History of Macreddin
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 is most bountiful.
The famous Saint Kevin, found this out to his cost when he arrived in the Glendalough/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.
Macreddin, (deriving from magh – the gaelic word for plane or valley, and credin i.e. valley of Credin), 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.
Now once again this unique and picturesque village thrives since the 1999 opening of the BrookLodge Hotel and Wells Spa, and the establishment of an equestrian centre, bakery, smokehouse, pub & microbrewery, and food, wine & craft shops.
Across the village green from the Brooklodge is a wonderful old stone bridge over Ballycreen Brook and above the village in the 17th century graveyard you can admire the work of the famous sculptor Dennis Cullen of Monaseed on the headstones.
A stunning luxury hotel deep in a spectacular Wicklow Valley, less than an hour's drive from South Dublin with luxurious bedrooms from country house style to New York style mezzanine suites.
Ireland's only Certified Organic Restaurant, serves only wild and organic foods, prepared expertly and served in possibly Ireland's most dramatic dining rooms.
Macreddin Village is also home to “La Taverna Armento”. Armento has a full Southern Italian menu based around the foods available from the towns of Armento and Basilicata.
A luxury 5 star spa whose extravagant experiences are sourced from around the globe including Serail Mud Baths, Floatation Therapy, Hammam Massage, Aroma & Finnish Baths, an outdoor hot tub and a complete Decleor & Carita range of treatments. A unique indoor-to-outdoor swimming pool completes this experience and all the water used comes from our very own wells.
Enjoy our very own organic lager & stout brewed and served from our own microbrewery in the traditional setting of Actons Country Pub.
The ideal setting for a light lunch using free range, organic and wild foods in pleasant surroundings.
Over looking Macreddin Brook and just a short stroll from the main hotel, The River Mews comprises of 4 state-of-the-art conference suites on the ground floor and 8 beautifully decorated bedrooms above. A unique setting in the village south-east facing.
Utilising 160 acres of Macreddin Valley, Ryder Cup hero, Paul McGinley chose this designated area of outstanding natural beauty for his first golf course design. Incorporating all the natural elements of the landscape, including statuesque pines, well protected greens, elevated landing areas and a free flowing brook, Paul drew on his years of experience on all the worlds leading courses to showcase his talents.
Macreddin Village is the perfect romantic setting for your wedding. Building on its reputation of warm friendly service and fine wedding dinners, The BrookLodge opened the beautiful purpose built "River Room" in spring 2007. With Macreddin Brook running alongside, "The River Room" is certain to make your wedding celebration a day to remember.
The Store Rooms
Continuing our dedication to fine dining and 'real' foods our bakery and smokehouse uses organic, wild and free range produce and ingredients to create a delicious assortment of breads and smoked foods. Our village shop specialises in fine wines, produce and tableware or it's ideal for a leisurely browse.
Macreddin Stables & Equestrian Centre offers horse riding, trekking though magnificent unspoilt countryside surrounding the village.