November 2

Westport House Wins Best Family Holiday Destination Award


Westport House Honoured In the Boots Maternity & Infant Magazine Awards

Westport, Co. Mayo – 2nd November 2015 – Hosted by RTE’s Today Show presenter Maura Derrane and TV Presenter Brian Ormond, last Friday in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Donnybrook, the Maternity & Infant magazine awards celebrated the very best products, stores and brands in the industry. Westport House was unveiled as the overall winner in the “Best Family Hotel / Holiday Destination” and bronze winner in the “Best Family Day Out” category.  Because the Maternity & Infant awards are the only awards in Ireland voted and tested for by parents for parents, the whole team at Westport House is tickled pink with the win.

On behalf of Westport House, Biddy Hughes accepting the Maternity & Infants Award from TV presenter, Brian Ormond.
On behalf of Westport House, Biddy Hughes accepting the Maternity & Infants Award from TV presenter, Brian Ormond.

It is no surprise that Westport House is winning awards. It truly is the “home of family fun” – for over 55 years now.  The beautiful historic house and its stunning interiors are complimented by equally gorgeous woods, lake and parkland grounds.  The Westport Train Tour offers a great way to see the estate and learn about the town’s tale. Visitors love the story of the survival of the house – and the family who built and still own it – going back as far as Grace O’Malley, the 16th century Pirate Queen.  The aptly-named Pirate Adventure Park is perfectly suited to children under 12 years. It will leave them screaming for more with rides, slides, boats, trains, go karting, bouncy castles as well as playgrounds and soft-play.  Adventurers from 8 years upwards enjoy zorbing, zip wires, high ropes, archery and laser combat games.  For visitors wanting to make a truly memorable family holiday of it, the 3 star Caravan & Camping Park and new Bell Tents for Hire offer a very unusual way to enjoy some real quality family time.

Sheelyn Browne, joint managing director of Westport House said “So thrilled to have been the chosen one for this award, which has given us the reassurance that it does indeed pay to make history fun and that’s what we set out to do – thank you parents of the world!”

Tracey Carney, Event Director, Boots maternity & infant Awards added: ‘I would like to congratulate all the winners. All of our finalists are put through their paces by parents during our home and academy testing. The winners of the maternity & infant awards really are products that parents cannot live without”

The team at Westport House are now busy taking bookings for the very popular (and limited capacity!) Winter Wonderland at Westport House which kicks off on November 28th.  Running for the whole month of December, Winter Wonderland is a fabulously festive event in which the children meet Santa, Mrs Claus, make gingerbread men, yuletide logs and Christmas wishes as well as take train rides – all in the stunning and festive 18th century Westport House.

A full list of all winners in Friday’s awards are available at

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