The variety of accommodations in County Meath and County Louth are as noteworthy as in any other county on the island. Selections topping the list are guesthouses and castle hotels set in picturesque surroundings unmatched in more-populated areas. Like anywhere in Ireland, the quality and spirit put into the design and running of each establishment make each unique. Likewise, various lodgings offer dining options that will mean less time driving and more time feasting.
Bellinter House and Restaurant
Navan, Co. Meath 046 903 0900
An eighteenth-century Palladian jewel with sleek, modern touches, the Bellinter House is a luxury hotel joining the eco-friendly ranks — another example of how sumptuous green can be. A famed architect in Ireland, Richard Castle, added his imprint in a picture-perfect spot along the River Boyne. Through the day, enjoy walking or biking trails working up an appetite for aperitifs at the Wine Bar followed by dining elegance at the award-winning Eden Restaurant.
Trim Castle Hotel
Castle Street, Trim, Co. Meath 046 948 3000
Offering great rates in the off-peak season, the Trim Castle Hotel is a luxury four-star establishment with a bed-and-breakfast feel. The hotel makes a wonderful base from which to explore the surrounding sites, including Trim Castle, the Yellow Steeple, and Newgrange. Golfers will be in heaven; the castle receives reduced rates at local courses, six of which are ranked in the top 100 in Ireland.
Ghan Rd., Carlingford, Co. Louth 042 937 3879
A five-diamond and well-priced guesthouse, the Beaufort House distinguishes itself as one of County Louth's finest. Deserving all the awards it has received, the Caine family work endlessly to ensure each guest rests comfortably along their calming shores.
Mourne View B&B
Belmont, Carlingford, Co. Louth 042 937 3551
With views unsurpassed, the Mourne View B&B sits on the Irish side of the bay and overlooks the town's lough, Carlingford Mountain, and the resplendent Mourne Mountains of Northern Ireland. The hostess, Lyn Grills, is known to go beyond the call of duty to ensure her guests have had a cozy night and a sumptuous breakfast. A well-priced venue, it is the premier B&B in the region.
Castle Arch Hotel
Summerhill Rd., Trim, Co. Meath 046 943 1516
The Castle Arch Hotel, a part of the Cusack Hotel Group, was an undiscovered gem until now. Excellent prices and services render this one-of-a-kind eclectic guesthouse as good a deal as any in Europe. The bar and restaurant carry drinks and dishes from home and abroad.
Here are some other accommodations you might consider while in Counties Meath and Louth. (In the listings that follow, = around 25 euros per person.)
The Old Forge B&B. Rathfeigh, Co. Meath.041 982 5855
Athlumney Manor. Athlumney, Navan, Co. Meath.46 907 1388
Millrace Lodge. Old Rd., Athlumney, Navan, Co. Meath.046 902 8222
Best Western Boyne Valley Hotel
and Country Club. Drogheda, Co. Louth.041 983 9188
Scholar's Townhouse Hotel. King St., Drogheda, Co. Louth.041 983 5410
Grove House. Market Square, Carlingford,
Co. Louth.042 937 3494
Rampark Farmhouse. Carlingford,
Co. Louth.012 957 602
The Foy Centre Hostel. Dundalk, St., Carlingford, Co. Louth.042 938 3624