Breaffy House Resort, Co Mayo

Last weekend, I had my second trip this year (yes I know it was only the second weekend in January but I can’t help myself!)

Barry and I headed down to County Mayo to spend Friday-Sunday at Breaffy House Resort, which is situated just outside Castlebar in 90 acres of woodland.

We left Belfast about 4pm and, with a few leg stretch stops in-between, we arrived at about 9.30pm that night. It was obviously dark when we arrived but we could tell the hotel was an stunning and impressive old building. We  checked in to our standard double room which we felt was very spacious with a good-sized bed (King perhaps?)

The long drive meant we didn’t explore the hotel that evening but it was up early the next morning to head down for breakfast. The dining area was separated into two buffets- one ‘cold food’ section with breads, hams, cheeses, cereals and pasties, and one hot ‘food section’ with typical fry items such as eggs, sausages, bacon and beans. I had a fry and, because I was on my holidays, treated myself to a sweet pastry to finish. (As if I needed an excuse!)

It was then time to explore the grounds and to walk off the big breakfast. Barry and I headed off towards the “forest walk” trail. It was a dry but cold morning so we spent about 1 hour walking around the parkland.

As part of the deal, we were welcome to a complimentary spa treatment each in the hotel’s “Breaffy Spa”. Barry wasn’t keen on receiving one so I was lucky to have both. We could pick from three different treatments and I selected the 30 minutes Dry Float (normally €30) and the 20 minute Hydro Bath (again, costing €30). The Dry float felt like I was on a warm cosy water bed, while the Hydro Bath was a specialised bath with over 200 jets messaging from shoulders to toe.

After I had both spa treatments, I joined Barry in the hotel’s lesuire facilties which included a 20 metre indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room. Bliss! (An really enjoyable afternoon!)

We then headed back to the room to get ready to go down to the restaurant for dinner. Again, as part of the package, we were able to avail of main course each. I selected the Roast Irish beef served with potatoes and vegetables, while Barry chose the spinach and ricotta ravioli. We decided not to have a dessert and instead went to check out the hotel’s Healy Mac bar where we had a few pints of Healy Mac’s own beer. The bar has a good atmosphere so we stayed for a few hours.

We enjoyed our stay at Breaffy House, particularly the pool & spa! A nice weekend!

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