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If you are looking for comfort, charm and that little bit of luxury in the Munster Vales, a great option would be Richmond House at Cappoquin. This 18th Century Country House has spectacular views of the surrounding gardens, and the owners source their produce from the local area. Linger over the extensive breakfast before beginning Day 1 with a visit to Cappoquin House and Gardens. The house has been home to the Keane family for 300 years and has a working farm, 100 acre orchard and a sunken garden which you can learn all about with the help of a tour guide. A charming way to spend the day.

Spend the morning of Day 2 perusing a range of ceramic, fine art, woodturning and jewelry at Black Water Valley Makers in Castletownroche, all contributed by local artists.

Once you’ve picked your souvenir, drive over to Tourin House and Gardens, a 16th Century Italianate style house. You can take your time touring the expansive walled and pleasure gardens, the boardwalk and the pond area or head over to the nearby Dromana House and Gardens overlooking the Blackwater River.

We suggest eating at the nearby Pilgrims Rest Hotel for reasonably priced and hearty food.

For your final Day 3 in this beautiful, culture filled area, we suggest spending time at Lismore Heritage Centre which has a range of options to get you up close to the history of Lismore and its Castle. You can step back in time by using virtual reality headsets and find out all about the priceless artefacts that went forgotten for 200 years.

Alternatively, you can choose the guided 360 imagery tour using modern technology to bring history alive, or attempt to solve the Robert Boyle mystery by cracking the code of an escape room.

Back out in the real world, you can opt for a one hour tour of the town to hear about the Viking invasion and Norman settlement, or take some time to relax in the beautifully laid out Millennium Park.

We suggest eating at Foley’s on the Mall where you can choose from fresh soups, warm quiches, spicy burgers and good old fish and chips.

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