A little bit of luxury

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If you’re looking for a little bit of luxury, you might want to check out Loungueville House in Mallow, Co Cork. Not only is the accommodation pure comfort but their sustainability credentials are impressive. All the food they serve is either grown in their walled garden, foraged from the hedgerows or supplied by local producers. Their orchard provides honey from the bees, and cider and brandy from the apples.

It’s hard to leave, but worth it to spend Day 1 hiking the Nagles with qualified mountain leader Mark Britton. Mark will take you through the best hiking options with the ultimate views or you could sign up to one of his navigation classes to hone your skills.

Head back to Longueville House for dinner which changes each day to ensure that the freshest produce is used from their garden and paired with the meats, fish, cheeses and eggs sourced from local artisan providers.

Start Day 2 off with the most relaxing walk possible by booking in with Caroline of Yoga Walks Ireland. This is the ideal way to immerse yourself in nature and engage your senses and, when you’re ready, spend the rest of the day in the lovely town of Fermoy to wander around their unique little shops. Pick up some luxury sandwiches, homemade drizzle cake and Irish apple juice at Hanna’s Café and picnic by the Blackwater River.

Back at Loungueville House, get the “InCider” story with a tour of the distillery and orchards to find out how their cider and brandy come to life.

On Day 3, pay a visit to Nano Nagle Place to hear about the inspirational Nano Nagle who was responsible for the education of hundreds of impoverished Catholic children. A self-tour of the building will cover the history of 18th Century Cork and the importance of Nano Nagle’s work in Cork City.

From there, travel to nearby Donneraile to check out the fabulous local crafts at Great Artitude. The place is bursting with handmade items such as woven baskets, crocheted toys and wooden pieces as well as fine art, jewelry and ceramics. Eat at the popular Townhouse Café which has a variety of deliciously fresh dishes.

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