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Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 in Mens Clothing

Irish Linen
Irish Linen

Ireland sings to the senses and there is no better accommodation than manors and castles to create that something extra. Here are our suggestions for the top 5.

In County Limerick, the Adare Manor Hotel offers five star accommodation along with great activities like playing a round on its championship golf course, shopping, fishing and sightseeing. There are several room types available from the Manor House itself to the Carriagehouse rooms and Villas. For plain decadence, a Dunraven Stateroom in the Manor House cannot be beaten.

The hand carved wood and marble fireplaces are works of art and the four poster bed is sumptuous. The Presidential Suite is palatial and stately with spectacular views.

The Oakroom Restaurant offers haute cuisine combined with an extensive cellar. Have a drink beforehand at the Drawing Room or a pint in the Tack Room Pub. For a more relaxed meal, dine at the Carriagehouse Restaurant where, in summer, you can watch the spectacular sunsets from the terrace.

Overlooking Ballinakill Bay, the Rosleague Manor sits peacefully hidden in its own private woodland. The Manor in Connemara, is full of nineteenth century charm and only fifteen kilometres from the bustling town of Clifden. Each bedroom has its own unique layout featuring antique furnishings with their own special history. The superior rooms all enjoy luxury modern conveniences such as super soft towels and heavenly mattresses.

You can explore the unspoilt terrain of Galway and the five thousand acres of Connemara National Park, or visit Kylemore Abbey and the Twelve Bens before dining on Connemara lamb and fresh seafood at the fabulous Rosleague Restaurant. With its fine wines to compliment the superb food, you will want repeat the experience.

With breathtaking views across the famous Galway Bay, Gregan’s Castle Hotel, in County Clare, is the ultimate in five star accommodation. The themes for this unique Hotel are fabulous hospitality, the best of the local foods in season and the natural tranquillity of the surroundings. This graceful house is adorned with modern Irish art and a wonderful mix of antique paintings and furniture.

With no television in your private room, you will have the time to explore the local walking tracks and the Ailwee Caves. Your hearty appetite will be replete when you visit the dining room where you will be served fresh local foods, beautifully prepared. While you study the menu, enjoy sitting by the turf fire with your aperitif at the Corkscrew Bar.

When staying at Cork, Hayfield Manor is only one mile from the city centre. This retreat is an ideal place to base your stay when visiting the fabulous art galleries, historic university and the opera. The spacious bedrooms are fully equipped with all modern conveniences while providing comfort and charm. The exquisite fabrics bring a touch of elegance and the manor rooms enjoy king size beds and marble bathrooms.

After exploring the vibrant city of Cork, shopping in boutiques, visiting the Cathedral or enjoying a round of golf; return home to the two restaurants which showcase the local organic produce. Both the private dining room and the Vine Wine Cellar provide intimate surroundings and stylish décor. You can also revive the soul while relaxing your body at the Beautique. Be cocooned in the warmth and luxuriate with the essential oils amid the antique furnishings and glamorous chandelier. Swim in the heated pool or jump in the Jacuzzi. The Hayfield will leave you feeling pampered.

Over in County Kildare, the Barberstown Castle is internationally renowned. Built in the 13th Century, it is only thirty minutes from the airport and Dublin city centre. The Victorian and Elizabethan additions are skilfully blended with the 1288 castle battlement. The bedrooms are elegantly appointed with antique furnishings and include up to the moment luxuries to cosset you during your stay. Each one is named after one of the owners in its 700 year history.

Enjoy the day shopping in Dublin in the chic boutiques, go horse riding, trout fishing, play golf at the K Club or Carton House, or saunter round Dublin’s many historical buildings. The quirky and unique shops in the local village of Straffan will also entertain you.

Enjoy a light meal in the tea rooms. The outdoor terrace overlooks the sculptured gardens while a fire burns merrily in the hearth. For a more formal dinner, choose the restaurant with its white linen tablecloths and candles. Built in 1562, the medieval banqueting hall has an oak dance floor and a gothic gazebo in its courtyard gardens.

Karen Cooke is a professional consultant with Travel Associates, an exclusive Australian travel agency catering to the premium travel market. More helpful travel tips and suggestions are available at

Hand embroidering on an Irish linen handkerchief – tips?

I am hand embroidering monograms on some vintage Irish linen handkerchiefs and I made a mess of the first one. The fabric is so delicate it is pulling the threads together and leaving gaps at the edges of the design. I have switched to a smaller needle and finer thread, but should I use a stabilizer? And if so, what kind? Thanks for your help
Yes I am working in a hoop and yes I am doing this by hand. Yes I know how to embroider and tat, but I like the tiny rolled hems on these just like they are. I have embroidered cotton handkerchiefs in the past, I just never tried linen.

are you doing this on a machine or by hand ? let me know and I will try to help you out.
you only use a stabilizer when you are working on a machine not by hand if you were to use any sort of backing to it unless it was a washable stabilizer you will have a bulky embroidery and on a handkerchief this doesn’t look very nice .


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