Travel Tuesday Goes on Family Staycations on this week’s Elaine Show on VMTV

Blackwater Eco Pods

This week on Travel Tuesday we are exploring a variety of family friendly breaks around Ireland ad including some self-catering and camping.


But if you fancy being spoiled after lockdown then the Original Irish Hotels are a collection of unique, owner-run hotels, located in Ireland’s most outstanding destinations. Their 60 hotels are dotted around the entire island of Ireland in must-see locations, from the Wild Atlantic Way, to Ireland’s Ancient East, the Causeway Coast, Dublin and the treasured heartland of Ireland’s midlands and lakelands.

Garyyvoe Hotel – re-opening on July 1st 2020

There has been a hotel on the beach at Garryvoe since the early 1900s and while the world has changed beyond recognition, some things have thankfully remained the same – the golden, sandy, five-mile beach; the view of Ballycotton and its lighthouse, and the smiling faces at the Garryvoe Hotel

Whether it is a romantic weekend break, a seaside holiday or a few nights away with great friends, at the Garryvoe you will find the intimate, friendly and professional service, fresh local food and the incredible view all add up to a memorable experience.

It is an experience put together with loving care – a unique atmosphere that can only be nurtured in a family-owned, independent hotel that has been lovingly cared for through the generations since it opened as one of the first hotels in East Cork.

Garyyvoe concentrate on the little things – oversized bedrooms, heated bathroom mirrors and a celebrated restaurant that offers great cuisine, with fresh seafood a particular speciality. Our coastal location, overlooking one of Ireland’s finest beaches in Ballycotton, Co Cork, makes for an ideal holiday destination. The hotel facilities include the Garryvoe Health & Leisure Club, featuring a 25m lap pool, aqua jogging ring, sauna, gym and outdoor hot tub.

This beautiful area of Cork has an abundance of sporting and leisure pursuits for our guests, including golf, hiking, horse-riding and Irish heritage sites. Don’t miss a visit to Fota Wildlife Park, Cobh Queenstown Story & Titanic Experience, and The Jameson Experience in Midleton, just 20 minutes’ drive away.

Hotel Offers

Sail high seas of Ballycotton or trail the might & exotic animals at Fota Wildlife Park….. East Cork has much to offer!

Garryvoe Hotel, overlooking beautitul Ballycotton Bay is home to many exciting adventures.

Ballycotton Sea adventures can take you on a magical tour of the harbour, and a visit to one of the few remaining Lighthouses in Ireland. Family days out and evening trips with packed lunches and bites to make for memorable holidays. For those who don’t have their sea legs, the Ballycotton cliff walk has breathtaking views of the Island.

Staying on the Wild side, a trip to Fota Wildlife Park is a must! 20 minutes drive from Garryvoe Hotel, it brings the exotic to East Cork. Its where you can let your little Monkeys run free!!!

And if it all gets to much…escape to Spike Island…(the Alcatraz of Ireland) this former prison is an award winning tourist attraction.

With so much more to offer…..Ballymaloe House & Gardens, Leahys Open Farm, Historical Clockgate Youghal, Jameson Heritage Centre Midleton, Titanic Experience Cobh, Cloyne Cathedral & Round tower the hometown of Irelands greatest hurler Christy Ring!!!!!! The list goes on…………………

Stay at the Garryvoe Hotel from €399 per family to include 2 adults & 2 children under 12 years old to include 2 nights B&B, Dinner on 1 evening. All activities in the area will need to be booked and paid seperatly

Let your Little Monkeys Run Free!! (Summer Special)

@ €670 per family, Sunday – Wednesday

3 Night B&B plus 1 Evening Meal

Family Day ticket to Trabolgan Holiday Village


Fota Wildlife Park with a Packed lunch for your day adventure

Admission to Jungle World indoor play area in Midleton

Based on 2 children under 12 sharing with 2 adults, supplement applies for additional children


                Family Fun on the Farm €789 for family of 2 adults & 2 children

Midweek Family Break to include:-
4 nights Midweek Family Break Bed and Full Irish Breakfast,
Family Ticket to Leahys Open Farm, and also admission to one of the following:

Queenstown Heritage Centre, Cobh/Jameson Heritage Centre, Midleton/Cork City Gaol

Price is based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old in a family room

To Book Call Original Irish Hotels reservations line on  012958900 or visit

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Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa – re-opening on June 29th 2020

This is a family run hotel set on the edge of Adare, offering superb hospitality and has fantastic facilities.

The 4 Star family run Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa is located on 40 acres of organic grounds, near the beautiful, historical village of Adare in Co. Limerick. Perfect as a base to explore Galway, Kerry, Clare, Limerick, Cork, Tipperary and the Wild Atlantic Way. Only 2 hours from Dublin and 25 minutes from Shannon airport. All guests are guaranteed a warm welcome and to be treated like one of the family. Celebrating over 37 years in business, Woodlands are dedicated to ensuring the most memorable and traditional of Irish hospitality experiences for their guests. The hotel has two restaurants; Timmy Macs Bistro and Fielding’s of Adare restaurant serving the best of local produce, some coming from their own organic garden.

The resort style facilities include Woodlands Health & Leisure Club with 20m pool, kids pool, feature pools, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, 1,500 sq ft gym, and fitness classes, as well as Woody’s Kids Club seasonally, Fairy Trail, Walking Trail, and state of the art Revas Spa.

Woodlands Pet Farm –

Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa. Adare, Co. Limerick  Sean Curtin True Media

Summer Family Breaks with FREE KIDS CLUB From €105 per night
Rate includes

  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • FREE kids club for children aged 4-12 and must be prebooked
  • Access to Leisure Club with 20m pool and kids pools
  • Outdoor Pitch and Goalposts
  • Fairy Trail
  • Mini Pet Farm

Kids club will run from Saturday  27th June up until the end of August ( subject to numbers)
The camp must be prebooked with leisure centre on 061 605111
The club operates midweek 11-3 and 5.30-9.30pm with execution of Saturday and Sunday and bank holiday on days where only an evening session of 5.30-9.30pm will take place.


To Book Call Original Irish Hotels reservations line on  012958900 or visit

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Sneem Hotel – re-opening on June 29th 2020

Sneem Hotel is a luxurious 4 star hotel nestled in a stunning location right on the waterfront and in the heart of the beautiful village of Sneem on the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. This hidden gem on the Ring of Kerry is an ideal location from which to explore the region

Sneem Hotel is nestled in Goldens Cove on the famous Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. This quiet and unspoilt location will take your breath away and make you feel right at home from the moment you arrive at this beautiful hotel.

Sneem Hotel offers guests a choice of accommodation from spacious, comfortable luxury hotel rooms to their self-catering holiday apartments offering the practicalities of home with the luxury of a 4 Star Hotel, wide-open skies, and the endless seashores of Kenmare Bay.


Sneem Hotel prides itself on excellent food paired with excellent restaurant service and their restaurant is open to guests and visitors for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a varied dining menu reflecting both Irish and international cuisine.


Sneem Hotel offers fantastic family breaks and facilities such as a seasonal kids club and kids play room. The Sneem village playground is close by to the hotel, perfect for entertaining the little ones! The nearby village is home to a lovely river walk and pyramid garden.

Sneem Hotel has direct access to the water where kayaks and canoes including sit ons and doubles for exploration of the bay. This supervised activity can be arranged onsite . Goldens Cove is ideal for beginners and children as it is sheltered inlet, but also has direct access to Kenmare Bay for the more adventurous canoer.





Hotel /Self Catering Offer:

  1. 3 nights Self Catering in a 2 Bedroomed Apartment which sleeps 4 price € 525 kayaking additional at €25.00 for a single kayak €35.00 for a double


The apartments in Sneem Hotel are beautifully designed in calming neutral colours, with uninterrupted views over the Sneem estuary, Golden’s Cove two and three bedroomed apartments are a great example of spacious luxury self-catering in Ireland and include a larger open plan living area and kitchen with all the modern conveniences. With spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms, stunning sea and mountain views, with generous balconies or terraces bringing the magnificent outdoors of the Ring of Kerry, they are the ideal choice for spending time with family and friends.

