Europe's Classic Romantic Inns Wicklow Ireland
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Ray and Mary Bowe are your hosts in this 19th century manor house that features a fine restaurant and extensive gardens. Their daughter Mary takes us to ride horses on a beach. We also take a helicopter ride to see the countryside.
William and Bee Power are your hosts in a manor house built last century by Captain Halpin, who laid the first transatlantic cable.. They feature a fine restaurant and drama evenings where actors liven up the after-dinner hours. William also shows us a nearby rock where St. Patrick didn''t land- he was chased away by fierce natives.
THE OLD RECTORY
Paul and Linda Saunders have turned this rectory into an inn famous for Linda''s novel cooking. She prepares exotic meals using flowers from her garden. Paul, who was once a fireman in the London Fire Brigade, shows us his collection of fire fighting memorabilia.
Randall discusses how popular golf is in Ireland, and how inexpensive and easy it is to play there.
We visit Joe Hayes'' farm to see how the Irish dealt with the problem of having surplus cream and whisky. They invented Baileys and mixed the two together and exported them. Joe''s wife shows us how to make a real Irish stew, and some great deserts.
St. Kevin and Glendalough
St. Patrick wasn''t Ireland''s only holy man- St. Kevin founded an important religious and university center in the beautiful Glendalough valley. The site still draws visitors to its haunting ruins.
The Uncrowned King of Ireland
We visit Avondale, home of Charles Stewart Parnell. We see how Parnell''s refusal to renounce his love for the married Katie O''Shea cost him his career, and Ireland its independence.