PENNY McCORMICK rounds up things to do and see this bank holiday weekend …
WHAT: I’m looking forward to visiting Mount Congreve Gardens, Co Waterford this weekend, which includes a four-acre walled garden and 16km of winding paths. There’s an interesting programme of events too from a traditional Easter egg hunt this weekend to a Rare Plant Fair and Mindfulness Festival later in the season. Expect to see mature camellias growing en masse and the largest collection of rhododendrons in the world. For further details see www.mountcongreve.com.
WHERE: Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry has just launched a “Secret Romance” package (from €307 per adult sharing) which includes a two-night stay in a deluxe room with a candlelit dinner on one evening of choice. As for other romantic details these include rose petals, chocolate dessert on arrival, champagne at breakfast and a complimentary boat trip to Inisfallen Island or a traditional horse and carriage ride to nearby Muckross Abbey. As for the surroundings, Cahernane couldn’t be more inspiring – guests can walk or use bikes to explore Killarney National Park, which can be seen from the rooms. For more details see www.cahernane.com or call (064) 6631895.
WHY: Three tempting dining experiences to choose from are the following …
As good weather is on the horizon the al fresco Garden Room at Suesey Street, Fitzwilliam Place is chic, comfortable and enticing. The new spring summer menu created by chef Richard Stearn includes daily fish specials such as wild turbot, black sole and John Dory, with interesting garnishes as well as Wicklow lamb and decadent desserts to finish.
There’s still time to celebrate Songkran – Thai New Year – at Saba, which has special menus (and sharing options for families of four upwards) at all branches until April 21. Think spiced aubergine or scallop salads, panfried halibut with papaya and sweet vegetables and the traditional pudding of mango and sticky rice are some of the highlights. www.sabadublin.com.
Or there’s the limited edition Butlers Chocolates Afternoon Tea at The Morrison, Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin, which combines traditional afternoon tea with Easter chocolates. Priced at €30 per person including tea and coffee or served with a glass of prosecco for €37.50, it is available until Sunday April 28 from 12 – 6pm. To book visit www.morrisonhotel.ie or call 01 8872400.
AND … Easter weekend wouldn’t be Easter without a bunny. How about this one – “Two Hares 5” by Margo Banks, one of the exhibits at Solomon Fine Arts Spring Group Show which is on until May 11. www.solomonfineart.ie.
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