29. 9 in adjacent building, 4 on ground floor, 5 self-catering cottages suitable for disabled.
all year, except 24–26 Dec, 7 Jan–3 Feb.
drawing room, 2 small sitting rooms, conservatory, 7 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, wedding/event/conference facilities, 6-acre gardens, 300-acre farm, tennis, outdoor swimming pool (10 by 4 metres), cookery school nearby, café/kitchen shop.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 3 rooms, not in public rooms.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B from €215, D,B&B from €350. Set dinner €65.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Excellent all round.’ It is more than 50 years since farmer’s wife Myrtle Allen launched the modest restaurant that would burgeon into hotel, shop, café, cookery school and event space. Still, traditional values endure. ‘It maintains the personal touch and intimacy of a country house,’ say Guide readers this year. The family enterprise is centred on a Georgian house grafted onto the remains of a Norman castle keep. ‘We enjoyed walking the grounds, visiting the chickens and piglets, and strolling in the well-maintained walled garden and cookery school potager.’ Bedrooms are pretty and traditional, and made cheery with garden blooms. ‘Our large room opened on to a small patio near the swimming pool. We had plenty of storage space; a beautifully appointed bathroom with fluffy towels, a bathtub and an excellent shower.’ Dinner, including multiple courses of chef Jason Fahey’s ‘very good food’, is ‘an elaborate affair that pleases the foodies’. Here, home-grown produce stars in country dishes such as poached monkfish, tomato and basil sauce, green beans. Sample more garden glories at breakfast, with dollops of home-made jams and compotes. (Patricia Higgins, 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.