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15 Family Staycations Over Halloween Break, 2 Night Stays from €241!

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Thinking about some family staycations over the October mid term break? I’ve got family friendly Irish hotels and self catering apartments and houses to suit all tastes and budgets.

If you are planning some family staycations over the October mid term break, now is the time to book.  I understand that some of you are looking for cheap hotel deals, others might want a bit of luxury, and many are looking for self catering accommodation with hotel facilities. I have tried to cater for everyone and have plenty of variety below.

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All family staycations are based on a two-night family stay, but if you want to stay for longer, or just want an overnight escape, simply click on the links below and edit the search dates accordingly. I selected various dates throughout the mid term below but dates can be changed to suit your requirements.  

While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, facilities and activities are subject to change. This post contains affiliate links where I receive a referral commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

1. Kenmare Bay Lodges, Kerry: 3 Bedroom Lodge €598

Kenmare Bay Hotel

Located just a short stroll from one of Ireland’s prettiest towns is the popular Kenmare Bay Hotel and Resort. Complete with a state-of-the-art leisure centre, kids club,, playground and kids’ play room, its not surprising that it is one of Kerry’s most popular family hotels. There is a dedicated Kids’ Corner in the restaurant with games and DVD’s, so you can enjoy a quiet meal while the kids play happily. 
 

 

 
The three bedroom holiday homes are discreetly located in the grounds of the Hotel, and just a few minutes walk from the hotel facilities.

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2. Talbot Suites at Stonebridge, Wexford: 2-bedroom €460, 3-bedroom €600

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The luxurious Talbot Suites at Stonebridge is a super choice for families looking for large apartments in the heart of Wexford Town. There are 69 apartments on-site with fully equipped kitchen, balcony or patio and TV’s in all living areas and bedrooms. Three-bedroom apartments also boast floor-to-ceiling windows.
 

 

 
Guests have access to the swimming pool and Talbot Quay Leisure Centre and the bar and restaurant at the Talbot Hotel which is just 100 metres away.

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3.  Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dublin: Family Room €388

fitzpatrick castle hotel is a great hotel for a family holiday in Dublin

Overlooking Dublin Bay, I love the location of this hotel. I enjoy walking the family friendly Killiney Hill Walk regularly. Of course you can also take a short Dart ride to Dublin city, or simply relax and enjoy the pool – this is a great choice for a coastal stay in Dublin.

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4. Quilty Holiday Cottages, Clare: 3 bedroom home (Sleeps 6) €434 

airbnbs with swimming pools in Ireland

The traditional Quilty Holiday Cottages are located on Clare’s coast and offer panoramic views on the Atlantic Ocean. Imagine walking the Cliffs of Moher, and returning to an open fire in your cottage – bliss! These three-bedroom homes sleep up to six and offer complimentary access to the indoor swimming pool and tennis courts. 

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5. Bella Vista Hotel, Cork: 2-bedroom apartment €398 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Bellavista Hotel offers beautiful views of Cork Harbour in the pretty town of Cobh. With a traditional Irish bar and a Chinese restaurant on site, and the popular Titanic Experience and Fota Wildlife close by, this is a great choice if you are looking to explore Cork’s top attractions and gorgeous coastline.
 

 

 
Note when you click on the link below you will see hotel rooms, but if you view the availability you will see apartments and holiday homes listed

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6. Bunratty Holiday Homes, Clare:  3-bedroom house €429

Family staycations in Bunratty Holiday Homes.

Set in the village of Bunratty, these spacious three-bedroomed homes have bright modern interiors, and a patio area. The village has a host of craft shops and restaurants, with Bunratty Castle and Folk Park just 200 metres away. The coast is just 15 minutes away, and the beaches at Lahinch or Kilkee are an hour’s drive away.

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7. Restored Cottage with views of Skelligs, Kerry: 3-Night Stay €349  

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This three-bedroom cottage is located in Ballinskelligs and offers stunning views of the Skellig Islands. With the Ring of Kerry and a choice of beaches close by, this is a super choice to explore the south west coast of Ireland. Note there is a three-night minimum stay here.

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8. Riverside Park Hotel Wexford- 2 Night Stay: B&B + 1 Dinner + Attraction Pass €425 

The Gruffalo Walk is one of the best things to do in Wexford with kids

The Riverside Park Hotel is a great value choice for a families looking to explore all that Wexford has to offer – there are so many things to do in Wexford with kids. We stayed overnight here during the summer and enjoyed its choice of dining options and family friendly facilities.
 

 

 
Guests have complimentary access to the leisure centre with swimming pool and kids pool, and there is a large playground next door to the hotel. Price includes breakfast each day, a 4-course meal for all the family on the evening of your choice, and a family activity pass to one of Wexford’s top family attractions.

