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Journey the East Coast of Ireland and experience the culture and history of Ireland’s Ancient East. Dine in Ireland’s finest restaurants and taste the Irish sea in the fresh fish and the flavour of herds raised on luscious green pastures. Ireland offers creamy cheese, wild mushrooms, delicious butter and fresh produce from fertile soils. Taste the difference, as you travel with Good Food Ireland's members and expose yourself to the sites and stories of Ancient Ireland, from simple farmhouses to castles, gardens, markets, and a stop-off in Ireland’s food capital.
The accommodation at Ballymaloe is simple and elegant. They have a range of rooms in the main house; some large and airy, with beautiful views over the fields, as well as cosier rooms at the top of the house, in the eaves. Their newer, light filled, garden rooms are at the back of the house and look on to the river and the trees beyond. They also have charming rooms in a lime washed, rose covered, farm building in the courtyard.
All their rooms have a calm and relaxing feel; their beds are comfortable and fresh flowers are brought in from the garden everyday. There are paintings and drawings by Irish modern artists, such as Pat Scott, Michael Farrell, Louis Le Brocquy and Norah McGuinness, throughout the house, as well as examples of Irish studio pottery.
You can have afternoon tea in their drawing room by the fire or in the conservatory, filled with scented geraniums and winter jasmine, which looks on to the gardens and river. There are benches dotted through out the gardens, where you can sit in the summer and read or listen to the sounds of the farm. In winter, the drawing room is warm and peaceful; the perfect place to relax after a long walk by the sea and look out at the wild Irish sky.
It is difficult to encapsulate the qualities that make a great hotel. Large luxurious rooms, exemplary service, the chef, the kitchen, and the superlative food. All these qualities and a little something extra make Brooks Hotel truly special. There are few true havens where you can stay within Dublin's city limits. Arrival at Brooks Hotel, right in the heart of things for shopping and sightseeing, brings gentile peace to the bustle of the city. Enjoy the efficient friendly tones of the welcoming reception staff and relax in modern amenities and elegant style. Room sizes range from classic to deluxe to executive, all with contemporary yet classic touches and all the facilities you need for business or pleasure. Bathrooms are streamlined and modern; with luxury toiletries in case you forgot yours.
Originally built by a Waterford merchant family, the building was also headquarter for Ireland’s first public transport system. In 1979, it was purchased by Liam and Ann Cusack, who embraced this building’s grandeur and charm. Traditions of comfort, excellent service, and hospitality are upheld by second generation Cusacks and, of course, Richard and his team. The glass porch over the entrance leads to a busy lobby area. Here, you will check in and be shown to one of the comfortable 98 rooms or executive penthouses with balconies on the very top floor. These have a fine view of the river out front. Rooms are luxuriously furnished and equipped with all you need for a comfortable stay.
This holiday will take place in Ireland's Ancien East. You will visit Dublin Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny City, Cork, and Kildare.
There is no better way of understanding a culture than by eating its food. Eat your way around the island of Ireland as you get exclusive access to the people behind the best Irish food and hear their fascinating stories. Good Food Ireland is a trusted quality guarantee for premium authentic local food experiences. It is a family of members, all sharing a passionate philosophy and commitment to using local, Irish, seasonal produce. They journey up and down the country, independently inspecting all their members to ensure they meet Good Food Ireland's promise to you.
They offer uniquely connected experiences and unparalleled access, with a wealth of knowledge like no one else. With ten years of showcasing and defining Ireland’s food scene, Good Food Ireland has a proven track record and expertise. Their authentic cultural food travel experiences are designed to immerse you in the farm to fork life that inspires them every day. Let them share their secrets with you. During your holiday, your palate will be surprised with daily breakfast, one lunch at Farmgate Café, one dinner at Brooks Hotel, one dinner at Granville Hotel, one dinner at Bodega Restaurant, and one dinner at Ballymaloe House and Farmgate Restaurant.
You will also stop at Walsh's Bakery for a taste of the famous Waterford Blaa, an authentic Irish bread; enjoy one tasting session of Mr. Jeffares Blackcurrant Farm's delicious fruit and their famous blackcurrant cordial; take part in one private tasting of Highbank Orchards in Kilkenny's delicious range of ciders, gins, vodkas, and liquors, all distilled right on the farm; and delight with one tasting session of craft beers at Dungarvan Brewery. You will be given a Good Food Ireland prepaid roaming gourmet card, worth 100 EUR, for you to spend on food and choose between a wide variety of restaurants, such as the famous Cornucopia, the Ely Wine Bar, Toscana, and Cistín Eile.
The closest airport is Dublin Airport (DUB).