Rather than wax poetic about the charms of the color green or discuss the merits of Irish lace or crystal, let's take a mental trip to the Irish country side since it is, after all, St Patrick's Day. Years ago when I was 11 years old, I spent the summer on the shores of the Northern Channel in Ulster. Memories of sunny afternoons spent down on the rocks with my watercolors and paper trying to capture the beauty of the crashing waves or closer to the house trying to recreate the green of the expansive lawn leading to the cliffs that dropped to the sea, fill my mind when I think of Ireland. Other things come to mind also: Sunday afternoon lunch at the elegant Hotel in the village and evenings that seemed to go on forever as the sun remained hanging in the sky until 11pm or so. If I ever get back to Ireland, I'd like to visit the countryside and stay in one of the gorgeous Irish Country Houses. Her are a few that would be on my list:
The Cahernane House, located on the edge of Killarney's National Park, exudes Irish elegance.
Imagine waking up and throwing your bedroom window open to this view!
Or how about ending the day with a good book and an Irsh coffee by this fire in the library?
Visited by US Presidents, Beech Hill House would be on my list also. Located near Derry City, the surrounding countryside is spectacular.
Riding around on horseback would be my preferred mode of sightseeing transport.
Another possibility would be the Ross Lake House, a 19th century Georgian house situated at the gateway to Connemara, known for its rugged landscape, mountains and lakes.
I would love to row out on this lake and just sit and look at the beauty.
Antique four poster beds with testers, persian carpets and windows overlooking the beautiful gardens add to the charm of this house.
Manor House Country Hotel, located in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, would be worth checking out.
The ceiling! The chandelier! The fireplace! Gorgeous! Sigh.
While we are dreaming of an Irish escape, why not take it up a notch to a castle? This is Logh Rynn Castle.
Surrounded by 350 acres of lush green pastures and ancient forests, Lough Rynn is one of Ireland's most luxurious castle hotels.
Lough Rynn Castle is well known for its magnificent Victorian walled garden.
I will leave you here in your room, as I can see that your tea has been brought up (complete with champagne!) Happy St Patrick's Day!