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(All photos taken at: Powerscourt Hotel, Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Dublin)

A little before Christmas, and in celebration of my mum's birthday (as well as a well deserved mini break)- my mum and I flew over to Dublin for the weekend, as a little time to switch off and debrief before the busy festive period. I'd like to say it was as simple as hopping on a 45 minute train to Gatwick and flying over on our scheduled flight (which, trust me, it could have been) but alas, in true Liv fashion- I arrived at the airport (ready for a duty-free Zara raid) only to realise my passport case was void of passport (trust me, this does happen IRL). Having to rush back home leaving a worryingly chilled mama P, filled suitcase and scheduled flight at Gatwick- was certainly one way of beginning the break and trying and get back for the next flight was one way of quickly increasing heart rate (who needs real exercise?!) Thankfully Joe met me at London Bridge (our trains were both late in, meaning we had to do a movie-style passport handover as sweaty, read faced me rushed to get the next train to Gatwick), before arriving, developing a random stressed induced eye twitch (oh how I laugh now) and booking on to the next flight to Dublin... and then breathe...
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After a relatively fast paced four hours (understatement of the year) and arriving at Dublin airport, we finally pulled up to our home for the weekend, The Powerscourt Hotel Autograph Collection (which although isn't in Dublin- but the county along is only a 30 minute drive from the centre), and it's safe to say I have never felt more like I was in The Holiday (minus Jude Law) and more grateful to be staying at a spa hotel (life was certainly making sure I was ready to unwind). With twinkling lights guiding us up the driveway and a Christmas tree that could play rival to anything from a Dickens novel (as well as huddles of people dressed up for their annual Christmas party), we quickly checked in, headed to our room (and 'freshened up') and raced down for dinner.
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The whole weekend went from being a bit of a stress to one of the nicest in a long time, and although we spent the Saturday mooching around Dublin's city centre (my city guide can be found here) sipping on Guinness (still not converted), eating amazing pizza and giggling a fair bit- we managed to spend a lot of time chilling out in the hotel- I just wished we'd taken more advantage of the beautiful spa features. The food was amazing (with pretty much everything from pub lunches, afternoon tea and pretty posh-nosh on offer) plus staying somewhere like that almost felt like another holiday in itself.


Thanks to the Powerscourt hotel and Marriott Autograph Collection for such a wonderful stay, part of our time at the hotel was complimentary- but all thoughts etc are my own as always


x
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(All photos taken at: Powerscourt Hotel, Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Dublin)

A little before Christmas, and in celebration of my mum's birthday (as well as a well deserved mini break)- my mum and I flew over to Dublin for the weekend, as a little time to switch off and debrief before the busy festive period. I'd like to say it was as simple as hopping on a 45 minute train to Gatwick and flying over on our scheduled flight (which, trust me, it could have been) but alas, in true Liv fashion- I arrived at the airport (ready for a duty-free Zara raid) only to realise my passport case was void of passport (trust me, this does happen IRL). Having to rush back home leaving a worryingly chilled mama P, filled suitcase and scheduled flight at Gatwick- was certainly one way of beginning the break and trying and get back for the next flight was one way of quickly increasing heart rate (who needs real exercise?!) Thankfully Joe met me at London Bridge (our trains were both late in, meaning we had to do a movie-style passport handover as sweaty, read faced me rushed to get the next train to Gatwick), before arriving, developing a random stressed induced eye twitch (oh how I laugh now) and booking on to the next flight to Dublin... and then breathe...
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After a relatively fast paced four hours (understatement of the year) and arriving at Dublin airport, we finally pulled up to our home for the weekend, The Powerscourt Hotel Autograph Collection (which although isn't in Dublin- but the county along is only a 30 minute drive from the centre), and it's safe to say I have never felt more like I was in The Holiday (minus Jude Law) and more grateful to be staying at a spa hotel (life was certainly making sure I was ready to unwind). With twinkling lights guiding us up the driveway and a Christmas tree that could play rival to anything from a Dickens novel (as well as huddles of people dressed up for their annual Christmas party), we quickly checked in, headed to our room (and 'freshened up') and raced down for dinner.
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The whole weekend went from being a bit of a stress to one of the nicest in a long time, and although we spent the Saturday mooching around Dublin's city centre (my city guide can be found here) sipping on Guinness (still not converted), eating amazing pizza and giggling a fair bit- we managed to spend a lot of time chilling out in the hotel- I just wished we'd taken more advantage of the beautiful spa features. The food was amazing (with pretty much everything from pub lunches, afternoon tea and pretty posh-nosh on offer) plus staying somewhere like that almost felt like another holiday in itself.


