Visited here for 4 nights in one of the lodge’s late September.
The hotel is well located about 10 mins drive max from the main roundabout off the M8.
There is long drive in with the lodges on your left shortly after the entrance.
The whole place is well laid out, lots of parking. The hotel is welcoming and there is a restaurant and bar off it, a children’s playroom and then onwards to the Spa and pool.
There are times when the kids are allowed in the pool and that’s 9-11 and 4-6 which is good if you have or dont have kids. It also has a jacuzzi and the usual stuff. Bring a swimming hat but you can borrow or buy one from the hotel if you don’t have one.
We ate in the main pub restaurant twice - it’s a lovely place to eat. Lots of staff. Crayons for kids. Kids more than welcome and it works well. Decent menu and the food was good.
If staying in the lodges you can’t add dinners or drinks to your bill and pay upon checkout. You pay for the lodge upfront when you check in and pay for whatever
you buy thereafter.
The Clubhouse is further down past the main hotel but walking distance. It’s a lovely clubhouse in a nice setting. The food in there was really good too, plenty of choice (snacks, dinners, sandwiches, scones, etc) and good value. It’s a better choice for food than the main bar where it’s purely dinners there.
There is a number of walks on site. We did the fairy trail one with our 2 year old, it starts very near the lodges which was handy. It’s a nice meandering trek, the fairy doors and what not that they have are great and well presented for the kids to find and explore.
The lodges are very comfortable - nice and modern. Beds are comfy and all rooms ensuite.
The Tv has a good lot of channels including Sky Sports. The WiFi is ok but not great - can be intermittent.
There is lots to do with the wildlife park a short drive away (free access if you have Dublin zoo pass) leahys farm, Cobh, kinsale, midleton and more. There is also a lovely cafe nearby similar to Avoca within the Ballyseedy home and garden centre. It’s called Bakestone.
The lodges are accessed by card like you would a hotel room. It makes no sense there is no express checkout for the lodges given you have paid everything up front. We had to drop those cards all the way back up to reception and then hit the road. It’s a small thing but it’s pointless on behalf of the hotel and should be rectified in a 5 star setting.
Highly recommended and will certainly be back - it caters to all ages and for all sorts of activities.