February 22

Top 10 Reasons to Staycation in Westport Estate

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A break in Westport on the Wild Atlantic Way delivers an abundance of experiences guaranteed to make memories that you’ll treasure for years to come.  You can spend days enjoying the great outdoors, learning the stories of the mighty little county that is Mayo, being welcomed by warm-hearted locals as well as treating yourself, getting in some retail therapy in boutique shops as well as dining in spacious and award-winning eateries.

And where better to base yourself to enjoy all of this? With a four star hotel, bell tents for hire or our own Caravan & Camping Park – why, Westport House Estate, of course!  And so, without further a-do, let’s go through the Top 10 Reasons to Staycation on Westport House Estate.

  1. Our very own Pirate Adventure Park

    Bring the kids and relax knowing that you’re in a family friendly property. After all, nothing says “We Love Kids!” more than having your very own outdoor Pirate Adventure Park.  Named after Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connacht,  who once had a castle on the estate, the Pirate Adventure Park features a log flume splash ride, swinging ship, mini Ferris wheel, a jump around, Swan Pedal boats, trains, slides and more – ideal for kids under 12 years old.  Did we mention our overnight guests get the best ticket prices available to the Pirate Adventure Park with 25% off?  At Hotel Westport, families can enjoy table-side Magic Shows during dinner, use of the 20m pool as well as free ice-cream at 4pm daily!

  2. We have a choice of eateries on the estate including Gracy’s Pizzeria & Bistro with beer garden and playground in the farmyard of the estate (located right beside the campsite).  The Islands Restaurant, Maple Bar and Cara Banqueting Suite in Hotel Westport offer ample social distancing for your safety and comfort.   The Coffee Wagon at the Coach House features the best local @BeanWest coffee and whipped ice-cream.
  3. The beautiful 400 acre historic estate is made up of wide open green spaces, looped walks, woodlands, a manmade lake (complete with Swan Pedal Boats for hire) and the Carrowbeg river meanders through.  Or as we like to call it, 400 acres of Fresh Air!
  4. Get discounted bike hire right here on the estate and tackle the Great Western Greenway.  We have partnered with the wonderful people at Clew Bay Bike Hire to make it
    Onsite Bike Hire

    really easy for you to pick up your bike and go exploring.  And at reduced rates too.  If you don’t fancy doing all 42km of the Great Western Greenway, there are shorter nearby town greenways to enjoy or you can potter about the estate at your leisure.

  5. Did we mention that you’ll be staying right in the heart of Westport?  The old town of Westport was originally located on the front lawn of Westport House. In 1767, when Peter Browne Kelly, the 2nd Earl of Altamont of Westport House, decided to move it and plan the beautiful “new” Georgian town of Westport, he sandwiched the estate between the town and harbour. Thus making Westport House Estate the beating heart of Westport.  Hotel Westport is a mere 2 minute walk and the campsite is a 10 minute walk into vibrant heritage town of Westport.
  6. If hiking is your thing, hop in the car for a 10 minute drive to scale Croagh Patrick and enjoy magnificent views of Clew Bay.  Other nearby looped walks include the Cloona Loop (5k), Brackloon Woods (3k),  Letterkeen (12k)  or venture to Diamond Hill (7k) in the Connemara National Park.
  7. Started sea swimming during lockdown?  We are blessed with beautiful blue flag beaches like Old Head Beach which offers SUP and kayak hire as well as superb pier jumping.  And its a beautiful walking and sand castle-making beach too.  Lecanvey Pier is another lesser known but idyllic, crystal-clear-water, pier jumping spot.  The Point Beach is located right at Westport Harbour and offers tidal swimming within walking or cycling distance of the estate.

    Hike up Croagh Patrick
  8. Go island hopping around Clew Bay with a day trip to Achill, Inisturk or Clare Islands – catch a ferry to the last two or take a spin down to Achill which is accessible by bridge.  Or take the Clew Bay Cruise and get the history while you cruise the bay.
  9. Spoil yourself with a visit to Senses Spa in Hotel Westport where Sarah and her team will pamper you with your choice of massage, facial, pedicure or pregnancy treatment.  Or head to ShoCo Hair Salon to have your hair done by the wonderful Shona & Colette.  Nothing screams treat like a blow out!
  10. And last but certainly not least, visit Ireland’s Most Beautiful Home to learn the story of the families behind Westport House. The Browne family – the descendants of the Pirate Queen – who built the house and the Hughes family who bought it from them in 2017.  The house itself is of architectural as well as social significance not only to Mayo but nationally and internationally too.  Visit the historic house or you can download our free Guided Tour App from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and take your own self-guided tour.

Convinced? Book Your Stay.  

We would love to welcome you to stay with us and help you to make magical memories. Take your pick of the luxury of a four star hotel stay in Hotel Westport with spa, hair dresser, leisure centre, family activities and entertainment and a choice of dining options. If you’re a committed camper, bring your own campervan, tent or caravan to our three star Caravan & Camping Park. Or if you’d like to try out a night under the stars but without any of the hassle, hire one of our Bell Tents and all you’ll need to bring is your bedding.

We look forward to welcoming you!

P.S. Leave a comment with any other suggestions that you have. We would love to hear from you!

 

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