Gourmet Getaways in the Boyne Valley

By Rebecca Meade

Gourmet Getaways in the Boyne Valley

This Summer escape to the beautiful Boyne Valley and immerse yourself in a land of many sights, sounds and tastes that are just waiting to be discovered. Stay in a grand Country House, a Castle, go Glamping, experience 5 star luxury on the seashore or bask in the comfort of a luxurious hotel, in the Boyne Valley you will be spoiled for choice when choosing where to lay your head. Whether you are traveling solo, as a couple or with friends & family their is something to suit your needs with hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, self catering and glamping options. 
All our members pledge to use locally produced food and drink across their menus wherever possible to give you a real flavour of the Boyne Valley when you dine there and they are also signed up to the Fáilte Ireland Covid Safety Charter so you know you are going to be in good hands.
In this blog we look at all our members who are currently open and offering special offers this summer. 

Rock Farm, Slane

Rock Farm Slane offers luxury ecotourism glamping & accommodation on the River Boyne between April and November for fun-packed holidays or private events.

 
They offer stays for everyone, from single travelers, couples and families visiting Slane, Newgrange (Bru Na Boinne), the River Boyne or The Boyne Valley, as well as those wanting to participate in adventure activities and large groups of up to 30 people.
Glamping at Rock Farm Slane
The luxury Eco Glamping is nestled on a beautiful hillside overlooking Slane Castle, enclosed in a secret grove of parkland trees overlooking meadows and the demesne woodlands on the North bank of the River Boyne.
The Glamping boasts quick access to the beautiful Boyne Meadow along the River Boyne and the Boyne Navigation Ramparts Walk below which will take you into Slane or along the river to Navan. The parkland surrounding the boutique campsite is a designated Natural Heritage Area and Special Area of Conservation and includes an interesting bird population (herons, cormorants, egrets) and a thriving population of Irish hares who are often seen leaping across the field on their way to neighbouring pasture or woodland.
Book your visit here https://rockfarmslane.ie/

Headfort Arms

Celebrating 50 years at the helm in 2022, The Duff family welcome you to their 4 star hotel in the heritage town of Kells, in the heart of the Boyne Valley and Ireland's Ancient East. Only 45 minutes from Dublin Airport, the Headfort offers the perfect base for exploring the lush green landscape of the surrounding region.
Offering a great array of activities including Headfort Golfing (36 Holes and host to the European Challenge Tour 2019), Hiking & Spa packages, the visitor can relax in bespoke accommodation and beautiful outdoor spaces after a day of discovering the Boyne Valley.
At the Headfort you are spoilt for choice with dining options including the award winning Vanilla Pod Restaurant, Cafe Therese, Headfort Lounge and traditional Irish Pub; The Kelltic Bar, the Courtyard present more casual options, all using locally sourced produce from the impressive display of Boyne Valley Producers, beautifully showcased in seasonal and fresh menus. Latest additions include the new 'Terrace', a heated outdoor dining area as well as the Headfort Garden Kitchen in the leafy surrounds of a beautiful urban garden.
The Headfort currently have several fantastic offers including a Boyne Valley Picnic Package where they supply you with an array of home-baked treats, savory and sweet pastries, lemonade all packaged in sustainably and they will also supply you with a waterproof picnic blanket so you can decide for yourself on the perfect spot for your picnic! On return, they will treat you to a Headfort Cocktail of your choice made by our mixologist to celebrate being finally away for the night!
Check out this package & more over here-https://secure.headfortarms.ie/bookings/packages

