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During this holiday, travel to Waterford and Cork and taste food cooked straight from the doorsteps of the finest restaurants, country homes, and local bakeries. Sample local delicacies and indulge in full body relaxation with a massage. Discover Ireland’s Ancient East, shaped by food traditions, thousands of years old, that have been tweaked and transformed to present you with a contemporary Irish cuisine, which will excite and inspire.
Tannery Townhouse is the perfect place to hit your inner snooze button. It offers 14 rooms combining the quiet luxury of a great Irish guesthouse with a bustling base at the heart of Dungarvan. Set just around the corner from the restaurant, you will find chic décor imbued with The Tannery’s trademark attention to detail. The rooms offer free Wi-Fi and louvred shutters for that lie-in before strolling over to the Tannery Restaurant for a freshly cooked breakfast.
The Cliff House Hotel is a five-star, privately owned luxury hotel, located close to Cork and Waterford. The building seems to cling to a cliff on the south side of Ardmore Bay, where there has long been a fishing village and a Christian settlement that pre-dates St. Patrick.
From sun-drenched terraces and private balconies, it is possible to see Ardmore’s sands, lobster pots, and dolphins that play out on the water. All the luxury rooms and suites are sea-facing, while many are interconnected to provide family-friendly configurations.
From this dramatic coastal location in Ireland’s gourmet heartland, you can enjoy some of the country’s best restaurants; including their own Michelin-starred House Restaurant from Martijn Kajuiter. They also have a bar with an outdoor terrace for summer dining.
The intimate destination spa, The Well, is a key attraction. They are close to a number of Ireland’s championship golf courses and encourage outdoor adventures to support your wellness goals. Your Cliff House experience will always be enriched by accurate, old world service that is warm and true to the Irish spirit.
Their design is Irish modern, with white walls, cupa stone columns, sedum moss-covered roofs, and limestone terracing. They have Ireland’s largest private collection of campaign furniture and specially commissioned artisanal works, from handcrafted glass pieces by Glasshammer to individual resin designs by Sasha Sykes.
Begin your journey in Dungarvan, Waterford, where you will stay at the famous Paul Flynn’s Tannery, a boutique townhouse and one of Dungarvan's old residential buildings, very close to the pretty harbor area and conveniently placed for a brisk refreshing stroll on the promenade. The house's period lines have been followed to restore its gentile presence; original features, like the big sash windows and generously proportioned rooms, are par for the course but, as always with the Flynn’s, with a contemporary twist. Breathe in the fresh salt air of this waterside quaint town and have a wander to see its beautiful waterfront and cute winding streets before dinner.
Dinner is a special affair at the Tannery Restaurant. Here, you will see contemporary Irish cuisine, cooked with French flair. You may find some traditional cuts and ideas here but be sure they will be given the Flynn twist on the plate. The Tannery is unarguably one of Ireland's leading restaurants. It is a place to enjoy the chef's style of contemporary Irish cooking based on good local produce.
Retire, only to wake to more good food. Delight over breakfast in bed, as your room homes a fridge loaded with fruit compotes, Irish yoghurts, cereals, fresh juices, coffees, and tea. You can also enjoy a full cooked menu, which is just as splendid as everything else served in this food haven. When you have eaten your fill, it is time to travel to Cappoquin to taste a Waterford Delicacy. Here, you will try freshly baked Waterford Blaa, as well as enjoy an enthused tour of Barron’s Bakery, where our passionate bakers will treat you to some tea and freshly baked scones.
Next, you will go to Sage Café for a light bite of lunch in Youghal. Enjoy seaside views, a light stroll, and then sit down for the freshest produce in this cozy café, which has good food right at its heart. Once you get your fill of seaside antics in this picturesque little town, go to Ardmore for a little history. Visit the round tower at Ardmore, go to ancient little church, and bask in this piece of living history, before enjoying a hearty home cooked meal at White Horses Restaurant. This restaurant takes its seaside tradition seriously, serving up warming dishes to satisfy the sea air encouraged hunger.
Next on the menu is the Cliff House Hotel, which is stylish, chic, and oh so smart. From the moment you step inside, you will feel its special seaside tranquility seeping into your pores. Wake to a shower overlooking the bay, in a bathroom with a gorgeous view, and then head for a breakfast you will not be forgetting in a hurry. Try a steamy bowl of homemade porridge with fresh cinnamon or apples, a dollop of Glenilien Farm yoghurt, some smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, baked breads, and freshly squeezed juices.
Spend the day unwinding in this gorgeous seaside village, before returning for a relaxing massage followed by dinner. Dinner will be extravagant, served in the Cliff House Hotel’s Michelin Star Restaurant. Indulge in an exquisite tasting menu, that demonstrates the chef's carefully honed culinary skills, and marvel over the freshest of local produce, turned into art.
Sink into your bed, full of sea air and good food and wake to a Good Food Ireland gift box souvenir to take home with you. Each bite will be a reminder of Waterford’s gentle coast and the food treasures you found there.
This holiday will take place in Waterford and Cork, Ireland.
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During this holiday, you will enjoy a full body, relaxing massage at The Cliff House Hotel. Their luxury spa, The Well, takes its name from the sacred spring at St Declan’s Well, which is a short walk from the hotel, in Ardmore. They offer a range of natural therapies that reflect their seaside location and also encourage active wellness, with a menu that allows you to get fit and feel rejuvenated in the big outdoors.
Whether you opt for a seaweed facial or specialist bath using Irish peat, the healing power of the ocean and Ireland’s natural assets lies at the heart of the experience. The Well is set in the rock face, with a relaxation room and couple’s treatment room facing the sea to make use of the calming horizon.
They have chosen to work with two product ranges that reflect their values: the cult French skincare collection from Anne Semonin, which combines essential oils, trace elements, and marine ingredients; and the Voya range of products, made exclusively with certified organic seaweed harvested from the Irish coast.
The closest airport to Waterford is Waterford Airport (WAT).