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Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to Ireland

10 days from £4,500 per person

Ireland is home to some of the world’s finest historical homes, medieval castles and influential gardens. We have created Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to Ireland to offer our clients a chance to discover some of Ireland’s most beautiful countryside and picturesque villages, whilst delving into its fascinating heritage – from medieval castles, including Waterford Castle, to the beautiful gardens of Killruddery. A one-off journey through some of Ireland’s hidden treasures, this tour will be guided by writer and social maestro, Cosmo Samuel Brockway. Being half Irish, Cosmo’s close family connections to the country allow him access to some usually private locations, as well as the knowledge to showcase Ireland in an exclusive and memorable way. Cosmo is reputably charming and erudite, and his friends include an assortment of the most interesting and talented movers and shakers in Ireland. He will undoubtedly educate as well as entertain everyone on this trip!

Throughout this journey you will stay at our selection of luxury properties, which are set in rural landscapes of outstanding natural beauty. Discover the rich history of each of these locations and learn about how many of the former residents of these grand homes dedicated their lives to their extraordinary homes and gardens. From the UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin, with all the attractions of a modern capital city combined with the beauty and heritage of the past, to the green undulating hills of County Laois in the central heart of Ireland, this privately guided tour explores Ireland’s most charming towns and ravishing landscapes, which have inspired numerous poets, painters and writers over the years.

Filled with extraordinary private access experiences, using Ampersand’s and Cosmo’s contacts, this itinerary is subject to minor changes to ensure the smooth running of the tour, and due to the schedules of the private individuals hosting the group.


Itinerary details

10 days from £4,500 per person

  • Day 1 - The Merrion Hotel - Dublin
    Morning departure from London to Dublin. Spend the afternoon exploring Dublin.
  • Day 2 - Marlfield House - County Wexford
    Morning visit to Killruddery House and Gardens, and meet the Countess of Meath. In the afternoon visit Enniskerry for a village walk, followed by a visit to Powerscourt Demesne and Russborough House and Gardens.
  • Day 3 - Waterford Castle - County Waterford
    Morning visit to Kilmokea Gardens & Curraghmore House. Afternoon drinks at Woodbrook House with Giles & Alexandra FitzHerbert.
  • Day 4 - Lismore Castle - County Waterford
    Morning visit to Lismore Castle Gardens created by The Duke of Devonshire. Afternoon visit to Hindoo Gothick arch, Dromana and Blackwater river.
  • Day 5 - Ballymaloe - Midleton
    Spend the morning at leisure. Afternoon visit to Ballymaloe House & Gardens.
  • Day 6 - Adare Manor - County Limerick
    Spend the morning at leisure. Afternoon drive to Adare and have dinner at Dunravan Arms.
  • Day 7 - Ballyfin - County Laois
    Visit to Ballyfin Demesne and Emo Court .
  • Day 8 - Huntington Castle - County Carlow
    Spend the morning at leisure followed by private lunch at Birr Castle with the Earl of Rosse.
  • Day 9 - The Merrion Hotel - Dublin
    Spend the morning at Huntington Castle with a late afternoon visit to Leixlip Castle.
  • Day 10 - In transit.
    Morning visit to Howth Castle, and stay for lunch. Afternoon depart for London.
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I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.
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Client Testimonials

We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had dealings with. Everything – from the individual care and attention in helping to plan the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round.
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India

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