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5 winter hideaways in Northern Ireland for your next luxury getaway

Let the very best of Northern Ireland’s luxury stays win you over this winter, with breaks for every kind of person seeking a seasonal getaway

The Old Inn in Co Down is the perfect romantic retreat where guests can expect cosy firelit corners, elegant interiors, gourmet dining and the Treetop Spa

Whether you wish to wander lively streets this festive season, or explore the natural beauty of wild coasts, forests and cliffs before curling up with a hot drink in front of a roaring fire, Northern Ireland offers plenty of locations for the perfect winter break.

Ireland’s Blue Book, a collection of over 60 historic hotels, country houses and restaurants proudly includes properties all over the island of Ireland.

Here are five Northern Irish Hotels under Ireland's Blue Book collection which make the ideal destination for winter escapes.

Ardtara, Co Derry

Situated amongst traditional Victorian gardens and woodland in the heart of Northern Ireland, this elegant 19th-century mansion was once a family home to the Cork linen barons.

Now hosting one of Ireland's finest dining spots, the Clark restaurant, Ardtara also offers itself as a strategic base from which to explore Northern Ireland.

Located within 45 minutes of both Belfast and Derry, the Giant’s Causeway, the Antrim coast, Royal Portrush Golf Club and many Game of Thrones filming locations, Ardtara is a peaceful escape with genuine warmth and hospitality.

This 19th-century location is a peaceful escape conveniently located within 45 minutes of Belfast and Derry

However, an unmistakable buzz radiates from the hotel which comes from having a full-service restaurant on site, with extensive wine list and cocktail menu also serving a daily bar/lounge menu.

The recently renovated bedrooms respect the era of the house, whilst offering modern conveniences and luxury.

Bishop’s Gate, Co Derry

Built in 1899, Bishop’s Gate Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel and member of Ireland’s Blue Book which blends stunning Edwardian architecture, stylish appointments and luxurious facilities to pay homage to the rich heritage of the building, whilst exceeding the contemporary needs and desires of its guests.

The Bishop’s Gate is an urban oasis features 30 luxurious guestrooms

In its restoration, no detail has been left to chance. This iconic landmark is an intimate urban oasis featuring 30 luxurious guestrooms, including suites, nine apartments, The Wig and Gown Champagne Bar and Restaurant, The Hervey Library, and Northern Counties Ballroom.

Expect unrivalled service – the way in which guests are welcomed and attended to during their stay and remembered once they come back is the essence of Bishop’s Gate Hotel.

Bushmills Inn, Co Antrim

Set against the backdrop of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, the Bushmills Inn is an idealistic retreat for those who crave the unconventional, yet still expect exceptional service.

The welcome is warm and the fire is always lit.  Originally a coaching inn in the 1600s, this 4-star boutique hotel and restaurant is steeped in Irish history.

A cosy place to dine and stay, this remarkable old building is packed with character. Serving up a slice of history with its delicious food, guests can check-in for tapas, fine dining, a boutique cinema experience, afternoon tea or an overnight stay.

Minutes away from the Old Bushmills Distillery, guests can expect tapas, fine dining, a boutique cinema experience, and afternoon tea at the Bushmills Inn

The award-winning ‘Taste of Ulster’ Restaurant, situated in the original 17th-century stables and wine cellar, blends classical with modern Irish cuisine. Each dish is crafted from traditional roots with menus inspired by local produce.

Following dinner guests can sample the world-famous Bushmills whiskey from the Inn’s private cask, in the traditional Gas Bar where live Irish music can also be enjoyed.

Minutes away from the Old Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest working distillery, Dunluce Castle and Royal Portrush Golf Club and many of the Game of Thrones filming locations it offers warm service, unique architecture, and luxurious rooms for a great night’s sleep.

The Old Inn, Co Down

Nestled in the charming village of Crawfordsburn, the Old Inn is located just 15 minutes from Belfast and five minutes from the seaside town of Bangor.

The romantic escape for your next rural retreat, this hotel is bursting with character: from cosy firelit corners and elegant interiors to gourmet dining and the Treetop Spa, perched above Crawfordsburn Country Park.

Your next rural retreat awaits at the Old Inn in Co Down

From petite guest rooms and a suite with a private hot tub, to junior suites with a stand alone copper bathtub and a rustic cottage, the Old Inn has something to suit everyone.

If it’s a hearty lunch or evening meal, delectable afternoon tea, private dining or just a few drinks in the bar you’re after, their selection of menus is guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds.

Newforge House, Co Armagh

Newforge House is a historic family-run country house offering warm hospitality, luxurious rooms and delicious local seasonal food in tranquil surroundings.

The six-bedroom Georgian country house pays homage to its family history, but pushes for modern luxury in its food offerings.

Set on the edge of the small village of Magheralin, Newforge is an oasis of calm and a beautiful location for your next couples break or a special occasion with friends and family.

A 30-minute drive from Belfast, Newforge House is an ideal base for touring Northern Ireland

There are lots of activities on offer in this location including visiting nearby historic villages and towns such as Moira, Hillsborough and Lisburn. With a nearby brewery, sailing and equestrian schools, there is plenty to do while you enjoy your country escape.

Their central location, only a 30-minute drive from Belfast, makes Newforge an ideal base for touring Northern Ireland.

Book your next winter getaway with Ireland’s Blue Book here.