The seemingly endless green landscape of Ireland beckons travelers with the promise of a magical pot of gold at the end of the proverbial rainbow.
It’s true. You will feel rewarded after a trip to Ireland!
We’ve visited the Emerald Isle a few times. I went for the first time as twenty-something, and then returned with my husband and family twice in the last five years. Traveling to Ireland with older tweens, teens and adult children is very easy. We mitigated expenses by using miles to travel from the West Coast to the East Coast, and then taking a direct flight to Dublin from New York City.
There’s one direct flight from San Diego to London. Taking this flight was an option, but since we’d have to take a connecting flight to Dublin, the trip would have been too long. We decided to brake it up with a stay in New York for a couple of days. This also helped with the jet lag!
This post will highlight the luxurious Powerscourt Hotel, and the Powerscourt Estate where movies like “The Count of Monte Cristo,” “Ella Enchanted,” and more were filmed here. This gorgeous area isn’t far from Dublin, but its off the beaten path for most travelers. I’ll cover Dublin in a later post.
Ireland was once under England’s domain, but the Irish people battled long and hard to distance themselves from British rule. This resulted in the country being divided into Northern Ireland, which is still part of the United Kingdom and mostly Protestant, and the Republic of Ireland which is predominantly Catholic.
The Republic of Ireland is part of the European Community and the Euro is the currency. To this effect, one of the first things you’ll notice when you visit Dublin is the peaceful co-existence of this city’s past with its young, thriving, and modern culture. This includes a vibrant area housing many of the larger names in tech — a mini Silicon Valley if you will.
We’ve split our visits to Ireland between Dublin and a stay at the luxurious Powerscourt Hotel next door to the beautiful Powerscourt Estate in Enniskerry, County Wicklow.
Our first trip to Ireland was in May of 2013 and we went back May of 2015. We stayed at the Powerscourt Hotel both times; first when it was a Ritz-Carlton property and after it became part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.
We took a private car with a driver from the Dublin airport to the Powerscourt Hotel, which is about an hour away.
Where To Stay
The word ‘luxury’ doesn’t begin to describe the sumptuous decor and exceptional treatment guests experience at the Powerscourt Hotel.
The Powerscourt Hotel is located about a 60 minute drive from Dublin in Enniskerry County. Driving on the newly built M11 is a breeze. However, going through the smaller towns just before arriving at the hotel is like slowly going back in time; pubs, narrow roads, cobbled streets, more pubs, and the picture-perfect landscape is enough to transport you away from reality.
Once there, the best part about staying at this luxury property is witnessing the balance between old-world opulence with a down-to-earth atmosphere.
Fresh flowers in the lobby, a spiral staircase, and the elegant furniture throughout the property are an indication you’ve arrived.
Our three night stay in our spacious room complete with robes, coffee, an a bathroom as big as our guest room’s living room was nothing short of rejuvenating. One room accommodated four adults with room to spare!
After we settled in, we had strong cappuccinos in the upstairs bar overlooking the sprawling green landscape. Later, we got our first pint at the hotel’s own Pub downstairs.
Families are welcomed and catered to seamlessly here, too. There’s plenty of room for kids to roam safely on the grounds of the hotel. They even have a jungle gym for the smaller tikes.
What To Do
These are a few of my favorite things to do in the Powerscourt area:
Complimentary bicycles are parked outside for the taking (honor system)
Umbrellas are handed out on rainy days, so grab one on your way out.
A delicious English Breakfast buffet is served daily
The award-winning ESPA is a slice of serenity
The Powerscourt Estate and majestic gardens are next door. They were voted No. 3 in The World’s Top 10 Gardens by National Geographic. The sprawling gardens are simply breathtaking!
The lush, green and perfectly manicured golf course is across the street
Sugar Loaf Mountain is a great family hike. I made it to the top!
Ireland’s highest waterfall, Powerscourt Waterfall, is also here.
The tiny village of Enniskerry, in county Wicklow, is a bike ride away
The Avoca shop at the Powerscourt Estate is a must. It’s simply gorgeous. The Avoca Mill Store and Café is a larger store with a restaurant, and it’s a short cab ride from the hotel.
It’s worth the visit to the Mill and Café to learn about how they make their gorgeous and colorful blankets and scarfs. After a nice meal at the café, take a walk on the lush grounds.
Know Before You Go
- The Euro is the official currency in Dublin and the Republic of Ireland
- Powerscourt Estate is located about an hour outside of Dublin in Enniskerry, County Wicklow
- If you want to experience luxury, stay at the Powerscourt Hotel. It’s a few steps away from the Powerscourt Estate
- Take a self guided tour of the Powerscourt Estate Gardens. Voted No. 3 in The World’s Top 10 Gardens by National Geographic.
- Book a hiking trip to Sugar Loaf Mountain at the hotel. I wore regular tennis shoes and did just fine.
- Borrow a bicycle from the Powerscourt Hotel and ride to the little village of Enniskerry.
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