Words by Esther O’Moore Donohoe
The Easter midterm break is an egg-cellent opportunity to egg-scape the daily routine and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Sometimes a short break away is egg-actly what’s needed and there are some egg-tremely good hotel specials on offer this Easter countrywide. Luckily for you, we’ve done all the hard work and have found a number of AA Inspector approved hotels all boasting eggs-traordinary deals. If you’re more of an outdoorsy type however, we’ve also included a few camping and caravan sites below too. Egg-citing times ahead!
Castle Leslie, Monaghan.
Castle Leslie in County Monaghan has a number of super Easter packages available, all of which include dinner in their twice AA Rosette award winning Snaffles Restaurant. If you’re worried you’ve eaten too many chocolate eggs, pop on your leather chaps and enjoy a one hour hack around the Estate as part of their Easter Equestrian Break. This package also includes three night’s luxurious accommodation in The Castle or The Lodge, Irish breakfast each morning and dinner on two evenings of your choice. T: 047 88100 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W:www.castleleslie.com
Dingle Skelling Restaurant, Kerry.
Located in the Kingdom of Kerry, Dingle Skellig Hotel has really egg-cellent Easter offers for two, three or four night stays. All packages include dinner in their Coastguard restaurant and a full Irish breakfast. The children’s rate includes breakfast & junior evening meal nightly and if you stay for four nights, Fungi Kids Club Activities are included for children aged 4 -12 years. You may even spot Paul Galvin doing stretches in the lobby*. T: 066 915 0200 E:email@example.com W: www.dingleskellig.com(*you probably won’t see Paul Galvin).
Eagle Point Caravan & Camping Park, Cork
Eagle Point Caravan & Camping Park in Ballylickey, County Cork accommodates caravans, motorhomes and tents on a 20 acre site in Bantry Bay. Located right on the water, families can make the most of the tropical Irish summer and enjoy water based activities on the calm sheltered waters at Eagle Point Peninsula. In normal weather conditions, its a great place for beginners to get onto the water for the first time. And for the experienced paddler, there is plenty of challenges along the Eagle Point coastline. If wearing a wetsuit isn’t your thing, there are lots of other on-site facilities including TV rooms, a tennis court, football pitch, basketball court, green space for walks, sea fishing from Fishermans Rock. Most importantly of all, there’s free wifi in a dedicated internet room. T: 027 50630 E:firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.eaglepointcamping.com
Kilronan Castle, Roscommon
Awaken your inner King and Queen and indulge yourself with an Easter Spa Special at Kilronan Castle. Guests can enjoy one nights stay including a full Irish breakfast plus dinner in their Douglas Hyde Restaurant. They can also chose between a 50 minute Elemis deep tissue massage or a 50 minuteElemis Facial but the pampering doesn’t end there. Continue to unwind in their luxurious Thermal Suitewhich boasts hot and cold vitality pools, a jacuzzi, a hydrotherapy shower, tropical rain showers, a sauna, an aroma light therapy steam room, an ice feature and relaxation suite. Prices from €149 pa. T: 071 9618000 E: email@example.com W: www.kilronancastle.ie
Garrettstown House Holiday Park, Cork
Garrettstown House Holiday Park in Kinsale, County Cork is set in the grounds of the listed, 18th century Garrettsown Estate and is the holder of an AA 4 Pennant Award. There’s a Blue Flag beach nearby if you’re brave enough to go for a dip as well as lots of free facilities at the site to satisfy everyone’s interests. These include a children’s disco, video shows, crazy golf, playground and children’s club. You could also take a trip to beautiful Kinsale Harbour, Clonakilty (home of the famous black and white pudding), the historic port of Cobh and the brilliant Fota Wildlife Park. T:021 4778156 E:firstname.lastname@example.org W:www.garrettstownhouse.com
Mulranny Park Hotel, Mayo.
