Private & Exclusive Rental

Self Catering or Hire our Chef

Three-Day Food lovers Getaway with a Guest Chef

Specialist Events Throughout the Year

Self-Catering Cottage Rental

Perfect for short or long term stay

Immerse yourself in Nature

Miles of mountains and forests

Escape Into The Mountains

For your special treat, we have all you need to keep you cosy and comfortable during your stay. From alpaca blankets, artisan tea, and coffee in your rooms to fluffy robes to wander around in, all the little luxuries are at hand.

We have created great options for you to tailor your Wicklow Woodland Break.

Private Dining

Guests enjoy an immersive woodland experience in our rustic lodge along with little luxuries.
Pick and choose from our array of exciting extras such as private catering, three-course dining, hot-tub, guided hike, and more!

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Cottage Rental

Recently renovated to a high standard, the family-friendly cottage is available for short or long term rental on a self-catering basis.  The cottage is well equipped, comprising of kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom, sleeps up to six. The cottage is ideal for weekend breaks, or for families wanting a home-from-home environment.

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3-Day Getaway with a Guest Chef

A unique dining experience enjoyed over three days in the Wicklow Mountains. Curated by the venue owner Lisa Wilkinson and a Guest Chef, be prepared to be pampered and taste wondrous seasonal delights.

We run 8 events throughout the year.

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Our Ethos

Imagine landing in the garden of Ireland surrounded by the most amazing farmers and suppliers. With sustainability and zero waste at our heart, we have created both an abundant kitchen garden and a network of hyper-local produce for our menus.

Picked within minutes of eating, our permaculture gardens and glasshouse fill our plate with bursts of unimaginable taste. Our neighbours and farming friends include Ridgeway Wagyu beef, Castleruddery organic farm, Ballyhubbock Farm, Graces eggs, Winetavern rare breed outdoor pork, Gra Aran Bakery, Sustainable Seafood Ireland, and more.

This love, care and dedication are reflected on your plate with unsurpassed flavour and taste.

Unique Venue

Built in the 1800s and renovated with handcrafted local materials by the owner, The Wicklow Escape is set on an acre of gardens.

Guests enjoy relaxing in the long hall, extensive landscaped kitchen gardens, permaculture and flower gardens, the Fiery our outdoor kitchen, the Pavilion, and a wood-fired hot tub under a canopy of oak trees.

The Great Outdoors

The west Wicklow mountains have an abundance of activities for every season, so you will never be left short of ways to make the most of your time.

Guests can enjoy a lovely forest walk trail in our surroundings with maps in the rooms to help them.

From the slopes of Lugnaquilla and the Sugarloaf to miles of forests, there are plenty of opportunities for your family and friends to breathe in the fresh air.

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    The elbowroom escape
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    Aoife Barron
    Aoife Barron
    22:01 05 Sep 22
    Had a really enjoyable stay here recently and would highly recommend to anyone. It definitely was a different... experience in the sense that you get well acquaintanted with the other guests, which was lovely!! Great food (I mean, incredibly tasty, and all made from locally sourced or in-house ingredients) a very decent wine list, some very extroverted staff and guests made the weekend one that was full of laughs and great conversation. It was only on the last day, while checking out, we both remarked on how we hadn't even noticed there was no TV anywhere. Nobody missed it! A true getaway in a beautiful setting.read more
    Mary Greene
    Mary Greene
    20:33 23 Aug 22
    DO NOT PURCHASE GIFT VOUCHERSVery disappointed with treatment from Jeanette and the owner John. Myself and my partner... were gifted with a €100 voucher from Friends.We booked our meal and when we booked our meal we emailed a copy of the voucher over to Jeanette as requested. We also brought a hard copy of the voucher with us on the night of the meal. When my partner proceed to pay with the voucher towards the rest of the bill, he was told they were unable to take the voucher at that time but the voucher would be applied retrospectively. Having contacted Jeanette nearly every 2nd day for 3 weeks she finally stated she would pay this money into our bank account (after numerous attempts to do otherwise, including asking us to hang on to the voucher and use it over the next 5 years ) we then get an email telling us there will be a delay in paying back our money as "their accountant is on holidays "Nearly 4 weeks on and we have yet to be reimbursed the value of the voucher (€100). I have never had this experience where payment is looked for upfront and and the voucher would be reimbursed retrospectively. This is something i would never accept again.***Post Owners response:Hi Lisa many thanks for acknowledging our unpleasant experience at the Wicklow Escape. I feel it's important to note however that the complimentary lunch was given for a totally separate issue that involved turning up to what we were led to believe was an indoor dining meal to it then being outdoors, we asked for the outdoor heating to be turned on, about 30 minutes after our request the waiter tried to do this however the outdoor heating would not work, we were not offered any throws or alternative to keep warm and we all (including an elderly lady) went home with a chill, this was the case for other guests also as we chatted with them about the experience before leaving****Post Wicklow Escape response*Hi Lisa, many thanks for acknowledging our unpleasant experience at the Wicklow Escape. I feel it's important to note that the complimentary lunch was for a totally separate issue. We turned up to what was meant to be an indoor dining experience only to be told that because it was a nice night it was changed to outdoors. There was three in our party including an elderly lady and none of us were dressed for the outdoors. We asked for the outdoor heating to be turned on and roughly 30 minutes after our request the waiter tried but could not get the heaters to work. We were not offered any alternative to keep warm such as throws or blankets and all three of us went home with a chill.read more
    Lily Tomala
    Lily Tomala
    10:45 23 Aug 22
    Absolutely beautiful place and as the name would suggest: a perfect escape. The hospitality is amazing, from the... welcome drink to the bespoke cocktails and great chats with Bojan, to the very generous breakfasts served by the entertaining John; all the staff are so helpful and friendly. The food is out of this world and I'd definitely recommend the wine pairings. As most reviews have mentioned, the beds are ridiculously comfortable and the rooms are snug and well-equipped. The surroundings are beautiful and you really are taking a break from the world here. Definitely book in for a massage or a hot tub under the stars as well!read more
    Cormac “ImPERium” Wyatt
    Cormac “ImPERium” Wyatt
    15:27 07 Aug 22
    Came for food. Pizza was delicious. Vibe was decent and service in general was very good but also not as "special" as... maybe advertised/expected. Still recommend to go if you are in the area 😊read more
    Kamila Los
    Kamila Los
    19:51 01 Aug 22
    What an experience from start to finish!! Ticked all the boxes and more!!Food was spectacular, and met all dietary... requirements. The meals were an experience with phenomenal people all around. Can’t thank all the staff enough for making the last few days memorable! Special thanks to John and Bojan for being so welcoming and for their continuous attentiveness. A hidden gem!!read more
    Leanne Gray
    Leanne Gray
    09:59 17 Jul 22
    From arrival to departure, we were both treated with such care. We travelled for a birthday surprise and their was... welcome drinks on arrival and extra added touches to make the weekend more special. The breakfast and dinner was incredible. The bed was so comfortable we had to peel ourselves off it in the mornings. The bedrooms are fully kitted out with all the little extras. The hot tub at night is so romantic and pretty. You get so much privacy throughout your stay but yet if anything is needed someone is with you in seconds. Everything is so fresh and the garden is so beautiful. Definitely will be staying here again!read more
    Cathy Heffernan
    Cathy Heffernan
    18:27 08 Jun 22
    My sister and I arrived at the Wicklow Escape on a sunny Friday afternoon. When we left on the Sunday it felt like we... were re-entering the real world – just what a proper retreat should feel like. Comfortable beds, hammocks and a book in the sun, a hot tub with a view of the forest, a guide to take us on a walk, a hike up to the summit of the Sugar Loaf with a posh picnic, great breakfasts – and those incredible evening meals paired with wine served by a sommalier. Great attention to detail everywhere while at the same time achieving a relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Truly wonderful!read more
    Carmen Bryce
    Carmen Bryce
    17:28 19 Apr 22
    Heaven on earth. Truly didn't want to leave! A massive thank you to the team who thought of every little detail to make... our stay perfect. Chef Mark is a legit genius.read more
    Lizzie Ibbotson
    Lizzie Ibbotson
    16:56 15 Apr 22
    We came for a 2 night stay and had a lovely time. It’s in a beautiful place, the food and wine was excellent and worth... the trip. The accommodation is comfortable but the food is definitely the main attraction! We really appreciated the relaxed atmosphere which makes it easy to enjoy the experience with the other guests. The staff were very warm and welcoming. Thanks for a great weekend. Jamie and Lizzieread more
    Ann Nash
    Ann Nash
    13:31 12 Apr 22
    Just back from an amazing stay at The Wicklow Escape with a group of 6 friends. As soon as we arrived we felt relaxed... and we were so well looked after. The food and wine was spectacular and being able to chill out in the hot tub was really special. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a chilled out break away.read more
    Patrick Hanrahan
    Patrick Hanrahan
    19:09 08 Apr 22
    Just back from a stay in The Wicklow Escape, so relaxing, great location for walks and scenery. Fabulous place, food... was amazing...The staff really make it a memorable experience, you chill out as soon as you check in.. loved the group dining, we put the world to rights over great food and wine...read more
    Yvonne Murphy
    Yvonne Murphy
    10:53 07 Apr 22
    Had a lovely stay at The Wicklow Escape recently. Aga and the team were so accommodating and took great care of us.... Cute log cabins, excellent food and great wine! Highly recommended.read more
    Harry Largey
    Harry Largey
    17:35 27 Mar 22
    Just back from an amazing weekend at The Wicklow Escape. Every part of the foodie extravaganza was amazing, we'll be... back soon!read more
    Portia Reynolds
    Portia Reynolds
    13:45 19 Mar 22
    Such a treat to be taken here, to leave the world behind and luxuriate in peace. A hot tub in the woods with a welcome... gin, a wander through the forests to work up an appetite, a cocktail by the fire followed by a delicious meal and a truly comfy bed to nestle you into the morrow.Lucky me.read more
    emma fitzpatrick
    emma fitzpatrick
    08:11 04 Jan 22
    Absolutely everything, from start to finish, was perfection. Best stay I’ve ever had anywhere. The food is out of this... world, the staff couldn’t do enough for you, the location is perfect for hiking the next day, the hot tub with a glass of Prosecco was the perfect way to unwind. The company of the other guests was also lovely, everyone got on so well. We are already planning our next trip.read more
    Hester Jackman
    Hester Jackman
    20:58 06 Dec 21
    My husband and I were at the Wicklow Escape for a weekend stay and thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was outstanding and... the setting is fabulous. Really enjoyed the hot tub and being looked after so well. Many thanks to Christoph, Natalie, Danni and Lisa. Hope to be back next year.read more
    Bugsie Bear
    Bugsie Bear
    19:58 13 Nov 21
    Escape the rat race!....Brilliant, amazing food, staff bend over backwards to please but aren't in your face when you... don't want them. Well worth the money! I'll be back 👍😁read more
    Joanna Boyd
    Joanna Boyd
    20:38 08 Nov 21
    The food was simply delicious and the staff were all excellent!
    Liam Brady
    Liam Brady
    14:30 07 Oct 21
    An exceptional get away from the normal day to day life, very peaceful, a real escape from the city.Dinner by the... amazingly talented Danni Berry was without doubt my top dining experience to date.read more
    Mary Rynne
    Mary Rynne
    09:07 05 Oct 21
    From the moment we arrived we were looked after by Conrad, Natalie and rest of the team.The place is in a beautiful... setting, surrounded by mature oak and beech trees at the foot of the Sugarloaf (west Wicklow). It's a fantastic location for lovers of hillwalking, especially if you use the hot tub after your walk.The room is beautifully and very tastefully furnished and the bed is unbelievably comfortable. The food is excellent, from breakfast to the lovely packed lunch we got on Saturday, (which we took up the mountain with us) to the evening meals ( in a beautiful dining room). All excellent. I'd highly recommend the Wicklow Escape.read more
    paul thornton
    paul thornton
    08:31 04 Oct 21
    The OK rating is driven entirely by the price. We've recently enjoyed another 2 night stay at a country house in Co... Kerry, at less than HALF the total cost of Wicklow Escape. Obviously there are subjective and relative measures involved here, but the food at the Kerry stay was comparable, and the location/view/scenery was superior to Wicklow Escape. The servicing and replenishment of our bedroom was also superior. While I understand that differences in price can be driven by many factors, a 200% + higher cost is prohibitive.read more
    Kitty S
    Kitty S
    07:04 03 Oct 21
    Every moment of our trip was amazing! It's such an intimate foodie experience in such a beautiful setting. The bed is... comfortable, the room is warm and clean, the food is delicious (Danni and Niamh are fantastic in the kitchen together), the hot tub was magical, the scenery is stunning, it's peaceful and a perfect place to explore. Karen made us feel so relaxed with our massages and treatments. Conrad went over and above for us constantly and the whole experience just blew us away! Thank you everyone for making our trip so perfect and special!!read more
    Siobhan Buckley
    Siobhan Buckley
    15:35 19 Sep 21
    We had the most wonderful weekend at The Wicklow Escape and loved every moment there.From the moment we arrived, we... were made to feel welcome and immediately relaxed into the beautiful surroundings. Food was amazing - we particularly loved that we had such a variety of meals from the same talented chef. Wine was very well paired and plenty of it!The bedrooms are small but the attention to detail was so good - beautiful woodwork, decoration and super comfy bed. We felt very comfortable in our room. Loved the hot tub!The staff were so friendly and couldn't do enough to help - we particularly loved the fact that there was no pretentious attitude about the food and wine - just genuinely delicious, beautifully presented plates.We would highly recommend this experience to any foodies out there or if you just want 2 wonderful 'get away from it all' days.Keep up the wonderful work and we hope to be back!read more
    James Robinson
    James Robinson
    07:12 11 Sep 21
    We visited for dinner and have only positive things to say. The food was amazing and the staff were fantastic - they... catered for any request. I was pleasantly surprised at the value given we had plenty of wine with each course. Overall a fantastic night and we'll definitely returnread more
    Suzie Nolan
    Suzie Nolan
    20:32 08 Sep 21
    I enjoyed a fabulous weekend in The Wicklow Escape and found it the perfect venue to switch off from the world and just... relax and unwind.The whole weekend was design to help destress guests by immersing themselves in the lovely Wicklow surroundings and indulging in delicious food and drink. Guests can be as active as they want by choosing to trek up the Wicklow Mountains and cycling around the area, or they can lounge around on hammocks and drink G&Ts at picnic tables.Rooms are thoughtfully designed and decorated, compact with beautiful furnishings. The food and wine is divine and there is plenty of it, and the overall ambience is calm and relaxing.We'll definitely go again.read more
    Jenny McClain
    Jenny McClain
    11:21 16 Aug 21
    My friend and I spent a Wednesday - Friday here a couple weeks ago, and it was a gorgeous experience! Very peaceful and... cozy at the venue, and the food and wine were just heavenly. Wonderful staff and company as well. Excited to have this place continue to grow!read more
    Iona Kavanagh
    Iona Kavanagh
    19:43 15 Aug 21
    Fab fab FAB! Couldn't recommend the Wicklow escape highly enough. Lisa, Danni and Niamh made us feel very welcome . A... real good energy and relaxing space.read more
    simon mcgovern
    simon mcgovern
    09:55 14 Aug 21
    One of the best food experiences I have had. All cooked over wood in an outdoor kitchen was great to see.The staff... were all super nice and kept us well informed and served without making us feel rushed or annoying.read more
    Andrew Pope
    Andrew Pope
    16:39 08 Aug 21
    With a growing sense of dread that the summer was slipping away, we decided to escape to Wicklow. Despite the best... efforts of the horrible weather to dampen proceedings this was an amazing weekend. Three days of outstanding food (local produce cooked by the amazing Danni Barry), treks in the woods and lounging in front of the wood stove with a gin and tonic in hand. The staycation package is full board and you will want for nothing - and that includes fantastic hospitality. Conrad and the team were exceptional.read more
    Nicky Scaramuzzi
    Nicky Scaramuzzi
    09:11 03 Aug 21
    The Wicklow Escape was the perfect weekend away to relax and unwind. Very nice, friendly, engaging staff. Beautiful... rooms that are clean, cosy and comfortable. Outdoor hot tub surrounded by nature where you can just enjoy the silence. Food that was easily the best we’ve had in Ireland in many years - it was truly exceptional! I can’t say enough about how lovely it was.read more
    Maggie Halligan
    Maggie Halligan
    19:13 21 Jan 21
    What a fabulous forest get away. Perfect for romantic get away, tech detach or family break. Food was absolutely... amazing, the only issue afyer dinner was the fact my trousers felt too tight. The beds are a par with the most upmarket 5 star hotels I've stayed at, better than some. I love this place.read more
    Maria Cheung
    Maria Cheung
    15:32 09 Nov 20
    We had a truly delightful and restorative stay at Elbowroom Escape. The setting is unbelievable, nestled at the start... of a beautiful evergreen forest. The room was very comfortable, with piping-hot showers after a long day walking. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We can't wait to go backread more
    Alie Sheridan
    Alie Sheridan
    08:00 28 Jun 20
    Attended a friends wedding here in December. Such an exceptional escape location. Lisa and the team we're amazing the... attention to detail and touches on everything were just magic.We arrived to fairy lights, the smell of mulled wine and the bustle of the wedding guests at the cabin area. This was a great mingling area where everyone can meet, chat and gather throughout the entire day/night. Lisa was on hand welcoming everyone and as we had never been there before and were in awe admiring everything around, Lisa gave us a tour of the place and we were fascinated with all the facilities they had available and the types of packages they run - (very interested in the Gin and yoga breakaway).The meal was out of this world. Large portions but not over indulging sizes, plenty of everything and absolutely delish (nothing but perfection) and the staff were always available to check in on everyone, topping up drinks and so friendly.The whole experience was stunning - Lisa and here team felt like friends, the Elbowroom felt like home, a memorable place to have spent a beautifully memorable day. Can't wait to get back.read more
    Abigail Ruth Cornwell
    Abigail Ruth Cornwell
    12:33 17 Jun 20
    My sister and brother-in-law had their wedding at the Elbow Room Escape last September. The bridal party stayed the... night before enjoying each other’s company and the very comfortable suites. On the day of the wedding everyone at the elbow room escape made sure it ran smoothly. The ceremony room was decorated with wild flowers from the gardens, and once the ceremony was finished the staff seemlessly changed the furniture creating the dining hall. This was done as the guests and wedding party enjoyed the gardens, took photographs and had drinks in the cabin. Everything was done without stress, platers of food taken around to guests prior dinner and in the evening we enjoyed a BBQ from the outdoor BBQ hut and picnic area. It was a fantastic escape from any hustle and bustle and a magical intimate way to celebrate the wedding.read more
    Edel Donegan
    Edel Donegan
    08:43 16 Jun 20
    I had the immense pleasure to attend a friends' wedding in this beautiful location last December. Lisa and all the... staff were incredibly accommodating, made us feel so looked after for the gorgeous dinner and canapes on day one and were the perfect level of hands off for our day 2 chilled celebration.The space is unique, intimate and beautiful, nestled in the foothills of Wicklow mountains with beautiful trails and hike paths nearby, perfect for a special celebration with your nearest and dearest. I couldn't recommend it more and I'm looking forward to my next adventure there.read more
    Karen Hogan
    Karen Hogan
    23:20 15 Jun 20
    Myself and my husband Daniel chose the Elbowroom Escape for our wedding reception last December and we are so delighted... that we did. We knew we wanted a small, intimate wedding with a different feel from the usual hotel venue. The Elbowroom Escape is such a beautiful setting, surrounded by forests and nature in a peaceful secluded area, but still easy for our guests to access from Dublin. From the beginning Lisa and her team made us feel so well taken cared of, they were so accommodating and always available to discuss our queries and ideas. They collaborated with us to create a day that really reflected myself and Daniel, with a relaxed and fun atmosphere that our guests really enjoyed. The three course wedding meal was really special - so many of our guests commented that it was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding!The staff on the day were so friendly and efficient, everything ran smoothly with no trace of stress, meaning myself and Daniel were free to relax and let our hair down with our guests. It was such a special day, we can't recommend them enough!read more
    Daisy O'Byrne
    Daisy O'Byrne
    10:10 11 Jun 20
    My cousin got married here on the 7th of September 2019 and I have to say it was one of the most unique, romantic... weddings I have ever attended.I stayed the night before with the wedding party and the staff could not have been more helpful or attentive. The atmosphere was relaxing and chill and we had a great night. The next day, early, the staff were busy with preparations and making sure everything ran smoothly! The day went off perfectly!The pictures were like something from a fairytale because of the scenery of the the place! The room which hosted the wedding and reception was cosy and decorated perfectly to represent the bride and groom!Later on there was a BBQ when we all got hungry again and the food was just delicious!! It felt like a home away from home. Everyone was so welcoming and made sure each and everyone of the guests was satisfied! Wonderful experience! Highly recommend!read more
    Joanna Jane Cornwell
    Joanna Jane Cornwell
    19:06 10 Jun 20
    My husband and I fell in love with the venue. Its close to Dublin and right by the foothills of the Wicklow mountains.... Its truly picturesque!! We had a beautiful Wedding day and night! Working with Lisa, Amanda and Roz was so easy, they took all the stress out of planning. It was easy to trust in their vision for the day. The hand-made furniture, including a full length mirror, were beautiful and compliment the surroundings wonderfully. The food is still something we talk about; local produce and even some veg from the gardens. The rooms were very comfortable and everyone loved the robes! Family and friends continue to compliment us on finding such a gem. Words can't describe how beautiful it is and how much love and comfort we felt here. Truly a luxury home away from home. I would highly recommend this venue! If I could give more than 5 stars I would.read more
    Anthony Murphy
    Anthony Murphy
    11:05 14 Jan 20
    Lovely quiet and well laid out get away from busy life.... Well done to all involved, obviously alot of thought and... planning went into this centreread more
    Christine Okelly
    Christine Okelly
    15:28 03 Jan 20
    A former youth hostel, this has been developed as a rustic retreat. I attended a wedding there in December. There is... car parking space to the front of the building and a sloped upward area to the right houses a small wooden seomra where drinks are served. There was one bench for sitting on and right next door a fabric gazebo had been erected again with just one bench to sit on. There was nowhere to sit and chat collectively and the main common room was the only large indoor space where the food was being served so spent several freezing hours standing outdoors waiting for the meal to be served.Bedrooms were basic but clean and warm.The food provided by the venue was OK it was interesting and not too rich. There were nice touches in the table decorations. There is a fully equipped kitchen with lots of food storage. The venue is set in woodland and on a previous visit in October I could appreciate the obvious charm of this rustic setting and in summer it must be lovely however it is weather dependent and if it had been raining or indeed snowing it would have made for a very unpleasant experience. As it was very cold and damp as one would expect in December I'd advise guests to dress warmly and layers. Also be prepared to be outdoors. It would be great to have a pot bellied stove or some other outside heating facility though I understand there is a fire pit and an outdoor hot tub.This is an ideal venue for a small family event like a birthday celebration, family reunion or a friends getaway. It is geared towards self catering though they did provide the main wedding meal. It is also geared towards a younger older audience so not suitable for very aged grandparents. As a wedding venue it was different, and has potential but there could be some additions to make it a bit more comfortable for a wider audience.read more
    Mark Prendergast
    Mark Prendergast
    08:21 17 Dec 19
    Prendergast Leadership used the Elbowroom on the 17th of November as the location for a group event we conducted for... Kildare LGFA. The location was perfect. Outdoors, near the mountains with all the comforts of a great hotel. When we were planning the event the staff were so helpful and on the day of the event they delivered on their promise. The highlight of the day was the evening meal. It was so good it received a standing ovation from the group.read more
    Anuja Shah
    Anuja Shah
    22:00 10 Nov 19
    Such a beautiful place , 7 rooms , a lovely hall, dining & self catering kitchen! We enjoyed the place and excellent... hospitality of their hostread more
    David Lawton
    David Lawton
    10:54 03 Nov 19
    Magical place and wonderful staff.
    Eimear Fay
    Eimear Fay
    15:53 11 Oct 19
    We had a lovely break here for the Gincident. The cabins were luxurious- loved the fluffy robes! The gin making was... great fun and the yoga hit the perfect balance between exercise and relaxation. The food was lovely and tasty. Generally, the whole vibe was a lovely mix of well organised and relaxed and I’d love to go back!read more
    Lia de Lancey
    Lia de Lancey
    10:07 01 May 19
    Took the kids for a couple of nights to this wonderful place. It's so peaceful, the perfect place if you want to get... away from it all. But really close to lots of interesting activities for kids or if you're a tourist. Our kids had a lot of fun playing in the beautiful garden and on the swing, not to mention the bunk beds! Thanks for a great stay!read more
    Elaine McGrath
    Elaine McGrath
    18:14 17 Apr 19
    We had a truly great time at the Gincident event. Gin, Yoga and wood fired hot-tub! What's not to like! Its hard to... sum up the Elbow Room Escape in a few words. Its a place like no other I've been to in Ireland. The location is beautiful. Surrounded by mountains, lovely walks, etc. The accommodation is top notch. Coziest beds ever. Food at Elbow Room Escape is not fancy; no little plates of nibbles or swooshes of sauce etc. Its gorgeous, hearty, Veggie food!! Home-made, locally sourced, organic where possible and ridiculously tasty, Maybe its all the fresh air or something :) What makes this place unique though are its people. Thank you Amanda and Lisa for being great hosts, great company and fab Gin connoisseurs ;) You can bet we will be back ! Elaine, Louise and Julie!read more
    Aisling McDonnell
    Aisling McDonnell
    17:27 06 Mar 19
    Excellent retreat hike & hot tub
    Elise Peterse
    Elise Peterse
    19:03 08 Jan 19
    Magical
    Mari Dunne
    Mari Dunne
    19:49 21 Aug 18
    Lovely retreat in Wicklow. Very relaxing with beautiful garden, use of kitchen facilities and a wooden cabin breakfast... room .read more
    Aoife Kane
    Aoife Kane
    14:50 01 May 18
    A wonderful space to host a retreat... we loved the ease with which it all happened and how well the space is looked... after. Highly recommend!read more
    Colm Walsh
    Colm Walsh
    23:25 10 Jan 17
    Stunning location, at the foot of Lugnaquilla, delicious food, peaceful and well-appointed facilities. A must for a... retreat under 60 mins from south Dublin.read more
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    Simon Egan
    Simon Egan
    2020-07-29T08:22:12+0000
    4 of us stayed there 2 weeks ago as a stopover on a cycle of Wicklow. We arrived late (8pm) expecting dinner to be... under tin foil in a bowl but were met but Miky who made us feel very welcome, said grab a shower/beer, then served up a beautiful Tagine with amazing flatbreads and Tzatziki, and we ate outside with beers in hand. The room was lovely (2 sets of bunks) and bathroom very clean. We left at 7am so pre-breakfast the next morning, but again there was plenty left out for us and I look forward to coming back and spending more time there, or just cycle faster next time!read more
    Laura Magee
    Laura Magee
    2020-07-17T11:07:28+0000
    We have just returned from a lovely stay at The Elbowroom Escape. We stayed in a family room with two adults and three... children. There was plenty of room and the beds were super comfy! Our stay was so relaxed and enjoyable, with the grounds, staff and food all excellent. Our requests to eat outside were easily catered for, the kids were safe to roam the areas and play freely and the staff couldn’t have been more friendly. We had the wagyu burgers and can highly recommend! The kids particularly enjoyed lighting the fire pit and roasting our own marshmallows. We will definitely be staying again. A perfect bridge between hotels and camping!read more
    Warren Phelan
    Warren Phelan
    2020-07-13T08:28:36+0000
    We stayed in the Elbow Room for 2 nights with our 2 kids. In that short period we were able to switch off and enjoy the... tranquil setting, the beautiful gardens and surrounding forest area. The food provided was locally sourced and extremely tasty. Our kids loved exploring the gardens, the swing and of course Rosie the pet. The owner, Lisa, and her staff were warm and welcoming and enhanced our stay. We highly recommend the Elbow room for a relaxing break, with kids or not.😀read more
    Jenny Tyrrell
    Jenny Tyrrell
    2020-07-06T11:55:52+0000
    Had an amazing 2 night stay with my family 2&2 kids. We stayed in the family bunk room which was superb. Well equipped,... comfortable and the beds were amazing! The location is central for exploring Wicklow. The food menu is fabulous with lovely local produce. Breakfast is great too. Lisa, Anita, Nikki & Eimear were so friendly and kind to us giving time to our kids who fell in love with Rosie the dog. The whole experience is relaxing from start to finish. 2 families I know have asked me & are going next week! Great hikes behind the property also. Can’t wait to come back! ❤️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️read more
    Sarah McNamee
    Sarah McNamee
    2020-07-04T14:30:22+0000
    Beautiful setting with wonderful staff
    Robin Ball
    Robin Ball
    2020-05-14T14:57:28+0000
    The elbowroom escape have recently started doing pizza on a Wednesday to take away. I am a serious pizza lover, always... looking for a great pie. this is, the best pizza in the country. hands down.read more
    Nicky Gethin Taggart
    Nicky Gethin Taggart
    2019-10-14T14:27:28+0000
    I had the most rejuvenating couple of days at the elbow room escape. From the comfortable beds, delicious food, coal... fired outdoor hot tub, woodland walks and more I would highly recommend and hope to be back very soon!!read more
    Eimear Fay
    Eimear Fay
    2019-10-11T15:52:07+0000
    We had a lovely break here for the Gincident. The cabins were luxurious- loved the fluffy robes! The gin making was... great fun and the yoga hit the perfect balance between exercise and relaxation. The food was lovely and tasty. Generally, the whole vibe was a lovely mix of well organised and relaxed and I’d love to go back!read more
    Jura TE
    Jura TE
    2019-08-13T18:36:34+0000
    Simply Amazing just to escape from the city into the green, listen to the birds sing, smell the flowers.The view just... breathtaking. Children were so happy with so much outdoor space and a lovely swing, not to even mention mystical walks in the forest just steps away from the rooms.Bedrooms fantastic too!read more
    Emlyn Harper
    Emlyn Harper
    2019-08-12T22:25:24+0000
    If you want peace and quiet then this is the place for you absolutely beautiful
    Caroline Casey Renaissance
    Caroline Casey Renaissance
    2019-06-29T11:42:20+0000
    Beautiful location, comfortable bed, very clean and great facilities!!
    Anna Uí Sionnach
    Anna Uí Sionnach
    2019-06-26T09:06:05+0000
    a great little haven, we loved our trip and it's only halfway over! definitely will be back.
    Mairead Mc Dermott-Jones
    Mairead Mc Dermott-Jones
    2019-06-21T19:49:41+0000
    Myself & my sister got to escape here last night. We didn’t know what to expect or what was in store. From start to... finish, we where truly blessed to have the wonderful Roz as our host. It was just a delightful & rejuvenating break away from reality. Looking forward to my next trip alreadyread more
    Martyn Wilkinson
    Martyn Wilkinson
    2019-06-06T10:43:03+0000
    great outdoor pizza oven, lovely gardens
    Gráinne McGreal Hall
    Gráinne McGreal Hall
    2019-04-28T20:31:59+0000
    Lovely afternoon here attending the GF baking course - thanks to all, it was really enjoyable & informative
    Elaine McGrath
    Elaine McGrath
    2019-04-10T10:18:10+0000
    We had a truly great time at the Gincident event. Gin, Yoga and wood fired hot-tub! What's not to like! Its hard to... sum up the Elbow Room Escape in a few words. Its a place like no other I've been to in Ireland. The location is beautiful. Surrounded by mountains, lovely walks, etc. The accommodation is top notch. Coziest beds ever. Food at Elbow Room Escape is not fancy; no little plates of nibbles or swooshes of sauce etc. Its gorgeous, hearty, Veggie food!! Home-made, locally sourced, organic where possible and ridiculously tasty, Maybe its all the fresh air or something :) What makes this place unique though are its people. Thank you Amanda and Lisa for being great hosts, great company and fab Gin connoisseurs ;) You can bet we will be back ! Elaine, Louise and Julie!read more
    Joe Quinn
    Joe Quinn
    2019-03-10T00:15:02+0000
    I had an amazing time at Amanda’s new year balance yoga retreat. I completely switched off from the moment I arrived... until well after I had left. It’s so comfortable and relaxing and you literally feel like you’re in another world! Thanks guys xread more
    Grainne Hughes
    Grainne Hughes
    2019-02-10T21:32:28+0000
    Great day today at the yoga brunch! Great class with Aga, top notch food & great laugh with lovely people, super... chilled vibe and no stress, perfectly organized! Myself & my mam had a ball thank you ❤️read more
    Alma Tyrrell
    Alma Tyrrell
    2019-01-21T13:46:42+0000
    We returned yesterday from a wonderful weekend Escape with you in beautiful Donard. From start to finish we enjoyed... every moment. The food was delicious, the rooms so cozy, not to mention our fantastic host, Amanda, was so welcoming & genuine. The yoga classes were the perfect level for our mixed ability, & we enjoyed each session. We both had massages from the talented Alex on Saturday afternoon, and our quick dip in the outdoor hot tub was a real treat at the end of a lovely day. We will definitely be back. Thank you Amanda. Love, Alma & Orla xxxread more
    Jenny Price
    Jenny Price
    2018-07-19T21:31:13+0000
    What an amazing place to spend a weekend! It is relaxing, beautiful, and has such thoughtful touches in every aspect of... accommodating guests. Kate and Amanda are amazing hosts. The yoga class and hike were lovely added bonuses as were the wonderful guests! I highly recommend visiting the elbowroom escape.read more
    Cliona De Vallier
    Cliona De Vallier
    2018-07-19T15:13:48+0000
    Had the best weekend at Elbow Room Escape catchin up with a bunch of friends. Food was so delicious and accommodation... so comfortable . Amanda was tge perfect host, very in tune with our needs and when relaxation was needed after our hike, she deferred yoga by an hour to give us that time to chill a bit more. The yoga was just right too, not too hardcore but really felt it in a good way after. The hot tub and fire pit were a perfect way to chill on the Sat night and everyone really loved that. Definitely on my to-come-back-to list... whether with family, friends, as a couple or with kids - this place won't disappoint 😁😁read more
    Annmarie Fox
    Annmarie Fox
    2018-07-19T07:54:22+0000
    Still enjoying the benefits of my stay at the elbow room escape last weekend. I smile each time I think of all the... amazing people I shared time with there, the food is sumptuous , surroundings simply beautiful. Having been there last November I had no doubt I was in for a treat again however this recent visit far exceeded expectations. Kate, Amanda, Caitriona, Lisa thank you all for taking such good care of us & creating such a wonderful haven to escape to, the only drawback is when its time to leave......can't wait for my next visit xxxxread more
    Xenia Taliotis
    Xenia Taliotis
    2018-07-17T00:58:47+0000
    I've just spent my first weekend at The Elbowroom Escape, and am already planning my next break there. Wonderful... setting, delicious vegetarian food, a great bunch of like-minded people, the best yoga class I've ever done and loads of laughs. Perfect.read more
    Kim Knowles
    Kim Knowles
    2018-07-01T21:46:12+0000
    Five Stars!!!
    Nic Delaney Foxe
    Nic Delaney Foxe
    2018-06-27T11:20:13+0000
    I went on a mid-week stay as a quiet break and loved it. The rooms were so comfortable, surroundings just beautifuland... the staff and hospitality outstanding. Had an option to take in a yoga class which I did and was able to access the studio for self practice aswell. I will definitely be back. Thanks!read more
    Nicole van der Sman
    Nicole van der Sman
    2018-06-15T11:07:45+0000
    If you are looking for a true escape you are at the right address over here! Fully enjoyed our stay with you guys.... Beautiful scenery, lovely rooms with super comfy beds, amazing food and a fantastic vibe overall. A big thank you to Kate and Amanda and everyone else helping. Will be back. Nicole, Kilkenny School of Yogaread more
    Lara Slattery
    Lara Slattery
    2018-06-10T14:29:10+0000
    What a beautiful escape. I loved every part of it.
    Bella Bottini
    Bella Bottini
    2018-06-07T13:56:29+0000
    I held my Rise & Shine Yoga Retreat at the Elbowroom Escape and the entire management process was flawless. Amanda and... Kate were very friendly and responsive at all times. The venue is really well kept and the food was also delicious! Everything very well organized and peaceful. Bedrooms were really nice and comfortable too! Everyone slept really well! My group was really well taken care of and I already want to organize my second retreat with them. Shout out as well to Susan Fysh who did the massage treatments and was absolutely fantastic too! Definitely recommend a visit! Much love, Bellaread more
    Elizabeth Marden
    Elizabeth Marden
    2018-05-20T02:46:17+0000
    Absolutely loved everything about this place. Spent a full week as part of a large group first week of May. All of the... ladies were friendly and warm. Great food and such a beautiful property. Loved the yoga classes too! I miss the food already. You guys should publish a cookbook! I would buy it.read more
    Alma Tyrrell
    Alma Tyrrell
    2018-04-10T18:16:05+0000
    Loved it from start to finish. A leap of faith for me to go on a yoga weekend but a leap I’m very glad I made. Mairin... & Susie were excellent hosts (& teachers, even for a nervous novice like me �). The rooms were so comfy, with a lovely shower & the food was delicious. A weekend I’ll never forget. Thank you. Alma xread more
    Marcella O Dowd
    Marcella O Dowd
    2018-03-25T07:34:30+0000
    Sinead Byrne
    Sinead Byrne
    2018-03-13T20:36:37+0000
    I am soooo chilled after my Do F*ck All weekend! Thank you so much Amanda. Comfy bed, hot hot hot tub under the stars,... yummy food, squishy beanbags, gorgeous woodland setting and wonderful company. Cannot recommend highly enough.read more
    Ruth McKenna
    Ruth McKenna
    2018-03-12T13:13:21+0000
    Oh my goodness...where to start? At the beginning I suppose. Everything about The elbowroom Escape is perfect. The... beds really are 5* quality, I slept so well...and spent most of the weekend either sleeping or reading my book, all cosied up while it rained outside. Amanda is an absolute gem, so full of energy and kindness, I don't know how she keeps it going all weekend! The food is yum, generous and easy on the belly. For our Do F*** All weekend there was plenty of goodies too, snacks we could buy and the occasional beer if we fancied. Then of course, the gin. Sweet Jesus, the gin. Such a treat and prepared with care and flourish. I have to mention the hot tub too - heated by a wood fire that Amanda tended to all day on Saturday. Sitting in that gorgeous water, gin in hand, taking in the night sky - can't imagine anything much better than that! We also had the pleasure of meeting Susan (masseur from heaven) and Kate who's part of the team running the show. Loveliest people on the planet. I will be back, have no doubt, though maybe a smidge less gin this time! GO...you won't regret it.read more
    Jacinta Farrell
    Jacinta Farrell
    2018-03-11T23:04:25+0000
    Just back from a do fck all weekend at the elbowroom escape Donard. Words can't say how lovely and relaxed I feel.... Amanda was amazing, we felt so welcome, the food was great, and we meet lovely people. We will definitely be back. Thanks again Amanda.read more
    Orla Kerley
    Orla Kerley
    2018-02-04T18:03:17+0000
    Fabulous location,friendly and inviting, comfortable beds, great yoga room/facilities and ideal place to get away and... switch off. However we went with a large group and i dont feel the quality and quantity of food on offer was adequate(esp breakfast this morning) Also with it being a "do fuck all" weekend, it would have been more enjoyable to have the hot tub lit earlier in the day and to enjoy it in daylight, able to admire the view (it wasnt ready til 9.30pm)read more
    Laura Sammut
    Laura Sammut
    2018-01-12T22:47:24+0000
    Joanne Creighton
    Joanne Creighton
    2018-01-08T13:58:18+0000
    Trixy Teresa
    Trixy Teresa
    2018-01-07T17:56:52+0000
    I had the most amazing time with beautiful people.. I am already thinking when I can get back there to escape again..... So relaxing.. The perfect place to escape.. I came home feeling totally refreshed and re charged!! Thank you to everyone involved!!read more
    Jean Pereira
    Jean Pereira
    2017-12-18T14:39:37+0000
    A very positive and warm and atmosphere for our work-group retreat. Thanks for everything Amanda and Lisa !
    Rosaleen Bloomfield
    Rosaleen Bloomfield
    2017-08-26T08:33:30+0000
    Thank you so much for helping to make our retreat at the Elbowroom Escape so magical. All the retreaters had a... fantastic time. The food was tasty, fresh and healthy and the friendliness of you and your staff were also much appreciated. We enjoyed the morning walks in the woods and the hiking was fantastic - a good workout in the fresh air with spectacular views and a knowledgeable and motivating guide to keep us going. Oh, the hot tub was fabulous too.A few of us went in at about 10pm and it was super relaxing and really warmed us up even though it was a chilly evening. We loved the yoga room, all the yoga props that are available and the big cushions and bean bags for relaxing were perfect for a little nap in the afternoon.read more
    Barbara O'Meara
    Barbara O'Meara
    2017-08-23T13:49:25+0000
    I escaped to create.... For all artists, writers and creative people looking for silence, solitude and serenity to get... the creative juices flowing I would highly recommend this haven. I was lucky enough to be invited as an Artist in Residence, with beautiful surrounding of forests, mountains, trails and even an ancient stone circle providing endless inspiration I worked away on ideas for my latest art project. Stunning gardens, a very cool greenhouse and, my favourite, a magical Wisteria entwined Pergola with pretty party lights leading to a boutique log cabin where I retreated to do my work on a very fine hand crafted wooden table with coffee machine simmering and an honesty hamper of delicious organic snacks and drinks on offer before dining 'al fresco' and chilling out in my luxurious bedroom which opened onto the gardens. With options of outdoor hot tub, hammock and occasional yoga class who would not be inspired. I would advise booking in now before the secret is out...Thank you all at Elbowroom Escape, for such a wonderful sanctuary, from one very happy artist !read more
