Good Hotel Guide Review
Bobbie Smith is the welcoming heart and soul of this B&B in a former 19th-century rectory, which she runs with her daughter. It’s a ‘hidden gem’, say readers, with ‘tasteful and fine decor and furniture’, ‘exemplary comfort and service’. A homey atmosphere is to be expected: Bobbie grew up here, and rooms are filled with personal possessions, antique clocks, paintings and ornaments. You can take tea in a drawing room with upright piano, deep sofas, a blazing peat or log fire; curl up with a book in the study. Bedrooms are furnished with solid antiques, perhaps a four-poster, a crammed bookcase, and are supplied with home-made biscuits. All overlook the Blackstairs mountains. The dining room’s deep-crimson walls are hung with hunting prints, silhouettes and orientalist portraits. At night, candlelight reflects in polished mahogany, as guests enjoy a ‘delicious’ convivial five-course dinner – starter, soup, sorbet, main course, dessert – cooked by the hostess, using local, seasonal and organic ingredients. In the morning, a hearty, ‘expertly cooked’ breakfast sets you up for a day’s walking, fishing, or horse riding courtesy of the local equestrian centre.
00 353 0 353 59 977 528
drawing room, study, dining room, snug, free Wi-Fi, 1-acre garden (croquet) in 18-acre grounds, wedding facilities, unsuitable for disabled.
aged 16 and over welcomed.
by arrangement, not on furniture or in dining room.
per room B&B single €120–€130, double €180–€190. Set dinner €50.
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