Where to go to get away for a couple of nights with baby and extended family? Galway? Cork? Kerry? To be honest, when looking for a family break for a couple of nights, Enfield would not be the location that would usually spring to mind. However, for various reasons – the main one being – my sister in law is very pregnant and didn’t want to be too far from her maternity hospital in Dublin; we picked The Johnstown Estate in Enfield. A few major advantages were that it wasn’t too far for anyone to drive to, there was a dedicated swimming pool for the kids (a 1 year old and a 3 year old), a spa for the ladies and the chance of spotting some of the Irish rugby or soccer players at a training session may or may not have helped seal the deal!
First Impressions on Arrival
The Johnstown Estate is a 4 star hotel, very easily accessible from the N4. There is ample free parking and it’s not a million miles of a walk to the hotel entrance. The hotel reception is warm and welcoming with a big open fire lit and a desk either side of it where you take a seat to check in. Staff were welcoming and efficient.
The Johnstown Estate offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit different budgets and needs. We booked a double room with a cot for baby and were kindly upgraded to a suite. There are also family rooms in the hotel and lodges on the hotel grounds available. Our suite consisted of a sitting room and separate bedroom with bathroom. There was a large superking size bed that was very comfortable and a TV in both rooms. The decoration was traditional, the view was out to the leisure centre so not that impressive and the bathroom was dated in appearance with just one sink, a corner bath and a cramped shower. I would have expected more from a suite. There were brilliant black-out curtains in both rooms which was a must for getting a baby or toddler to sleep. I couldn’t fault the travel cot provided, it even had a decent soft mattress which isn’t always the case in hotels.
Breakfast was included each morning in our package, it was fantastic. Plenty of fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries and cereal at the cold counter. Then the traditional hot breakfast where you served yourself. There were also options of hot breakfasts to order for an extra charge with options such a French toast, eggs benedict, etc. Unfortunately the main restaurant was closed the nights we were there (a Monday and Tuesday night) which was disappointing as the menu looked lovely. The first evening we went with the casual option of bar food in The Coach House bar, it was as you’d expect and the children were very welcome and catered for well. We chose to eat elsewhere on the second night.
The hotel had a fantastic pool (with separate children’s pool and separate jacuzzi). There were also thermal suites, a spa, 2 gyms and a hairdressers. We brought the 1 year old for his first swim (finally) and the children’s pool was perfect for this, nice warm temperature and shallow. I was treated to a spa treatment (my mother’s day present) so I went for the pregnancy specific Mama Mio Facial. It was fantastic, excellent therapist, totally relaxing and my skin felt great afterwards.
We stayed for 2 nights midweek and the price was 99 euro per room per night including breakfast. It’s worth checking out the hotel website for special offers and contacting the hotel directly for best price. The spa treatment was 89 euro and lasted approximately 1 hour. There were offers on Elemis facials at the time for 49 euro so it’s worth asking when you are booking.
Overall Conclusion on Johnstown Estate
7/10 Great family friendly hotel with a pool and excellent staff; however 2 nights is more than enough here as there isn’t much in the surrounding area and you definitely need a car. The spa is lovely although I can’t comment on the thermal suites as I didn’t use them.
Disclaimer. All views are honest and my own, I was not asked or paid to do this review by the hotel or any other third party.