It is best to book in advance by phone, fax or e-mail. Bookings should be made directly with each house, not through The Hidden Ireland office (though the office may help with any difficulties). You will normally need to secure the reservation with a credit card. Be sure to check each house’s cancellation policy at the time you make the booking. It is also a good idea to let them know if you will arrive in time for dinner on the first day; after that, you can decide each morning.
Prices & Payment
Prices are shown for each house and are per person per night, including taxes and a full Irish breakfast. Supplements normally apply for single occupancy of rooms, as indicated. Many houses offer special packages for stays of two or more nights. Payment may be made by credit card, unless otherwise indicated; the cards that each house accepts are shown, but almost all accept Mastercard and Visa.
Most of the houses can be booked in their entirety for an exclusive private party over a weekend or for longer stays. Special rates normally apply and it can be a remarkably inexpensive way of celebrating a special occasion or anniversary with friends or family.
Guests are advised to arrive in the late afternoon, perhaps around 5 or 6pm. Be sure to let your hosts know if you will be arriving unusually early or late.
Rooms & Bathrooms
All houses have private bathrooms for each guest room and, with very few exceptions, these are en suite.
In most houses, everyone eats together at one big table, which can be great fun and gives you a chance to enjoy the company of other guests and often your hosts, too. In others, there may be separate tables and in some houses your hosts may be busy in the kitchen, but you will normally get the opportunity to meet them during the course of each evening.
Some houses welcome young children and others do not. The policy is indicated under each house’s entry. Some houses offer early suppers for children and children’s meals or extra beds may be available at reduced rates. If in doubt, do check at the time of reservation.
Unless otherwise indicated, all houses have a licence to sell wine and some have marvellous cellars available to guests. In the odd case where the house is not licensed, guests may bring their own.
This is entirely a matter for you - no automatic service charges are applied. But, for guidance purposes only, a tip for the household staff of about €10 per person per night is normal. This is completely at your discretion.