16. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.
all year except 24–26 Dec.
3 public rooms, library, entrance hall, sun room, free Wi-Fi (in public areas, some bedrooms), in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 12-acre grounds.
piano on occasion in restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 1 bedroom, not in public rooms.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per person B&B from €90, D,B&B from €129. Set menus €47–€60.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘The Mustard Seed, with its great tradition of Irish hospitality, is in safe hands,’ says a Guide reader this year of a return visit to John Edward Joyce’s ‘lovely, charming’ restaurant-with-rooms. ‘Under new ownership, it remains an oasis of peace and calm, where it always seems to be summer.’ The ‘delightful gardens’ are ‘full of colour’ in season; all year round, ‘the spacious public rooms exude tranquillity’. Some of the individually decorated bedrooms have views of the vine-hung courtyard garden, others of the orchard and the countryside beyond. ‘Little touches make each visit special: coffee and buttery home-made biscuits as a lovely greeting; a vase of roses in our sitting room; handmade soaps and gorgeous Irish toiletries in the bathroom.’ In the evening, chef Angel Pirev’s ‘well-presented’ four-course dinners use plenty of local produce in season. Typical dishes: poached egg, artichoke and broccoli purée, oyster mushrooms; Ballinwillin suckling pig, white pudding gnocchi, hedgehog mushrooms. Try the smoked salmon at breakfast – ‘it’s delicious’ – then explore the pretty village and its rural surrounds. (Helena Shaw)
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