The Wicklow Escape is Ireland’s new location for destination dining. The kitchen will be led by new head chef Danni Barry, who earned a Michelin Star while working at Michael Deane’s Eipic in Belfast in 2015, becoming only the second ever Irish woman to hold the award. 

Formerly known as The Elbowroom Escape, The Wicklow Escape will open on July 14th, offering 2-night/3-day staycation packages filled with relaxation, rustic luxury and some of the best food in the country.  On-site facilities include seven deluxe bedrooms, The escape Kitchen Restaurant, The Fiery outdoor kitchen, The Pavilion outdoor terrace, a kitchen garden amongst an acre of landscaped grounds, a woodfired outdoor hot tub, a forest garden leading up to the West Wicklow Sugar Loaf, walking trails and hikes to explore, with hiking guides available to book in advance.

The Wicklow Escape is is an intimate getaway, the total capacity at the venue is limited to 18. Check-in is on Wednesdays and Fridays only, with summer staycation packages are priced from €543 per person sharing. Included in the price –

Day 1 – Cocktails and nibbles
Dinner at The Fiery – three wood-fired courses with beer pairing

Day 2 – Breakfast
Lunch or picnic to take on a walk or hike
Dinner at The escape Kitchen Restaurant – relish five-course long table dining & wine pairing with fellow guests

Day 3 – Sumptuous Brunch before checkout

Excutive Chef Danni Barry said “It’s a new challenge for me to join Lisa in bringing a destination dining venture to life, having worked in kitchens for over 20 years. I’m really passionate about using local, seasonal produce to create my menus and I know our farming neighbours have amazing produce which I’m excited to work with. My menus for The Wicklow Escape are very much inspired by the abundance of local producers on our doorstep. From Wagyu beef to river trout to foraged mushrooms, I hope that visitors will relish the flavours and the style of cooking that I bring.”

Lisa Wilkinson is the founder of The Wicklow Escape, “As a keen foodie, I’m so excited to see this project come to fruition, with an amazing team on board to deliver a true destination dining experience for visitors. There’s no place to unwind and get away from it all quite like the Wicklow mountains, and I’m particularly delighted to have Danni on board to deliver on my vision for an immersive food experience at The Wicklow Escape. With her former Michelin Star credentials, I know she’ll bring something really special to the kitchen, and indeed the table!”

Rounds off an impressive team is Operations Manager is Jill Robins, who spent six years at Powerscourt Estate managing the facilities and visitor experience at Powerscourt House and Gardens.

Bookings for the foodie mountain lodge are now open! You can check out The Wicklow Escape here.

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