Set in sprawling grounds that lure you out into the great outdoors, this country estate in County Cork offers woodland walks, cycle tracks and even a sandy 'beach' area on its lake, with kayaking available.
With just 25 stylish rooms and suites, Liss Ard Estate Hotel has an intimate feel that is reinforced by the friendliness of the staff. As well as luxuries such as bathrobes, rooms have child safety features and essentials (socket covers, changing mats, potties and black-out blinds). Babylistening and use of a parents' kitchen (in the Lake Lodge) are offered free of charge.
For rainy days there's a library, DVDs and a games console, although if you do venture out, raincoats and wellies are available for all the family.