How to get away while get inspired.
They say the best way to get over the January blues is to plan a holiday. It’s a fine idea, but all of my summer holidays are planned around my temperamental 26 year old campervan and the irish weather, so it’s a waiting game for me. I take solace in planning a winter break, once Christmas is packed back in to the attic for another 11 months.
I am realistic when it comes to a winter break. Yes I will pack the walking boots, wooly hat and waterproofs. But I know that is 100% likely that gear is staying in the boot of the car, while I ensure fluffy socks and a good book are my essential survival kit. My weekend will be spent drinking tea, and reading, so I want a space that offers pleasing interiors, and maybe some ideas to steal for my own home.
Here are four gorgeous places that deliver inspiration, charm, talking points and oodles of cosiness. Of course you know by now that the spending power at Fox Hollow is never quite on par with my tastes, but these four spots are definitely kind to your bank balance.
1. The Dean
The Dean is right in the heart of Dublin, and it keeps style, customer service and quirky elements close it its own heart. The inky walls of the guest rooms are offset with the crisp white linens, while a pop of colour comes from the gorgeous tangerine orange mini Smeg fridges in the rooms.
There are record players, Marshall speakers, Nespresso machines and Netflix. There is literally no need to ever leave the comfort of your very stylish room. Prices from €115 per night. The Dean Dublin
2. The Bedford Townhouse
The newest kid on the block in Limerick landed with a bang, in it’s very handy city centre location. A townhouse and cafe, The Bedford opened a few months ago and the customer service and style has been getting five star reviews ever since.
The interiors have been designed by Tuillo Orlandi and it’s a serene, elegant space, which gives a nod to it’s history by retaining the original stone wall of the clothing factory which was built on this site in 1830. If you really must venture out, there is a rooftop garden to get some air. Prices from €79 per night. The Bedford Townhouse
3. The Twelve
The Twelve in Barna, Galway will forever be my idea of heaven on earth. Their own microbrew, Stout 1, is all my husband drinks when we are there, they have an onsite bakery and authentic pizza oven and best of all, they allow dogs. So Scruffy can come on holidays too.
The rooms are wonderfully cosy and if you want to spend a bit more then Suite X11 has an open fireplace and an in-room hot tub. The bar has sofas that you sink in to, with board games to keep you entertained and lots of quirky items on display in the massive bookcase. Prices from €105 per night. The Twelve
4. The Ashe Hotel
Heading South West for my last pick, it’s the Ashe Hotel in Tralee. Nestled away behind the Main St, this boutique hotel opened it’s doors four years ago, and they have won various accolades since.
With an inspired interior, there are plenty of ideas to take note of. You know I have a weakness for a gallery wall, and at the Ashe they have mixed in the quirky elements too. But it’s the panelling and the Cole and Sons wallpaper that I want to steal for Fox Hollow’s next project. Prices from €65 per night. The Ashe Hotel