Photograph by Andrew Holt, Alamy
Dromoland Castle in Ireland's County Clare encourages its guests to explore the woodlands by foot or horseback—nearby stables offer horse riding lessons. Guests can also spend time fishing at Dromoland Lake for trout or perch.
From Traveler magazine's 2010 Stay List, featuring the most authentic and unique hotels in Britain and Ireland
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A comfortable room, like this one in Ynyshir Hall, bids guests to relax.
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Surrounded by nature and wildlife, the Torridon in Scotland promises tranquility for guests. But tranquil should not be confused with dull—activities here include rock climbing, glen walks, clay pigeon shooting, gorge scrambling, kayaking, and mountain biking with sessions offered by the hotel's professional instructors.
Photograph courtesy Kohler Co.
The Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland, faces the famous golf course.
Photograph courtesy the Merchant Hotel
Facade of the Merchant Hotel Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Each room at Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall, England, comes decorated with Cornish art and a view of the sea. From early spring through the end of September, guests can go sailing with the hotel's skipper on Falmouth Bay.
Photograph by Frank Heuer/laif/Redux
At the private country house of Delphi Lodge, located in the Connemara region of Ireland, there are no TVs, room service, or a la carte menus; meals are taken together over a large oak table with the owner.
Photograph courtesy Bushmills Inn
Guests at Northern Ireland's Bushmills Inn can arrange to participate in whiskey tastings, or visit the Bushmills distillery for a glass of whiskey that has been made with water from St. Columb's Rill, malted barley, a triple distillation process in copper stills and aging in oak casks.
Photograph by Derek Harris, Alamy
On 200 acres of wooded land and gardens, Bodysgallen Hall & Spa in Wales has views of Conwy Castle and Snowdonia.
Courtesy Adare Manor Hotel
Measuring 132 feet long and 26 feet high, the Minstrels' Gallery at Ireland's Adare Manor Hotel has lights filled with stained glass that were the idea of Lord Dunraven, who in 1838, had the inscription placed in the gallery's west window, "in the love and honour of Caroline Wyndham his countess."
Photograph courtesy the Athenaeum
The Athenaeum in London is a Piccadilly classic.
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