BARGAIN LUXURY TRAVEL - IRELAND
BROOKLODGE & WELLS
SPA - WICKLOW
County Wicklow is often called the garden of Ireland and the BrookLodge & Wells Spa Hotel is at the heart of the garden. The BrookLodge is a 4 star superior luxurious country house hotel located about an hour south of Dublin in the quaint and beautiful Macreddin Village, surrounded by spectacular Wicklow County countryside. Comprising 66 bedrooms in the historic old manor, many featuring four poster or sleigh beds, as well as apartment style Junior and two-level Mezzanine suites in modern extension wings brimming with all the latest deluxe accessories, BrookLodge is also one of Ireland’s top food destinations.
The country manor style luxury hotel of BrookLodge opened in 1999 as new home for the Strawberry Tree Restaurant. Chef Evan Doyle pioneered organic artisan cooking in Ireland long before “green” was fashionable, and took advantage of an opportunity to move his popular restaurant from its location in Killarney. With his two brothers, Evan opened the Brooklodge in tiny Macreddin, a classic Irish village which was on its way to a slow vanishing act. With the arrival of a luxury hotel with championship golf course and renowned restaurant, the village is now a food destination all its own, a short drive from the ancient stones of monastic Glendalough, Powerscourt Gardens, and the mills of Avoca.
Strawberry Tree Restaurant
In 1999, together with his two brothers, Evan opened The BrookLodge Hotel in Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow and it is here that The Strawberry Tree, under the guidance of Evan, has continued to develop as one of Ireland’s showcases for artisan and locally produced organic foods. The Strawberry Tree is Ireland’s only certified organic restaurant and winner of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best Restaurant of Leinster award. The BrookLodge even sources and purifies its own spring water. At the Strawberry Tree, with one of Ireland’s most dramatic dining rooms, Evan Doyle offers the Big Table experience. Enjoy a five course sumptuous organic meal for two in a romantic corner of one of Ireland most dramatic dining rooms. Or with a group, a feast menu for friends, family or a business gathering, where the food arrives together in feast style, presented on platters for guests to pick and choose. Americans will feel the reminiscence of Thanksgiving, while others will recall their own home spun holidays, but of gourmet perfectly prepared and organically grown artisan food. The produce and meat products for the Strawberry Tree are grown on local organic farms in a unique personal arrangement between kitchen and supplier, with much of the product being grown on the Gold River Farm just down the road.
A collection of other dining experiences are available in the Macreddin Village, Acton’s Country Pub and Brewery makes its own lager and stout in an on premises microbrewery. The Orchard Café is a casual setting for light lunch of free range organic and wild foods. The La Taverna Armento is another restaurant in the village featuring a Southern Italian menu, based on the magnificent foods available from the countryside surrounding the Village of Armento in the Basilicata province.
Wells Spa & Macreddin Golf
For the ultimate luxurious pampering, step into the Wells Spa for a relaxing day with a difference. The highly trained staff of therapists offer a range of treatments in the sumptuous surroundings with sparkling indoor-outdoor grotto pool, Alongside prestige treatments is a Hammam Massage Room, Flotation Room, heated Relaxation Loungers, Mud Chamber and Aroma Steam Room. The Macreddin Golf Club features an 18 hole championship course designed by Irish Ryder Cup champion Paul McGinley. Horse Riding at Macreddin Stables is set in the midst of the truly special Wicklow Valley, with trekking and cross-county rides through the unspoiled woodlands of the Wicklow countryside as well as riding lessons and a all-weather jumping arena. Also clay pigeon shooting, archery and off-road driving packages can be arranged. Bicycles can be rented at the hotel for biking the green hills and valleys, or just stroll the grounds across the village green from the BrookLodge is a wonderful old stone bridge over Ballycreen Brook and explore the 17th century village graveyard. The BrookLodge offers a number of seasonal packages and has its own wedding chapel, banquet and business conference facilities in the Brook Mews extension just a short stroll from the main hotel lodge with bedrooms, pool and gym views of the surrounding countryside. © Bargain Luxury Travel
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