In a valley, with mountain views, just outside Aughrim, Co Wicklow, Ireland.What's it like?
The hotel is part of a self-styled village called Macreddin, which opened in December 1999. Don't think Oirish theme park – this is more sophisticated.What's its USP?
There are few hotels that hold an organic food market twice a month. It has been building a reputation for its use of organic produce. The "village" also has a craft shop, a smoke-house, a bakery and an organic grocery.Ambience?
Quiet and relaxing, with plenty of open fires, sofas and cosy nooks for when the weather is bad.Service?
Friendly and obliging.Rooms?
A lot of care has gone into the tasteful decoration of the 40 bedrooms. Some smaller rooms could benefit from less furniture. Doubles from IR£75 (£61) per person, based on two sharing.Food?
The main restaurant, The Strawberry Tree, is opulently decorated and the modern European cuisine delicious. Breakfast is a treat, with pancakes with maple syrup or full Irish breakfast. There is also a pub in the "village" called Actons serving food. And if you still need a snack, the Waterside lounge serves gargantuan afternoon teas.Clientele?
Weekending Dubliners, a good number of visitors from across the Channel and, of course, a strong American contingent.Things to do?
There's an equestrian centre, clay-pigeon shooting and archery and free bikes. Best of all, explore Co Wicklow.Address?
The Brook Lodge, Macreddin Village, Aughrim, Co Wicklow, Ireland (tel: 00 353 402 36444; www.brooklodge.com).Reuse content