Ireland is a land full of great hotels, great hotels and great people. Instead of voyaging across the sea, why not treat yourself to a gourmet getaway right here?
There are plenty of food tours and cookery schools around the country, all offering great experiences. If you find yourself longing for a break, but you don't want to stress about travelling abroad, try a food retreat; you'll learn loads, as well as enjoying a break away from your everyday life.
Read on to find out more about some of Ireland's best gourmet getaways.
Fab Food Trails Tours with Trinity City Hotel, Dublin
The chic Trinity City Hotel is encouraging us all to be tourists by teaming up with Fab Food Trails. The hotel’s new package, which is priced at €262, includes overnight accommodation, breakfast and a Fab Food Trail tour.
The tours are led by locals who really know their way around Dublin’s food scene, promising to bring visitors to eight of the capital’s best foodie spots. Each tour takes three hours, so you are sure to have enough time to taste some great food on your journey.
Ballinwillin House Farm RetrEATs, Cork
If you're looking for a total break from the real world, you need to head down to Ballinwillin House Farm in Cork. The farm's RetrEATs are centred around good food and total relaxation. The package includes two nights, two award-winning breakfasts, a “winefulness” tasting, a kitchen supper, a long table dinner by an award-winning visiting chef and sessions with a visiting guest speaker. This year's RetrEATs will take place on May 31st–June 2nd, September 20th-22nd and November 15th-17th. More details, including booking information, are available here.
West Cork Farm to Fork Experience, Cork
Friday, 12th July- Sunday 14th July
West Cork Farm Tours have teamed up with Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, County Cork, to offer a unique farm to fork experience in July this year. From €395, the package includes a tour of one of the four farms included in the West Cork Farm Tours group, plus breakfast on both mornings, "Afternoon G&Tea" back at Celtic Ross Hotel, followed by a tasting dinner menu later that evening featuring the produce of the farm you visited that morning. Click here to book.
Dunbrody House Hotel, Wexford
Kevin Dundon's Dunbrody House offers a range of great one-day cookery courses, as well as longer courses. Including topics like Thai cuisine, BBQ and grill classes and more, Dunbrody House is a great place for budding foodies to visit. It's also a great place to stay (with a fabulous spa onsite too!), so click here or call 051389600 for more information.
Cookery Courses at MacNean House Hotel, Cavan
Neven Maguire is one of Ireland's favourite chefs, so MacNean House is definitely a must-visit for food retreats. The cookery classes on offer here are gorgeous and participants will leave having truly learned something new. The accommodation onsite is extremely comfortable, so book yourself in for a cookery class and overnight stay to truly relax, while learning something new. Click here for more info.