Bump, Baby and Me15th May 17 | Family
Taking time to re-connect with your partner in todays busy world can be tough... especially when children are involved!
I can’t tell you how many people advised Steve and myself to get a night away by ourselves before Baby No. 2 arrived and things got REALLY busy.
‘It’s one thing getting one baby looked after…but two…’ and cue eyebrows rising upwards.
So, needless to say, we took their advice and I am so glad we did as we found a little gem in doing so.
Family to the rescue
It was family to the rescue when it came to looking after Ayla. My sister and her family took her for the day and Steve’s mum stayed in ours overnight with her. (more about that later!)
As we were just going away for one night I wanted to book somewhere relatively close to Dublin.
Marlfield House in Gorey, Co. Wexford ticked that box as it is just over an hours drive from our house.
From the website it looked like it had an old world charm to it, with mentions of nice gardens for walks, horses and good dining options. So far so good.
We dropped Ayla off at my sisters and hit the road, arriving in Gorey just over an hour later. We got a tasty pub lunch there and then headed 5 minutes back up the road to the hotel.
The hotel was quite impressive as we pulled up to park. I could see horses in the field beside the hotel and the gardens looked lovely.
Once we arrived into the welcoming reception area with a big open fire, the receptionist, Dawn checked us in quickly, confirmed our dining reservation and gave us a little tour of the house.
There is a lot of history behind it and it’s obvious that the Bowe Family have a very hands on approach when it comes to the running of it.
We were shown to our room and it was like something out of a dolls house. There was a huge bed, antique style furniture, a good-sized bathroom and big windows overlooking the lake.
Steve and myself wandered up to their restaurant & bar 'The Duck’ and had a coffee and sat and chatted. It was so nice to be able to do this uninterrupted. There were quite a few other couples there with their babies and children. It was really nice to see that it wasn’t the type of hotel that people felt they couldn’t bring their little ones, however on this occasion, we were quite content to know Ayla was in the safe hands of our family and we had some alone time together!
After a wander around the grounds we headed back to the room and I had a lovely warm bubble bath and read some magazines the hotel had left in our room… It was such a treat to be able to do this!
That evening we had dinner in The Duck restaurant. There is an option for fine dining in the hotel’s Conservatory Restaurant but on that evening it was closed. Dawn on reception had mentioned earlier that they host their wedding dinners from The Conservatory and I imagine that’s something pretty special, especially with the view it has.
I loved the décor in The Duck- built in a restored courtyard building with exposed stone & muted tones of cream and grey, it was casual and cosy but elegant all at the same time.
I was really impressed that our waiter, Ger, knew so much about what may or may not be off limits to me, being pregnant. He quickly suggested some alternatives, which the chef would be happy to do for me. This was really refreshing, as menu restrictions can get a little tedious sometimes when you are pregnant!
While we ate, Margaret Bowe, one of the owners popped in and chatted with some of the diners. It was a pleasure to meet her and learn a little more about this special place. She told us about how her mother started the business in 1978 and how it has grown since then. Steve asked about the filming of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ in 1997, which was shot very near by and Margaret told us that Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and their families had all stayed in the hotel throughout the filming of the movie. (I wondered if we were staying in their room!?)
Our food was really, really good. 3 courses later, I couldn’t fault any of it. We left The Duck completely satisfied and full to the brim and decided a game of Scrabble by the fire was a perfect way to finish the evening! The bar tender advised Steve on a good after dinner drink and insisted I wasn’t to be left out. He made me a seriously tasty ‘Mocktail’ !
I am very happy to say I was victorious in our game of Scrabble (sorry Steve!). The old ‘Baby Brain’ must have come in handy on this occasion!
It was such a lovely relaxed evening and again drives home how important it is to make time for ourselves when possible. We were able to talk about the coming weeks when our new addition arrives and plans we’d like to put in place regarding lots of things. In our busy everyday life, just like lots of other parents, we don’t put aside enough time for that. There are always other distractions. So it was lovely, not to have distractions and just have each other to concentrate on.
We had a good nights sleep in our huge bed. Steve had a little bit more of a lie in than me however (he can sleep through anything). Although I didn’t have Ayla to act as my alarm clock, there was George… George the resident Peacock!! He decided to park up outside our window and start his morning call!
Here he is in all his glory.
I wasn’t the only one who was awake pretty early. I checked in with Steve’s mum and she said all was great and Ayla was in the bed with her… since 3 am!! Little monkey. Sounded like they had some lovely cuddles together though and Ayla was quite happy to have her Nana in the bed with her!
We headed down to breakfast and again really enjoyed the freshest of food being served up to us. We read the papers and took our time over our food; something that is such a luxury these days. The smallest things really do become the biggest pleasures don’t they!
After breakfast we packed up and looked forward to getting back to seeing Ayla. A night away recharges you in so many ways.
I’m delighted we took the time out for ourselves and really happy we found Marlfield House in doing so.
As it’s just over an hour away, I can definitely see us coming down for a nice lunch in The Duck some weekend in the summer when the new baby comes along. The grounds just outside their doors will be perfect for Ayla to run around and explore and we’ll get to sample their gorgeous menu again!
For anyone considering a little break away to recharge or reconnect, my advice is, if you can manage it (between organising child minders, time off work or finances) do it.
We all deserve a little treat now and again don’t we?
Thank you to Marlfield House for hosting us and making our stay so special. (All opinions are my own)
Kathy is passionate about all things surrounding birth, babies and parenthood. She also has a big interest in wellness, health & fitness.
She runs ‘Bump, Baby and Me’ – providing Pre & Postnatal classes & workshops in Malahide, Co. Dublin and LOVES working with mums, dads & babies. She is the proud mummy to a beautiful little girl, Ayla, and is expecting Baby No.2 this summer.