Why Stay Here?
- Mount Wolseley Hotel is set in acres of beautiful midlands countryside.
- Magnificent Christy O'Connor designed golf course and exceptional Wolseley Spa.
- Gourmet experience at Frederick’s Restaurant.
It is the road less traveled that brings the pleasant surprises, in my experience. In this case it was the road to beautiful County Carlow, a lush and lovely east-midlands pocket of Ireland that is not too far from anywhere really, but somehow still undiscovered. The M9 Motor Way brought me close and the signage brought me the rest of the way - even before my SatNav spoke a word! They say you learn something new every day, and this day I discovered a place and a hotel that impressed me greatly and ensured that from now on I would not be a stranger in this area!
ACCOMMODATION AT MOUNT WOLSELEY
The drive up to the hotel is impressive, parking is easy and the lobby area is fabulous. Large sweeping staircase, soft colours and elegant design. Checking in was very friendly and helpful, and off to the room. One thing I noticed which we do not see in too many hotels these days – the toilet and bathroom were completely separate rooms! Bathroom had a large power-shower and separate bath, magnifying mirror and speakers so you could hear the television in the bath! The bed was super comfortable; I had speedy WiFi connection, television, controllable heating, robes and slippers, and a window that opened to allow the fresh country air in. And my view was out over the lush golf course. I heard that Mount Wolseley will be will be home to the European Challenge Tour from the 11th – 18th September 2017.
I slept peacefully in this room and awoke to the sound of birdsong, but not before I set out to experience the spa.
THE WOLSELEY SPA
The first important feature was access to the spa; this is done directly from the lift outside my bedroom to the basement, so there was no crossing the reception in the robe! Also the Leisure Centre, while also situated in the basement, is completely separate from the spa. It is an oasis of peace and calm – just as a good spa should be. There are a full range of Elemis therapies for both men and women, a wide range of beauty treatments and packages are available too. As I had been driving all day and had just flown back into the country the day before, I was in need of some serious massage therapy. This was perfectly catered for with a wonderful Hot Stone Massage from my excellent therapist, Irena. I was well relaxed afterwards, and all before chilling out in the relaxation room for the final half hour. Here I was treated to a choice for drinks and fruit, blankets and magazines, headphones and soft lighting for those who wanted to snooze or read or even day-dream before or after their chosen treatment. This is such a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, the treatment would make a fabulous present, especially to yourself! There are packages for Golfers, Hen Parties and Couples, and with fourteen treatment rooms available, this is a serious spa facility.
FREDERICK’S RESTAURANT AT MOUNT WOLSELEY
We went down to the dining room with big appetites and spent two hours over a long and lovely dinner. The restaurant itself is bright and elegant with large windows and we were seated close to the window with good views over the well-appointed dining room. Service was impeccable and we were brought some lovely fresh home-baked breads to start and some still water. Our menu choices for starters included a really interesting take on the classic Caesar Salad, with two deep fried chicken Caesar croquettes sitting atop the Little Gem lettuce and Parmasan shavings. The plate was cleared! Our other starter was the delicious seared scallops - perfectly succulent and served with beetroot ravioli, butternut squash veloute and crisp pancetta and toasted pumpkin seeds were scattered on top. Two imaginative starters indeed. For our mains we opted for a meat and a fish dish respectively. For me it was the Roast Turbot - a fabulous fish and this generous portion was perfectly moist and served with some baby spinach and fennel croquette. Once again we cleared our plates.
The wine list is well put together with a good choice of wines by the glass. We tried the Merlot and Chardonnay respectively, and I had a glass of Point Noir with the turbot. I particularly liked that we were offered to taste the wines before our individual glass were poured. A nice touch - certainly full marks for service.
Breakfast is served in Frederick’s also, and was a self-service affair with excellent choices and hot food cooked fresh to order. Incidentally I was told that the restaurant gets its name from the original owner of the estate, Frederick York Wolseley!
Afternoon Tea in the Library is very popular at Mount Wolseley, and while I did not get to sample it on this occasion, I will certainly come back for that treat
This is a lovely hotel; friendly, elegant and lots to offer. It is a very popular wedding hotel, and great for families also particularly with the self-catering houses on site. Golf, conferences - with dedicated area for up to eight hundred delegates - family packages, weddings and of course top-class spa and restaurant. Mount Wolseley alone is worth visiting County Carlow for.
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Highly recommended by Hotel Reviews Ireland in 2017
What's to do in the Area?
The 18-hole championship golf course at Mount Wolseley is nestled in the rolling hills of County Carlow. With its broad fairways, unforgiving rough and picturesque water hazards, Mount Wolseley has played host to a number of national and international golf competitions. It is one of the top twenty-five courses in Ireland as voted by "Golfing Ireland."
Rathwood is just ten minutes away with a 10% discount card for hotel guests. This comprises an award winning garden centre with exclusive shops, birds of prey, a maze of Ireland and woodland walks.
Altamont Gardens is widely respected as the jewel in Ireland's gardening crown. An enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens with riverside walks covering over 40 acres. Admission is free.
Delta Centre Sensory Gardens include a water and woodland garden, a sculpture garden, a musical garden and a formal rose garden amongst others. These gardens are Carlow's best-kept secret and an oasis of peach,beauty and tranquility for all to enjoy.
Angling is important in the area with its two rivers, the Barrow and the Slaney offering angling enthusiasts great fishing. Other outdoor activities include quad biking and outdoor fun-parks. There are three national walking routes, equestrian, canoeing and undisturbed cycling trails. County Carlow is a natural choice for outdoor holidays. There is also a Carlow garden trail featuring different types of gardens including old gardens that have been lovingly restored and maintained for years. There are also cinemas and theatres and museums and some great shopping areas. More details from the hotel, and check out www.carlowcountymuseum.ie , www.carlowtourism.com and www.failteireland.ie