Roundwood House

Infused with warmth, Paddy and Hannah Flynn’s Georgian mansion beneath the Slieve Bloom mountains may be a little lived in, but few hotels can touch it for character. More

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Roundwood House
Co. Laois
R32T K79
00 353 57 873 2120

Hotel information


10. 4 in garden building.


all year except 24–26 Dec.


drawing room, dining room, study, library, free Wi-Fi, wedding facilities, 18-acre grounds, parking, unsuitable for disabled.

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all ages welcomed, under-5s sharing with parents free, travel cots, children’s supper.


not allowed.

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all major cards.


per room B&B single €105, double €160–€210, D,B&B double €205–€220. Set dinner (3 courses, Sun–Thurs) €45, (5 courses, all week) €60, children’s supper €12.50.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

Infused with warmth, Paddy and Hannah Flynn’s Georgian mansion beneath the Slieve Bloom mountains, regains a full entry this year. It may be a little lived in, but few hotels can match its character. Trusted readers give a flavour: ‘We sat by the log fire in the drawing room drinking wine and talking with Hannah and Paddy until well into the night.’ Public spaces have original decorative features, period furnishings. Hannah’s childhood home, the house has a library devoted to the evolution of civilisation, assembled by her father. Bedrooms have antiques, books, artwork, comfortable bed (niggles, a ‘minute’ bathroom, a cracked basin). Four rooms are in the even older Yellow House. A communal no-choice dinner is cooked by Paddy. Vegetarian readers enjoyed a ‘beautifully presented’ parsnip and cashew nut terrine, curried carrot soup, sesame ginger vegetable stack, ‘perfect cheeses’. Meat-eaters devoured lamb loin medallions, blueberry reduction, squash purée, green beans almondine, mint sauce, garlic and lemon cubed potatoes. ‘We’ve enjoyed Paddy’s cooking before but it’s now on a different level.’ Breakfast, served until 11 am, brings home-made bread, yoghurt, muesli, fruit compote, a full Irish. (Jeanette Bloor)

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Roundwood House
Co. Laois
R32T K79

Guest comments

'A very good value stay a week before Christmas. Story telling in Frank's library with mulled wine and mincer pies. A superb dinner (Paddy gets better) and better. and an overnight stay. As you say, owner management makes all the difference. ' - Jeanette Bloor - January, 2018
'Lovely people. Food in general was fab. ' - Conal and Paul Finnerty - April, 2014
'Last Friday we went to Roundwood House again. They were doing a Halloween evening, most unusual and entertaining: a buffet dinner, a play, ghost stories, dozens of candles. Our room had been repainted since our last stay and its bathroom upgraded. The orange juice at breakfast was most definitely freshly squeezed! Hannah makes her own soda bread: Paddy's mushrooms with blue cheese were served on lovely toast. ' - Jeanette Bloor - November, 2013

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Tourist attractions

  • Birr Castle Gardens

    A world famous arboretum and science centre.

  • Kilkenny

    Visit the castle and Woodstock Gardens.

  • Clonmacnoise

    The ruins of a cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe.