The Best New Irish Hotels of 2021

Posted on 3rd January 2022

For a fabulous “foodcation” this new venture by founder Lisa Wilkinson and executive chef Danni Barry delighted gourmets when it opened. Cementing its credentials – the venue is the newest addition to Ireland’s Blue Book. If you haven’t been, The Wicklow Escape is all about rustic luxury set against a backdrop of the Wicklow mountains and landscaped grounds. On-site facilities include seven deluxe garden bedrooms, two restaurants, an outdoor terrace and a woodfired outdoor hot tub. As for the food, Wilkinson and Barry have curated two-night, three-day packages which include cocktails and nibbles, a three-course dinner at The Fiery, lunch or picnic to take on a walk or hike, as well as a five-course dinner menu with wine pairings. Between meals there are plenty of walking trails and hikes up the West Wicklow Sugar Loaf Mountain – perfect for burning calories and working up an appetite. On the final day, there is a leisurely brunch offered before checkout. The venue also makes a lovely bijou wedding venue – and can cater for up to 50 guests:

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