Good Hotel Guide Review
Approached through rolling deer-nibbled pastureland, ‘gracious’, welcoming Simon and Christina O’Hara provide an ‘immensely enjoyable’ slice of Irish country house living at their Georgian pile in Yeats country. Expect a warm greeting from the hosts, their Collie, Juno, and the efficient staff (‘mostly called Mary’, joke the owners). In this family home for seven generations, guests are encouraged to ‘feel they are visiting old friends’. Although all bedrooms sport antiques, freshly cut garden blooms and views of the Sligo countryside, each is different. One has a king-size canopy bed; another is huge with two period four-posters; another is dual aspect with a Victorian roll-top bath and separate shower. All are supplied with Penhaligon toiletries, robes and slippers, tap water from the estate’s spring; there’s ‘a blissful’ absence of TV and radio. In the dining room, beneath portraits of past O’Haras, Christina’s daily-changing limited menu exploits home-grown and local produce. For instance, Coopershill venison, juniper sauce; Donegal monkfish, tomato and parsley sauce. Breakfast brings the neighbour’s eggs, home-made potato bread, Ballaghaderreen black and white pudding.
00 353 0 353 71 916 510
Apr–Oct, off-season house parties by arrangement.
front hall, drawing room, dining room, snooker room, free Wi-Fi, wedding facilities, 500-acre estate (garden, tennis, croquet, woods, farmland, river with trout fishing), unsuitable for disabled.
all ages welcomed.
per person B&B single occupancy €151–€175, double €101–€125, D,B&B double €158–€182. Set dinner €57.