Lorum Old Rectory

Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow

If the locally made grandfather clock in the hall is the beating heart of this Victorian rectory-turned-B&B in the Barrow river valley, hostess Bobbie Smith is the life and soul. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

If the locally made grandfather clock in the hall is the beating heart of this Victorian rectory-turned-B&B in the Barrow river valley, hostess Bobbie Smith is the life and soul. With daughter Rebecca, Bobbie welcomes guests into her childhood home, filled with antiques, squashy sofas, fresh-cut flowers, pewter mugs, brassware, fringed lamps, paintings and prints. All four bedrooms, with views of the Blackstairs mountains, have period furniture, home-made biscuits, a shower room with power shower. A spacious dual-aspect bedroom, painted a dreamy blue, has a carved four-poster, an original fireplace, and a bookcase full of well-thumbed novels. Dinner is served communally by candlelight in a crimson dining room, with cabinets of crystal and china, watched by Frans Hals’s eternally smiling cavalier. Readers abandoned plans to eat out, preferring to stay in every night for a dinner cooked by Bobbie, a member of chefs’ group Euro-Toques Ireland, using local, home-grown organic ingredients. The full Irish breakfast provides ballast for a day’s cycling, walking, fishing, a round of golf, or croquet on the lawn.

Hotel details

Address

Kilgreaney
Bagenalstown
Co. Carlow
R21 RD45
Ireland

Telephone

00 353 59 977 528

Bedrooms

4.

Open

Feb–end Nov.

Facilities

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

Background music

none.

Children

aged 16 and over welcomed.

Dogs

by arrangement, not on furniture or in dining room.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single €130, double €180–€200. Set dinner €50.

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