Good Hotel Guide Review
A private drive loops through native woodland and pastures to this classical mansion overlooking a ruined Knights Templar castle and teeming fishing lake in W B Yeats country. Home to Roderick and Helena Perceval and rich in history, it is an endearing mix of the palatial and personal, from its soaring double-height vestibule to snug lounges with log fires. Every surface is crowded with heirloom antiques, ancestral portraits and mementos. The aptly named Hundred Acre has a separate room for a child or two. We hear no complaints about storage space in Porch, with a half-tester bed and 14-foot wardrobe. The former master bedroom has a lake view, a bath and shower, a Victorian lavatory with delayed flush to spare a lady’s blushes. Guests gather for aperitifs before a dinner cooked by chef Vicki Scanlon with produce from the walled garden. Expect dishes such as baked salmon fillet hollandaise, couscous, honey-glazed heritage carrots; confit duck leg with kumquat jus. The meal is served communally at a long mahogany table, or separately if you wish, but, as Yeats wrote, ‘There are no strangers here. Only friends you haven’t yet met.’
00 353 71 918 332
7. Plus 3 non-B&B reserved for house parties.
morning room, library, dining room, vestibule (table tennis), wedding facilities, 1½-acre garden on 1,000-acre estate, water sports on site, EV charging.
all ages welcomed, extra bed €30, kitchen supper for 3–12s.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from €195, singles from €139. Set-price 4-course dinner €59.
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