2021 Award Winners MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE 2021

The Wicklow Escape Donard Co Wicklow


If one of Ireland’s most talented chefs cooking hyper-local produce in one of the island’s most under-discovered beauty spots sounds like your kind of food experience, then an all-inclusive night or two at this rustic-chic West Wicklow ‘mountain lodge for foodies’ could be the dream short break. With celebrated chef Danni Barry cooking you breakfast and brunch, a hiking-friendly picnic lunch, plus an informal wood-fired feast and a luxury long-table dinner, what’s not to love? Produce comes from the kitchen garden and greenhouse just metres from the all-female kitchen and other key suppliers are within a three-mile radius. The highlight of this short-stay foodie escape is the long table dinner on the second night, hosted at a bespoke oak table in a stylishly renovated dining room at heart of the original stone cottage. Taken to fine-dining heights with Danni’s signature saucing, this is where she gets to flash the panache that saw her become one of Ireland’s most famous female chefs. Rustic-chic accommodation boasts lovely touches like bespoke spalted birch furniture, but the wonderful food and the outdoor beauty on your doorstep are the stars of this highly unusual experience.

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