Thanks to the Powerscourt hotel and Marriott Autograph Collection for such a wonderful stay, part of our time at the hotel was complimentary- but all thoughts etc are my own as always


x

43 comments:

  1. I am unbelievably jealous! Dublin is one of my favourite places in the world! xo

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  2. Great shoots!
    I love these lazy days!
    XOX, Gap.
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  3. Nice photos!!

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  4. Lovely post!!!! Great photos. Would you like to follow each other on GFC?! Let me know and follow me on my blog, I will follow you right back on both GFC and Bloglovin!
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  5. Photo one: that's the most artistically arranged fruit salad I've ever seen, haha. Glad you eventually got there safely. The passport thing sounds like the kind of thing that would happen to me :') I've never been to Ireland but seems like a lovely short getaway :)

    xo
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  6. Oh I'm so jealous that you go to stay at Powerscourt! It looks like you had a great time, despite the journey there! I've been to the house and gardens twice, as my mom's family is from Enniskerry. So we try to go whenever we're in Ireland, since it's so close to Dublin.

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  7. Dublin is one of my favourite places, glad you had a good time.

    Morag x
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  8. Fantastic post and beautiful pics....Just notice the address for Powerscourt, as a person from Wicklow I have to nicely mention Wicklow is its own county and although beside Dublin, a completely different place/address!! Love your blog :)

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    1. I know : ) sorry- I only used 'Weekend in Dublin' as that's where we spent our time exploring, but have now added the fact it's the next county/a little bit further in. Sorry, we did know, but I should have included it. xx

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  9. Wow, your accommodation looks absolutely gorgeous! I'd love to visit Dublin one day, it's such a shame it's so far away from Australia!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  10. Your photography is always so beautiful! I love Ireland, I've visited the south coast, can't wait to see more. X

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  11. Wow, this place looks stunning! I've always wanted to visit Dublin and (even though this is from inside the hotel) your beautiful photos have captured my expectations perfectly. Glad you got there safely in the end x

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  12. Ahhh glad you enjoyed your stay over here. Powerscourt is amazing! One of my favourite places to stay when I travel down to Wicklow. It's beautiful and the surrounding area is fab! It's extra luxurious at Christmas too! :)

    XO, G from grace'd

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  13. This looks like a fabulous trip! Such beautiful photos.

    Georgina x | miss petite

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  14. Soo jealous. You take gorgeous photos. xx

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  15. Great post! Such a good guide and lovely photographs! :)

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  16. This looks like fun! I hope you had a great time
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  17. This looks like fun! I hope you had a great time
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  18. It looks so beautiful and sounds like you had a lovely time x

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  19. I spent last New Year in Dublin. I love the vibe of the place. So friendly and people that just love to have fun!
    Sophie xxx
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  20. lovely photos! hope you had a great time…

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  21. This place is magical, I´m sure youhad really great time!

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  22. These photos are absolutely beautiful Liv, you capture moments so well! I've always wanted to visit Dublin and I'll definitely be checking out this hotel if I do go.

    Beth xo.

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  23. The spa and the food look glorious - I'd love to go visit Ireland it's so near, it's mad people don't hop over more!

    Lauren x
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  24. These pictures are so beautiful!

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  25. Your pictures look absolutely beautiful! Glad everything went well with your little stunt in the beginning but that sounded exactly like something that could happen to me.
    Love,
    Svenja

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  26. What a lovely place! x
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  27. Such a lovely post and as always great pictures!
    Loved your little story of rushing cause of passport - I missed my flight last month and same as you had a little heart attack but once everything is OK then it's a great story to tell haha

    Dovile
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  28. These Pictures are so lovely! I Just stumbled upon this blog and I really love it!

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  29. The spa pictures look so relaxing love your pictures!

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  30. wow what amazing pictures everything looks so crisp and beautiful . xox

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  31. amazing photos! the food looks really delicious :p x
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  32. Despite your rocky start, it definitely sounds like a lovely little trip and now I am so inspired to visit Ireland! Gx

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  33. Lovely imagery - looks like you had a lovely time! xx
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  34. The hotel looks stunning!
    Charlotte - http://charlottesophiaroberts.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. This looks so lovely Liv! Dublin has been on my 'to visit' list for such long time!
    xx

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  36. great photos :)


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