Experiences

The elbowroom escape is perfectly located to enjoy the best of Wicklow has to offer. Known as “The Garden of Ireland”, our venue nestled in the forests and mountains of the spectacular Glen of Imaal never fails to disappoint. We can help you with booking any of the wonderful local activities on offer to help you create group memories you’ll never forget.

Relaxing

Sometimes what you really need is to relax and do absolutely nothing. Plenty off opportunities at The escape with the best beds in Wicklow, giant bean bags, silk hammocks and easy chairs. Take time for yourself and unwind in style.

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Hiking

Literally through the gates at the back of our one-acre grounds, you have access to some of the most beautiful mountains in Ireland in The Glen of Immal. Our venue started life back in the 1900’s as a hostel for hill walkers where centuries of folk have enjoyed the easy mountain access. An extensive renovation has now upgraded your hillwalking experience with luxury accommodation including rain head power showers, drying facilities and remarkably comfortable beds. Upgrade your walk with a post massage to soothe your tired limbs.

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Dining

As our luxury rooms are available on a self-catering basis, it is always good to know there are plenty of options to choose from should you want to just kick back. Our chefs provide a full cheffing service for large groups or should you just want a meal for yourself or your family, we can arrange that to be ready in the fridge for you to heat up when you arrive. Prepared with ingredients from our gardens, or our local organic supplier, all dietary requirements can be provided for.

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Pizza Party

Make your own pizza in our outdoor kitchen and wood fired pizza oven. Enjoy tasty intros, a glass of bubbles, your very own crafted pizza with lots of toppings, fun! Only €35 per person (based on 10 minimum).

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Bottomless BBQ

Let our chefs whip up a BBQ for your group in our outdoor kitchen, Meat, Veggie and Vegan options available. And with beer! Only €30 per head including a beer or soft drink. Discounts for children under 12.

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Irish Gin Bar

Always a fan of bringing a bit of balance back to life, to compliment all that fresh air we can arrange a selection of Irish craft gins for your enjoyment in our larch cabin. Choose from some of our most popular concoctions from distillers such as Bertha’s Revenge, Shortcross, Blackwater No 5, Dingle and Gunpowder. Pair them up with a range of spice mixes, tonics and homemade syrups and cordials.

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Hot Tub Experience

Overlooked by the sugar loaf mountain, our wood-fired hot tub is available for your group. Water is drawn directly from a spring in the mountain and the timber is sourced from our forest. The experience is fantastic for soaking away your tension, whatever the weather! The canopy of oak trees provides great shelter, but you can still see a sky full of stars. Advanced booking is necessary for this popular treat and our staff will ensure it is ready in time for your soak.

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Yoga Classes

As we are also the founders of the best Yoga centre in Dublin, we can provide the best yoga teachers and yoga classes for your stay. We have 3 weekly evening classes available for you to join in, or hire a teacher specifically for your group tailored to your needs.

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Pubs & Restaurants

A number of bars and restaurants provide traditional Irish fare and drinks a short drive away. Choose from traditional pubs to gourmet restaurants to Guinness and chips. There are three pubs a short distance away, including Toomy's bar in Donard village (ask for Jack) and Fenton's at the foot of Lugnaquilla Mountain used as a centre by hikers and deerstalkers and full of army nostalgia, ex-military equipment and some stuffed animals too. If driving doesn’t suit you, we can organise a taxi or minibus to transport you there and back.

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Horse Riding

Local to the adjoining village of Hollywood (yes they have their own Hollywood sign in the hills), you can enjoy breathtaking scenery on horseback. Be guided by local Instructors, with extensive knowledge
of the areas ancient history and the abundant nature of the area. This is a great way to see Wicklow. For longer rides, you can opt for the Ancient Pilgrim Walk which leads to Glendalough.

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Glendalough

Famous for its stunning scenery and beautiful walks, approximately 40-minute drive from us, is definitely worth a visit for a stroll around the lake and take a few photos of the beautiful scenery. For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.

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Russborough House & Parklands

Russborough was built between 1741-1750 and is regarded as one of Ireland’s most beautiful houses. It has magnificent views of the Blessington Lakes and Wicklow Mountains. There is a new extensive self-guided exhibition which includes interactive touch screens, audio listening handsets, cinema projections, and films. A parkland walk with magnificent views of the house takes about half an hour. A number of craft workshops are open at various times including a blacksmith with working forge and cafe.

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Blessington Greenway

The Blessington Greenway walk links the historic town of Blessington with the Palladian mansion at Russborough House. The trail starts at Blessington and leads south along the shores of Blessington Lakes and through forest and natural woodland.

