- At a Glance
- Our Review
Quaint and charm-laden hideaway on a Wicklow riverside
It’s easy to imagine lovelorn poets scribbling sonnets in the gardens of Hunter's Hotel, so inviting is the setting. This former coaching inn on the banks of the River Varty is steeped in charm.
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Hit the spot
Near Rathnew, an hour south of Dublin.
Don't expect flash gadgetry and gimmicks – it's a place of simple charm.
An old Irish hideaway worth running away to.
Rooms and suites
Spruce and comfortable rooms have plenty of country charm. The best are on the top floor with flowery garden views.
Get lost in the two gorgeous acres of gardens or cosy up in the bar with a local Irish whiskey.
Top floor rooms above the gardens offer the max in seclusion and views.
Eat & Drink
Hunter’s serves great traditional Irish food and is not surprisingly a favourite with the locals. Weekly changing menus major on fresh-caught fish, Irish beef, home grown veggies and mouth-watering home made ice creams and puddings. Garden-grown strawberries go into the jams accompanying your afternoon tea and scones.
Full breakfast is served until 10am.
Available morning and evening.
See & Do
County Wicklow is the Garden of Ireland and there are plenty of grand estates around here to prove it. Nearby Mount Usher Gardens – a blaze of colour in late spring – are beautifully set off by the river Varty, while Powerscourt House has impressive mountain views and manicured lawns. Killruddery House (the film setting of Becoming Jane and My Left Foot) dates back to the 17th century, while Kilmacurragh Arboretum is famous for its conifers and exotic species.
Golfers should head to the magnificent 18-hole Druid’s Glen – just one of 15 18-hole courses in the vicinity. You can also ride and hill walk in the Wicklow Mountains. If you’re missing the bright lights, Dublin is just an hour’s drive away.
Poetry, theatre, comedy, music and dance are all on stage for the Wicklow Arts Festival.
May – mid August
Visit some of the grand Wicklow estates and gardens not usually open to the public at County Wicklow’s Garden Festival.
ESSENTIAL INFORates Guide
From EUR 130Check In
12: 00 middayCheck Out
11:00Minimum Night Stay
Closed over ChristmasAir Conditioning
No – you’ll have to leave your furry friends behind.Wedding License?
Newrath Bridge, Rathnew, Co. WicklowParking
There is free guest parkingTrains
Wicklow station – 5kmTaxis
No more than EUR 10 from Wicklow, where there are three taxi firms.Airport
Dublin – 55km