Tankardstown House

Tankardstown House and Restaurant, is set amongst an 80 acre estate of woodland, parkland, courtyards and walled gardens, just 7kms from the village of Slane. The name of Tankardstown has become synonymous with good food, in both Brabazon Restaurant, which is open to residents and non-residents alike, and in the high end celebratory dining offered to Wedding Guests and Conference Groups.
The 'Garden Village' area is where you will find the award winning Brabazon Restaurant, boasting fine dining and an extensive covered outdoor dining terrace. The team of talented Chefs offer seasonal dishes created from local produce where possible. The beauty of the Estate is the walled kitchen garden and polytunnels, from which the Chefs, can select vegetables, salads and herbs in season to offer to guests.  Accompaniments on menus change depending on what the kitchen gardener deems to be in perfect condition. Both casual lunch and classic evening dining is served Wednesday through Sunday. The dining experience in Brabazon is a feast for the eyes and the palate!
This summer they have a fabulous Dine & Dream Package along with several others.
Dine & Dream Package offers accommodation in one of their beautifully appointed courtyard cottage suites or Main House rooms, Dinner in the multi award winning Brabazon Restaurant, to enjoy the Tankardstown 'Farm to Plate' Tasting Menu, finishing with a freshly cooked breakfast the following morning.
Whether you decide to unwind with a good book in front of the fire or grab an estate map and take a stroll, there is something to suit everyone's tastes and ambition, for a luxury stay in the Boyne Valley.
Book this package & see more over here-https://secure.tankardstown.ie/bookings/packages2


Conyngham Arms

The Conyngham Arms is a classic country village hotel and traditional country kitchen restaurant, set in the heart of historic Slane, Co. Meath. A beautifully restored 18th Century coaching inn, offering luxurious accommodation and good food in a traditional warm and atmospheric setting. Just a 2-minute drive from Slane Castle and only the short distance to Historic sites such as the Hill of Slane, Frances Ledwidge Cottage, and Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth whilst just down the street from the beautiful craft,art, and artisan food shops that this Manor Village has to offer.
They have an extensive outdoor dining area where guests can enjoy dining alfresco in the beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the Slane Castle Estate. The restaurant has recently received an AA Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence, for another consecutive year.
This summer they have a special Gourmet Getaway Packages which includes an overnight stay in luxurious accommodation choose from one of their individually decorated single, double, twin, deluxe or family rooms. Guest can then look forward to a three course Meal in their award winning restaurant followed by a bountiful breakfast the next morning.
Book this package & see more over here https://www.conynghamarms.ie/

Scholars Townhouse Hotel

Steeped in over 150 years of history, Scholars Townhouse Hotel is a destination that is truly at the heart of the Drogheda community. Originally a Christian Brothers monastery, the family-run hotel is now renowned for its award-winning food, friendly atmosphere and beautiful setting.
Its restaurant, bar & gastrolounge, 16 boutique bedrooms, and private function rooms, serve as the ideal destination for a variety of occasions. Whether it be a wedding, holiday, or social visit, our warm and welcoming staff will ensure your experience is a memorable one.
Scholar's Hotels food has been awarded two AA rosettes for culinary excellence, making us them of the most well-known food destinations in Drogheda. They also stock a selection of fine wines, craft beers, spirits, liquors and barista-style coffees; and we, of course, offer signature cocktails as well.
This Summer they have created an atmospheric outdoor dining area where you can enjoy all their delicious food & drinks. 
They have lots of fabulous special packages and the location makes it an excellent base from which to explore the Boyne Valley.
Check out all the packages & book over here https://www.scholarshotel.com/

The Cottages

Dating back over 300 years, The Cottages Ireland are 6 exclusive, luxurious thatched holiday cottages superbly set in a hamlet like setting on Ireland’s east coast.
These unique 5 star whitewashed seaside cottages are situated on the famous six mile sandy beach between the villages of Bettystown and Laytown, just 25 minutes from Dublin Airport, making them the perfect base from which to explore the hidden treasures of the Boyne Valley and Ireland’s Ancient East.
Set amongst picturesque organic gardens, part of the Boyne Valley Garden Trail, The Cottages are that wonderous thing, an undiscovered treasure, somewhere once experienced never to be forgotten. With uninterrupted sea or garden views take time to exhale in this oasis of calm and beauty, above all relax, revive, recharge. You will not be disappointed!
The Cottages are private and gated and can be enjoyed by families, couples, honeymooners - anyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of modern day living and experience an idyllic haven of peace and relaxation.

Dunboyne Castle

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is a luxury estate, nestled in 21 acres of lush green Meath countryside. The Georgian mansion which welcomes visitors today was originally built in 1764, on the same site as the original castle. Though it’s been extensively refurbished in the centuries since, it retains the charm of the era it was built in. A sweeping tree lined drive and manicured gardens offers an awe inspiring approach, while on the interior, pretty stucco plasterwork cornices decorate the halls and chandeliers glitter from ceiling.
 
