Family Friendly Accommodation in County Meath
Given that I live in County Meath, I don’t often get the opportunity to stay overnight in hotels or guesthouses. However, I know that some establishments have a great reputation for being very welcoming to younger visitors. Here are some suggestions for family friendly accommodation in Meath.
* Explore all that the East Coast of Meath has to offer with a stay at the Bettystown Court Conference & Leisure Hotel. Its Family Rooms have one double bed, a single bed and a pullout single bed and can comfortably accommodate two adults and two children under the age of 12. The Leisure Centre has a separate children’s pool and a family changing room, while Howard’s Restaurant has a dedicated children’s menu. The hotel is within walking distance of Bettystown Beach and the Funtasia Amusement Centre. During school holidays, Lenny Lions Kids’ Club offers an entertainment programme for children aged 4 to 12 years, including supervised swimming, arts and crafts, disco and games.
* Visitors return again and again to Slane Farm Hostel, which is a good recommendation in itself. This historic coach house has been tastefully transformed in to a luxury hostel. There are dormitories or three family rooms to choose from. The latter each has a double bed and bunk beds. The Hostel also has a living room, kitchen, games and TV room (with Playstation), laundry room etc. There are camping facilites beside the hostel, complete with shower rooms. The Family Rooms cost €25 per person. Children under 3 are free, while children under the age of 12 are half price. Located just outside the village of Slane, the Hostel is an ideal base for exploring local amenities such as Newgrange, Newgrange Farm and the bustling town of Drogheda.
* In south Meath, the Ashbourne Marriott comes highly recommended. This 4-star establishment is handily located for Dublin city and the airport and also has all the amenities of Ashbourne on its doorstep. Those enjoying a leisure break can tour the wealth of historic sites nearby. Work out in the well equipped Clann Fitness & Leisure Club or slip into total relaxation at the Jule Beauty & Therapy Spa. The spacious and well appointed guest accommodation and suites feature free Internet access, HDTV, modern decor and Marriott’s luxury bedding. Inter-connecting family rooms are available on request and there is an indoor children’s swimming pool.
* Visit the heritage town of Trim and stay in a central location at the Trim Castle Hotel, a contemporary building that offers 68 tastefully appointed bedrooms with views overlooking Trim Castle itself. The Hotel offers family rooms, which are extra spacious and feature a double bed and a double sofa bed and ensuite bathroom. The premises houses the Barista Cafe, The Bailey Bar and Jules Restaurant, while you also have all the amenities of this busy town on the doorstep.
* Another recommendation in Trim is the Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort on the Dublin Road. The luxury accommodation on offer includes 131 executive style bedrooms, including 12 suites. Alternatively, guests can choose to stay in one of the lovely Courtyard Houses, which are set in a picturesque setting adjacent to the hotel. Each house has three bedrooms and can be occupied on a self catering or fully serviced basis. Each home also has an i ndividual garden terrace area with its own miniature putting green – guaranteed to be a hit with the kids! Meanwhile, mum and dad can enjoy the golf and spa facilities on offer.
* The O’Neill family are the generous hosts of The Fincourt, which is located right in the centre of Oldcastle. This pub and guesthouse is very child-friendly, and it offers pull-out beds and high chairs for young visitors. The premises has five spacious en-suite bedrooms, as well as a self-contained apartment, and it is ideally located for exploring the many local amenities in North Meath, including the imposing Loughcrew Cairns. The Fincourt also offers the most delicious breakfasts!
* The beautiful Bellinter House is located a few miles outside Navan (on the Dublin side) and is signposted from the N3. This beautiful luxury hotel is situated in an historic Georgian building and has extensive grounds to explore. Bellinter House is a magnificent example of an eighteenth century country house in Palladian style. The House was designed by the renowned architect Richard Cassels (or Castle), who is also responsible for designing the classic Irish Houses Russborough House, Carton House, Powerscourt and Leinster House. Access to the building and grounds is afforded daily, 363 days of the year, and there is no admission charge. Keep an eye on the hotel’s website for details of special offers. The fantastic food in Eden restaurant is worth the visit alone.
* Located in Gormanston and just off the M1, the City North Hotel offers a warm welcome to younger guests. It’s a great base from which to explore Drogheda, the coastline, the Battle of the Boyne site and Newgrange. The Hotel has 14 sets of interconnecting rooms, which are ideal accommodation for families of up to 2 adults and 4 kids. Cots and camp beds are available on request. Children under the age of four go free, while children aged 4-14 years are priced at €15 for B&B when sharing an adult’s room. Visit the hotel website for further details of special offers.
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