Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter. We do hope that you, like all of us here at The Cottages are feeling upbeat and positive about future plans. It’s so wonderful to see travel opening up again.
Let’s put you in the mood with some of Richard Murphy’s beautiful images in the Irish Garden magazine.
The late summer 2021 edition of the Magazine held us spell bound with the excellent feature by Shirley Lanigan on the gardens here at The Cottages. Shirley visited us mid Summer and painted a marvellously descriptive picture over 6 pages, perfectly complimented by Garden Photographer Richard Murphy’s superb images.
There is no better base from which to explore a myriad of diverse and beautiful Irish gardens.
New Entrance and Car Free Beach
A wonderful new village bypass has been created over the past year providing wide paths and carparking space for easy access to the beach and other amenities. We now have a spacious new drive exclusively dedicated to The Cottages, this runs right up to the gates with grassed areas either side and a small turning circle. The area is now open and spacious providing a safe exit. With traffic calming in place The Cottages have become an even more peaceful haven, if that were possible?
Beach side peace also reigns with our wonderful 12K stretch of sandy coastline now Car-free and being enjoyed by young and old alike, truly a joy to experience.
Laytown Races 2021
Talking beach, as we watch many of our Annual Sports Events come back into play we’re delighted to report that the Laytown Strand Races are scheduled to run on the 1st of November 2021, tickets will be on sale in October. The races have been run here on the sand since 1886 making it one of the oldest race meeting and uniquely the only beach race run under Jockey Club rules in the Northern hemisphere, what a remarkable piece of living history!
Lights, Camera, Action!
As Luck Would Have it – A Hallmark TV Production
In February there was great excitement as news of a TV film “As Luck Would Have It” was going to be filmed in the Boyne Valley. Little did we know that The Cottages was to be one of the desired film locations.
The film Crew arrived and what was supposed to be a beautiful spring day had every kind of weather you could imagine, sunshine, clouds, blue sky, wind, rain and even snow at one point. But being the true professionals that they are Jo Anna Garcia Swisher and Allen Leech together with their fellow cast members took it all in their stride.
It has been a wonderful year for welcoming guests from all over Ireland. From Wexford to Westport from Donegal to Donaghadee, truly from all corners of the country. We welcomed many Frontline workers who needed well-earned breaks, couples needing respite and as we re-opened in June a host of families all keen to enjoy their new-found freedom to relax and unwind, sea swim, beach walk and chill in total comfort. Exploring Dublin and the Boyne Valley and making cherished memories along the way.
We’re delighted to now see you our overseas guests returning and to welcoming you all back with open arms gives us great heart going forward.
Refurbishment and Renewals
We have kept ever busy over the past 20 months ensuring your cottage experience will be the best ever, renewals and replacements abound and we’re delighted to say that the cottage interiors, exteriors, grounds and gardens have never looked better.
We’re delighted to confirm that we continue to team up with Laytown Bettystown Golf Club to ensure you have the best possible golf experience locally and of course there are another 40 superb Links and Parkland courses within easy reach.
Early Bird Special – 2022 Bookings
No better time of year for planning your next break away and if you’re dreaming of that long awaited trip to Ireland in 2022 why not avail of our Early Bird Special. Book 5 nights or longer here at The Cottages and avail of our special offer which is open up to the end of February 2022. Needless to say we have quite a few bookings already in place so do book early and avoid disappointment.
Last but definitely not least and Exclusively for you our Subscribers, we’d like to introduce you to the gorgeous new Team member. Poppy Basset arrived in February and is now 9 months old and a joy! Poppy follows a long tradition of Basset Hounds here at The Cottages.
We continue to endeavour to keep you all in a reassuringly safe environment here at The Cottages with safety protocols still in place for 2022.
Looking forward to catching up over the coming months.
With warmest regards,
Roger, Liz, Mel, Corrine, Emma, Tony and all the Team