  1. 3 nights Hotel Family Break €615.00  – kayaking  additional at €25.00 for a single kayak €35.00 for a double

3 night offer includes breakfast each morning and family dinner on two evenings.


Three Night Stay in a spacious mountain view family room with en suite facilities for two adults and 1 child, includes breakfast each morning and dinner on two evenings for all the family.


To Book Call Original Irish Hotels reservations line on  012958900 or visit

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Personally I can’t wait to do a bit of glamping this year and I’m going to explore the Munster Vales. I’ve picked two fabulous properties which will be opening soon.

Munster Vales is a destination for adventure and heritage and the trade are working tirelessly to open for the 29th of June adhering to government and HSE guidlelines.
Close to Blackwater Eco Pods are the river tours of the blackwater.
Lismore Castle, Dromana House and Gardens, Cappoquin House and gardens are within easy reach of driving to visit and will be open. These are amazing heritage sites that have an array of history. The Blackwater river is famous for its fishing and operates a wonderful boat tour managed by Alan of Blackwater Eco Pods. There is a lovely mix of culture and adventure within this region and Munster Vales.

Blackwater Eco Pods, the pod rate for July and August is €140 per night. For 2 or more nights there is a 10% discount per night, which works out 2 nights for €250.
The Ballyhoura experience within Munster Vales is popular for walking and hiking trails as well as the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail which is open now at weekends and will reopen on June 29th for the season. Ballyhoura Horse Trekking is within easy reach of Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges and a great way to discover the experience.

Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges:

Week long bookings go from €495 to €800  (electricity is extra)
Also take weekend and midweek bookings.  €299 to €450
Pets allowed in some houses only €25 per pet
Some suitable for people with a disability.
There is a picnic table at each house.  Disposable bbq’s can be used.
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Killyhevlin Lakeside Lodges in Enniskillen.
Located on the beautiful banks of Lough Erne, adjacent to the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel, our collection of 14 larch wood log panelled Lakeside Lodges are a unique self-catering style experience for visitors to The Fermanagh Lakelands.
Each 2 bedroom Lodge directly overlooks Lough Erne and has been designed to a high standard with complimentary Wi-Fi, a fully equipped modern kitchen, ensuite bathrooms complete with bath and luxury walk in shower, open plan lakeview lounge leading onto a private furnished decking area.

The stylish modern interiors are the perfect base for family, groups and activity breaks (sleeping up to a maximum of four). All of our two bedroom Lodges are pet friendly.

Guests can enjoy the stunning Lakeland views directly from their dedicated private jetty available upon request, making them the ideal base for both boating and angling self-catering short breaks (subject to availability).

KILLYHEVLIN Lakeside Lodges
Lakeside Lodge facilities are fully modernised and include a granite finished cooking station and dining area, integrated Washer/dryer, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Within a short stroll of your Lakeside Lodge is a choice of 3 dining experiences; choose from fine-dining in Kove Restaurant, casual dining in Boat House Grill, to relaxing Afternoon Tea, we’ve got something to suit every taste.
Luxury hotel facilities also includes one of Northern Ireland’s top spas with a full range of Elemis, treatments and packages (pre-booking essential).
Key info
  •  2 En-suite Bedrooms – sleeps up to 4 guest/ Modern and fully equipped Kitchen
  •  Private outdoor decking area with furniture
  •  Panoramic views of Lough Erne
  •  Complimentary Wi-Fi/ parking at each Lodge/ use of Health Club/ Smart HD TV
  •  Pet Friendly (additional charges)

Lodge guests have complimentary use of the Killyhevlin Health Club complete with indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna, steam room, kids pool and Technogym fitness suite.

2 Night Autumn Breaks From £325 valid Sep & Oct subject to availability
Lodges are 2 night minimum stay

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I love it when viewers send me in their tips and recommendations. I asked followers on my facebook page to tell me their favourite campsites and Battlebridge and Lough Key in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands came in a highly recommended.


So I’ve included their websites here.

Glamping Rates 2020

Each Glamping Unit sleeps 4 people and the total rate per unit for a 2 night stay is €200

We also have a couple of stilted cabins which can sleep up to 2 adults and 4 children

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