Dunbrody's Blog

01/03/2020

Breathe In & Chill Out

Located across the courtyard in an original stone building and with a contemporary interior of wood and natural stone, the Spa at Dunbrody will make guests feel cocooned and at ease from the moment they arrive. The treatment area is a luxurious haven complete with Asian styled serail steam and mud room, relaxation room with day beds and individually-styled treatment rooms...the treatments of choice are from Aromatherapy Associates in London.

Aromatherapy works on three main levels: through the sense of smell, through absorption and through absorption via skin

Smell

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The sense of smell is the most primitive of all our senses and it is linked to some of the oldest and deepest parts of the brain. As we breathe in the aromas of the essential oils, it can trigger emotional and even physical responses and allow vivid memory recall of people or places.

When we breathe in aromatic molecules, they travel to the top of the nose where the molecules come in contact with specialized nerve cells called Olfactory cells. These cells have tiny hairs which recognize a specific aroma through the ‘lock and key’ process. This means each hair will only recognize a specific aroma. This process produces nerve impulses which travel to the limbic system, the part of the brain which is most concerned with survival, instincts and emotions.

It is thought by scientists that the activity of the nerve signal passing through this region causes mood change by altering brain chemistry.

Absorption

Another effective way that aromatherapy works is through the inhalation of the essential oils which then travels internally and absorbed. This is especially effective within the respiratory system as their antibacterial and antiviral properties make them ideal for maintaining a healthy respiratory system. This includes the sinuses, throat and chest and also to help relieve symptoms of infections and allergies. 

There are various ways to inhale the benefits of aromatherapy even when you're on the go. We recommend that you take some time out and indulge in the benefits of aromatherapy with one of our fabulous massages - forget your worries to enjoy a long moment to yourself.

One of the favourites at Dunbrody is the De-Stress Massage…A restless mind or aching muscles are soothed and supported with Aromatherapy Associates’ De-Stress collection. We’ll lavish your tired muscles with energizing and repairing blends of highly active essential oils for instant relief and refreshment.

Treat a busy mind to a moment of reflection with our focusing blend packed with the magical properties of Frankincense.

 

Winter Specials

Thoughout the year we offer some great dates for your diary - you can book any of these on their own or as part of a package: Call 051.389600 to book. 
Escape to the Country - nothing beats 2 nights getaway to the stunning Hook Peninsula & Dunbrody Country House & Estate especially when it includes a dinner on one night from Kevin Dundon's kitchen!  Treat yourself to a well-earned break of relaxation, pampering and indulgence.  You've definitely earned it  

Available throughout the year.  Click HERE to book

Live Like a Lord (or a lady!) To the Manor Born at Dunbrody   - Live like a Lord for 2 days in 1800s Dunbrody House...Georgian architecture meets modern luxury with this 2 day package which includes a Classic Afternoon Tea, dinner in the Harvest Room Restaurant from our Summer Seasonal Menu and champagne breakfast in bed til Noon on one morning.

Available throughout the year.  Click HERE to book

A Gatsby New Year - This New Year's Eve, the most glamorous pleasure-seekers are invited to shake out their pearls and tassels, unfurl their feathers and elude the beady eye of the law at the most lavish Prohibition Party yet. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the classic elegance of art deco of the Roaring 20’s. Be transported to an era of a modern renaissance where style, opulence, and grace were the only way to swing. Kicking off with traditional Prohibition cocktails and canapes and followed up with a Vintage Gala Dinner with live music throughout.

New Year's Eve Gatsby Package includes: 2 nights B&B with breakfast, Afternoon Tea on the day arrival (between 3 and 5pm), Cocktails & Canapes from 7.30pm with 8 course Gala Dinner on New Year's Eve from  8-8.15pm finishing up with Live Music with our resident two piece From Mars to Venus.

Click HERE to book
Love Is 2 days of indulgence at Dunbrody House throughout this Winter.  The perfect treat for someone you love. 
Love Is package includes:
- Sundays & Midweek accommodation in one of Dunbrody's luxury rooms or suites, Dinner for Two from the Harvest Room Seasonal Menu on one of the nights, Champagne Heidsick & Flowers in room on arrival, Breakfast til Noon next day.

Sundays & Midweek Click HERE to book

The Lodge at Dunbrody - For the perfect family break the original steaward's house at Dunbrody House offers all the perks of being in the main house but with loads of space for kids of all ages too.  Sleeping up to six you have the option of self-catering or let us look after all your dining needs. Minimum two night stay. Click HERE to check availability

Kevin Dundon's Online Christmas Cookery Course Part 1 & Part 2

In two parts starting on Monday 16th November - learn how too take the stress out of Christmas. From to bake the perfect Christmas cake and pudding, whip up a delicious brandy butter, cranberry sauce and much much more. This seven day course with daily tutorials and recipes will have you well prepared for your family Christmas feast.  A downloadable PDF of all the recipes will be available and you can access the full course content at the time of your choice.  Also included are two live cook alongs at 7pm Tuesday and Thursday evening Irish time. 

Part 2 takes place from Monday 7th December where Kevin will share all his chef secrets in making sure you'll know how to prepare a delicious and moist turkey, glazed ham, different stuffings, braised red cabbage, traditional and new idea treats & desserts and will follow the  same 7 day format as part 1 with the 2 live cookalongs too.  

Click HERE to join Part 1

 

 

 

Click HERE to join Part 2

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