A little bit of luxury over the Easter weekend

by Gazette Reporter

IF YOU’RE tempted by a last minute springtime getaway this Easter, Ireland’s Blue Book has a host of luxury Easter hotel and country houses to choose from.

Springtime is certainly being celebrated at Ballymaloe House in Co Cork, where an Easter visit can bring the whole family to explore the 400-acre farm and admire the peacocks and the quickly-growing piglets. Take the kids for a wander along the nature  walks or enjoy afternoon tea beside the fire.

On Easter Sunday, Ballymaloe will host an Easter Bunny Hunt and egg painting fun event. The Easter offer includes a three-night stay, with a five-course dinner each evening, a full Irish breakfast each morning, as well as complimentary afternoon tea and cake and activities for the kids. Priced from €460.

If chocolate trails aren’t really your thing, perhaps a well-deserved spa break away to the Ice House in Co Mayo would be your ideal Easter treat.

Enjoy panoramic views of the River Moy while relaxing in the peace and tranquillity of the Ice House spa. For just €159.50 per person sharing, stay two nights in a luxurious room and enjoy dinner on one evening from the hotel’s 2AA Rosette Restaurant Table d’Hote menu and lazy breakfast each morning. The Easter package also includes full use of the thermal suite and a 50-minute Chill Spa signature massage.

Further Easter indulgence can also be enjoyed at the Wineport Lodge in Co Westmeath, where the hotel is offering an overnight stay for two from just €103.50 per person sharing. A relaxing stay at the lodge will ensure you chill out completely, whether it’s enjoying the breathtaking lake views in the Bollinger Lounge, or unwinding in the lakeside hot tub.

The Easter package includes a chocolate treat for each of you, use of the hot tub, a four-course evening meal and breakfast delivered to your room.

For the more adventurous, perhaps a round of golf, archery or a clay pigeon shooting session would be the cherry on top of an Easter break away. From €339 per room per night, stay at Mount Juliet Country Estate in Kilkenny and enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast, and one leisure activity of your choice. The inclusive dinner includes three courses in either The Lady Helen or Kendal’s restaurant.

If you’ve real energy to burn, an activity-based spring break away could see you making the most of the outdoors at Coopershill House in Co Sligo.

There’s a first time for everything, which is why stand-up paddle boarding is one activity that is suitable for all ages and the perfect way of exploring Sligo waters. After an hour-and-a-half lesson, head back to Coopershill to a roaring fire and afternoon tea. From €279 per person, the Easter package includes the sport lesson, two nights bed and breakfast, one four-course evening meal and afternoon tea.

With Easter taking place late this year, a visit to Connemara is just the ticket to enjoy some late spring sunshine. Easter at Cashel House Hotel in Co Galway is the perfect time to relax and enjoy a weekend at a slow pace. Cashel House has all the elements of a classic country house with authentic surroundings, charming interiors and true Irish hospitality.

The Easter package at Cashel House includes two nights bed and breakfast and one evening meal. Escorted local walks can also be arranged to take you through the scenic hills nearby. Easter packages are available from €179 per person.

Spring break packages mentioned above are subject to availability. For further details and more spring breaks away with Ireland’s Blue Book, visit www.irelands-blue-book.ie.

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