Cabin fever. Steal a hibernation weekend away, without the tots
Once the kids come along, it’s easy (like way too easy) to forget that the person you share your home with, is actually not just your partner in house duties. You see, romance requires energy and thoughtfulness, and while you really aspire to have both of these things, after a day of wrangling noisy offsprings, sometimes, all you want to do is curl up with a good book.
What you need is a plan. Get away from the chaos, book the babysitters, and steal away to one of these quiet (oh, so quiet) retreats.
Time to get re-acquainted with your other half.
1 The Treehouses (pictured), Grove House, West Cork. Set in a forest of spruce pines, it’s the epitome of luxury in the wilderness, with it’s own kitchen (so you really don’t have to set foot outside), an outdoor hot tub, DVD player and the sound of silence. Bliss. cottagesforcouples.ie.
2 Castle Leslie, Glaslough, Co Monaghan should be on everyone’s bucket list. The quirky, old-worldy charm just sucks you in and the setting is so serene. A room in the castle is a must, with oodles of character and big four-poster beds and free-standing baths. Best to go out of wedding season for optimum kicking-back. castleleslie.com.
3 Rock Farm, Slane, Co Meath. Just a quick jaunt from Dublin, this little spot is in the grounds of the infamous Slane Castle (and owned by son and daughter-in-law of Lord Mount Charles). It’s a luxury eco campsite, based on an organic farm and ecotourism project. Picture yourselves all cosied-up in one of the yurts or the little wooden shepherd’s hut. So cute. rockfarmslane.ie.