JET SET jet set 2 of the manicured grounds. Dress to impress when you head down for 5 dinner, though, as in these surroundings, you definitely don’t want to feel underdressed. There’s a fashionable bar where you can enjoy an aperitif CASTLEMARTYR and the grand piano in the hall can be heard over the early evening chatter. For more casual dining, the contemporary Clubhouse offers tempting dishes and a fantastic kids’ menu in a less formal setting, with stunning RESORT views over the golf course from the huge panoramic window. Castlemartyr Resort is a perfect base from which to explore the delights of 6 Cork City and the beautiful southeast of Ireland. You’ll find ten Blue Flag beaches in the area, as well as quaint fishing villages and harbors which are famed hotspots for whale-watching. The vibrant city centre offers the best of designer shopping and boasts the only Brown Thomas — Ireland’s 3 leading department store — outside of Dublin. There are a host of not-to- be-missed sights as well, including the legendary Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, The Titanic Trail at Cobh where the famous ship last docked and whiskey tasting at the Jameson Distillery. With easy international access via Cork Airport, as well as great motorway links from Dublin, Castlemartyr Resort is ideally positioned for discovering this breathtaking region of Ireland. There are also direct ferries to Cork 1 from the UK for those on a touring holiday. 4 7 Escape to an Elegant For reservations or more information, please visit Manor House Retreat in www.castlemartyrresort.ie, or call +00 353 214 219000. County Cork, Ireland By Madison Freeman he charming 18th century manor house hotel at the five-star T Castlemartyr Resort is just a twenty-minute drive from the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cork, yet it nestles amid 220 acres of breathtaking countryside; with woodland, rolling meadows and a glistening lake providing the idyllic backdrop for this heavenly retreat. 9 10 Steeped in history, the magnificent hotel stands adjacent to 800-year-old castle ruins, originally built by knights under Richard Earl de Clare. The children are treated like little lords and ladies of the manor, with their own charming manor house has been beautifully restored and enhanced to offer Kids Zone packed full of activities. For adventure-seekers, outdoor pursuits 103 elegant rooms and suites, boasting luxurious furnishings, Italian linens — including fishing, sailing, nature tours and quad biking — are all and high-tech flourishes such as touch-panel control for lighting and available nearby and the concierge team are only too happy to assist in drapes. making arrangements for you. With an inland links-style golf course designed by Ron Kirby, fabulous Spa enthusiasts will be in seventh heaven in the peaceful surroundings of 8 wining and dining, a host of resort activities and an incredible spa, the The Spa at Castlemartyr; a 24,400-square foot state-of-the-art wellness resort is popular with couples, families and groups alike. Its combination of center. If you’re after a pampering sojourn, choose from the extensive range of treatments, such as the signature Gaelic Escape massage, which innovative interior design and world-class facilities has attracted celebrities including Beyoncé and Jay-Z who, I’m told, enjoyed the most opulent of uses the exclusive Anne Sémonin product range. The stylish treatment 1. The idyllic Castlemartyr Resort is nestled within 220 acres of breathtaking County Cork 6. Tee off on the estate’s 18-hole inland links-style golf course and enjoy the sensational views rooms induce total relaxation, with two being designed especially for countryside, with castle ruins and a charming manor house hotel offering an idyllic country of the surrounding meadows, woodland and lake. all the suites — the Presidential — with its silk-lined bedroom walls, private retreat. sauna and sumptuous living areas. couples to enjoy a massage together — the perfect prop for rekindling the 7. Make friends with the estate dogs, Earl and Countess, who love a walk with visiting guests. romance in your relationship! Guests can also enjoy swimming in the 2. The hotel reception rooms present an air of style and sophistication. 8. Experience The Spa at Castlemartyr and treat yourself to a signature treatment such as the There’s something for everyone at this Irish gem; with a host of activities ozone-treated pool, relaxing in the sauna and steam room, taking yoga or 3. The Manor House State Room offers luxurious accommodation, spacious interiors and divine Gaelic Escape. including clay pigeon shooting, archery, croquet, strolls through the Pilates classes or simply soaking up the views from the comfort of a deluxe furnishings throughout for a sumptuous look and a cosy home-away-from-home feel. woodland trails with the adorable resort dogs Earl and Countess, boating poolside day bed. 9. Locally sourced produce and seasonal menus will delight guests. 4. Indulge in gourmet dining at its finest in The Bell Tower with its divine locally-sourced on the lake and pony and trap rides around the vast estate. Weekend seasonal menu and incredible wine list. 10. Warm yourself by the firepit by the ancient castle ruins. visitors can step back in time and trace the steps of Sir Walter Raleigh with Gourmets will adore the elegant Bell Tower restaurant with its exquisite, a tour around the ancient castle ruins and manicured gardens, while locally-sourced seasonal menu, impressive wine list and breathtaking views 5. Enjoy acres of stunning countryside.28 AFFLUENT MAGAZINE 29
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