22 Sep 2021
Escape to an award-winning country house estate owned by an Irish Michelin star chef.
Virginia Park Lodge, the epitome of elegance, but with a distinctly homely feel and luxury finishing touches, is set in 100 acres of beautiful countryside overlooking Lough Ramor in the heartland of Ireland.
The County Cavan lakeside property has recently been lovingly restored to its former glory by celebrity chef and restauranteur Richard Corrigan. Well-known for his four London restaurants, Corrigan has gained Michelin stars, authored recipe books, cooked for the Queen and regularly makes appearances on radio and television, notably winning The Great British Menu four times.
The chef, who married his wife Marie in Virginia Park Lodge over 30 years ago, bought the property in 2014. Inspired by his Irish farming heritage and stellar culinary career he has been restoring it back to its former glory ever since.
The truly unique estate, once the home of Lord Headfort and his wife, the Marchioness of Headfort is now offering a selection of accommodation, while its productive gardens are supplying Corrigan’s London restaurants as well as the kitchens at Virginia Park Lodge.
The lodge boasts 23 gorgeous, grand bedrooms, including lake view suites, while the 15 cottages in the grounds, some of which are self-catering, are full of rustic charm.
There is also a series of Deerpark Shepherds’ Huts scattered around the property. Surrounded by woodland, these are perfect for those who appreciate getting back to nature.
Deerpark Shepherd's Hut, Virginia Park Lodge
Guests checking into the lodge will experience a four-course dinner menu curated by chef Corrigan, as well as an award-winning breakfast with tasty highlights such as smoked salmon, toasted brioche, a breakfast burrito bowl and freshly baked pastries with homemade preserves.
Self-catering guests can pre-order a welcome hamper featuring all-local produce prepared by the Virginia Park Lodge team, or a barbeque box which can be cooked up at The Piggery, a covered outdoor area.
Guests can also partake in a host of activities on their doorstep, including a nine-hole golf course bordering the estate and overlooking Lough Ramor, walking trails in Deerpark Forest, bike hire, clay pigeon shooting, wild swimming, pike fishing on the estate’s lake and a visit to one of Ireland’s most renowned cheesemongers, Sheridans, just 10 minutes by car.
Kayaking and bike trails can also be enjoyed at Cavan Adventure Centre, a short drive from Virginia Park Lodge.
Outside of the lodge you can explore wide open landscapes, 5,000 years of history and the perfectly preserved geological and archaeological features of Cavan Burren Park.
Or go further afield to immerse yourself in a plethora of hidden gems and encounters with nature in the Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands region, one of the most surprising and unspoilt parts of the country.
The Lodge Suites are Spacious and Full of Character
Virginia Park Lodge, County Cavan
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