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A boutique retreat for an emerald Valentine

18th November 2010 Print
The Restaurant - Wineport Lodge

Whisk your lover off their feet in style for Valentine’s Day with a blissful stay at Wineport Lodge, a luxurious lakeshore retreat in County Westmeath, Ireland where you can enjoy two nights including breakfast in bed each morning and dinner one evening in the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant for just £115 per person per night.*

This stunning part of Ireland, known as the Midlands, offers an idyllic escape for those who like to discover something different and with flights from 19 UK airports into Dublin from as little as £19.99** it’s the perfect time for a romantic retreat in the Emerald Isle.

When you arrive at the charming food-and-wine themed boutique hotel set on the inner lakes of Lough Ree, you’ll be greeted with fresh flowers, handmade chocolates and a glass of Prosecco to settle you into your deluxe lakeview room. Treat yourself to cocktails in the stylish bar and prepare for a delectable dinner in The Restaurant; famed nationally as home of Ireland’s leading celebrity chef TV show, where you’ll tuck into tempting treats such as grilled fillet of seabass, creamy crab and shrimp linguini with citrus fennel salad and delectable desserts including rhubarb and candied ginger brûlée with cinnamon shortbreads.

For a romantic day out, visit Athlone Town and cruise along the Shannon on the Viking Ship, departing from Athlone Castle, with local guide Michael who will fascinate with a tour that covers all things regional; from historical facts through to local fauna, whilst you and your beloved snuggle up under the blankets which are provided to counter the chill. On your return, you’re perfectly placed to pop into Sean’s Bar – the oldest pub in Europe and possibly the world – for a pint of Ireland’s finest before crossing the bridge into the town with its charming blend of quaint cafes and boutiques alongside the stylish indoor shopping centre that boasts a host of high street and designer names.

Back at Wineport Lodge, head up the stairs past the ‘Letters to Wineport’ wall; with its missives from hundreds of happy couples who have married there over the last ten years, to the rooftop cedar hot tub for an unforgettable delight. Top it all off with a pampering session in The Treatment Suite, enjoying a ‘His and Her Ultimate Indulgence’ package which begins with a L’Occitane bath with Verbana or Lavender aromas before indulging in a full body massage using warm aromatic melted oil; all followed by a refreshing glass of champagne or fruit punch.

For bookings visit:

* Price based on a two-night stay for two and includes daily breakfast, dinner one evening and chocolates, flowers and a half-bottle of Prosecco in each room
** See for further details

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The Restaurant - Wineport Lodge