Embracing a fusion of five-star features, Glasson Lakehouse, majestically located in the heart of the Midlands, boasts a ‘wow’ factor which has earned the hotel its status as a ‘must visit’ destination.
Nestled on the shores of Lough Ree, Glasson Lakehouse boasts unparalleled views of the picturesque surroundings, such a view certain to attract visitors to this inviting Midlands hotel on a regular basis.
Upon entering the hotel, Glasson Lakehouse, now under the ownership of the Press Up Hospitality Group, exudes an unequivocal charm, the rustic log cabin appearance of the foyer an immediate attraction for guests.
Staying in a deluxe lakewiew room, the views over Lough Ree from which were stunning, the comfortable king size beds allow you to embrace relaxation mode, the provision of cosy robes and slippers heightening the five star customer service feeling.
The lakeview room was eclectic in its look and feel and complete with a fridge laden with optimum drinks choice and sweet treats aplenty, the hotel ensures that guests are more than suitably catered for during their stay, the complimentary box of Skelligs truffles adding to the welcome experience.
Availing of a treatment from the newly opened Brooks & Co Spa on the second floor of the hotel was a must and the Swedish Massage was the perfect choice, allowing one hour of utter escapism from the pressures of daily life, decluttering the mind and relieving muscle tension.
Post massage, the relaxation room further enhanced the experience, the snug leather clad chaise longue and warm blanket ensuring an ambience of serenity and calm.
As the brochure details, Brooks & Co Spa captures the beauty and serenity of Ireland’s hidden heartlands while providing a peaceful haven for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation - I can most certainly vouch for such a vivid description as I departed the spa to savour the rest of my stay at Glasson Lakehouse.
Suitably relaxed, our reservation in Bonnie’s Restaurant awaited. Inviting decor in abundance, the restaurant was dimly lit, such a setting enhancing the ambience as we were brought to our seats, our view overlooking the lake.
Executive chef, Dee Adamson, has prepared a menu laden with choice and suitable for all tastes. The food is infused with flavour and colour, wholesome and nutritious, and those who choose to dine in Bonnie’s Restaurant are certain to be suitably nourished, ample choice dotting the a la carte menu.
Opening dishes were truly savoured - salt baked beetroot, Conference Pear rocket salad with balsamic vinaigrette, toasted pecans and chickpeas and the cider brined pork belly, apple, remoulade, braised lentils and sesame glazed sauce, as the food journey started with aplomb.
A wealth of main course options gave cause for much thought, the beef fillet and rosemary and lemon grill chicken dishes adding to the dining experience, the service complementing the quality of food.
A wonderfully presented lemon mousse with raspberry compote lingers on the tastebuds and complemented by a strong Americano, the pre-meal appetite is most definitely placated.
Retiring to the foyer post meal, an open fire simply draws you in and with book in hand, comfort is of the complete essence as you continue to embrace such sublime surroundings.
Awakening to sunrise over Lough Ree, a return to Bonnie’s Restaurant awaits, the menu featuring numerous options ensures a positive start to your day. Choose from a full Irish, healthy granola, French toast or pancakes - all prepared and cooked to absolute perfection.
Despite the inclement morning temperature, the lure of the outdoor heated swimming pool is too much to ignore and prior to our departure we take time to unwind beneath a blue winter sky.
Bliss to the maximum, the outdoor heated swimming pool is a tantalising 32 degrees and you just want to stay, stay, stay, as the water laps over your body.
Alas, it is time to depart (do we have too ) - a wholly relaxing and welcoming experience, Glasson Lakehouse offers guests a complete five-star service. Ensure you add this hotel to your staycation list, it certainly will not disappoint!
Glasson Lakehouse offers a wealth of activities to all guests - play 18 holes on the cleverly crafted golf course, take a dip in the hot tub, paddle board on Lough Ree, use the Power Gym, take a family boat trip on the lake, avail of the resort’s kayaks or walk through the woodland.
The perfect getaway for couples, Glasson Lakehouse has much to offer families, to include two on-site playgrounds, fairy walk, petting farm, children’s golf lessons and an indoor playroom.