In the annals of the Irish History, the aristocracy and the great houses in which their families have lived for generations, stand for a privileged way of life few can experience today. These are the houses in which history was made, where the finest works of artists and craftsmen were collected, and which inspired the creative muses of generations. To this day they are still an elite and closed society into which outsiders are not invited. We have gained the trust of many of the scions of nobility, and can offer a wonderful tour that combines politics with P G Wodehouse, elegance with entertaining eccentricity and indulgence with education! Along the way, you’ll stay in the finest country houses and castle hotels, with time for golf, fishing, riding, shopping and exploring in charming towns and villages. Those who are interested will even have the chance to get their own title!
The grandson of an Earl or the son of a Lady in Waiting to Queen Elizabeth, will bring you to The Merrion Hotel. Tour of the National Gallery of Ireland and time to explore Dublin at your leisure.
Visit to the nephew of Nancy Mitford in his 12th Century castle.
Lunch in one of Ireland’s most historic family homes, Ballinlough and afternoon visit to Dunsany Castle.
Return to Dublin for dinner with a member of the Irish Senate, the Upper House of Parliament, and learn a little about the role of the aristocracy in 20th century Irish history. Overnight at The Merrion Hotel
Head North to Belfast, lunch with The Earl of Erne at Crom Castle and then carry on to Baronscourt, one of the finest stately mansions in Ireland. Overnight in Baronscourt.
Travel to Donegal town for lunch at Mountcharles House with the Temple family. After lunch risk life and limb on the tallest sea cliffs in Europe at Slieve League before returning to Baronscourt for the night.
Lunch at Church Hill, the home of the late Derek Hill, a distinguished 20th Century painter. Carry on to Drenagh House for the night. One of the finest 19th century country houses in Ulster, the McCauslands have owned the estate for over 300 years. Overnight in Drenagh
Spend the morning exploring the walled city of Derry. In the afternoon explore the Inishowen peninsula, an area of great scenic beauty, and return to Drenagh ascross the Greencastle ferry and by way of the exquisite folly of the Earl Bishop of Derry at Mussenden. Overnight Drenagh
Explore the noble families and mansions of the Northern Coast, visiting the homes of Earls, Viscounts, and Barons. Visits include the Giant’s Causeway and lunch at Glenarm Castle, the home of the Earl of Antrim. Overnight as the guests of Lord and Lady Dunleath at Ballywalter Park.
Visit the house and gardens of the Marquis of Londonderry at Mount Stewart. Lunch with William & Daphne Montgomery at Grey Abbey House .In the afternoon tour of Belfast, visit the City Hall and Stormont, the Northern Ireland Parliament with a member of the parliament. Dinner and the night at Ballywalter Park.
Travel South – A coffee stop with the Count Matouschka to see the superb 11th century Irish High Cross on his estate and then lunch with Lord Rathdonnell. Overnight in The Earl of Carrick’s stately home Mount Juliet, now a hotel, overlooking the River Nore in Kilkenny.
Tour to Waterford to visit the magnificent home of the Marquis of Waterford and his ancestors since 1170. A tour of Waterford followed by lunch with the Countess Bernstorff at her home Berkley Forest, with a chance to see her collection of antique costumes. Return to Mount Juliet.
To Birr Castle for lunch with the Earl of Rosse, a brother in law of Queen Elizabeth. Overnight at Ballyfin House ,a stunning neo classical mansion.
Spend the morning relaxing at Ballyfin and then travel to Kildare to visit one of the top stud farms there – Kildare is home to the most valuable racehorses in the world. Lunch at The Curragh in with the owners and trainers. Champagne reception at Kildare Village, an exclusive luxury retail outlet that combines modern shopping amidst the remains of a medieval monastery. Return to Ballyfin for the night.
Depart Shannon or Dublin – both are 90 minutes from Ballyfin.
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