There seems little doubt that the early Pre-Christian habitants of Ireland were of a particularly discerning nature and made their abode in the parts of the country where the scenery was at its most beautiful and the harvest from land and water at its most bountiful.
The famous Saint Kevin found this out to his cost when he arrived to the Macreddin district to establish his fifth century monastery and discovered a chief of some importance named Credin had already taken up residence. In the ancient manuscript - “The Latin Life of Kevin”, it is described how Credin was killed by his enemies and miraculously brought back to life by the Saint.
The Macreddin District grew into an area of great importance, housing a garrison of troops and at one stage sending two members to the Irish House of Commons, before slowly slipping into decline in the late nineteenth century.
Open since 1999...
BrookLodge opened its doors and welcomed its first guests in 1999. Starting out as a 54 Bedroom Hotel and home to Ireland's first Certified Organic Restaurant - The Strawberry Tree, BrookLodge quickly became a popular place for food lovers far and wide to visit. Developed as a self-contained Village, this perfect hide away in Ireland's majestic Garden County has so much to offer its guests.
In addition to The Strawberry Tree Restaurant, Macreddin Village is now also home to:
A dedicated Wedding Venue
A private Chapel on the grounds, the most idyllic place for exchanging vows
Ireland's most eco-responsible Conference Venue
The Wells Spa
An Adult Only Destination Spa
Macreddin Golf Course
18 Holes, designed by Paul McGinley
La Taverna Armento
A Southern Italian style Bistro
Actons Country Pub & The Orchard Café
An Irish Country Pub and a Café alongside that gives Irish home cooking a modern twist
The Waterside Lounge
A resident’s lounge with deep snug couches and warm turf fires
The Village Store Rooms
Serving a selection of Macreddin Village produce, Organic and Artisan produce. Allowing guests to take a piece of Macreddin home with them
The Wild Foods Pantry
A treasure throve of foraged and preserved Wild Foods
Macreddin Village Organic Herb Garden
A walled garden, growing herbs for The Strawberry Tree Brigade to use on the menu each night
Macreddin Village Smoke House
Macreddin Village smoked meats and fish served throughout the Village
Macreddin Village Organic Bakery
Homemade Organic Breads are made daily for serving in all eateries in the Village and for sale in the Village Store Rooms