Superior family rooms are also available with separate TV’s for kids, and can cater for up to 2 adults and 4 children. Price for two adults and three children in a superior room is €599.

Read: Top things to do in Wexford with kids

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9. Clayton Hotel & Leisure Club, Sligo: Large 2-bedroom Family Suite €458

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Set on expansive grounds, yet within walking distance of Sligo Town centre, the 4-star Clayton Sligo ticks all boxes for a family holiday in Ireland. We enjoyed a family staycation here recently and loved it.
 

 

 
The leisure centre has a separate kids pool, and there is a mini golf course, games room and sensory room on-site. The family suites are very spacious and can sleep two adults and three children. 

Family rooms are available for €418 but if you click through to show availability you will see the large family suites available from €458.

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10. Breaffy House Hotel, Mayo, Family Room: €347

 
 
 
 
 
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We stayed in Breaffy House Hotel on a few occasions, and love it family atmosphere and superb facilities. It is situated on 101 acres and there is a spa and swimming pool on site. It is also a great base to discover to some of Mayo’s top attractions, including Westport, Achill, Croagh Patrick and DownPatrick Head.
 

 

 
I fell in love with Mayo’s beaches, and if you fancy cycling, the Great Western Greenway is only a 30 minute drive away. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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11. Garryvoe Hotel, Cork, Family Room: €426

Garryvoe Hotel is one of the few hotels with large family rooms near the sea.

The beachfront Garryvoe Hotel is a firm favourite with families. There is a health club and swimming pool onsite, and the hotel is tastefully furnished in contemporary style, with sea views from all public areas. 

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12. 5-Star Killarney Park Hotel

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Killarney Park Hotel is one of the few family owned and run 5 star hotels in Ireland. Located in the heart of Killarney Town with the National Park on your doorstep, you will be hard pushed to find a better located 5-star hotel in Killarney. The Killarney Park Hotel is affiliated to Leading Hotels of the World, and is the top rated hotel in Killarney on TripAdvisor.
 

 

 
Kids will love the 20 metre indoor pool as well as child-friendly dining options, while parents will love the luxury Spa with Elemis treatments, caldarium,  hot tub, and relaxation room.

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13. Millpark Hotel, Donegal, Family Room: €436

swimming pool at the Millpark Hotel Donegal.

Located close to Donegal town, with some of Ireland’s best beaches and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, this is a great choice for a family holiday in Ireland. There is a swimming pool, children’s pool, sauna, and state-of-the-art gym onsite, as well as a choice of dining options.

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14. Midlands Park Hotel, Laois, Family Room: €241

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We had the pleasure of staying at the Midlands Park Hotel in December and loved its family friendly facilities, modern decor and great dining options, particularly Kelly’s Steakhouse. It is located in the centre of Portlaoise and has a health and fitness club with a 22 metre pool, spa and fitness centre.
 

 

 
The Midlands Park Hotel is ideally located to explore the many attractions in Laois, Kildare and Kilkenny, and must be one of the best value family hotel deals in Ireland.

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15. Claregalway Hotel, Galway: Family room €268 – Sleeps up to 5

family staycations over Halloween at Claregalway Hotel

Located just 20 minutes from Galway City, within easy access to the Wild Atlantic Way, and with a leisure centre and large family rooms, this is a great value choice for family staycations over Halloween. This deal can accommodate a family of five.

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I hope this post on family staycations will help you plan a nice family trip in Ireland over the Halloween break.  These Irish hotel deals were researched across various hotel booking sites. When you make a booking you do so via a third party website. Prices are correct at the time of publishing but may change. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.

 

 

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12 Family Breaks in Ireland Over St Patricks Weekend – 2-Night Stays From €298

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With the announcement of a double bank holiday over Patricks Weekend, why not plan a quick getaway? I’ve got 12 family breaks in Ireland to tempt you. 

Whether you want hotels or holiday homes, this post has family breaks in Ireland to suit all tastes and budgets. All hotels listed are family friendly and all are recommended on TripAdvisor. I have priced these family breaks in Ireland for two-night stays over Patrick’s Weekend, but dates and durations can be changed, simply click on the links below, and edit the dates to suit your requirements.

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Most of these family breaks in Ireland include my affiliate links – where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

1. Garryvoe Beach Homes, Cork : €403

Garryvoe beach homes

The Garryvoe Beach Homes are newly built homes with modern interiors, stunning views and a private garden to take advantage of them. As the name suggests they are situated just two minutes walk from the Blue Flag Garryvoe Beach, however you can also avail of the leisure centre and swimming pool at the nearby Garryvoe Hotel, for a nominal daily charge.

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2. Treacy’s Oakwood Hotel, Clare, Family Room: €432

Cliffs of Moher

Located close to Bunratty Castle and within easy access of the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way, this is a great choice for families looking to explore Clare’s gorgeous coastline.

