Hi strangers! 🙂 I know… it’s been a while. Life is hectic these days, mega busy, and unfortunately blogging has been taking a back seat for me. This year has just whizzed by at a frightening speed – I was looking at my blog stats the other day and noticed that already the top viewed post is Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Westbury, every year it’s the same and that’s when I really know the year is closing in!
What with being run ragged in work lately, myself and my Mam decided on a little spa break to chill out and have some serious rest and escape from the rat race. Since FOREVER the very top of my list has had The Monart sitting there comfortably, waiting to be visited and enjoyed. So many people have told me how fabulous it is so we got a nice package deal for a Sunday night stay with dinner included for €300, packed our bags and got set for a relaxing couple of days.
Not far from Enniscorthy town, the front of the hotel is a beautiful Georgian country house which opens out into the newer addition of the rooms, dining areas and spa. With valet parking offered we mosied straight in while the car was being parked.
The old house is absolutely stunning with numerous cosy and comfortable rooms to laze around in having a chat or a read…. there is wi fi in just one room here and 3/4G reception is sketchy in parts so there is your excuse to switch right off and be unavailable for a few days! 🙂
Every single window you look out from in the hotel leaves you looking out to trees and nature..
While we waited for our room to be ready we decided to have some lunch in The Garden Lounge. Staff couldn’t have been more helpful and the food was great.
Dried Plum Tomato Tart with Toonsbridge Mozarella, Tepenade, Rocket, Walnut and a Balsamic Reduction
Crisp Tempura of Kilmore Cod, Pea Puree & Fries
We finished lunch with a couple of coffees …
…then ventured outside to sit and have a read of the papers and our books with a glass of wine.
As you can see below, the low level style of the hotel blends in with the surroundings in a completely non obtrusive way. They’ve clearly made every effort to ensure the feeling of being amidst nature flows throughout.
The rooms all come with woodland or lake view. Ours was ground floor with a woodland view, super comfortable beds, soft furnishings and a lovely large bathroom.
We also had a nice terrace to sit out on a listen to the birds chirping away in the trees.
I have heard the suites in the old house are something really special so I may keep that in mind for a future visit if anyone wants to treat me 😉
We did a quick change and headed down to the spa area. It has won numerous awards so I was really looking forward to seeing what it offered. It is certainly a totally different style to the more modern take of a Thermal Suite in the likes of Powerscourt Hotel or The Marker, but it works equally as well…. again, views out to greenery and the open windows with the sounds of trees rustling and birds singing set the tone for an amazingly chilled afternoon. There are lots of different areas to the thermal suite including the sanarium, salt grotto, cadarium, aroma cave, mud chamber and hydrotherapy pool…
I have to mention the outdoor Swedish log sauna too… it was fab just sitting there roasting away looking out at the fields.
After the afternoon lazing around we had worked up a hunger by the time our dinner reservation rolled around.
Included in the package was a 3 course meal in the hotel’s find dining restaurant so we had a quick glass of wine before dinner and then got ready to loosen our belts 🙂 “Fine Dining” can sometimes bring connotations of small portions of stuffy overly fancified food but it couldn’t have been further from that. Our meal was perfect and with a couple of glasses of wine it topped off a day full of rest and relaxation
Tomato Soup with toasted croutons and herb oil
Goats Cheese Curd & Beetroot Salad, Rocket Pesto & Balsamic Reduction
Chargrilled Fillet of Beef with Artichoke Puree Root Veg Galette, Chanterelle & Red Wine Jus
Butternut Squash & Cumin Tart Tatin with Cashel Blue Cheese
Baba Au Citron with Lemon Curd Ice Cream & Blackberry Consomme
Callebaut Chocolate Fondant with Wexford Strawberries Sorbet & Prosecco Compote
Breakfast in The Monart offers the usual buffet style continental breakfast, followed by a made to order hot breakfast. Choices included the full breakfast, omelettes, smoked salmon, Eggs Benedict, pancakes, french toast or grilled fish … something for everyone!
After breakfast we stayed for a little while making te most of the facilities then got back on the road completely chilled out! I loved the Monart and will most definitely return when in need of some escape from Dublin. One point to note is that the hotel is Adults Only so this is not the place for an escape with the kiddies! 🙂
Monart Destination Spa The Still Enniscorthy Co. Wexford
Ph: 00353 53 92 38999