Hidden in 1,000 acres of woodland, near the River Moy, Belleek Castle is a four-star hideaway, making for a perfect spot for a romantic weekend, a relaxing break or a longer stay. Entering through the original Great Hall, guests leave the reality behind and step back in history. The interiors showcase periodical decor, keeping the historical spirit alive.
Those who wish to learn more about the castle’s heritage can take part in a guided tour of Belleek Castle & The Marshall Doran Collection.
Furnished individually, the bedrooms boast antiquities but do not compromise on guests’ comfort. Each room comes with a private en suite bathroom, large TV, and hot drink-making facilities.
Homemade treats and freshly ground coffee can be savoured in Jack Fenn’s Courtyard Cafe, housed in former stables and coach house, adjacent to the castle itself. Fine dining can be enjoyed in the elegant interiors of the award-winning Library Restaurant which tempts the senses with a variety of creations basing on local ingredients.
Groupon’s Guide To Ballina
The second largest town in Co. Mayo, Ballina lies on the western coast of Ireland, at the mouth of the River Moy near Killala Bay, in the Moy valley and Parish of Kilmoremoy, with the Ox Mountains to the east and the Nephin Beg mountains to the west.
The area is a popular tourist destination known for its scenic surrounds and an array of pubs and restaurants. Visitors will find Ballina a suitable base for exploring 15th-century Moyne Abbey, and St Muredach’s Cathedral or the Jackie Clarke Collection and Belleek Castle Museum. Ballina’s location on the River Moy favours salmon fishing, and one of the best spots, the Ridge Pool, is situated in the heart of the town. The Ballina Salmon Festival is held annually in July. The festival includes Heritage Day, where most of the centre of the town is closed to traffic and the streets fill with arts and craft stalls and demonstrations of transport from days gone by. The festival finale is a Mardi Gras followed by a monster fireworks display.