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Shannon Oaks Hotel & Country Club

NESTLED in Portumna, Co Galway, near the shores of beautiful Lough Derg, lies what must be one of the most family friendly destinations in the country. Shannon Oaks Hotel & Country Club sits on 11 acres of parkland adjacent to the 1,500-acre Portumna Forest Park, formerly the Clanricarde Estate. This stunning location is just two hours from Dublin and an hour from Galway City, close to Shannon Airport, Tipperary and the Midlands.

Family accommodation and facilities A number of great family accommodation options are available. Shannon Oaks boasts 22 five-bedroom selfcatering log cabins, delightfully traditional in style and situated on the edge of the woods. Each four-star lodge is supremely spacious, with a living/dining area opening onto a wooden deck, fully equipped kitchen and every facility you could want. There are also 39 two-bedroom contemporary-styled self-catering hotel suites/apartments, complete with kitchen, living and dining areas – many also have patios and forest views. The log cabins sleep up to 10 people while the apartments sleep four. The self-catering option means that families enjoy complete freedom, while at the same time all of the hotel’s facilities are available to them – two fine restaurants, the bar, and an awardwinning leisure centre including sauna, Jacuzzi, gym, 20-metre swimming pool and kids’ pool.

Five-bedroom log cabins

20m swimming pool with children’s pool and bubble pool

Activities in the Area Shannon Oaks Hotel & Country Club

Portumna Castle & Gardens t: (090) 974 1658 w:

Portumna, Co Galway t: (090) 974 1777 e: w:

If the self-catering option doesn’t suit you, rest assured that every hotel room is beautifully luxurious and finished to the highest standard. All 63 bedrooms and suites in the Shannon Oaks Hotel & Country Club offer exceptional comfort; all are en suite with air conditioning, multichannel TV, radio, hairdryer, trouser press, direct-dial telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. Parents will also be pleased to hear about the Oakie Kids’ Club, which runs every morning and evening Monday to Friday until the end of August, and is free to all guests. From swimming and basketball to arts, crafts and movie time, the Kids’ Club is sure to keep the little ones enter-

Turoe Pet Farm & Leisure Centre t: (091) 841 580 w: Pallas Karting t: (090) 974 5147 w: Gauntlet Paintball t: (067) 22909 w:

Flowerhill Equestrian Centre t: (090) 967 6112 w:

Wake up to the forest

Special Summer Offers

Self-Catering Suites - Weekend Special: 2 nights from only €65pps! - Weekend Special: 2 nights from only €75pps! - Self-catering suites sleep up to 4. Gas and electricity metered and payable on departure.

July-August Midweek Breaks from only €99pps or Weekend Breaks from only €129pps - 2 nights’ bed and full Irish breakfast and a 3-course dinner on the evening of your choice.

Castlegates Restaurant tained while parents sneak a break for themselves.

Family dining The Upper Deck Bistro is a terrific family-focussed restaurant serving casual dining classics – tempting Caesar salads, juicy steaks and sizzling fajitas. It’s buzzing in summer with a real family atmosphere. For more formal dining,

Castlegates Restaurant delivers a uniquely Irish culinary experience provided by the hotel’s award-winning chef.

In the area Forest and lakeside walks in Portumna Forest Park; a visit to Portumna Castle, historic home of the 4th Earl of Clanricarde, and its recently restored 17th-century walled kitchen gardens; fishing, sail-

ing and other water sports on Lough Derg – these are just a few things to do during your stay at Shannon Oaks Hotel & Country Club. For a leisurely afternoon, Turoe Pet Farm & Leisure Park is about half an hour away by car, with a playground, football pitch and aviary, as well as a nature trail and plenty of adorable cuddly farm animals.

July-August 3-night Midweek Breaks from only €199pps There are lots of possibilities for the more adventurous as well. Pallas Karting in Tynagh, a 10-minute drive from the hotel, is the largest go-karting centre in Europe, with two thrilling tracks designed by motor sports experts. Paintballing at Gauntlet is another thrilling option just 15-minutes away, while Flowerhill Equestrian

- 3 nights’ B&B and 2 evening meals, valid Sunday-Thursday. Enjoy complementary use of the leisure facilities and hotel’s country club with all of the above. See website for more details and offers. All offers subject to availability.

Centre is also nearby, offering cross-country horse riding on 250 acres of limestone pastureland.

Whatever you’re into – a stay at Shannon Oaks is sure to be a memorable one and delight all the family.

A Gem by the Shannon  

Commercial Feature in the Sunday Independent Living supplement, July 19 2009

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