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3. Riverside Park Hotel , Wexford: Family Room €408 

Top things to do in Wexford with kids - visit Wells House & Gardens
The Riverside Park Hotel is a great value choice for a families looking to explore all that Wexford has to offer – there are so many things to do in Wexford with kids. We stayed overnight here during the summer and enjoyed its choice of dining options and family friendly facilities.
 

 

 
Guests have complimentary access to the leisure centre with swimming pool and kids pool, and there is a large playground next door to the hotel. Superior family rooms are also available with separate TV’s for kids, and can cater for up to 2 adults and 4 children.

Read: Top things to do in Wexford with kids.

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4. Kilronan Holiday Homes, Roscommon: 3 bedroom House, €525

holiday homes in hotel grounds in Ireland.

These three-bedroom homes enjoy an enviable position on the grounds of Kilronan Castle Estate. The hotel is surrounded by 40 acres of grounds on the shores of Lough Meelagh. Guests have access to the hotel swimming pool, spa, and gym, and the houses receive great reviews from previous guests.

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5. Parkavon Hotel, Killarney, Family Room: €298 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The 3-Star Parkavon Hotel is ideally perfectly located within walking distance of Killarney town centre and Killarney National Park. It also boasts a leisure centre which should keep the kids happy. This is great value for a family stay in Killarney.

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6. Breaffy House Hotel, Mayo: Family bunkbed room (Sleeps 6), €410

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We stayed in Breaffy House Hotel on a few occasions, and love it family atmosphere and superb facilities. It is situated on 101 acres and there is a spa and swimming pool on site. It is also a great base to discover to some of Mayo’s top attractions, including Westport, Achill, Croagh Patrick and DownPatrick Head.
 

 

 
I fell in love with Mayo’s beaches, and if you fancy cycling, the Great Western Greenway is only a 30 minute drive away. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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7. Mill Park Hotel, Donegal: B&B, €476

swimming pool at the Millpark Hotel Donegal.

Located close to Donegal town, with some of Ireland’s best beaches and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, this is one of the best value family hotel deals in Ireland. There is a swimming pool, children’s pool, sauna, and state-of-the-art gym onsite, as well as a choice of dining options. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Inishowen, Donegal

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8. Clayton Hotel & Leisure Club Sligo, Two-bedroom Family Room: €428

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Set on beautiful grounds overlooking Benbulben Mountain, yet within walking distance of Sligo Town centre, the 4-star Clayton Sligo ticks all boxes for a family holiday in Ireland. The leisure centre has a separate kids pool, and two bedroom family suites sleep two adults and three children.

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9. Maldron Hotel Sandy Road, Galway, Deluxe Family Room: €470

Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

The Maldron Hotel is a family-friendly hotel located less than 15 minutes walk from Galway city. Children are treated like VIPs and have a separate check-in with a welcome gift on arrival, as well as child-friendly menus throughout the hotel. With Connemara and The Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, this is a great choice for families looking to explore the surrounding area. 

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10. Bella Vista Hotel, Cork: Apt €333 ; 2 bedroom Apt (Sleeps 8) €597

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Bellavista Hotel offers beautiful views of Cork Harbour in the pretty town of Cobh. With a traditional Irish bar and a Chinese restaurant on site, and the popular Titanic Experience and Fota Wildlife close by, this is a great choice if you are looking to explore Cork’s top attractions and gorgeous coastline.

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11. Bunratty Holiday Home, Clare, 3-bedroom house €444

Family staycations in Bunratty Holiday Homes.

Set in the village of Bunratty, these spacious three-bedroomed homes have bright modern interiors, and a patio area. The village has a host of craft shops and restaurants, with Bunratty Castle and Folk Park just 200 metres away. The coast is just 15 minutes away, and the beaches at Lahinch or Kilkee are an hour’s drive away.

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12. Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Killiney, Family Room: €416

fitzpatrick castle hotel is a great hotel for a family holiday in Dublin

Overlooking Dublin Bay, I love the location of this hotel. I enjoy walking the family friendly Killiney Hill Walk regularly. Of course you can also take a short Dart ride to Dublin city, or simply relax and enjoy the pool – this great hotel has it all covered. Add on a family breakfast for just €15.

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I hope this post on family breaks in Ireland will help you plan a family getaway over Patricks weekend. These family breaks in Ireland were researched independently. Some have links direct to the hotels websites, while others have my affiliate links attached to third party websites, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 

 

 

Holidays in Ireland

My Review of Fota Island Resort

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I’m a firm believer that the ultimate family staycation is one that combines a touch of luxury, with activities for children. Fota Island Resort has both in abundance.

When I was invited to write a review of Fota Island Resort – a five-star hotel with Fota Wildlife park nearby, I jumped at the chance. We have enjoyed a Dublin Zoo family pass for many years; we are animal lovers who also happen to be fond of nice hotels, this seemed like the perfect family staycation.

