Why Stay Here?
- Family Friendly Hotel.
- Fabulous Revas Spa.
- Peaceful picturesque setting.
It is very unusual to find a hotel that is both friendly, family run, family friendly, and also home to a deluxe spa! I found the Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel - www.woodlands-hotel.ie to be quite unique in what it offered to its guests, and certainly worthy of a strong Hotel Reviews Ireland recommendation. Nestled in 40 acres of landscaped gardens just outside the village of Adare, the approach to the hotel was impressive. As I drove up the tree-lined driveway the birds were singing, ducking and diving, and guests were sitting outside in the sunshine enjoying afternoon tea. There was ample parking with no long walk to the reception and first impressions were very positive.
ACCOMMODATION AT WOODLANDS HOUSE HOTEL
There are 94 bedrooms and mine was spacious with a large bay window looking out over the front gardens. The bed was exceptionally comfortable, the furniture was tasteful and the room was full of light with windows that open. There was a smaller bedroom with two single beds just off the main bedroom, so this would be a perfect suite for a young family. The bathroom had a bath and shower with the best pressure I have come across in ages – it was almost like a massage in itself! I liked the fact that my bedroom was on ground floor level, as half the hotel’s bedrooms are, as this is so much safer for families and much more pleasant if you have lots of luggage than going floors up in an elevator.
FIELDINGS OF ADARE
The newly refurbished hotel includes an excellent stand-alone reataurant, Fieldings of Adare. Timmy Macs is still open for all-day and evening food, and The Brennan Room is available for private parties and special functions.
Fieldings of Adare is taking the dining experience up a notch or two, and I was impressed with the use of local suppliers and ingredients, seasonal dishes, and creative dishes. The dining room is lovely - very retro, comfortable, well appointed with lots of mirrors and calm colours.
The menu was certainly tempting, and it was reassuring to see local supplier details given for all products. How sweet to start with a Kir Royal, Prosecco or Cosmopolitan before you get down to choosing your courses! Exceptional home-made breads arrived at the table, and the brown bread was so good that I took a loaf home with me the following morning! I started with a very lovely Baked Smoked haddock topped with a poached free range egg, and it was delicious and perfectly balanced and presented. There was also a Fieldings Artisan Platter on offer, which would delight gourmet meat lovers. From the main courses I opted for a succulent rump of Limerick lamb, cooked perfectly pink as requested, with the mint jus coming in a separate ramekin and a tasty butternut squash risotto. Other choices included Angus Beef Sirloin, pan fried Whiting, Supremne of Chicken and a vegetarian dish of Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli.
It was an interesting menu with good choices and well priced, so something for everybody is available. Service was freindly and attentive, and the dining room itself really is exceptionally comfortable. From the carefully chosen wine list, I opted for a couple of glasses of Pinot Noir which was a perfect foil for both my haddock and lamb.
Now here’s the thing about spas. As the man said a spa is like a car, it includes everything form a Mini to a Mercedes – how true that is! A few small beauty rooms does not a spa make, yet some hotels seems to think they can get away with that. Not so at Woodlands House Hotel. Revas is the real-deal, a fabulous luxury spa with a South Pacific feel; tastefully designed Thermal Suite; cocooning relaxation area; large outdoor Jacuzzi; couples treatments rooms and a full menu of spa and pampering treatments. The spa area is located away from the main hotel, but you can access it through corridors past the Leisure Centre and so can visit in your robe from your room. I opted for a wonderfully holistic and relaxing Essence of Fiji treatment. This exotic treatment included a nurishing coconut exfoliation, moisturising massage and a luxe facial. The signature treatment is exceptionally relaxing, and I felt totally de-stressed and nourished as I spent time cocooned in my relaxation cubicle afterwards.
I really appreciated the design and mooted colours of the Spa ambiance. With eighteen treatment rooms and spacious reception, relaxation and treatment areas, Revas Spa is a world away from the busy hotel, yet is ideal for couples, girly groups and also a perfect compliment for the adults in the family! I also liked that Revas Spa offers a full range of beauty treatments, and was interested to learn that they offer hen party spa packages - a wonderful for the girls to relax and bond prior to the big day.
Woodlands is a great little hotel, one that knows and understands its guests and delivers on all levels.
This carries a strong Hotel Reviews Ireland recommendation.
What to do in the Area?
The Woodlands Hotel is located just outside the pretty village of Adare and ten miles from Limerick city centre. With the fabulous REVAS SPA - www.revasspa.ie – the hotel itself is a great location for a Spa Break. The reception area has a host of information leaflets on activities for the whole family to enjoy in the vicinity. These include:
The Adare Heritage Centre where you can step back in time and enjoy a journey through Adare's unique history – www.adareheritagecentre.ie
Stonehall Visitor Farm is home to a wide range of rare and domestic animals. www.stonehallvisitorfarm.com
Golf enthusiasts are well catered for with the world class Adare manor Golf Club, hotel guests at Woodlands Hotel can enjoy reduced green fees. www.adaremanorgolfclub.com
For racing enthusiasts Limerick Racecourse has an extensive fixture and themed race event. www.limerickraces.ie
More information on local attractions and activities available from the reception at Woodlands House Hotel.