Lorum Old Rectory

Built of granite cut from the surrounding Blackstairs mountains, Bobbie Smith’s 19th-century rectory is ‘cosy, comfortable and spotless’, report contented Guide readers this year. More

Contact details

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

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 reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Built of granite cut from the surrounding Blackstairs mountains, Bobbie Smith’s 19th-century rectory is ‘cosy, comfortable and spotless’, report contented Guide readers this year. ‘It is a beautiful house, but what really makes the difference is how welcoming Bobbie is.’ A turf fire burns in the lounge; tea and home-made biscuits await guests in ample bedrooms. With views on to Mount Leinster or the Kilkenny countryside, each room has antique furniture, perhaps even a stove or fireplace. Meals are a communal affair. Taken at the long mahogany table (all the better to showcase the ‘beautiful silver collection’ and local pottery), the dinner experience is ‘like eating in your own intimate restaurant’. The hostess, a Euro-Toques chef, uses local, organic produce where possible; like the fresh flowers throughout the house, some ingredients come straight from the garden. ‘Dinner was so delicious that we ended up eating in both nights we stayed.’ Breakfast is ‘a four-course meal’ with home-made bread and jams. Tuck in, then head out on a stroll or cycle along the Barrow Canal towpath. (Anne McEneaney, SR)

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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 here is that it is a home. Yes, it is a beautiful stone house, but what makes it is the hospitality and easy friendliness of Bobbie Smith, and her attention to detail. Our lovely, spacious room had a comfortable bed,books and magazines, tea/coffee making facilities and a bottle of water. The house is grandly decorated throughout. Both dinner and breakfast were delicious: good ingredients, well cooked and carefully presented. ' - Sheila Robinson - January, 2015

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