I started back to work on Monday 4th January and by that weekend, I was off on the first trip of the year already!
We had booked the Burrendale Hotel in Newcastle for an overnight’s stay on Saturday 9th as a relaxing break for Barry’s sister Clara, as she is due her second baby in a few week’s time. Six of us had booked- my mum-in-law, 3 sisters-in-law and me!
The 4 star hotel is a country club and spa, situated in County Down. The deal was £90pp and included bed, breakfast, a four course dinner each and access to the leisure facilities.
Before we checked in we went for lunch in Vanilla Restaurant which is in Newcastle’s Main Street. We all went for the soup and sandwich combo, costing just £6.95. I selected the spicy carrot and coriander soup and the Chicken, Herb & Stuffing Croquette sandwich served in a wrap. The portions were great and it’s not often I don’t finish a meal!
Then it was time to check into the Burrendale. We had booked 3 twin rooms and were pleased to be shown to 3 rooms right next to each other. The rooms were a good size and each had a double and a single bed. We settled in before heading down to the leisure club. There, we went into the 12-metre swimming pool, the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. We didn’t try the spa but treatments include massages, scrubs and facials.
That night we headed to the hotel restaurant where we selected our four courses. I went for the ravioli to start, the chicken/chorizo main served with champ, cheesecake for dessert and a cup of tea to finish. We were advised the cheesecake was caramel and chocolate, but when it came it was mixed berry. When we asked, we were advised they had run out of the caramel cheesecake and were very apologetic that we hadn’t been informed. They even offered us a second dessert- so very good service.
After dinner we stayed on and enjoy a few drinks while watching the residents and locals jive the night away to the live music! A good bit of old-fashioned craic! (I think that’s the joy of the Burrendale- it’s a homely and comfortable hotel, rather than being “show-offy”.)
It was a lovely break and we all enjoyed our time away! It’s only an hour outside Belfast but felt like we were getting away somewhere further!