36. 8 in coach house, some on ground floor, 2 suitable for disabled.
2 lounges, library/snug, 2 restaurants, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), crèche, games rooms, civil wedding licence, spa, 12-metre indoor swimming pool, 7-acre grounds (trampoline, zip wire).
‘easy listening’ in restaurants.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in main house bedrooms (£15), not in restaurant.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B £190–£750. Set dinner £30–£40, à la carte £39. 1-night bookings refused at weekends.
Good Hotel Guide Review
What could be more perfect for a child-friendly hotel than the house that was Kenneth Graham’s model for Toad Hall, overlooking an estuary for messing about in boats? Part of the small Luxury Family Hotels group, this Victorian revivalist baroque mansion, plus helipad, ‘ticks all the boxes’, says our mole, a trusted Guide correspondent. ‘It’s a well-managed place with well-trained staff and high standards. And we applaud the way they cater for families.’ Bedrooms in the main house, garden wing and coach house mix contemporary comfort with antique pieces. ‘Ours, upstairs in the old mansion, was warm and welcoming, with all the comforts, including a super bathroom, and a pretty view across the garden to the harbour.’ Pick and mix from the panoply of family-friendly options and activities: collect eggs from the hens, walk Bramble, the dog, bounce on a trampoline, take bucket and spade to the beach. Children’s meals are served all day, while, at grown-up dinner, modern dishes please (perhaps confit and smoked duck terrine; Cornish catch of the day). ‘Our evening meal couldn’t have been nicer.’ (Abigail Kirkby-Harris)
One of Ireland's most significant country houses, set in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains.