An Irish Country Castle Christmas House Party
December 14th - 28th, 2020
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 near 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, Chrsitmas Market at the English Market in Cork, Dingle Peninsula,
Gallarus Oratory Drystone Church, 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. 1 Single and 1 Double Available.
Deposit
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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 producers with the very best organic poultry and cheeses, and then the
Temple Bar Book Market
stocking a range of Christmas favourites from Dickens classics to Dr Seuss. We will then gather for
Afternoon Tea in the
Lord Mayor's Lounge at the Shelbourne Hotel. You will then have some free time in Dublin before we get checked into
our accommodation just a short way out of the city. You can get settled in before we meet for a
Welcoming Dinner. Dinner
and Overnight near 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. We then
return to our accommodation just outside the city where you can get rested up and then find dinner on your own.
Overnight
near 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 near 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 week, 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 take over this lovely wee castle for the week and 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
- Pack an overnight bag for an early morning journey to Tralee and then through the wilds of the
Dingle Peninsula. A drive around Dingle reveals fascinating antiquities ranging from Iron Age Stone Forts to Inscribed
Stones, early Christian Oratories and Beehive Huts
. We will stop at the Gallarus Oratory Drystone Church.
Gallarus Oratory was built between the seventh and eight century and is the best preserved early Christian Church in Ireland.
It represents the apogee of drystone corbelling, using techniques first developed by Neolithic tomb makers. We will also stop in
Kilmalkedar and its 12th Century Romanesque Church. Many of the features which typify Irish Romanesque
Architecture are present. Inside the church is the alphabet stone with both 6th Century Latin writing and an inscribed cross.
A number of interesting objects are located outside of the church, including a tall
Ogham Burial Stone. We will enjoy some
free time in the attractive fishing village of
Dingle before we make our way to Killarney for dinner. Dinner and
Overnight Killarney. (B,D)

Day 10 - December 23rd -
This morning we will take in a bit of Killarney where we will have a Killarney Christmas
Sleigh Ride. Killarney
is a vibrant little town with incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside. On the way home we will
stop in 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. After a lovely tea we will continue on the
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 then return home to our wee little castle before we are out for you to find some
dinner on your own.
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.
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 then we
will
Gather for Brunch at Mid Morning and spend the day enjoying the house and grounds. This afternoon we will gather
for a
Traditional Christmas Dinner with all the Trimmings! 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 visit Browne's Hill Dolmen, an ancient burial
tomb which has the biggest capstone in Europe, weighing 100 tons. The capstone rests on two portal stones, a door stone and a
prostrate slab.
The Dolmen or Cromlech is a type of pagan sepulchral monument. 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.