Last Christmas, our small family decided to do a quick getaway at Wicklow and spend Christmas Day at one of Ireland’s famous tourist destination – Powerscourt Estate. Powerscourt Estate was one of the first tourist attractions I’ve been to when I arrived in 2012. Back then, my husband and I only went there for the day and took the bus to get there. I remember we had to take a half-hour walk from the Estate’s gate up to the garden because we didn’t know it would take that long (and we were trying to save money, LOL!). So, for us to come back in the Estate and spend a few days there was truly something special!

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Adventure starts here! Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite

A couple of weeks before Christmas, I checked Powerscourt Estate Hotel and realized they have a Christmas package special. The rates were reasonable (considering that the Estate’s hotel was operated by Marriott!) so we decided to proceed with the reservation. We didn’t fly out of Dublin last Christmas but wanted to escape our apartment’s four corners.

Stunning mountainside view from our room. Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite
Stunning mountainside view from our room. Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite

We took a cab and it was roughly a 40-minute ride from Dublin city center to get to Powerscourt. We arrived close to 12 PM, so we decided to have our lunch immediately after leaving our luggage at the reception counter. Unfortunately, the hotel restaurants weren’t open until 1 PM that day. So we left the hotel premises and decided to have our lunch at Avoca Café closer to the gardens.

I think that decision ended well. The gray clouds covering the skies while we were en route the Estate moved away while we were having lunch – so the skies became clear and blue! We hurried our lunch and decided to make the most of the unexpectedly good weather to let our son roam around the spacious Estate!

Amazing views and all that space for my son to run around! Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite
Amazing views and all that space for my son to run around! Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite

The experience was amazing! Despite lacking the variety of blooming flowers on display and the chilly winter winds, I still enjoyed our Christmas visit to the Estate. It could be that because of this time around, we had our energetic little man who we were always running after!

We stayed for about an hour roaming the vast Estate. It would’ve been great to stay a bit longer but the gray clouds are coming back and the gust of ice-cold wind getting stronger, too. We didn’t want anybody, especially our son, to get sick during the holidays. So after my son was done picking up pine cones from the ground – we left the Estate gardens.

Walking through the gardens back to the hotel was a mere 10-minute leisure walk. It didn’t take long and our son fell asleep in his pram, too. We went back to the hotel reception hoping to get our hotel room but told it was not ready. So, instead of feeling bad, I took it as a chance to enjoy the festive Christmas decors at the hotel lobby while sipping a nice cup of tea.

Lounging. Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite
Lounging. Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite

After about 20 minutes and a relaxing cup of tea – our room was ready! We booked an upgraded room so we had a nice mountain view to wake up to. And as expected from Marriott-operated hotels – we had a luxurious stay over the holidays.

It was a good decision to stay at Powerscourt Hotel and take advantage of their Christmas package. Apart from not having to worry what to cook (and finishing leftovers!), we were able to go back to this famous Irish tourist destination, too.

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