Total r & r at Bellinter House
September 17, 2013
Bellinter House in County Meath is somewhere I’ve wanted to go for ages. I know people who have raved about and it sounded like the perfect place to unwind and relax. Mr. G-S and I had been talking in July about getting a last few days away together without R before Jnr.2 arrives sometime around Christmas/NY, so I was delighted to see that Bellinter House had an offer on Groupon, which I immediately snapped up!
The offer was £144 for 2 nights B & B (Sun-Thurs) with 20€ spa voucher and chocolates in the room on arrival and we decided to book for 4th-6th Sept (before I got too big to enjoy it but well after the sickness and exhaustion has gone). We chose the perfect time. The weather was lovely and the hotel was quiet. We arrived on Wednesday afternoon after dropping R to his nan’s and a leisurely drive down the motorway. It took less than 2 hours so it’s close to home but far enough that it feels like a proper wee holiday.
We were greeted by absolutely lovely staff who could not have been more helpful. We were shown to our room in the Ruins section of the property, away from the main house. We had received an upgrade as I had booked a spa treatment and the room did not disappoint. It was big, with a lovely sofa, seriously comfortable bed, oak beams and a bathroom with a standalone copper bath. Proper bliss! We knew immediately that we were in the right place to pretty much do nothing but rest, eat, chat and sleep – much needed by me anyway.
We had a walk down to the Boyne River (there is a path from the back of the house) and had a coffee in the comfortable bar area – which is full of mismatched chairs and sofa. It feels eclectic and posh but really laid back. We also had our dinner in the bar area (after a quick snooze!) and the food was really nice – calamari and chips for me, fish and chips for Mr. G-S. There were far too many chips but it was very tasty!
On the Thursday we had a swim, had lunch (moules et frites for me and pasta for Mr. G-S) in a really nice place called The Central in Navan (the nearest town), had more snoozes and I had a facial in the beautiful spa based at Bellinter. It lasted an hour and was followed by time in the relaxing area where I was given a little glass of fruit smoothie and a fruit kebab. I was almost too chilled out to walk the 50 steps back to our room to get ready for dinner.
We booked in to the fancy restaurant, Eden, and feasted on smokies (smoked haddock baked with cheese and tomato), seabass and chocolate souffles (not all on the same plate). Mr. G-S had a few glasses of wine and I had a bottle of sparking water and we finished up with some coffees. The food was really tasty and the service great – efficient, very friendly but not intrusive. The meal came to around 100€ and was worth every penny. We sloped off back to our rooms after, full as Lords and as happy as pigs in muck. After another early night we got up and went for breakfast again – I should mention the breakfast is really great. There is a buffet with mini-pasteries, cereals, yogurt and fruit etc. and a full menu to order from including smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, omelette, french toast and eggs benedict.
We left after breakfast to go home and see R as we had missed him a lot (he had been spoiled rotten so was happy enough with my mum!). We were de-stressed, well rested and happy to have spent some quality time together before shit gets real with the new arrival. We got a total bargain with the Groupon voucher and will definitely return at some point in a few years when grandparents will be game enough to take the two offspring on together for a few days!
A special mention must go to the staff, especially the lovely, friendly barman, who couldn’t do more to make us feel at home and well looked after. A great few days altogether.