for the next 10 days as we make ourselves at home.
Overnight Thurles. (L,D)

Day 5 - December 18th -
This morning we will visit the Christmas Market at the Milk Market in Limerick. Shoppers
will experience wafting scents of spices and oils combining with the aroma of cooking.
Food Will Sizzle, Christmas Choirs
Will Sing
, craft workers will explain their work. Buskers from around the world will merge their differing musical and
entertainment traditions and the banter between traders and shoppers will add to the buzz and excitement of the market. We
will have a
Christmas Afternoon Tea at NO.1 Pery Square in the city which will be served in The Drawing and Park
Rooms
located at the heart of the house with grand old original marble surrounds and burning turf fires with echoes of festive
music. We will take some time to explore Limerick before we head further up the road to
Bunratty Castle.  “Christmas
Evening at Bunratty Castle”
is a superb mix of classic Christmas tunes and contemporary classics performed by the
members of the world renowned Shannon Castle entertainers guaranteed to put guests into the festive spirit. Once proceedings
in the castle are complete, guests are invited to take in the glittering lights of the folk park’s
Christmas Village. Overnight
Thurles. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - December 19th -
Today will be a leisurely day spent at home in this beautifully restored Georgian Manor Castle
set in the lush green countryside of
Thurles in County Tipperary. You can hang out, relax and unwind in the Castle
Library
with a volume of Irish Literature and a Traditional Irish Whiskey. The castle overlooks a patchwork quilt of
green fields and distant mountains. To the front of the castle you will enjoy views of green fields and mature trees. A private
walled gardenis adorned with beautiful lawns, old varieties of lilies and roses. A patioed outdoor seated area overlooks the
generous proportion of well maintained green lawns and offers wonderful views of the sun setting slowly behind the
neighbouring mountains. This is the perfect spot to unwind contemplating a day spent in the enjoyment of sightseeing in
Ireland. Later in the day we will gather for a
Traditional Irish Afternoon Tea in the Castle Drawing Room, a showcase
for the superb restoration of the Castle from an atmospheric ruin into an elegant manor house.
Overnight Thurles. (B,L)

