Been There: Wineport Lodge, West Meath
I love nothing more than to get away on holiday or a weekend break, and that doesn’t necessarily have to be abroad either. A night away down the country always leaves me feeling rested and relaxed, and it always feels like we’ve been away for so much longer that a night (it must be that clean country air!) Last weekend my boyfriend and I and some friends went to Wineport Lodge in West Meath and it’s definitely a country escape if you’re after one.
The hotel is a small, wood panelled building with every room looking out onto Lough Ree. It’s rustic, cosy and screams serenity. The welcome to the hotel was wonderfully warm and we were escorted to our room by one of the staff. We were staying in ‘Chablis’ and it was huge! Natural light flooded the room through all the windows (don’t worry, there were black out blinds for that all important lie in!) and the view from the balcony was so beautiful.
Once all settled in, we took a walk down to the nearby Glasson Village for a spot of lunch and a few cheeky afternoon drinks in Grogans. It’s the epitome of an Irish country pub; fires lit, trinkets hanging every where and that homely smell of turf.
After we were fed and watered, we went back to the hotel and hopped in the outdoor hot tub. There are two that sit under a little wooden canopy and you look out to the lake – pure bliss!
Spa time done, we went back to our room and got ready for dinner (and yes, I had a nap – I couldn’t resist that huge bed!) I have to mention that it was our friends 1st wedding anniversary which I had mentioned to the receptionist upon booking the hotel, and they went above and beyond to make sure that it was well celebrated. They had chocolate strawberries and a note in their room when they checked in, and when we went down to dinner, the table was decorated with balloons and a card from the hotel. They also sent out a decorated dessert at the end of our meal – now that’s great customer service!
After dinner was over, we retired to the bar for a few night caps. As with the restaurant, all the front side was glass so you were always graced with that beautiful lake view. I happily sipped my glass of vino in front of the big stove.
Breakfast the next morning was served in the restaurant where we had dinner. I loved the fact that when you walk downstairs you caught the lake view every where you went.
After a mean feed of eggs benedict, fresh fruit (ok, and I had a mini chocolate croissant too), we headed back out into the crisp air and went on our way. I’m giving extra brownie points to the extremely attentive staff of Wineport Lodge, and that fact you can get views like this just outside your hotel room.