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12/04/2018

Discover the Greatest Knight

William Marshal - He was “the greatest knight that ever lived”, Earl of Pembroke and Regent of England. As Lord of Leinster, he blazed a trail of Anglo-Norman power, building castles at Kilkenny and Ferns, and founding Duiske Abbey and Tintern Abbey on Wexford’s Hook Peninsula.

With his wife Isabella – daughter of Strongbow and Aoife – he founded New Ross with its thriving port.   Yet William Marshal’s story could have turned out so very differently.

On a journey to Ireland in 1200, his ship was struck by a violent storm and it seemed as if he might drown. In desperation he vowed to God that he would found an abbey wherever he landed safely.

Arriving in Bannow Bay, William kept his promise, and that’s how Tintern Abbey – also known as Tintern de Voto or Tintern of the Vow – came to be built on the neck of the blustery Hook Peninsula.

Unsurprisingly William constructed Hook Lighthouse too.  The rest, as they say, is history.

For the Foodies

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. 
 
Dunbrody Christmas Market Every Sunday from Noon - browse the artisan crafts and local food producers. There's lots of great gift ideas from Kevin Dundon's Christmas cakes, puddings, chutneys and books to hand-made jewelry, cards, walking sticks and spices.  A great gathering of local crafts people, foodies and artists every Sunday. The perfect way to spend a Sunday - followed by Jazz Brunch in the Local afterwards or maybe Afternoon Tea in the hotel.  The market will take place every Sunday.
 
New Year New You Our two night package includes accommodation, breakfast til Noon both days and dedicated 3 hour Detox Spa programme on one of the days From €325pps Click here to book
 
Chicago! Friday 22nd March - a night of Gangsters, glamour, cocktails and fine dining along with West End's David Shannon singing live in the Harvest Room...all your favourites from Chicago and a few more too. Event only at €95 pp or with accommodation from €195pps Book Here
 
A Night with the Phantom Saturday 23rd March - the phantom returns to the Harvest Room. With champagne cocktails pre-dinner and a fabulous Opera themed menu to match the live performance with David Shannon of songs from the Phantom and few of our other favourites to finish the evening as well. Event Only €125 or with accommodation from €225pps
 
If you would like a special bespoke event planned we would be delighted to put together a unique package for you. Click here to enquire.
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