So regular readers will know we recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary. It has been a crazy year, those of you who have followed me for a while will know Mum passed away in August. anyone unfortunate enough to have experienced a loss knows of the severe trauma and the psychological impact this can have. Lets just say there are good days and bad days. I really was’nt feeling great at all coming up to our anniversary.Memories of the run up to the wedding and all the fun we had last year played on my mind, it was bittersweet. Mothers day falling the week before did’nt help either. It was a difficult week to say the least, but I’ve lived to tell the tale and I feel better now. A weekend away in beautiful Connemara was just what I needed to de-stress and have some fun. Of course we had to celebrate being Mr and Mrs Dillon for 365 days
I had been browsing online for a hotel deal and came across the Station house hotel clifden I had a look on the website and thought the hotel looked lovely. They have some very reasonable deals on for romantic breaks and for families. Our package included a two night stay with dinner bed and breakfast, and evening meal and two spa treatments. I booked it straight away as I have been to Clifden before and always loved the place.With a name like Conneely Id have to have Connemara connections. My Grandad actually came from Clifden before moving to Castlebar. He came from the railway cottage My Dads cousin rose still lives in the homeplace. I caught up with Rose and her hubby Lawrance for a few drinks during our stay in Clifden. It was great to catch up and have the craic.
So on Friday evening we set off to Clifden, its a lovely drive, although its a bit of a twisty road, but still the scenery is breathtaking. It brought back so many memories of when we were kids making the trip back to see the relatives. We passed by Killary harbour which has to be seen at least once. We live in a beautiful part of the world here on the west coast. We arrived at The Station house around 8.30pm. The girls on the desk were so friendly and they upgraded us to a suite as it was our anniversary. We were delighted at this little touch it was very kind and lovely to feel a bit special. We dropped our bags and headed across the courtyard to the Station house bar, as we were starving and dying for a celebratory drink. The bar is really cool as its actually part of the old Clifden railway station. A lot of the original features and stonework are still there in the bar. I loved the atmosphere in the bar with the cosy fire on. we ordered food, I went for beef nachos as a started and the superfood salad with goats cheese for mains, both were divine. Mr Dillon opted for spring rolls and Thai red curry. The bar food is exceptional quality here, really fresh and tasty with attention to detail. Restaurant standards with bar food price tag. We could not recommend the place highly enough. We were stuffed and had no room for dessert, we had a few drinks and headed off to bed.
On Saturday We had breakfast at the hotel and I went to the gym in the morning, we also went for a relaxing stint in the Jacuzzi. Our package included a spa treatment We had this booked for around 12 in Renew Spa at the hotel. Rose(a different Rose) the lady who runs the spa and her staff looked after us very well. I had a lovely chat with Rose during my treatment. Its lovely to connect with other ladies in business I really enjoyed my time in renew and If I lived closer I would love to have more treatments there again. Its a beautifully decorated tranquil place. A pleasure to visit for anyone. In the afternoon We headed off up the sky road for a walk to take in some sight seeing. We had booked dinner at the hotel for 8pm Where we were spoiled by the restaurant staff with delicious food and yummy prosecco. We ended up back at the Station house bar again there was live music there and We met up with Dads cousin and her husband. We had great craic and of course the drinks were flowing. We had a great night and really enjoyed ourselves.
So all in all, we had a great time in Clifden, If You are thinking of a mini break definitely consider the Station house hotel. Its very good value for money and a great spot for a good old session and a bit of craic. Its ideal for kids too as the leisure centre is fabulous, the pool is spotlessly clean and very well maintained. There is also a cinema next to the hotel. Connemara in general is beautiful and a great place to get away for a two night break. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading.
Love Maria xx
Disclaimer this post is based on our actual experience, we were regular paying customers at this hotel and genuinely really enjoyed our stay.