While we may disagree with some of the omisions and the order of the list we can’t argue that the properties listed don’t deserve recognition.
The Irish Independent list is as follows:
1. NUMBER ONE PERY SQUARE, CO LIMERICK
Open since November, No1 Pery Square is the talk of Limerick. A boutique Georgian property with a spa in the basement.
2. MARYBOROUGH HOTEL & sPA, co Cork
With pheasant on the menu and jaunty music, the Maryborough’s black-tie ball is one of Cork’s finest New Year’s Eve fixtures. Housed in an 18th-century property, the hotel mixes up old and new.
3. IRISH LANDMARK TRUST
The Irish Landmark Trust has some show-stoppers for New Year. Try storm-watching in the Wicklow Head Lighthouse, for example, or kicking back in the restored Triumphal Arch Gatelodge at Colebrooke, Co Fermanagh.
4. THE TWELVE HOTEL, CO GALWAY
Along with the G and House hotels, Bearna’s Twelve Hotel has plugged successfully into Galway city’s unique, boho-boutique vibe. A winner of Hospitality Ireland’s Best New Hotel title in 2007, its chic suites and in-room spa treatments could be the ideal wake-up call.
5. ASHFORD CASTLE, co Mayo
Ashford Castle is a predictably high-end New Year package, featuring afternoon tea, a cocktail reception, gala banquet and champagne celebrations. Throw in a falconry demonstration and a boat trip on Lough Corrib and you have something really unique.
6. CASHEL PALACE HOTEL, co Tipperary
This former bishops’ residence in the middle of Cashel Town offers swish rooms (some with Rock of Cashel views), a great garden and excellent food. Combined with the music and bagpipes lined up for midnight, this could make for a memorable new year.
7. BLUE HAVEN, KINSALE, co cork
Kinsale’s Blue Haven Collection is a suite of three properties. The Old Bank House, Blue Haven Hotel and Hamlet’s café are a tasty excuse to spend New Year’s in the seafood capital of Cork.
8. DROMOLAND CASTLE, CO CLARE
Set in the heart of County Clare, Dromoland castle dates back to the 16th Century and is the ancestral home of the O’Brien clan, direct descendants of Brian Boru who was the last High King of Ireland and died in 1014.
9. STABLE COURT, CO ANTRIM
Stable Court is a blend of luxury serviced accommodation a short drive from the Junction One outlet village near Lough Neagh, meaning five-star digs and 70 shops.
10. HOTEL WESTPORT, CO MAYO This well-priced hotel is a couple of minutes from the town centre, complemented by regular refurbishments and a good leisure centre.
While we have several properties that would make our top 10 list, some of which are listed above, the following omissions certainly come to mind:
Knockranny House Hotel,Westport, Co Mayo
Overlooking the rugged peak of Croagh Patrick and the picturesque sight of Westport and Clew Bay, Knockranny House Hotel & Spa offers unparalleled views together with luxury accommodation and warm hospitality. The Fairview, Killarney, Co Kerry
This award winning and stylish 4 star boutique style hotel, the ‘Fairview Guesthouse’, is a favourite among our Guetsts and is located in the centre of Killarney. It is the perfect base for enjoying all that Killarney has to offer and for exploring the surrounding attractions.Malton Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry
This landmark hotel, the former “Killarney Great Southern Hotel”, has welcomed visitors and dignitaries for over 150 years.
Glin Castle, Co Limerick
One of the great heritage houses of Ireland, Glin Castle has been home to the Knights of Glin, the FitzGerald family for some 700 years. Situated on the banks of the Shannon, within stunning private grounds, Glin Castle was built in 1800, a homage to medieval grandeur and Georgian splendour