Why Stay Here?
- Luxury, elegance and magnificent grounds.
- Idyllic Wedding Location, convenient for Dublin and Belfast.
- Stand-out gourmet food.
The approach to historic Tankardstown House is through eighty acres of landscaped mature grounds and walled gardens. The eighteenth century manor House still retains many of its original features and the ambiance is both traditional and chic, with a wonderful sense of comfort throughout. When you also consider its accessibility through the national motorway network, it is no wonder that it is a hugely popular wedding destination with couples from all over the country. And for those of us looking for a romantic or gourmet break, or just some serious leisure time, with the majority of weddings taking place at the weekends, Tankardstown House is a dream destination for a midweek break too!
When I head away for a break, the things that I look for are great food, beautiful location and luxury accommodation all coupled with friendly and efficient service. When you add in acres of mature grounds and Ireland's top heritage and historical sites on the doorstep, you are on to a winner, and that is what I found at my recent visit to the lovely Tankardstown House.
ACCOMMODATION AT TANKARDSTOWN
There are seven beautifully appointed heritage rooms in the main house, and I stayed in 'Roisin' which looked out over the grounds and offered blissful peace and quiet along with luxury amenities. These included a large Nespresso machine, which I made good use of, and there was actually another Nespresso Station outside my room in the corridor in case I ran out of those delicious coffee capsules! All the comforts of a great room were right there - deluxe bed and linen; robes & slippers; quality toiletries; bright and spacious bathroom; double shower with great pressure; antique furnishings; work space; flat screen TV and free WiFi. There was also complimentary water and what I loved most of all - those sash windows all opened to allow the fresh air and birdsong into the room!
A great night's sleep was guaranteed.
DINING AT TANKARDSTOWN
Fine dining in a superb stand-alone restaurant is available at Brabazon which is situated just a short distance from the main house in the Tankardstown Garden Village. I strolled past the Orangery, and the seven prettily appointed cottages which offer accommodation to up to thirty-six further guests, and came across the courtyard which is home to both Brabazon and the Cellar Restaurant, which offers simpler fare and where I enjoyed a superb breakfast the following morning.
But back to dinner - there was a choice of either the Tasting Menu, 'A Taste of Land & Sea', or the three course A La Carte. Being a big fan of Ceviche from my time in Mexico and South America with Tuna, Monkfish - in fact all fish - I was really 'wowed' with the great flavours of fennel and lovage that turned this dish into a real taste of sunshine! From the Duck Breast, Dexter Ribeye and Spiced Port Loin, while I stuck with seafood, I could see these other dishes coming to the tables around me to the delight of guests. This kitchen is producing some really inspired food. I had to finish with a real signature dessert - Sheep's Yogurt Souffle with Preserved Blackberry Sorbet - what a finale to a great meal.
Service was excellent and I was introduced to some really unusual Croatian wine which I have never come across before and proved to be a perfect foil to my chosen dishes. The next morning I was back in the courtyard by the walled garden, this time to enjoy breakfast in The Cellar where their own free-range eggs, homemade breads and preserves were served in beautiful stoneware pottery. Service once again was friendly and helpful and the food was thoroughly tasty and wholesome.
I would certainly recommend Tankardstown House for a great break - the Boyne Valley is a beautiful part of Ireland with heritage in spades and historic gardens that are well worth a visit. Check out current packages for even better value at Tankardstown.