2016 marks the year of 21st birthdays, back in April was my best friends birthday and to celebrate another friend and I planned a little get-away for her. We decided on Bellinter House, which is a beautiful country, spa house in Ireland. Originally we’d planned to fly out midweek and return at the weekend but due to me being an idiot and not checking my passport was still in date, it was all postponed by 1 day. (And cost me a small fortune to rectify!)
After a hectic beginning to the break (& a quick dash into LDN for a new passport) we stayed at a hotel near Gatwick airport the night before our flight where we were able to start the celebrations. I ended up with a pretty rotten hangover for the flight out!
Once we got to Dublin, we spent the day in the town centre wandering round and ‘pub-hopping’. We also visited the Guinness Storehouse which was really good fun. There’s was a lot we didn’t get to see/do with only being in Dublin centre for the day. We were limited to how much time we could spend at the Storehouse due to needing to be back at the airport to collect our luggage! But, we did ensure we made it to the tasting session and collecting our free Guinness from the Gravity bar! Although, as it happens none of us were big fans of the drink, so opted for 1 Guinness between the 3 of us!
Once checked in and glammed up we headed for our pre-booked 3 course meal at the House’s award winning restaurant. It was bloody lovely, I can’t praise the food enough! We were all absolutely stuffed by the final course and none of us were able to finish it.
The House’s bar was lovely and quirky, the staff were all fabulous and the cocktails were on point! The bar also sold food which was filling but so delicious!
The main selling point for us was obviously the idea of visiting the spa. None of us had been before so we were all super excited and it didn’t disappoint. We’d pre-payed for a facial and back massage for all 3 of us with a glass of Prosecco to finish. Bliss! There was a hot-tub in the grounds of the house which we made full use of too, unfortunately we were advised against using the sauna or steam room because we’d had a facial (we weren’t pre-warned of this!) so we ended up just spending more time in the hot-tub!
Despite the unplanned start to the holiday, it was a lovely break and as if the Irish accent wasn’t enough to get us back, we’ve all said we’d love to return to Bellinter House again.Have you visited Ireland before? Where would you suggest I visited next time?