Eco Living & Eco Eating at Three Towers
Enjoy ethically grown and sourced food at the Organic Kitchen Restaurant
Friday Night Pizza Party
Organic Café & Wine Bar
Enjoy a Restful Night's Sleep in Peaceful Surrounds
Open Spaces & Eco Interiors
Embrace the Great Outdoors in Comfortable Surrounds
Action and Adventure at Slieve Aughty Centre
Equestrian Fun and Enchanted Forests for both Adults and Children alike
It’s time to put down the phone, turn off that pesky email and head West for an exceptional Eco experience at The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen at Slieve Aughty Centre in Loughrea, Co. Galway. This unique lodging is more than happy to welcome the world-weary traveller who is looking to leave behind the hustle and bustle of modern life in favour of reconnecting with nature and the seasons.
Founded by Esther Zyderlaan and her family, including husband Hugo and daughter Merel, the Three Towers in its humble beginnings represented a desire for a more sustainable life for Esther and Hugo who moved to Galway from their native Netherlands after purchasing eight acres of land. First and foremost following Esther’s passion, an organic garden was created. Not long after a small herd of goats were obtained for their very own dairy. This proved a success, and to this day their cheeses and yoghurt are still being sold in one of the longest standing Galway market stalls. The growth of this venture also included a successful stable on the land.
With an ever-growing desire among the public to find authentic eco experiences, Esther dreamed of growing their sustainable endeavour into a retreat that would welcome people who would like to connect with nature and healthy living. This dream came to an abrupt halt in 2006 when the country was gripped by a global recession. What followed consisted of numerous sleepless nights and hard work to keep the business afloat. Hope came in the form of a rural development grant issued in 2012, which allowed Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen to flourish and realise its potential. The Three Towers now welcomes a wide variety people and groups, including weddings, parties, workshops, organic dining and corporate events.
Accommodation at the Three Towers Eco House, is a strong reflection of the sustainable ethos that is so important to the Zyderlaan family. The nine bedrooms located in the main house are unique and bespoke designed, with natural colours and sustainable materials. Seven of the nine rooms have access to shared balconies which look out onto stunning views of the organic garden, nearby woods and fields. The team at Three Towers encourage visitors to fully immerse themselves into the eco lifestyle and therefore you won’t find TVS or WIFI, except in the public areas. As the team at Three Towers state, ‘who needs TV when you’ve got the view outside which provides better entertainment!’ Without these worldly distractions you’ll be guaranteed a restful night’s sleep, and energised ready to tackle the day ahead!
For those who would like more privacy or are feeling a bit more adventurous, Three Towers Eco House also have a lodge and glamping facilities on site. The Chalet de Florence, comfortably sleeps a family of six or a small group of adults. Enjoy an open plan kitchen and living room along with a wood burning stove, to keep nice and cosy during those chilly evenings. Similar to the main house accommodation, you won’t find TV or WIFI in these spots, as you are encouraged to immerse in and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you. Glamping facilities include a double loft room with pull out sofa bed, perfect for a romantic getaway or small family stay. Make sure to book a time in the close by outdoor hot tub that will melt all the stress and tension away from the body.
The sustainable, eco ethos is of paramount importance to Esther and her team at Three Towers and is found in every aspect of their operation, including their Organic Kitchen eatery. Food from Esther’s much loved and successful garden is used in the Organic Kitchen. Chef Miguel Castro works with a range of fresh fruit, veg, meat and poultry adhering to the strict designation for organic produce. You will find no chemical influences in your food when dining in this restaurant, one of two organic restaurants in the country and the only one located in the West of Ireland. The menus at the Organic Kitchen follow a seasonal pattern, and food that is not grown on site is certified organic, with local suppliers given preference where available.
To further encourage the sustainable ethos and bring about a more natural, communal dining experience, visitors can enjoy a buffet style lay out. This is available at 2.00pm and 7.00pm for hotel residents while for visitors passing through, dinner can be easily booked. Make sure to experience the exceptional organic buffet when visiting Three Towers, as you will be rewarded with a bellyful of great tasting food, ethically grown and sourced, that doesn’t compromise on flavour! The extensive dinner menu at the Organic Kitchen features a range of meat, fish and vegetarian options that will have you spoiled for choice.
For the warmer months of late spring and early summer, Friday night pizza parties are on the cards for visitors to Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen. Have your very own custom made pizza and watch as it cooks and melts into cheesy perfection in the woodfired pizza oven, sit back, relax and take in the fresh air and chill atmosphere that surrounds you.
The Three Towers’ Organic Café and Wine Bar provides a unique dining experience for groups of friends or families coming together for a catch up. Enjoy fresh handmade sandwiches created using the organic gardens produce or why not sample the Burren Smoked Salmon. Three Towers do an excellent afternoon tea offering featuring all the favourites of this widely popular dining experience. Sip on tea and dig into freshly baked scones slatthered in yummy jam and butter as you bask in the excellence that is this unique eco offering.