Mayo is magic and the view from Mulranny Park Hotel across Clew Bay certainly is too, so why not head west for some relaxation this Easter. You can enjoy three nights bed and breakfast plus two dinners for only €269 per person sharing. Let your stress melt away with a dip in the hotel pool or head to nearbyEskape Beauty Salon and treat yourself. For the more adventurous amongst you, channel the spirit of Sean Kelly and cycle the Greenway Adventure Trail, taking in the beauty of Mulranny, Newport, Westport, Louisburgh and Achill Island. There really is something for everyone at Mulranny Park Hotel.T: 098 36 000 E: email@example.com W: www.mulrannyparkhotel.ie
Castleknock Hotel and County Club, Dublin.
A few nights relaxation at Castleknock Hotel and Country Club in Dublin is an ideal spring break destination for families. Their two night Easter package includes two nights bed and breakfast plus a four course evening meal in The Brasserie Restaurant on an evening of your choice. In addition, children can take part in the hotel’s Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday all from just €169pps.
Springfort Hall Country House Hotel, Cork
Springfort Hall Hotel prides itself on its warm hospitality and giving guests a luxury experience with each stay. This Easter break they have put together an outstanding deal in ‘the real capital’. They are offering one nights accommodation including breakfast, an evening meal in The Limetree Restaurant as well as two premium level tickets to Mallow Racecourse. They even have a very late check out time of 2pm allowing plenty of time for guests to enjoy a restorative cup of Barry’s Tea. Prices from €198. T: 022 21278 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.springfort-hall.com
Waterside House Hotel, Donabate, County Dublin
If you’re not in the mood to cook a big dinner on Easter Sunday (5th April) then let Waterside House Hotel in Donabate do it for you. They have a delicious three course Easter lunch priced at €24.95 per adult and €10.50 per child plus an egg-cellent beach Easter Egg hunt from 2-4pm. The egg hunt costs €4 per child and tickets can be purchased online or at reception on the day.
Knock Shrine Caravan Park, Mayo.
Knock Shrine Caravan Park is an excellent base for touring County Mayo and for those visiting Knock Shrine this Easter. There’s lots to see and do in the area including Westport House and Pirate Adventure Museum, horse-riding at Barnacarroll and Claremorris, walking trails and Knock House. Easter mass times are available on their Facebook page. T: 094 93 88223 E: email@example.com W:www.knockshrine.ie
Tower Hotel, Waterford
A trip to Tower Hotel in Waterford City is ideal for a family getaway. Children aged between three and twelve can share in a standard family room on a complimentary bed with breakfast included. In the evening, dinner is served nightly from 6:30pm and children can be kept entertained in the Tiny Towers Kids Club available to all guests from 6.30pm on the 1st April until 8.30pm on the 9th of April. Minimum stay is one night with rooms from €109 per night. Make it an Easter to remember in the vibrant city of Waterford. T: 051 862 300 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.towerhotelwaterford.com
Lough Key Caravan & Camping Park, Roscommon
Lough Key Caravan & Camping Park are putting an incredible array of Easter themed events on this March and April. On Sunday the 29th of March, an Easter Craft Class takes place from midday-1pm for €7 (booking is recommended). On Good Friday (3rd April) there is a craft and baking day with various classes going on from midday-3:30pm. Prices for the classes are between €7-9 and booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Then on Easter Sunday (5th April) an Easter Trail gets underway from 2-5pm through the woodland to discover natural treasures at a cost of €10 per group with a maximum of six people. There’ll also be free face painting on offer on Sunday and Easter Monday (6th April) with Big Easter Story Telling at 4pm on the Monday. You can even go for a leisurely walk with the Easter Bunny and meet his helper, Mrs Hippity Hoppity in her enchanted big tree who’ll keep everyone happy with songs and stories. The cost is €5 per child and chocolate mini eggs will be provided (children must be accompanied). T: 071 9662212 E: email@example.com W:www.loughkey.ie