Image credit : Fitzgerald’s woodlands Hotel House and Spa
Last weekend we were invited as a family to come and stay in Fitzgearlads woodlands house hotel and spa as guests. I wasn’t asked to write a review on the blog. But I loved it so much I really wanted to spread the word about this little hidden oasis in Adare co Limerick
The hotel itself is situated at the edge of the beautifully, quaint village of Adare, Co. Limerick.
The Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel in Limerick is a family-run hotel, owned and managed by the Fitzgerald Family.
For the family: I think you can always tell the difference in a family-run hotel, and this hotel has “family” at its heart. From the moment I set foot in the door, I felt relaxed.
The staff were so friendly and attentive, they chatted to their mini guests the kids at ease.
In reception, Lils was greeted with a smile and a little chat along with a balloon and a colouring book. On one of the evenings, she played with the balloon in the lobby with her little pal (my blogging buddy @cuddle fairy,s wee girl) I never once felt frowned upon for the kids playing, it was in fact welcomed, which really helped us relax and have a drink and a chat.
I honestly felt that home from home vibe in the luxury of the stunning surroundings of the 4-star hotel.
The Room: When we turned the key in the door and walked into our room there was screeches and gasps from all three of us. This was the biggest family hotel room we ever stayed in. The decor was very victorian with mirrored furniture and headboard. A beautiful chaise lounge was in the centre of the huge windows with velvet drapes showcasing the spectacular views.
Lils was calling it a princess palace and it really had that feel to it. It also had an adjoining kids room with 2 single beds and a separate TV for the kids.
The facilities: The hotel has a fully equipped gym and leisure centre. There was a big swimming pool which was 20 meters length, and for the little not so confident little swimmers there was a kids pool. This is were hung out for 2 hours while Lil,s tried to find her little fins, happily splashing around laughing and playing, we were all well wrinkled by the time we got out.
Woody’s kid’s club is also in leisure, this is free for guests! Lils had a ball, she stayed from 5.30 to 9,30, with loads of activities to keep her entertained. Grace, who worked in the kids club was an absolute pet and so attentive to the children. We actually bumped into her in Adare village the following day, she chatted to us, told us the best place for coffee and where the local playground was.
Oh and not forgetting the Bouncy castle on the grounds we Lils spotted this on the way to the fairy trail and the organic gardens which the hotel also hosts along with a little petting farm. In the two days, we were there was so much to discover, I could have stayed for another week!
Timmy Macs Bistro; We ate both nights in Timmy Macs Bistro and The food I,d rate as excellent.
The restaurant had an informal and welcoming vibe, with traditional Irish decor.
You all know I’m a huge fan of healthy hearty home cooking and Timmy Macs had that in abundance.
The highlights on the menu for us were the starter,s of The seafood trio and Chicken Vol au Vent. (Damo loved the chicken vol au vent so much he had it for his mains on the second night).
I had a perfectly cooked to medium Fillet steak and the pork belly was melt in the mouth. I also spotted baked Alaska on the dessert menu, which was pretty special, baked to perfection with creamy frozen vanilla ice cream in the core, melting with every spoonful.
I also appreciated that the kid’s menu wasn’t just an afterthought, it had a great choice for the smallies, from grilled fillet chicken, pasta Bolognese to a catch of the day.
All dishes were cooked fresh and served piping hot.
The Revas Spa: Revas Spa is one of the most popular Spa Hotels in Limerick and I can see why.
From the moment I arrived, the atmosphere was amazing, the beautiful scent, the stylish decor, and the lovely warm friendly reception, not forgetting the glass of prosecco.
I had the treatment of the month comprising of a full body scrub, head and back massage, mini facial. Afterwards, I felt like a new woman and was treated to a fruit smoothie and fresh fruit salad in one of the relaxation rooms. I was lying there thinking, they will have to drag me out of this place kicking and screaming!
Adare village: before heading home on Sunday we stopped off in Adare village which is local to the hotel and only a short drive. The Holy Trinity Abbey Church stands centre of the picturesque village, the Unique thatch cottages surround it as they transport you back to old Ireland. We had a stroll around the park and gardens in the middle of the village and stopped into Stacpoole coffee house for ice cream for Lil,s and coffee for us.
A little refuel for the playground which is also a short 10-minute drive outside the village.
The adventure playground had sand, climbing frames, slides and a mini-trampoline. Lils played happily with the other children while we relaxed and chatted in the shade (we were very lucky with the weather, the sun was splitting the skies). Its was a lovely ending to such a fabulous weekend.
We had such a special family weekend, filled with great memories in the Fitzgeralds woodlands house hotel and spa, I couldn’t recommend the place enough for a family break away! We received such a warm welcome, the service was impeccable, the food top class, all in such stunning surroundings, we will be Back.