    Elaine McMahon Dossett
    Elaine McMahon Dossett
    2017-08-16T21:09:00+0000
    A wonderful time with my son at the family retreat! Luxurious room, delicious vegetarian food, fantastic forest school... and great family yoga. Thank you so much to Bev and Amanda and all the amazing team at the Elbowroom Escape �read more
    Dee Kelly
    Dee Kelly
    2017-07-14T18:06:10+0000
    Fab location, very relaxed and fun! Loved every minute of the Elbowroom Escape
    Catherine Henley
    Catherine Henley
    2017-06-28T11:24:23+0000
    Love love love this place! Can't wait for the next retreat
    Yvonne Heskin
    Yvonne Heskin
    2017-06-02T09:16:40+0000
    Thanks for a great weekend Catherine and The Elbowroom Escape. It's a gorgeous hideout with fantastic facilities, great... food, great hot tub and really really comfy beds. It's fantastic not having tv's.The swing is a lovely addition to the garden. Retreat was extremely enjoyable, great mix of yoga, hikes,silence ,meditation and laughs.A great spot for a body and mind unwind..read more
    Julie O'Malley
    Julie O'Malley
    2017-05-26T09:13:32+0000
    Exceptional place with food which is out of this world! Loved it! Thank you !
    Victoria Paiva
    Victoria Paiva
    2017-05-15T11:14:06+0000
    Thank you so much for the amazing retreat last weekend! the atmosphere was really friendly, a beautiful and peaceful... place with a delicious food, great yoga sessions, relaxations and meditations!!!! Big thanks to my friend Timea Farkas for the opportunity to be there! I would definitely recommend the Elbow escape !!!!read more
    Greg Walsh
    Greg Walsh
    2017-05-03T08:06:19+0000
    Such a beautiful place! The rooms are gorgeous, the beds are divine, the showers are powerful, the food is delicious,... the outdoor hot tub is piping hot, and the management are really friendly. What more do you want?read more
    Alba Campus
    Alba Campus
    2017-04-14T16:47:49+0000
    Susan Dennehy
    Susan Dennehy
    2017-04-02T00:16:22+0000
    Just back from a two night break and I can absolutely recommend The Elbowroom Escape. The weekend had everything I... needed to replenish and refresh. ..a lovely group of people in a stunning setting, lots of yoga, relaxation and the most delicious, wholesome food. The staff were friendly and looked after our every need - a special mention for Bev who led the yoga and the meditation with kindness and fun. Highlights included the guided hike followed by a soak in the outdoor hot tub (the sun even came out for us!) I enjoyed every single minute and I'll definitely be back.read more
    Libby Jones Oflaherty
    Libby Jones Oflaherty
    2017-04-02T00:14:24+0000
    Thanks again for an amazing weekend. It was above and beyond any expectations!! A warm and friendly atmosphere was the... order of the weekend at the Elbowroom Escape. Amanda's organisational skills left us with nothing to do but relax. Bev's Yoga Nidra class on Friday night with its beautiful visualisations combined wth her soothing voice left the group floating all the way to a brilliant night's sleep. The food was wholesome, nutritious and delicious. Rooms, beds and facilities are 5*+ standards. The smell of the woodfire burning, the hot tub!! (I could have stayed there forever). The whole vibe was amazing., and it is without hesitation I would recommend a weekend away to kickstart a change in your work life balance. Heaven is only just over hour away!read more
    Kiki Golubica
    Kiki Golubica
    2017-02-06T18:31:34+0000
    I'm just back from the Pregnancy Retreat with Emily McElarney and Melissa Curtis I feel like a powerful mama Goddess... ready for the delivery and motherhood! Sincerely grateful! <3 I have met some wonderful powerful mama's. Setting is magical in the middle of greens with different walking options, chilled atmosphere, fire in the evening, nourishing food and two amusing teachers who answered all of our questions (and we had Many!). Highly recommend for any future mama! Or anyone who likes to enjoy good yoga, food and greens! Ahhh, just so grateful! I will definitely be back!read more
    Jeannie Kyle
    Jeannie Kyle
    2017-01-21T19:58:12+0000
    Wow. The magic of the elbowroom mixed with the magic that is Donard in Wicklow. What a treat and escape it is. Yoga,... mountain hiking, pilates, yummy food and fabulous people in a beautiful venue, set in such a stunning backdrop, as the Wicklow Glens. I will be back...again and again and again. Thank you for a fab retreat.read more
    Johanna Huber
    Johanna Huber
    2016-12-07T12:35:55+0000
    Such a magic place in the middle of beautiful nature. A calm oasis just interrupted by the birds singing, how romantic... is that! I still can't decide what I fell in love with most: the delicious food, the amazing and very caring staff that made you feel like home, the hot outdoor tub which is great fun, the yoga studio with a fire place (I'm not joking, how great is that!), or that there is just so much love and thought in every detail from the very comfy beds to the dining place! Not to forget the fabulous teacher for that retreat weekend (as usual to expect from the elbowroom), Bev Porrino. I can't wait to be back!read more
    Nicola Williams
    Nicola Williams
    2016-11-07T19:00:34+0000
    A magical place nestled in the glen of imal. Spent a wonderful weekend here....lots of thought has gone into making... what was once a hostel into a 5 star retreat centre. Lovely yoga room with a beautiful floor,there is plenty of props and mats so no need to bring anything with you. The rooms are beautifully furnished and each room has a generous sized en suite with plenty of hot water (always a must when on a retreat) Food was tasty and plenty of it with alot of produce being sourced locally. Truly a wonderful spot, i for one cannot wait to return.read more
    Óga Yoga
    Óga Yoga
    2016-11-07T17:39:02+0000
    Áit iontach chun do scíth a ligean le bia blasta agus siúlóidí suaimhneacha suite i groí lár Chill Mhantáin.
    Deirdre Murphy
    Deirdre Murphy
    2016-10-30T17:26:54+0000
    This place is magic. No detail is overlooked -- the food, the decor, the hot tub -- and the beds are wonderful!!! I... could not be more enthusiastic in my recommendation. They have made it a truly wonderful spot. It backs up to the mountains (which we hiked), the air is wonderful, the forest is quiet. I love it.read more
    Elena Brossa
    Elena Brossa
    2016-10-26T21:18:55+0000
    For anyone fancying getting a taste of heaven, this is the place,a loving cuddle for your entire being:beautiful... nature,great food, amazing people, super cosy rooms, soul and body restoring yoga, hot tub and a lot more to be discovered. Cannot recommend it strongly enough!read more
    Bev Porrino
    Bev Porrino
    2016-10-26T15:54:10+0000
    I spent a weekend at this magical place as a test run. The food, the accommodation, the hike, the yoga was all superb.... I was looked after so well. I loved it so much that I'm hosting a retreat from there in Dec .read more
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