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Blessington Lakes Golf Course

Blessington Lakes Golf Club is set in the panoramic setting of Boystown in the heart of the Wicklow countryside. Come and enjoy a pleasant game of golf in a location where you can relax and enjoy the picturesque views of the Blessington Lakes and the stunning Wicklow Mountains. Built on naturally rolling farmland the design takes advantage of the existing waterways and mature trees. Visitors are welcome Monday to Saturday although booking may be required. Suitable for all levels of golfers the club offers interesting challenge to the more seasoned golfer as it measures just shy of 7000 yards of the medal tees.

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Michael Dwyer Cottage

The scene of a famous shoot out during the 1798 Rebellion. It was here that the famed rebel Michael Dwyer fought off the surrounding British troops and made good his escape over the snow-covered mountains. The cottage is traditional thatched, built with stone from the locality and whitewashed inside and out. Following a fire, the cottage lay in ruins for almost 150 years but was later restored to its original form.

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June Blakes Garden

The very best gardens intrigue and restore us, and so it is with June Blake's garden which is a rare fusion of inspired design and painterly planting. Situated in the townland of Tinode in west Wicklow, and spread over three rural acres, it wraps itself around June’s home, a handsome Victorian farm-steward’s cottage surrounded by a huddle of austerely beautiful, granite-stone farm buildings, one of which -the Cow House- has recently been the subject of an award-winning, modern architectural conversion.

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Huntingbrook Gardens

Located adjacent to June’s garden, situated on the sunny, south-facing flanks of the Lamb Hill in the foothills of the lofty Wicklow mountains, Hunting Brook garden is the boldly idiosyncratic creation of Jimi Blake, the noted Irish horticulturist, teacher and plantsman who first came to prominence during the 1990s as the head gardener of the historic Airfield Gardens in Dundrum, Co Dublin.

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Blessington Lakes

Set in the Wicklow Mountains, the Blessington Lakes cover 500 acres water. The Lakes were formed 50 years ago by the building of the Poulaphouca Dam and hydroelectric station.
The Poulaphouca reservoir is the largest man-made lake in Ireland and is a great base for various outdoor activities.
The road around the lake offers amazing views over the reservoir and the Wicklow Mountains. Drive or Cycle around the lake going through historic villages such as Valleymount, Ballyknockan or Lacken.

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Terms & Conditions

Room Hire

A 30% booking fee is required to hold the room followed by full payment up to 48 hours before your stay with us.

You can make a cancellation up to 48 hours prior to 3pm on your check-in date at the hotel or guesthouse.When your cancellation has been confirmed you will receive an email from us and you are entitled to a full refund of your booking deposit.

If a cancellation is made within the 24 hours of your arrival, the deposit will not be refunded.

If cancellation is not received by the required date a charge one night’s accommodation is taken from your credit card.In the case of a no show, your credit card will be charged for one night’s accommodation.

If you book “non refundable” rate, then we are unable to refund your booking.

Your credit card details will be held on the system to cover any damage to the property during your stay with us.

General terms and conditions

All rates quoted are subject to availability and alteration. All special offers quoted are limited and subject to availability and may be subject to a minimum night stay.

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of all information, the elbowroom escape does not accept liability for any errors or omissions and reserves the right to change information and descriptions of listed hotels and products.

All guests will be asked for identification on arrival – passport or driving licence – you cannot be checked in without your identification

We welcome under 18’s if they are accompanied by an adult or responsible guardian and stay in a room exclusively for their party.

Venue Hire Terms and Conditions:

Payment Requirements

30% booking deposit is required to hold the dates (based on 10 people for the number of days booked) – This is non refundable if you cancel within 90 days of your hire start date.

Further 20% required 90 days before the start date

Full Balance required 60 days before event.

A refundable security deposit of €800 will also be required to cover any damage/breakages that may occur during your stay. This amount will be returned to you within 48 hours of your departure.

Cancellation Policy

Hirer is responsible to pay cancellation fees as follows:

Cancel less than 30 days prior to arrival 100 percent of full hire fee is due to The elbowroom escape

Cancel less than 60 days prior to arrival booking your 50% deposit will not be refunded.

Cancel less than 90 days prior to arrival booking your 30% deposit will not be refunded.

A €100 administration and handling fee will apply if cancelled before 90 days.

The cancellation policy applies to all reasons for cancellation.

The elbowroom escape is not responsible for any forces of nature that may cause the hirer to cancel.

If for any reason The elbowroom escape has to cancel a booking, a full refund will be given.

Requirements of Hire:

If venue is being rented in order to teach yoga or similar activity, must supply the elbowroom escape with appropriate insurance paperwork to show they are covered to teach and work with the public (teachers insurance). Please send this in within 2 weeks of confirming your booking to info@the-elbowroomescape.com