A haven can come in different shapes and sizes, and Marlfield House – with its 40 acres of woodland with an ornamental lake, plus rose, vegetable and herb gardens – is an Arcadia flush with peacocks, hens, dogs and ponies waiting to greet you on your garden walk. There are 19 glorious rooms – from bijoux Standard to The Sheraton Room with magnificent views of the lake and wildfowl reserve. Or there’s the recently renovated Duck Lodge, a contemporary two-bedroom cottage with mini bar, open-plan kitchen and living area with an open fire. The abundance of fresh herbs, vegetables and fruit grown in the grounds are gathered daily and appear in delightfully inventive dishes in both restaurants: fine dining in The Conservatory, with its sparkling silver and crystal overlooking the glorious gardens and lawns, or the casual, stylish Duck Terrace Restaurant. Marlfield House has also been a location of choice for weddings since 1978 – providing the perfect backdrop to many a Big Day.
Doubles from €220
+353 53 942 1124; marlfieldhouse.com
Powerscourt House and Gardens in Enniskerry and Glendalough monastic site and lake
Fish from the east coast or Ireland Atlantic waters, from Duncannon and Kilmore Quay
Irish Gin! Berthas Choice, Gunpower, Thin Gin, Glendalough, Dingle, Jackford Gin, from Wexford and made from Potatoes. The list is endless!
CLAIM TO FAME
Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks stayed at Marlfield for six weeks while making Saving Private Ryan.
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