Family Stay Itinerary
5 Nights: Day 1
After a long morning of travel, the first thing you will want to do is refuel when you arrive at Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, self-catering lodges. Check-in time is 4pm, but if you arrive early, head to the Elk Bar for a freshly brewed tea and coffee, scones and other delicious treats. Settle in to your spacious, 3 bedroomed self-catering lodge, choose where everyone will sleep and make yourself at home.
For your first afternoon in Wicklow, give your little ones exactly what they have been longing for….some outdoor fun.
Head over to Russborough House, just 10-minute drive from Tulfarris there is plenty to do for adults and children alike. From the excellent playground to a magical fairy island and maze, parkland walks and walled garden, artist’s studios and the National Bird of Prey Centre, outdoor activities with CP adventures to entertain the teens also. Prebooking is required for CP adventures. Not forgetting the incredible tour of the Russborough House itself, there is no better place to get out in the fresh air.
If the sun is still shining when you return to the hotel that evening, you may opt to share a pizza on our beautiful outdoor terrace area, while adults enjoy a glass of wine soaking up the picturesque setting.
Retire to your spacious family self-catering lodge for a great night’s sleep before another day packed with adventures.
Five Nights: Day 2
Start your first full day in Wicklow with a leisurely breakfast in your lodge. Make sure you are all well fueled for a fun-packed day ahead. Head to Clara Lara, 35-minute drive from Tulfarris. The perfect place to keep the whole family entertained for a full day, away from the world of screens! Children can play outdoors, run around, use their imagination and not notice time going by. It is the ultimate escape to the wilderness. There are obstacle courses, playgrounds, amphicats, radio-controlled boats, junior go karts, mini-golf and row boats.
Be warned, you will get wet, so a change of clothes for all is a good idea!
We promise after a day in Clara Lara, your little ones will be exhausted. Instead of dressing for dinner, you can dine in your own home from home. There are cooking facilities available or you can order from our extensive Elk Bar menu and kids menu. Adults can also order themselves a nightcap or two to fully relax and enjoy a quiet evening. After all you are on holidays!
Don’t forget to order and prepay your picnic for tomorrow from reception, so that is ready for collection in the morning.
Five Nights: Day 3
Start the following day at a leisurely pace, enjoying a late breakfast before the days big adventure around Blessington Lakes and the Poulaphuca Reservoir covering 5000 acres of water, is the ideal spot for a family picnic. Walk the popular Blessington Greenway linking the historic town of Blessington with the Palladian mansion at Russborough House. The trail starts 7km from the hotel at Russellstown just across from Russborough House. The walkway leads north along the shores of Blessington Lakes and through forest and natural woodland.
To enjoy the full Greenway and loop back to Russelltown it is 10km walk, but the distance walked is entirely up to you. Along the way you will have the opportunity to enjoy a picnic and appreciate the magnificent scenery and wildlife.
If you are up for a little adventure the family could take a boat out on the lake. You would need to pre book in advance, details can be found at www.blessingtonlakeboathire.com. The boat hire would take place from Ballyknockan which is a 15-minute drive from Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort.
Five Nights: Day 4
Relax and enjoy a leisurely morning, enjoying a late breakfast and a rest in your lodge.
Pony trekking is the flavor of the day, the little ones and big ones can enjoy an afternoon getting to know the horses and learning how to ride. It is a great day out trekking the countryside of the garden county, and along St. Kevin’s Way. This can be done at Hollywood Horse and Pony Trekking, just 20-minutes drive from the hotel. Bookings can be made via phone on 085-1117448. https://www.hollywoodtrekkingcentre.com/
If you still have energy, or if mother nature has put a stop to your adventures you can catch the latest blockbuster movie at the Odeon Cinema in Naas, just a 20-minute drive from Tulfarris.
Five Nights: Day 5
If you are exhausted by all these adventures, then a visit to the National Stud & Japanese Gardens is a real gem for a slower pace. Just a 35-minute drive from Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, this educational and exciting afternoon out is great for the whole family, with heritage and cultural sites and gardens to explore and a playground to truly tire out your little ones.
You might decide to do a little retail therapy in Kildare Village, a wonderful bustling shopping district with over 60 designer brands. There is also a children’s playground on site, and some wonderful eateries. Something for everyone!
After a day of shopping and visiting local attractions, join us in our newly refurbished Fia Rua Restaurant, for a sumptuous evening meal carefully crafted with ingredients from local suppliers. Kids menu can also be served in the Fia Rua Restaurant with all of their favourites and a yummy range of desserts to finish. Dessert for the adults is a must too… the dark chocolate and hazelnut mousse is not to be missed!!
Enjoy a meal and a nightcap in the Elk Bar before strolling across to you own self-catering lodge for a restful evening.
Five Nights: Last Day
Before you pack up to go home, perhaps enjoy a breakfast in the Fia Rua Restaurant as a last morning treat. Booking is essential. Treat yourself to a full Irish breakfast and delicious pancakes for the kids. Once you have eaten your fill, head back to your lodge and gather your swim wear for an afternoon in the Osprey Leisure Club.
The Osprey Hotel in Naas is our sister property and residents of Tulfarris can enjoy use of the Osprey Pool and Leisure Club. Visit the state of the art swimming pool, thermal suite and spa for an afternoon of relaxation and enjoyment for the whole family. Please note there are extra charges for the spa and thermal suites but access to the pool and gym are complimentary. Watch your children practice their doggy paddle in the pool or join them for a few laps. The dedicated kids pool is open from 9am-7pm daily for a safer, quieter experience for younger children. Osprey Spa offers everything from massage and facials to beauty treatments leaving you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
It is your holiday too after all!