We’re enjoying our BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND with an overnight stay at TEMPLE HOUSE, some retail therapy at Arnotts and Brown Thomas and sampling new Dublin restaurant MORELANDS GRILL …
WHERE: We’re heading to Temple House for the weekend – one of Hidden Ireland’s most discreet properties and the winner, last year, of Georgina Campbell’s “Country House of the Year Award”. The owners are Roderick and Helena Perceval, whose family has lived on the estate since 1665, and they retain the family tradition of relaxed hospitality. Guests can opt for the luxury in-house accommodation, (spacious rooms that mix antique details and inspiring views) where all guests eat at one large table and menus are inspired by fresh local produce, or the self-catering cottage which sleeps eight.
As for activities; Temple House is surrounded by beaches, mountains and sites of archaeological interest. Anglers enjoy pike fishing with overnight guests having the use of boats for the lake. The sight of the estate’s some 1600 gamboling lambs and sheep is a refreshing change to urban traffic. Roderick and Helena are now taking some reservations for dinner Tuesday-Saturday even if you are not staying. Arrive early and enjoy the grounds! www.templehouse.ie.
WHAT: With wedding invitations on the horizon, we’re investigating the new Palace collection by Hobbs at Arnotts which combines on-trend florals with historic references. Hobbs has collaborated with Historic Royal Palaces for this collection, which is inspired by three prominent 18th century princesses (Caroline, Augusta and Charlotte) who married royalty and influenced court culture with their intellectual interests and their passion for botany and nature. Hand-painted butterflies and intricate floral embroidery combine with elegant silhouettes for a timeless collection. www.arnotts.ie.
WHY: We love trying out new restaurants and Morelands Grill, beside the Westin Dublin, features signature dishes cooked on a Spanish Josper charcoal grill. This is the hottest indoor barbecue (temperatures exceed 500 degrees celsius) which gives dishes a unique charcoal flavour. Menu standouts include the crispy duck leg confit, Josper grilled beef fillet and Morelands’ spätzli. Leave room for their chocolate brownie baked cheesecake; apparently a customer’s favourite! Morelands Grill, Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2, (01) 645 1318. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.morelandsgrill.com.
HOW: We’re eager to see the new gourmet products of Dean & DeLuca, which are launching at Brown Thomas this weekend. The legendary New York brand can be found in a Soho-inspired space on Level 3, where customers can buy the famous pasta sauces, risotto kits, truffle oils, porcini sea salts and rare mustard seeds. Kitchenware is also available, so there’s plenty of scope for hostess and foodie gifts. Chocoholics will also love their almonds and hazelnuts in fine chocolate, toffee caramels and cheesecake caramels, also available online. www.brownthomas.com.
AND: We’re making a note in our diary for the preview of the Baal & Tanit summer collection at the Sandymount Hotel. Taking place next Thursday May 4, Irish designer, Lorraine Loughran will present her beautiful range of hand-painted French baskets, clutches and capes. Monogrammed details are a key element of Loughran’s new collection, which also includes scarves and baby blankets. The preview takes place in Whitty’s Restaurant at the Sandymount Hotel, from 7-9pm. For orders and information, email email@example.com, www.sandymounthotel.ie.
Penny Mc Cormick
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