The Retreat, now known as THE IRISH COLLECTION, is an important part of culture in both a general sense and in a specific sense of individual lives. Both the US and Ireland are vibrant democracies. Of course, once we get past
meeting the basic economic needs of the human being or a human family, there are larger
needs as well. One of them finds it's expression in design, arts and forms of entertainment. The
Retreat, now known as THE IRISH COLLECTION, is a manifestation of that, in both ways. These exchanges bring our two countries together and help create economic growth and jobs and opportunities in Ireland. That's the way
you encourage people to go as high and as far as their talent and willingness to work will take
them, including in the arts, education in a whole range of human activities.
— Senator George Mitchell | United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland (1995–2001)
I've been to Ireland three times and have never gotten to experience anything like I did on The Retreat. Getting to visit the studios - and homes! - of iconic designers, and chat with them like old friends was so special and something I would never have been able to do on my own. The whole week flew by in a whirlwind of gorgeous scenery, luxury accommodations, delicious food and lots of laughter. The Retreat is a treat for the senses and a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will stay with me forever.
P.S. Take me back! xoxo
— Lois Alter Mark | Midlife at the Oasis, Huffington Post, USA Today, Boomeon
Celebrated international designer Grania Murray has almost magically redefined travel with The Retreat. She takes you behind closed doors to meet the best designers, artists, craftsman, chefs and experts in Ireland. It’s a feast for the five senses, providing an immersive intimacy with a glorious country and its people, at a luxurious level that simply cannot be found anywhere else.
— Lisa Johnson Mandell | At Home in Hollywood
The Retreat is a trip unlike any other, combining exquisite Irish arts and fashion, luxurious accommodations, and mouth watering cuisine with beautiful Irish scenery and culture. Grania has crafted a truly unique experience, perfect for those who can appreciate passion and detail. My experience on The Retreat is one that will stay close to my heart forever. Gaining exclusive access to some of Ireland’s top artisans and designers and experiencing their craft in a personal way changed the way I viewed art and its entire creative process. I cannot recommend The Retreat enough - you will leave Ireland feeling full in more ways than one!
— Marissa Meade | Style Cusp