About Nancy Brown

Nancy D. Brown is a travel writer whose work has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines nationwide. An avid equestrian, she publishes and the What a Trip blog, When not traveling, she lives with her family near San Francisco, California. Follow her on Twitter @Nancydbrown. Come find me on Google+.

Castle Leslie Review, Monaghan, Ireland

Whether you are looking for horseback riding through Ireland’s ancient woodlands, walking next to sparkling lakes or simply wish (like me) to stay overnight in a castle, your vacation dreams will become reality at Castle Leslie. The family owned estate can trace its Irish roots back to the 16th century when the Leslie family purchased […]

May 5th, 2017|Ireland, Lodging, Restaurants and Dining|

Review: Ice House Hotel & Spa, Mayo, Ireland

Pulling our rental car into the street side parking in Ballina, I was struck at the marked contrast of this modern boutique hotel from our prior castle and manor house stays. The Ice House Hotel & Chill Spa is another one of Ireland’s Blue Book properties, but it is unique in that it seamlessly blends […]

April 28th, 2017|Ireland, Lodging, Restaurants and Dining, Spa|

Cashel House Review, County Galway, Ireland

On the west coast of Ireland, overlooking Cashel Bay, sits Cashel House. This 50 acre estate, in Connemara, County Galway, in the heart of Ireland National Park, has been welcoming guests for a long, long time; over 50 years by the McEvilly family. The four star family-run, historic hotel, built in the 1700’s, is a garden […]

April 21st, 2017|Food, Ireland, Lodging|