Eco hotel with prominent guests
The hotel is located in the spectacular Wicklow Mountains, just over 15 minutes from Glendalough and Wicklow National Park. The three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis also lives not too far. Aer Lingus offers several direct flights from Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich to Dublin, from there you can continue by bus (eg via Arclow) or with a chauffeur service.
And even if owner Evan Doyle likes to ignore it, even the big Dublin IT companies are more often his guests. In the then largely dilapidated Macreddin Village Doyle 1990 first opened the restaurant The Strawberry Tree, later a hotel. Since 1999 he runs the BrookLodge - organic bakery, grocery store, smokehouse and two restaurants inclusive.
Ireland's only certified organic restaurant
In general, Doyles has Concept especially with good, healthy food: The Strawberry Tree is Ireland's only certified organic restaurant and has been awarded 2013 by Feinschmecker and Michelin. It offers only wild and natural food from local organic farmers, as well as ingredients sourced by the chefs from the forests and from the fields around Macreddin. The 9 course menu, which I was allowed to test, shows that ecological demands and culinary delights must not be ruled out.
The second restaurant is La Taverna Armento, which is based on a partnership with the South Italian town of the same name and offers a complete southern Italian menu. Evan Doyle is also a member of Eurotoques and has organized the National Food Forum in the last six years. He is closely associated with the Slow Food movement in Ireland, chairman of the Taste Council of Ireland and director of the Organic Trust.
Eco-hotel in country-house style
The Brooklodge Hotel and Wells Spa today has 86 “Country House” style rooms. Many of the rooms are equipped with four-poster beds or double beds and seating by the window from where you can enjoy the landscape - or, as in my case, look out over a small river. There is also the private Brooke Hall hotel with 24 rooms, which can be rented entirely for events.
The facility also focuses on ecology when it comes to equipment and energy generation: Not only that you are surrounded by free-range chickens while drinking tea in the garden, the hotel also relies on geothermal energy, waste separation and recycled paper. “When we started, we had to organize everything ourselves because there was no infrastructure for that at the time. Today people recognize the pioneering achievement, ”says Evan Doyle.
Event and meeting locations
Various rooms are available for events: The four conference suites hold between ten board-style people and 74 theater-style people. The Maccredin Hall almost up to 120 persons. The Brook Hall River Room has a capacity of up to 250 people, The White Room can accommodate up to 350 people. An extraordinary location, which is also available for companies, is the chapel with space for about 150 persons.
The entire hotel is equipped with free Wi-Fi, in the conference rooms screens, beamer, audio and lighting technology are available, some of them are also equipped with a private bar.
Team building and activities
For groups, various activities are offered, such as horse riding, but the little ecological Off Road Driving, Gaelic Games Experience or Archery. There is an 65 acre golf course, designed by the winner of the European Ryder Cup, Paul McGinley.
Among the activities to be highlighted are the Wild Foods Masterclasses, where Evan Doyle introduces participants to the secrets of organic cooking, and The Eco Experiences, where participants use team-building activities to shear sheep, pottery, basket weaving or other local activities Crafts are introduced.
Finally, there is the beautiful, but somewhat old-fashioned spa The Wells, with several pools, saunas and water treatments.
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