Recently we returned to County Carlow for an overnight stay at the Mount Wolseley Hotel near Tullow. The Mount Wolseley is a large hotel and popular with families. It’s situated in a semi-rural situation and adjoins a golf course with good views of the surrounding countryside. The hotel has 143 bedrooms and 27 holiday lodges.
Local attractions include Carlow town, Altamont Gardens and Rathwood Home and Garden World.
We booked a twin room online for €79 (August 2015) and it was comfortable and quiet with tea/coffee making facilities.
We arrived around 2.00 pm and had a sandwich lunch in the Aaron lounge before checking in. Then, having been warned that the leisure centre is sometimes busy with families, we opted to spend the afternoon in the spa where we enjoyed a leisurely hour and a half in the thermal suite. There are tropical rain showers, a lacunium and steam room, a relaxation room and hydrotherapy pools with jets that massage the back and the legs.
We paid €15 each to try out the ‘Sabbia Med’ room. This is a simulated beach where you lie on a towel on warm sand for around 30 minutes while UV lights recreate a dawn to dusk experience accompanied by the sounds of breaking waves. It’s quite relaxing and we enjoyed it but you’ll need to close your eyes to suspend disbelief because the décor of the room is not altogether convincing.
In the evening, we headed back to the Aaron lounge for cocktails before dinner. The list was good value by comparison with Dublin prices and we enjoyed a couple of ‘grasshoppers’ — a creamy cocktail made with creme de cacao, creme de menthe and fresh cream.
We had an early dinner in Frederick’s Restaurant where we asked for the ‘early bird’ menu (€25 for three courses) and the food was excellent. After dinner we had a stroll around the grounds before bed.
Next morning, the buffet breakfast was good and the coffee hot and plentiful. There was a small glitch at checkout where a booking deposit paid online had not been deducted from our bill but this was quickly and courteously corrected.
All in all, it was a pleasant overnight stay and I would book the Mount Wolseley Hotel again for a leisure break.