29. 9 in adjacent building, 4 on ground floor, 5 self-catering cottages suitable for disabled.
all year, except Christmas Day.
drawing room, 2 small sitting rooms, conservatory, 7 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, wedding and conference facilities, 6-acre gardens, 300-acre farm, tennis, swimming pool (10 by 4 metres), cookery school nearby.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 3 rooms with porch, not in public rooms.
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[to April 2016] per person B&B €120–€150. Set dinner €70–€75.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Still the same little earthly paradise.’ With ‘outstanding’ meals, ‘comforting’ log fires and ‘effortless, round-the-clock attentiveness’ from ‘helpful’ staff, this ‘timeless’ hotel provides an experience of ‘top-quality hospitality’. ‘It sets the bar high,’ say Guide inspectors in 2016. Myrtle Allen’s enterprise began as a modest restaurant in 1964; today it includes a cookery school, farm shop, music venue and much else. The founder, now in her 90s, is still a presence; daughter-in-law Hazel is manager. Pretty bedrooms vary in size and aspect. ‘Our spacious room overlooking the garden had a king-size bed with luxurious sheets and a good, supportive mattress; a modern bathroom.’ In the ‘welcoming’ restaurant, savour Jason Fahey’s cooking. ‘Beautifully cooked loin of venison came with pouring jugs of horseradish and redcurrant sauces; savoury lentils accompanied a flavoursome duck.’ Breakfast – ‘probably the best I have enjoyed’ – is a cheering event, with ‘molten scrambled eggs, tender bacon, subtly spiced black and white pudding’. (Helge Rubinstein, Richard Parish, and others)
One of the most spectacular castles in Ireland, overlooking the Blackwater Valley with views to the Knockmealdown Mountains beyond.
Ireland's third largest city, with a thriving traditional music scene and a variety of arts festivals throughout the year.
Set in 70 acres of Fota Island, the park is home to gibbons, cheetahs, flamingoes and kangaroos.