Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort
International hospitality management company, PREM Group have completed the first stage of its renovation programme at Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. The group purchased the 90-bedroom hotel in 2016 and since then have already spent over €6 million on the property to return the luxury 18th century Manor House and its surrounding grounds to their former glory.
The initial renovation programme saw 16 new bedrooms being added to the Wicklow property while the bridal suite, foyer, drawing and library rooms of the Manor House have been tastefully transformed. Interior designer, Julie Goggin oversaw the design of the property to include a revamp of the hotel lobby and Elk Bar.
Further to this Architects Moloney O ‘Beirne was commissioned to design a stunning state of the art clubhouse for the property offering golfers a modern and bright facility to gear up in before playing the championship course. A major part of the investment has focused on the main entrance, grounds and golf course making it one of the best parkland golf courses in the country. Men’s developmental professional golf tour, the PGA EuroPro Tour, has also selected Tulfarris Hotel as their host venue for three consecutive years since the vast course improvements.
Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort is located just 40 minutes from Dublin and has exquisite surroundings against the spectacular backdrop of the Blessington Lakes and the Wicklow Mountains. The resort comprises of a luxury 4-star hotel, 18-hole championship golf course, clubhouse, conference centre, banqueting suites, a restaurant and bar. The 18thcentury Manor House sits at the heart of the resort and its classic design and elegant proportions are typical of the 18thcentury architecture of the time.
It is impossible not to be captivated by the natural beauty of the resort with its mature woodlands and huge expanses of water. The Blessington lakes that surround the property not only offer stunning vistas but also challenging play for golfers. The Elk Bar is a picture-perfect place to meet with friends and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of the surrounding scenery all year round. When weather permits, the resort features a beautiful terrace overlooking the 18th green and fairway where barbecues can be held to cater for up to 150 people, perfect for post-wedding celebrations.
The redevelopment of the property is aimed at attracting clientele from the wedding and special occasion markets, while the presence of the one AA Rosette award-winning Lime Tree restaurant ensures that visitors to the hotel enjoy the finest cuisine served up by Executive Head Chef, Eddie McDermott. The Lime Tree Restaurant is a sumptuous blend of tastes and flavours where world cuisine meets the best of Irish. All ingredients are sourced locally from Irish farmers and suppliers when possible with wines selected from large and small vineyards around the world.
John O’ Grady, General Manager of Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, said, “We are delighted with the recent renovations at our luxury resort. The combination of a stunning venue and a striking location makes Tulfarris Hotel one of the best event venues in Ireland. Whether it’s a conference for 320 people or a strategy away day for your senior management, Tulfarris can cater for all conference types. Tulfarris also has beautiful exterior grounds which create picture-perfect weddings. Tulfarris can cater for both small and large weddings, with a lot of people still opting for ‘traditional’ Irish weddings which tend to be larger, the Russborough Suite can cater for 250 guest which is perfect for this. The recent renovations also saw the building of a new contemporary clubhouse. Set across three peninsulas around the lake shores, the stunning 18-hole championship golf course is a golfer’s paradise here at Tulfarris and is definitely an exhilarating test for both amateur and pro golfers.”
Tulfarris can also host civil ceremonies and humanist celebrations. A growing number of people are also choosing to have Celtic weddings and the exterior grounds of the resort lends itself particularly well to this. The stunning view of the lakes along with the Wicklow mountains in the horizon create the ideal backdrop to host barbecues the day after weddings making Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort the ultimate destination for a wedding. Couples with larger wedding numbers can have their reception in the two main banqueting suites adjoining the Manor House; The Russborough and The Poulaphouca. Couples looking for a more intimate or relaxed reception can opt for The Lime Tree Restaurant, located in the main hotel, which boasts spectacular views over the golf course and Wicklow mountains. Further to this, the Manor House Bar offers a light and spacious space for wedding parties up to 80 people.
Jim Murphy, CEO of PREM Group said “Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort has always been synonymous with golf and has been a popular destination for both wedding couples and for corporate events for many years. The renovations that we have completed have breathed new life into this resort which has long been regarded as one of the finest country house properties in Ireland. The works have been carefully conceived by our architects and development team who were always mindful to preserve the historical integrity of the original house. The new rooms and clubhouse have been added in a very respectful way in order to create clear distinctions between the old and the new. We will now be able to offer our discerning customers a world-class product and we are delighted with the result”.
The renovations at Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort are just one of many capital projects being carried out by PREM Group, who also operate more than 38 properties throughout Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK.