After months apart, families are planning holidays and renting venues large enough for proper post-lockdown get-togethers. From quiet reunions to inter-generational meet-ups, some beautiful homes away from home await.
Coolclogher House in Killarney is booked out year round, most years by visiting Americans. This year, “They’re not coming,” says owner Mary Harnett. “I’ve people on Facebook telling me ‘I wish I was there’.” Instead it’s available at €8,000 a week to the local market.
The building, which sleeps 14, dates from 1742 and is surrounded by 68 tranquil acres just outside the town. Its Victorian conservatory, complete with camellia tree, is the perfect place to relax with a book by day, while its beautiful dining room, with polished wooden floors and soft woollen carpets, is a lovely venue for lively dinner parties – with catering an optional extra.
To make up for the loss of her American clientele Harnett