Lorum Old Rectory

There’s no place like home – especially if home is Bobbie Smith’s ‘gracious’ guest house, in a peaceful spot in the Barrow river valley. More

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Lorum Old Rectory
Kilgreaney
Bagenalstown
Co. Carlow
Ireland
00 353 59 977 5282
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

4.

Open

Feb–Nov.

Facilities

drawing room, study, dining room, snug, free Wi-Fi, 1-acre garden (croquet) in 18-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

by arrangement.

Dogs

by arrangement, not in public rooms

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B €160, D,B&B €260.

Other Credits

Good Hotel Guide Review

There’s no place like home – especially if home is Bobbie Smith’s ‘gracious’ guest house, in a peaceful spot in the Barrow river valley. Admirers this year praise the ‘attentive’ service, ‘friendly’ atmosphere, ‘great’ food and ‘exemplary comfort’. ‘It was flawless.’ ‘Tastefully decorated’, the stone-built 19th-century rectory is filled with fresh flowers, books, paintings, knick-knacks and eclectic personal touches; a grandfather clock ticks quietly in the hallway. Sit by the turf fire in the drawing room: large windows let in the Mount Leinster landscape. Generous bedrooms are individually decorated with antique furniture; some have a four-poster bed, some a fireplace; all have views of countryside and gardens. In the evening, residents meet in the lounge for aperitifs before sitting down to a communal dinner at a mahogany table set with silverware and candles. A member of Euro-Toques, the hostess is dedicated to preserving culinary traditions; her five-course dinners might include pork with Calvados; elderflower sorbet. At breakfast, try the home-baked bread with a full Irish. (Martyn Todd, Fergus Lawson)

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Lorum Old Rectory
Kilgreaney
Bagenalstown
Co. Carlow

Guest comments

'Bobby Smith and her daughter made us so welcome in their wonderful home. The breakfasts and dinners were deliciousthat we ate in both nights. It was like eating in your own intimate restaurant. The rooms are cosy, comfortable and spotless. . memorable. ' - Anne McEneaney - August, 2016
'This is a hidden gem of a place, between Borris and Bagenalstown in Co. Carlow, overlooking mount Leinster. The comfort and quality of service in all respects is exemplary, the hosts Bobbie and Rebecca are attentive and friendly. We felt really at home. The decor is so tasteful, ' - Fergus Lawson - August, 2015
'The thing that you notice about staying in Lorum Old Rectory is that it is a home. Yes, it is a beautiful stone house (built in 1860), but what makes it is the hospitality and easy friendliness of host Bobbie Smith, and her attention to detail. We stayed in a lovely spacious room with a very comfortable bed. There were books and magazines, along with tea/coffee making facilities and a bottle of water. The house is grandly decorated throughout; the dining room shows off a beautiful silver collection, without seeming cluttered. Its dark red/maroon walls and ceiling were enlivened by a fire and candles at dinner. Both dinner and breakfast were delicious: good ingredients well cooked and carefully presented. Breakfast is a four-course meal. ' - Sheila Robinson - January, 2015
'Our stay was perfect. Bobbie’s warm hospitality and comfortable home in a lovely setting. Excellent breakfasts and helpful knowledge of the area. ' - Mavis and Neil Crump - May, 2012

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