After a short two and a half hour drive from Dublin we arrived at ‘the island’. I had never really paid much attention to the name before but when we drove into the lavish grounds and arrived at Fota Island Resort, the penny suddenly dropped,  we were in fact on an island! The gardens are superb (more on that later) and first impressions were really good. I couldn’t help but notice the pretty bronzed sculptures throughout the gardens and my daughter Alex was quick to notice them too 😍

We stayed at one of the new Fuchsia lodges, which were outstanding. Just check out my video below and you will see what I mean! The three bedroom lodge (house being more accurate) has a ‘good room’, a massive living area with modern kitchen, and a perfect back garden for the kids to roam around.

Upstairs all three bedrooms are ensuite and two have walk in wardrobes! There is also a balcony off the master bedroom with views across the grounds. Rabbits were constantly bouncing around the garden so when the kids weren’t outside chasing them, the balcony was a great viewing point!


I was conscious that there are only six of these available for rent so I made a point of looking at the Courtyard Lodges too. I was really impressed with these also and they also have the advantage of are also beside a great outdoor playground. I was thinking how handy it would be to relax in your lodge while the kids played happily beside you.

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The Fota Island Resort hotel  has a warm cosy feel, with dark bog oak furniture in large lounge areas. Personally I preferred the bright modern décor of the lodges, but I couldn’t help but think that it would be fantastic at winter time, especially with the log fire blazing ❤.

I also investigated the hotel rooms and found them bright and spacious with modern decor. Fota Island Resort offers great facilities for children including a kids club and an indoor swimming pool. My kids loved the pool, however we didn’t have time to try the kids club on this occasion.

During school holidays the Fota Camp operates daily for children aged 4-12 and there is also an adrenaline adventure centre for children aged 8 and over. Children will love the obstacle course and can try kayaking, learn about bush craft and lots more. Budding golfers will love their golf camp – suffice to say there are camps to cater for all children.

We enjoyed tasty meals in the bar and Fota Restaurant, although perhaps not five star standard, but they offered an excellent kids menu. I noticed many groups of girls enjoying afternoon tea so I asked how they were getting on. They had booked a spa package which came with this incredible array of food. It seems Fota Island Resort is not just ideal for families!

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I mentioned the lavish grounds earlier and thankfully on our last morning I look the opportunity to walk around them. There are numerous walking trails from 2.5km to 7km, each one was better than the next. You can walk through woods, along the golf course (did I mention there is a championship golf course here?) and along the waters edge.

I spotted wildlife at every turn, red squirrels, rabbits and exotic birds; along with, I was told, the finest collections of rare trees and shrubs to be found in Ireland. Children will love the new Fota fairy trail, that has over 20 magical Fairy Doors hidden throughout the woods. 

You can also choose to walk the 1.7km to the wildlife park, but with two young kids in tow, we decided to drive. After a few short minutes we were at Fota Wildlife Park.

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We were only in the park a few minutes when my son spotted a peacock roaming around. This set the tone for the entire day. Everywhere we looked there were animals roaming free, it was so refreshing to see. My son was re christened ‘the spotter’ because he constantly spotted animals hiding in nearby hedges.

There were wallabies hopping through the parkland and lemurs scampering up trees. We planned our visit around the Cheetah’s feeding time and seeing them run at an incredible speed was quite special. My son, Luke (9) was mesmerised. 

After the cheetah ‘show’ we strolled pass the numerous giraffe and bison and arrived at the Asian sanctuary ,where lions and tigers were happy to meet us.

The 100 acre park is very easy to navigate and it wasn’t long before we were at the lakeshore. This was our highlight. We got up close and personal with kangaroos and lemurs as well as the hundreds of friendly birds, ducks and geese. They even have a food dispenser (50cent). The kids loved feeding the birds and geese, the odd peck added to the excitement.

The kangaroos are so used to visitors you can easily stand right beside them and get some amazing photographs. After a three hour visit we decided to hop on the train back to the entrance. It only costs a €1 so if you have tired children, this is a Godsend. We all loved the wildlife park, in fact I have already been asked when we are going back.

Fota Island Resort also has the luxury of being only minutes from the pretty Cork town of Cobh. Famous for being the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912, you can’t help but fall in love with this historic town.

Take a the Titanic experience tour or have lunch in the Titanic bar. There is also a heritage centre and museum. If you fancy a boat trip, take a trip to Spike Island and explore the fortress that held 2300 prisoners. The town itself is pretty with lots of shops, bars and restaurants and the colourful streets are an instagram favourite.

I would highly recommend Fota Island Resort for a family break away. The proximity to Cobh and the Fota Wildlife park combined with a luxurious family friendly hotel and excellent lodges, make for a truly memorable holiday.

 

For more information visit FotaIsland.ie

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Sarah

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