28 January 2014

The Bridge House Hotel and Spa, Tullamore: Review

Bridge House Hotel Review

The 4-star Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore, Offaly, is a traditional, welcoming and family-run hotel in the heart of the Irish midlands. Offering genuinely warm Irish hospitality and comfortable accommodation, it’s the friendliness and facilities that really set this place apart.

With two bars, two restaurants, a nightclub, snooker hall, leisure club and spa, the hotel offers great value and enough variety and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. There are several great golf courses in the area; Mr Fluff enjoyed a round at Esker Hill while I, predictably enough, explored the spa!
Bridge House Hotel Tullamore Offally

And there’s plenty to explore – as well as the usual treatment and relaxation rooms, the spa offers up several more unusual options to help you switch off and unwind. I tried out the Egg chamber and the Alpha Lounger, which both use light, vibrations and massage to promote deep relaxation.

I also indulged in a full body massage which was just divine, with the therapist working out the knots acquired from both bad posture, and a particularly stressful, busy week at work. And the White Flag award-winning leisure club, too, deserves a mention – not for the lovely Romanesque pool or thermal suite, delightful as they are, but for what I’m afraid I’m developing a fully-fledged addiction to: a glorious outdoor hot tub.

Bridge House Hotel Tullamore Offally Review

Food wise, we enjoyed dinner in Balcone Italiano on the mezzanine floor, which is colourfully decorated and serves up hearty Italian food, and plenty of it. The Michelin Guide recommended Charleville Restaurant is another option, or you could relax over a light lunch or afternoon tea in the comfortable lobby.

There’s a lovely, bustling atmosphere too – this place is busy, and it’s not hard to work out why. The staff are to be especially commended: they were without exception friendly, obliging and professional at all times; you’ll very quickly feel at home.

Located less than 90 minutes from Dublin, Galway and Limerick, the Bridge House makes an ideal base for exploring Ireland’s midlands. If you find yourself in or close to Tullamore, do visit and try it for yourself.

A 60 minute full body massage is €70; the hotel also offers great value breaks including 2 nights B&B, 1 dinner, a spa treatment and a session in the relaxation chambers from just €149 pp sharing midweek, or €189 pp sharing at weekends. On this occasion Fluff and Fripperies was a guest of the hotel. 


Nora said...

An outdoor hot tub, i’m sold!

Adele said...

The indoor pool looks soooo inviting!
Happy Tuesday Emma xoxo

Alan said...

A really lovely welcoming hotel with fantastic food! The nearby golf course, Esker Hills, is fabulous as well.

Karen Constantine said...

Sounds fab :)

Makeup Monster said...

Sounds like a lovely treat!

Amy Fashion Blog said...

looks and sounds like a great hotel

Emmylou said...

Oh my! This place looks awesome! I need to get away in a place like this:)

Sunny said...

OMG would you look at this place! I soooo want to be there, even if it's just to chill for an afternoon!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Ahh I could get used to a wonderful hot tub and massages!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Kelly Jaspers said...

wow! great
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yummychunklet said...

Great looking place!

Kim Alston said...

I love how regal it is! So pretty!

little t said...

I lived in Tullamore, once, and The Bridge House is such an institution there!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

This hotel looks absolutely charming!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Sam said...

Hi Emma, these photos are truly glorious, the hotel looks utterly charming and of course with a spa like that, its well worth a visit