Radisson opens estate in Ireland

18th Aug 2006

Farnham Estate opened to the public for the first time in three centuries, officially welcoming visitors with the opening of the Radisson SAS Farnham Estate Hotel.

The opening of Farnham is the latest and most comprehensive reinvention in the long and fascinating history of this magnificent Estate. A combination of world-class architects, spa and interior designers have been brought together at Farnham to sensitively and stylishly connect the existing elements of the original buildings, including the classical Farnham House, with sleek contemporary spaces, producing a breathtaking marriage of past and present.

Located in Cavan in Ireland’s Lakeland region, equi-distant from Dublin and Belfast, The Radisson SAS Farnham Estate Hotel offers 158 bedrooms and suites, restaurants, a lobby bar and a conference centre. The fully refurbished Farnham House provides guest suites, public reception rooms and a cellar bar. The original rooms of the Great House have been restored and guests can relax in the luxurious surroundings of the music room, the boardroom and the boudoir.

The jewel in the crown of the development is the new approximately 40,000 square foot Farnham Estate Health Spa, designed by one of the world’s leading spa designers Heinz Schletterer, based in Austria, whose previous projects include spas at the Waldorf Astoria in New York and on the recently launched cruise ship Queen Mary.

The health spa, which will open at the end of August, incorporates 19 dry and wet treatment rooms, including a trilogy suite and three luxury treatment rooms, each able to accommodate two people for simultaneous treatments, a thermal suite, relaxation rooms and lounges with soft lighting and a magnificent indoor/outdoor infinity pool designed to make the most of the stunning views over Farnham’s wonderful meadows and woodlands. In addition, there will be a fully-equipped gymnasium, a hair finishing salon, a pilates/yoga room, a retail outlet and a restaurant serving a light and nutritious menu. The health spa will offer a selection of luxurious treatments from two product houses ?Kerstin Florian and Aromatherapy Associates.


The Botanica Restaurant is a contemporary lounge bar and brasserie style restaurant serving a simple but creative cuisine based on the finest Irish produce and a celebration of the Irish botanical world. The restaurant has a dual aspect outlook, on one side overlooking Farnham lawn and the other onto a courtyard. The interior is light and airy with warm accents of organic colours and whimsical detail, reflecting the “otanical” nature of the menu. For an extra special dining experience, private dining can be arranged for groups of up to 12 people at the Chef’s Table, which in addition to being part of the restaurant also forms part of the kitchen.

The Botanica Bar is situated on a raised deck in the lobby, where guests can sit at the edge and look down at the scene below or retreat to the timber clad snug area. Drinks and snacks are available here all day. The atmospheric Wine Goose Cellar Bar is located in the basement of the Great House, which also features a wine cellar.


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