Day 7 - December 20th -
This morning we journey to investigate Ireland's loveliest inland village of Kilkenny and take part
in the
Yulefest Kilkenny Experience where you can stroll down medieval streets and slipways, buzzing with atmosphere
and festive cheer. While here we will visit
Kilkenny Castle in all of its Christmas Splendor! Built in the 1190's, Kilkenny
Castle was occupied right up to 1935. The castle stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the
River Nore and dominates the ‘High Town’ of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions
and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various
architectural styles. High spots of the tour include the
Library, the Wood-Paneled Dining Room and the Chinese
Bedroom.
We will Lunch In Kilkenny before making our way to Jerpoint Abbey, one of the finest Cistercian Ruins in
Ireland.
Built in 1160, the fortified medieval complex flourished until the dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539.  In the
transept chapels the visitor can see 13th to 16th century tomb sculpture. The tower and cloister date from the 15th century.
The chief delight of the Abbey is the sculptured cloister arcade with unique carvings. We then return home for dinner.
Dinner
and Overnight Thurles. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - December 21st -
 This morning we are off to Waterford for a tour of the Waterford Crystal Factory. The
factory
was founded in 1783. June 2010 saw the opening of the new factory where visitors can follow all stages of production of
this world reknowned glassware. After the tour we will spend some time in the opulent showroom for some shopping. We then
have a
Festive Holiday Lunch at the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Waterford before taking some time to explore all that this
lovely city has to offer as we take part in
Waterford City's Winterval Festival. The Festival will take over the heart of the
Medieval City where beautifully decorated traditional log cabins will host an offering of the very best quality and range of
goods, craft, toys and decorations. The list of events at this years Winterval goes on and on and will include a
Georgian
Christmas at the Bishops Palace, a Christmas Carousel and Horse Drawn Sleighs!
Then we are back home before a
Dinner Outing in Thurles. Overnight Thurles. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - December 22nd
- Today we travel to Rathwood to join the Rathwood Santa Train on a journey through the
Enchanted Forest to visit Santa and his Elves as they prepare for the most magical time of the year. We will walk through
the Enchanted Forest that leads to
Santa's Woodland Home as we watch out for Rudolph and the other Reindeer along
the way! After our journey we will have a
Festive Afternoon Tea at MerryTree at Rathwood before departing. While in
the area we must visit
Browne's Hill Dolmen, built 4,000 years ago by the first farmers in Ireland and is the largest dolmen
in Europe. The
Megalithic Portal Tomb comprises two portal stones and a gate stone supporting a massive, 150-ton granite
capstone that slopes down to the ground. We will take some time to investigate
Carlow before heading home. Carlow is the seat
of
County Carlow and has a real charm positioned on the banks of the River Barrow with its rows of Georgian Houses.
There is  a striking
Gothic Revival Cathedral and a courthouse built like an Ionic Temple. Dinner and Overnight
Thurles. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - December 23rd -
This morning we will take in a bit of County Tipperary including Cashel and the Rock of
Cashel
. Cashel with its well preserved ecclesiastical remains, is one of Ireland's spectacular landmarks, rising above the
surrounding plain and dominating the land route southwards. There is a 13th century cathedral, 12th century round tower
and the
Chapel of King Cormac, which is my favourite place on the rock! We will have a tour of the site that is reputedly
the site of the conversion of
Aenghus the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD. Long before the Norman
invasion, The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the
High Kings of Munster. We will also visit Cahir Castle, once the stronghold
of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one
of Ireland's largest and best preserved castles. It is situated on a rocky island on the
River Suir. Then we stop at Mallow for
a
Festive Afternoon Tea in a 1720 Georgian Heritage Mansion. Afternoon Tea in Longueville House is an
institution in itself and is served in
The Drawing Room and Mount Hillary Room of Longueville House in front of a
roaring log fire. We then return home to our wee little castle before we are out for you to find some dinner on your own in
Thurles.
Overnight Thurles. (B,L)

Day 11 - December 24th
- This morning we make our way to Cork for some last minute Christmas Shopping. We will
visit the
English Market, a mix of Traditional Cork Fare and exciting new foods from afar, along with longstanding family-
run stalls and newcomers from outside, all contribute to its unique appeal, which is celebrated widely. We will also visit the

Christmas Market on Princes Street
with lots of beautiful items to choose from with Art, Crafts, Fashion, Body Care,
Vintage Boutiques, Jewellery
and more. In between shopping we will stop at the 5 Star Hayfield Manor for Afternoon
Tea.
We then make our way back home to start our Holiday Celebration with a Christmas Eve Buffet Supper. After
supper we will open our gifts to each other and then watch
"Its a Wonderful Life" in the Drawing Room. After an evening
full of merry making, we settle in to get a good nights rest before the Christmas Day Festivities.
Christtmas Eve Buffet
Supper and Overnight Thurles. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - December 25th -
We will have a leisurely morning as we get up and see if Santa has brought us anything and if the
Stockings that were Hung with Care have been filled! There will be nibbles set out if anyone is hungry and you may even
find something in your stocking to tide you over until we
Gather for Brunch at Mid Morning. You can then spend the day
socializing, reading, catching up in your journal, take a long winter's walk or just enjoy the house and grounds. This afternoon we
will gather for a
Traditional Christmas Dinner with all the Trimmings as more merry making abounds! We will
take a break after dinner to sit and socialize together before we break out the pie and goodies. We will then gather to watch my
favourite holiday movie,
"Meet Me in St. Louis" and it is never truly Christmas until Judy Garland has sung "Have
Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"!
We will leave out nibbles to help yourself to as we reminisce about the trip and the
year ahead.
Overnight Thurles. (BR,D)

Day 13 - December 26th -
Today in Ireland it is St. Stephens Day also known as the Day of the Wren is an occasion to
commemorate the life of St. Stephen and is considered a holiday in Ireland. To stay in the holiday mood, we will put out a
Mid
Morning Brunch
and then after brunch we will take one of my favourite drives through the Glen of Aherlow a country
valley, which lies between the
Slievenamuck Ridge and the main Galtee Mountain Range. Bounded by the rural villages of
Bansha and Galbally, the Glen was historically an important pass between Limerick and Tipperary. We will travel south
of the heritage town of
Tipperary, through sixteen miles of unspoilt countryside affording some of the most breathtaking
scenery imaginable making it one of the most desirable destinations in Ireland. Within the Glen the focal point is the
Statue of
Christ the King.
Erected in 1950, Christ the King, overlooking the valley at its most scenic viewpoint has his hand raised in
“blessing the Glen and all who pass by”, attracts thousands of visitors every year. After some glorious sightseeing we will
return home to dinner in the castle.
Dinner and Overnight Thurles. (BR,D)

Day 14 - December 27th -
On our way north toward Dublin today we will take in some of the east coast of Ireland. We
will stop in
Arklow and then in Avoca to visit the Avoca Woollen Mill on the banks of the Avoca River. This location
is the birthplace of the
Avoca Experience, and the origin of the family’s company name. Dating from 1723, this very special
location is home to the
Handweaving Mill, Avoca Store, Cafe and a Visitor Centre which tells the story of the mill
from the beginning. There are even third generation weavers to show you what goes into the making of an Avoca throw. Our
drive will then take is through the beautiful
Wicklow Mountains National Park to Roundwood, one of the highest
elevated villages in Ireland. We will stop for lunch here before we visit
Killruddery House, a living, working House, Gardens
and Farm
. It has been home to sixteen generations of the Brabazon family and over the centuries many other families have
joined this special place as a home and in employment. We will have a tour of the house and if you think it looks familiar, that’s
because it’s a popular location for many well known movies and TV mini-series including
My Left Foot, Far & Away, Angela’s
Ashes, The Tudors and Camelot.
After our tour we make our way to our accommodation just
outside of
Dublin for a Farewell Dinner. Dinner and Overnight near Dublin. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - December 28th -
We will return you to the Dublin International Airport.
I am so excited to be offering this tour and especially during the holiday season. I have always loved Christmas and everything
leading up to it. I decorate extensively for the holidays and love to go see what others are doing in there homes, or castles for that
matter! I love Christmas markets and caroling and making merry in every way! What better way to spend the days leading up to
Christmas than traveling through the beautiful Irish countryside! And then spending Christmas week with Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day in a beautiful Irish Castle. With 3 days in Dublin and 10 days in a beautiful Irish Castle, I've tried to give a broad
spectrum of what is available to see and do at this time of year and I think that the end result is fabulous! Please join us for this
amazing holiday experience on a trip through magical Ireland that will live on in your heart forever!  
Highlights include: Dublin and Temple Bar's Famous Old Christmas Market, Old Temple Bar Food Market, Temple Bar Book
Market, Malahide Castle, Gardens and Fairy Trail, 12 days of Christmas at Dublin's Docklands, Olympia Theatre Christmas
Panto, Kilbeggan and Kilbeggan Distillery, Christmas Market at the Milk Market in Limerick, Christmas Evening at Bunratty
Castle, Waterford Crystal Factory, Waterford's Winterval Festival, Christmas Market at the English Market in Cork, Cahir Castle,
Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny and Kilkenny Castle, Browne's Hill Dolmen and more!
15 Days on a spectacular holiday journey through Dublin and the Irish Countryside celebrating Christmas in an amazing historic
Irish Castle. Your days will be full of sightseeing and holiday festivities with lovely afternoon teas and Christmas lunches
interspersed throughout. Tour includes lovely country house accommodation, all sightseeing as listed in the itinerary, full, buffet
or continental breakfast each morning, all lunches and dinners as listed in itinerary, porterage of one suitcase per person, minibus
travel including tour guide, knowledgeable guide for all tourist venues, any entrance fees, all taxes and service charges. Due to the
nature of our house tours we cannot cater for special diets.

$6795 per person. $995 single supplement. $500 per person deposit. Canceled!!