Travel: Village at Lyons

This day last week I posted about going on a girls weekend away to a secret location for my good friend Nikki’s hen party which I can now reveal was at the lovely Village at Lyons in Kildare. Although this was to be my first travel review, I have failed miserably so you will have to forgive me! Due to hen celebrations and copious amounts of Prosecco, there wasn’t much time for reviewing and photo taking. But I will share what I have…

I’ve heard so much about the Lyons Estate over the past few years, it has become a very popular venue for weddings and I can see why. From the moment you arrive you’re transported into an air of relaxation and luxury, and although the weekend wasn’t about relaxation for us, we still took some time to appreciate the beautiful buildings and stunning surroundings.

We had booked three of the self-catering cottages for our night away and they didn’t disappoint. We were staying in the Jolly Angler cottage when upon entering, you are greeted by marble floors, two bright living rooms and very large kitchen which was perfect for entertaining. Upstairs, four poster beds and luxurious furnishings are found throughout each of the three bedrooms as well as en-suite bathrooms in each. The old stone buildings are so picturesque with duck egg green painted doors and windows. And the old 70s VW Van sitting in the cottage courtyard is very boho (wedding photo op alert!).

On Saturday evening we ate in the hotel’s main restaurant, dinner is usually a three course menu but we had lots of sweet treats back in our house so opted for two courses instead. I went with a deep fried brie salad to start (so bold but so delicious!) which was followed by a medium rare fillet steak with parsley mash. The food was of a very high standard and got great feedback from all the girls. The breakfast the following morning was equally good, not a huge selection, but it had everything you need to abate a hangover that’s for sure!

As reviews go, this really isn’t a proper one I’m aware! I promise I’ll do better next time. But if you’re ever looking for a relaxing weekend away then I would say this one is definitely worth giving a go. I can’t comment on the house bedrooms, but the self-catering is very comfortable and pretty. There aren’t many facilities in the hotel itself, there is a café which was unfortunately closed when we were there, but that staff are amazing and incredibly helpful, there are lovely grounds for walking, and, it is close to Kildare Village if you fancied a girly shopping trip with a night or two away thrown in.

So there you go. That’s the first new place I’ve visited in 2016 to put on my resolution list.

Happy Weekend!

Sorcha x

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