 
The Ivy Restaurant’s menus are developed with culinary awareness, and an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced produce.
The outside Terrace enjoys direct sunshine and as the evening begins to fall, the partially covered and heated Terrace is an ideal location to retreat and enjoy a delicious cocktail, a craft beer or a full bodied glass of red wine. There are plenty more options, you just need to ask.
Overlooking manicured gardens it offers a range of casual dining options from morning coffee, to bar bites over lunch, afternoon tea or nibbles and cocktails in the evening.
This summer they have several special offers that you can find and book over here https://www.dunboynecastlehotel.com/

The Lawrence

The Lawrence is a luxury, boutique hotel situated in the Ancient North East of Ireland. This summer they have lots of fantastic packages including their Staycation Haven package which includes an overnight accommodation in one of their luxurious rooms, breakfast the next morning, a sumptuous dinner in their restaurant, a relaxing treatment in the house spa and a take away picnic to enjoy in the beautiful Boyne Valley.
Book this package & find out more over here https://thelawrence.ie/

The Station House Hotel 

Established in 1984 by the Slattery Family, The Station House Hotel is the Boyne Valley and County Meath's top Country House Hotel. Sitting in 12 acres of manicured gardens and woodland in the heart of the Boyne Valley, here you will find a warm welcome from the Slattery’s and their team, great food and service, and a chance to escape in elegant and charming surroundings.
On Saturday 21st August, they will be hosting their next Boyne Valley Tasting Dinner, with 7 courses of delicious food sourced directly from their doorstep in the Boyne Valley, each course paired with a wine specially selected by their in house sommelier. Available for overnight guests only until indoor dining restrictions lift. Book your room now on our website www.stationhousehotel.ie

Hideaway at Foxhollow

 

Hideaway at Foxhollow is a luxury self catering farmhouse, with welcome hamper and stoves lit on arrival, awaiting guests in the heart of Co. Meath, between Kells & Athboy, a perfect location to visit the Boyne Valley region . Hideaway at Foxhollow is a beautifully restored farmhouse, which has been tastefully decorated retaining that cosy charm .This is self catering with a difference, as making sure guests enjoy the comfort and luxury of Hideaway is a priority!
Guests can look forward to an exceptionally high standard of accommodation with a welcome hamper on arrival wood burning stove lit ,gorgeous bedrooms all with their own individual style and a charming kitchen with dining area ideal for enjoying cosy suppers with handcrafted pottery designed by Roger Harley.
They are located down a picturesque avenue through their families cattle grazing farm and have a charming pub and convenience store within 5 mins walk or you can borrow some bikes and maybe cycle through the wonderful Girley Eco Raised Bog nearby. They offer short and longer breaks at the farmhouse and catering or breakfast can be arranged prior to arrival for family occasions ,wedding guests etc. Last but not least why not just chill out in the pretty garden and enjoy the tranquility or just pick some herbs for supper ,Magical Meath awaits you.

 Book your stay over here https://hideawayatfoxhollow.com/#luxury

Kiltale Holiday Homes

Family friendly farm holiday near Dublin, close to many tourist attractions. A hands on farm experience for children of all ages. Lots to see and do on the farm children or adults never get bored. Also summer farm camp in July and August. 
Kiltale Holiday Homes 4 * approved self catering accommodation on a working farm, guests can partake in the daily farm chores , bottle feed baby goats and lots more fun activities.
Find out more and book your stay over here https://www.meathselfcatering.com/

The Castle Arch Hotel

The Castle Arch Hotel is an award winning three star boutique hotel, taking the Trip Advisor Choice Award for 2012 among other laurels. They offer several dining options & are located in a great place to explore Trim and the Boyne Valley.
They have lots of great packages available this summer which you can book over here https://www.castlearchhotel.com/index.html

The Ardboyne Hotel

The Ardboyne Hotel is located in Navan making it an great location for exploring the Boyne Valley this Summer. 
They offer several dining options and have lots of great packages which you can book over here https://www.ardboynehotel.com/

The Newgrange Hotel

The Newgrange hotel in Ireland is a luxurious and enchanting destination in the heart of Navan. 
They offer several dining options and have a newly renovated outdoor dining area perfect for summer dining.
Check out all their special offers and book over here https://www.newgrangehotel.ie/index.html