16. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.
all year except 24–26 Dec.
library, restaurant, entrance hall, sunroom, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (terrestrial), wedding facilities, 12-acre grounds, restaurant and public rooms wheelchair accessible.
all ages welcomed.
‘well-behaved’ pets welcome, in designated bedrooms (not unattended), not in public rooms.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per person B&B €90–€160, D,B&B €129–€195. Set menus €48–€62.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Tranquil air of relaxed calm’, ‘Good for the soul’, ‘An oasis of peace’. We hear perennial praise for John Edward Joyce’s country house hotel. Built in 1885 by the parish priest – and for a long time home to the Mercy order of nuns – it stands in lovely grounds ‘full of colour’, with orchard and kitchen garden. In 2016 it passed seamlessly into the ownership of long-serving manager Mr Joyce, and everything is as it ever was. Bedrooms are traditional, furnished with antiques (perhaps a four-poster), and have luxury toiletries, mineral water, tea and coffee facilities on request (‘but we’d rather make it for you,’ they say). A deluxe suite opens on to the garden (ideal for dog owners). On arrival, ‘a great, friendly welcome, tea and home-baked biscuits’. In the evening, chef Angel Pirev’s four-course menus include such dishes as Ballinwillinn farm beef loin, fillet, kale, parsley root, apple wedge, jus. ‘Meal delightful, service a little stiff at first but readily became relaxed,’ a reader writes. In the morning, in the sunny breakfast room, there is soda bread, eggs from the hotel’s hens, ‘lovely cooked items’. (John Hood, HS)
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This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.