Radisson Blu Farnham Estate: Bring your walking shoes to Cavan's secluded gem
Short breaks in Ireland
Cavan's Radisson Blu Farnham Estate has blended the traditional and modern with great staff, good food and natural surroundings says Laura Larkin.
Set the mood
A colleague once suggested that counties Cavan and Longford should be re-branded as Ireland's equivalent of the UK lakelands, an oasis of pretty scenery and luxury spas.
There are certainly worse places you could start than Farnham Estate Spa and Golf Resort to back up this idea. The hotel, set on 1,300 acres of forest walkways with its own lake, boasts pretty much everything you need to get away from it all for a night or two.
The staff are friendly and accommodating, which is something that really can't be oversold when it comes to a relaxing night away.
An Afternoon Tea is always a good excuse for a glass of prosecco before 5pm, and in Farnham it's served in the surrounds of a music room filled with sunshine from giant sash windows. It seems like everyone and their nanny are serving afternoon tea now, so it is nice to enjoy it in classic luxury surrounds where it feels more like a treat.
The Cellar Bar offers a standard pub grub including burgers, curries and chicken wings from 6pm until 10pm, which won't break the bank and allows you time to soak in the atmosphere of the bar's tunnels and alcoves. The bar is set in the former kitchen and living quarters for staff in the original Farnham House.
The food at Botanica Restaurant (above) is worth the extra expense however. Awarded an AA Rosette in 2016, the restaurant offers fresh local produce, with a set three-course menu costing €45pp. Mains range from seared tuna steak to herb-crusted Wicklow lamb.
The spa at Farnham is its crown jewel and it's easy to see why.
With numerous treatment rooms, thermal suites that offer more than just a sauna and an indoor-outdoor pool (yes, it works even in Ireland), it's definitely worth a visit. It's just begun offering ESPA treatments (the first four-star hotel in Ireland to do so) too, including eight tailored facials using SkinVision Technology. Alternatively, try an hour-long full-body massage with essential oils to work out any kinks from the working week.
Just don't let all that relaxation make you too lazy to get out and explore the beautiful grounds. The 1,300-acre estate has some lovely walks.
You came to Farnham for a country break and be prepared to enjoy everything that entails - including the scent from cows that populate the grounds! While they make for a lovely visual effect while out for a stroll, the smell drifts into the courtyard and other areas of the hotel. It's all part of that fresh country air experience I suppose...
Phone signal was patchy at times, but you could see that as a relief because it gives you an excuse to truly switch off.
Get me there
Farnham is a 90-minute drive from Dublin, or alternatively you can travel by bus to Cavan town and organise a taxi to the hotel (a 10-minute trip).
Spa treatments start from €60. For further details and to book treatments, consultations and packages, contact 049 437 7700 or email@example.com.
Summer weekend rates start from €249 per room B&B based on two sharing.
Visit farmhamestate.ie for further information.