Try something different this BANK HOLIDAY weekend …
Trinity City Hotel has teamed up with Vintage Tea Tours to give overnight guests the opportunity to explore the city in style, while enjoying a quintessential afternoon tea spread on “Pauline”, a vintage 1960s Routemaster bus.
Check-in to one of the hotel’s stylish newly-refurbished rooms before making your way to the nearby CHQ building across the Liffey, where you can board the dinky double decker before enjoying a tour of the city, accompanied by a vintage jazz soundtrack. The Vintage Tea Tour runs three times daily from Wednesday to Sunday. Prices for The Vintage Tea Break at the Trinity City Hotel starts from €219 per room, including breakfast and the tour. www.trinitycityhotel.com.
Regardless of the weather, The Lodge at Ashford Castle has introduced a picnic in the form of an elegant afternoon tea, served from 2pm to 5pm daily in Wilde’s at The Lodge. When the sun shines on Lough Corrib, the Perfect Picnic Afternoon Tea can be arranged on the lawn.
Savoury goodies include Kelly’s of Newport lamb sausage roll, Andarl Farm pork pie with apple jelly, Burren Smoke House salmon, Dillisk cream cheese and pickled cucumber fingers, accompanied by a range of salads, slaws and sweet treats to follow. Crème brûlée, tiramisu espresso and Bea Tollman’s famous cheesecake are all in the hamper alongside homemade drinks served in vintage-style picnic bottles such as Alex’s Ginger Beer or Seb’s Iced Tea.
The Perfect Picnic Afternoon Tea costs €27.50 per person. Extend your picnic to include an overnight stay from €210 with breakfast.
The stunning Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny, set within 170 acres of parkland, offers guests all the charm of a country estate built around an elegant 17th century house which has been returned to its former glory through sympathetic preservation and features one of the best collections of Irish art in the country. The drama of the old house and the clean, contemporary design of the new hotel are blended seamlessly. Overnight guests can enjoy the facilities and also indulge in Afternoon Tea in the conservatory, which enjoys views onto “Lady Charlotte’s Garden”, a beautiful old rose garden, created by a previous owner who lived in the original house. The estate is running special offers, including A Taste of Lyrath which is a midweek one-night stay for two which includes breakfast, a mini-spa treatment and Afternoon Tea, from €120 per adult sharing.
The historic 17th century Carton House in Co Kildare is currently offering a tempting Afternoon Tea Spa Retreat. Slip into a fluffy robe and slippers on arrival before enjoying a 55-minute treatment of your choice by Parisian brand, Darphin, with a refreshing sorbet to cleanse the palate. Then indulge in a decadent Afternoon Tea. There’s no sense of rush as guests have unlimited access to the spa’s relaxation room, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gymnasium with complimentary fresh fruit and juices. This Half Day Afternoon Retreat is €100, valid from Tuesday – Thursday, with Afternoon Tea served at 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm. For reservations contact 01 6517744, firstname.lastname@example.org. www.cartonhouse.com.
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