Thank you to everyone at Slieve Aughty Centre! I just spent the weekend with ten friends and all our own horses for a 40th birthday gettaway. I loved everything about it; the incredible forest trails, the delicious food or the relaxed atmosphere.
We all brought our own horses which were given comfortable stables (which were cleaned for us!) and the horses had plenty of hay and water. They let us know to bring our own hard feed. It has been raining for the last month but the trails were in great condition with plenty of water to get your horse used to riding through water. We were careful on the cross country course because the ground was so wet but the jumping lanes (two of them) are weather proof and so much fun. I am definitely bringing my horse back as soon as it is a little drier. We all arrived before lunch in time to take in a long hack and then back for a great (absolutely delicious) buffet lunch. It was all vegetarian and I am not a vegetarian but would be one if I could eat like that all the time. We headed back out to the trails after lunch and focused on the cross country jumps that were more weather proof. There are banks, steps, water obstacles, walls, logs, tyres, ditches, everything. Then in the evening after a much needed hot shower we had another delicious buffet. There was a meat option and it was all good. Fresh bread, hummus, pate, everything was so good.
I didn’t think I would eat for days, but the next morning I enjoyed the breakfast buffet. Fresh bread with honey, chocolate spread, pate, cheese. I know it wasn’t a traditional Irish breakfast but I think it just adds to the charm and luxury of getting away. We all saddled up and went for another long hack after breakfast and we left at lunch time. There is a mud room at the side entrance where you can hang your coat and take your riding boots off and wash your hands. It adjoins the lounge where you can go in for a cup of tea and biscuit.
I know some people might like a tv or tea/coffee in their room, but I was made to feel so welcome and enjoyed myself so much I am sure I wouldn’t have even used those facilities. You can make your own tea in the bar lounge and anyone will stop and help you if you need anything. (There is wifi downstairs – so we got to share all our photos instantly on facebook with our friends that weren’t able to come!)
I prefer sleeping in larger beds, but we had such a good time trekking out twice on our horses, and feasting (and drinking!) that the twin room I shared with my sister was all comfort. I slept like a log. Though smaller than I am used to, the bed was very comfortable and the shower was great. The whole place has so much character.
Thank you to Ester and her family and the whole team!
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- The Three Towers Eco House is a warm and welcoming place, designed to make you feel at home so you can relax, be inspired and enjoy good organic food in a natural environment. The Three Towers offers nine bespoke bedrooms designed with comfort and rustic luxury in mind. Also on the property are two Eco Lodges, available B&B, full board and self catering. The lodges can hold up to 3 and 6 guests. The centre offers horse riding, miles of scenic hiking trails through adjacent forestry, walks with donkeys, farm bike loan, outdoor hot tub, toddler playground, art and craft room and Enchanted Forest. Certified SILVER by eco-tourism Ireland and offering organic food (certified by the Irish Farmers and Growers Association), The Three Towers is a remote escape where you can spend quality time with family and friends and enjoy the beauty of nature. ... more less
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