Our home is a delightful hunting lodge set in the Wicklow mountains on the edge of the Blessington Lakes in the Wicklow National Park. This is a magnificent rural setting but the centre of Dublin is just 45 minutes by car. There is a regular bus service from Blessington to Dublin which takes one hour. However you do need a car to stay with us as there is no public transport link to Lacken.
We have two double bedrooms with ensuites.
The rate includes a delicious full, cooked Irish breakfast to set you up for the day and welcome tea, coffee or drink.
Lacken is the perfect gateway for exploring the wild and beautiful Wicklow National Park which is on your doorstep - just step out and enjoy it. The lake is surrounded by the Wicklow mountains. Around the lake are lovely small Irish villages: Hollywood, Valleymount and Ballyknockan with delightful small cosy pubs and some very good, informal restaurants such as the award winning Ballymore Inn, The Brown Bear and the Hollywood Inn.
Other attractions in the area are:
Russborough House - one of the most significant Palladian mansions in Ireland with magnificent contents and lovely grounds which is open to the public.
Tulfarris Golf Course which is an highly rated course is just 15 minutes away.
National Hunt racing - the great sport of Ireland - has its home at Punchestown Race Course which is 20 mins away.
Avon Ri Sports Centre situated in Blessington has a full range of lake based activities for adults and children including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.
We welcome guests to our house and expect them to respect it as they would their own - it is a home away from home.
I can only repeat what so many other customers have already said: Felicity is a very welcoming host & her breakfasts are amazing, the house is beautiful & the rooms are spacious and comfortable, the house dog is one of the friendliest creatures on this planet and the surrounding landscape is just as beautiful as you would expect it. (I don't want to forget Pat, Felicity's husband, who was also very charming and a very inetrsteing person to talk to, if you are in interested in Ireland, its culture and history.)
I never got why some people go to the same place on their vacations, year after year... after having the opportunity to be a guest at Felicity's house I can aboslutely understand it now.
Es war ein wunderbarer Ort, herrlich erholsam, toller Blick über den See, ruhig, das Haus sehr sauber und gepflegt, Felicity war sooo nett und hilfsbereit, ein köstliches Frühstück, insgesamt ein Platz an den man immer wieder gerne kommt und der absolut empfehlenswert ist!!
All I can say is wow! Felicity welcomed us into her beautiful home with open arms. In all aspects of our trip, Felicity went the extra step to make sure we felt at home. The room was beautiful and the bathroom (with large bath tub and a nice shower) was of particular delight. If you're planning on staying in the area, there isn't a choice to make. THIS is the place to go.
The Hunting Lodge in Wicklow is hands down the nicest place we've ever visited. My family and I stopped here for a night during a two week trip to Ireland - our only regret is that we wish it had been longer! Everything you have read about the Lodge is true - the bedrooms are huge, the beds extremely comfortable, the house stately and gorgeous and the grounds are breathtaking. Felicity's breakfast in the morning was the icing on the cake - absolutely delicious!
As a host, Felicity is absolutely wonderful. We arrived much later than anticipated (we're so sorry for this) to be welcomed in to her beautiful sitting room with a roaring fire and late night tipple. We all enjoyed our talks with Felicity, she's got a great sense of humour and is fascinating to chat to, and full of great advice about travelling in Ireland. In the morning, she and Paddy more than indulged my children's horse obsession with a trip down to the barn, something they're all still raving about.
Thank you so, so much Felicity for a magical experience.
We had an absolutely fantastic stay with Felicity! She and her daughter were extremely hospitable and went above and beyond to make us feel at home. We still miss their dog, who led us on a beautiful hike of the surrounding areas. We highly recommend her home!
Felicity and her husband Pat were very welcoming and made us feel right at home. We had a short stay but it was made very enjoyable by an evening chat, and a very tasty dinner in a nearby restaurant that our hosts recommended. The house, the property, and our bedroom were gorgeous, with views of the mountains, lake and trees. We awoke the next morning to the sight of roses outside of our bedroom window (and the smell of roses inside) after which we had an incredible breakfast (to the smell of eggs and sausage!) and a lovely chat with Felicity. We also had a brilliant time with Pat's dog Bobby after our morning stroll. Thanks to Felicity's suggestion we had a breathtaking return to Dublin through the Wicklow Mountains, even if we were sad to be leaving Ireland. I am very glad to have met Felicity and Pat and would definitely visit again if the opportunity should arise.
Siamo stati accolti da Felicity e dal marito Pat con molta ospitalità offrendoci un aperitivo insieme per conoscerci un po'. Sono persone colte ed amanti dell'arte e cercano il confronto di opinioni sollecitando gli interlocutori a dibattere. Sono stati disponibili a fornirci informazioni sui luoghi da visitare e molto cortesi nell'invitarci a cenare con loro l'ultima sera. La casa è molto bella, affacciata sul lago e la camera, così come il bagno, è spaziosa e dotata di molti confort. Colazione accurata preparata con attenzione alle nostre richieste. Per gli amanti dei cani, il piccolo Bobby è stato simpatico ma sa essere anche discreto. È stata una esperienza stimolante.
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Passionate about Wicklow and the great outdoors: riding, walking and being on the water. We live in the Wicklow hills which sweep down to the Blessington Lakes where we swim and sail. We keep Irish draft horses which we hunt in the winter and trek around the mountains in the summer. I love our garden where we grow as much as we can - outside and in a tunnel - flowers, vegetables and herbs. We collect in Irish art and Irish books. I run painting courses both in Wicklow and the South of France. I love to cook and experiment - particularly using wild ingredients or home grown produce: in autumn I am busy making chutney, sloe gin, fruit cheeses and other delicious things to store up for the winter.