Europe's Classic Romantic Inns Cork Ireland
ASSOLAS COUNTRY HOUSE
Joe and Hazel Bourke own this charming 17th century country house. Joe enjoys taking visitors around the quaint countryside to buy provisions that his wife turns into masterful dinners.
This lovely Georgian manor is owned by Jeremy and Merrie Green. Jeremy is famous for his ghost stories, and Merrie takes guests salmon fishing at the nearby River Blackwater
This stately manor house was built by the Earl of Bantry after saving Ireland from an invasion of a French Armada in 1796. Today it is owned by a relative, Egerton Shelswell-White, who brings his band into the salon to rehearse after dinners. There is a museum on the property that recalls the attempted invasion.
Brave it up to the top of the castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, and then go shopping at the nearby Blarney Mills.
Irish Stout and Irish Music
The two go hand in hand. We visit a pub to learn the secret to getting a perfect head on a stout beer. As the bartender makes his "perfect pour" the locals serenade us with Irish ballads.
Queenstown Heritage Center on Cork Harbor
The story of how the potato famine forced millions of Irish to leave their homeland is recounted here, the major point of departure for the emigrants. It also shows better times, when the harbor was an important port for the great transatlantic ocean liners.
Jameson Heritage Center
We visit a distillery-turned-museum to learn the history of Irish whisky. John Ryan, a seventh-generation distiller, explains what makes Irish whisky different and teaches us an Irish toast.