There is a wide range of accommodation to choose from for your visit to the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. Lismore, and it’s neighbouring village, Cappoquin, will be hosting the opera and the recitals respectively. These are quiet, characterful riverside villages, a 10km drive apart, where the friendly local community offers a wide choice of places to stay, from country house hotels, B&Bs and pubs, to self-catering in traditional Irish cottages, or renting the whole of Lismore Castle itself.
Alternately, you may choose to build a short break that takes advantage of the great outdoor facilities on offer. Dungarvan, a 20-minute drive east, at the foot of the Comeragh Mountains is the start of the Waterford Greenway, and has great coastal scenery and three golf courses. Travelling further east on the N25 Waterford City, a scenic drive of 60 minutes from Lismore, has numerous accommodation options as well as an exciting mix of things to see and do.
As Ireland’s oldest Christian site, Ardmore (30 mins) is ideally placed to take centre stage of Ireland’s Ancient East. The Round Tower in this Co. Waterford village, where St. Declan established his monastery, is the only monastery on Ireland’s coast. Its delightful beach and cliff walks provide a tranquil oasis of sea views.
Over the county border into East Cork there is an impressive range of accommodation options available. The region also boasts several world class visitor attractions to provide an active counterbalance to opera and recitals as part of your stay.
Youghal, 25-minutes south has long sandy beaches and combines the charms of its Edwardian heyday as a seaside resort with contemporary holiday facilities. Its town centre has links to Walter Raleigh and Moby Dick, and there are daily guided walks.
We have assembled a large selection of accommodation options for your consideration below but early booking is suggested as some of the smaller capacity properties may fill up quickly.
A scenic drive 40km to the south of Lismore, and a legend in its own lifetime, this luxurious, family-run period house which has long been at the forefront of the Irish Slow Food Movement.
A pleasant 37km drive from Lismore, the Five Star Cliff House is famous for its prime cliff-top location, its striking design, its innovative cuisine and its luxurious accommodation.
Fota Island Resort, a 5 Star Hotel located near Carrigtwohill in East Cork, lies within a 780-acre estate comprising woodlands and landscaped areas with three par 71 golf championship courses. The hotel boasts stylish rooms, or self-catering in one of their well-equipped lodges.
Cappoquin Accommodation (5 miles)
Dungarvan Accommodation (15 miles)
Rent the whole 850-acre estate, on a scenic bend of the Blackwater, or choose from an interesting range of luxury self-catering accommodation including a riverside Love Nest.
Modern golf resort on the northern shores of Dungarvan Bay with hotel accommodation, indoor pool and a range of self-catering options to suit all budgets.
Clogheen Accommodation (15 miles)
Youghal Accommodation (18 miles)
Comfortable rooms decorated with antiques above a famous sea food restaurant in the town centre.
Country House Hotels
This classic Georgian pile in north Cork is more country house than hotel,
and was a founder member of the Hidden Ireland. The Greene family also offer famously up-market “glamping” in 4-metre bell tents.