Killiane Castle Country House and Farm

Drinagh, Co. Wexford

If murder holes in a 15th-century fortified tower hint at a want of hospitality, the welcome in the adjacent stone farmhouse could not be warmer. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

If murder holes in a 15th-century fortified tower hint at a want of hospitality, the welcome in the adjacent stone farmhouse could not be warmer. Jack and Kathleen Mernagh are the owners of both buildings, bought by Jack’s father in 1920, and the house is very much a family home. Son Paul manages the hotel side, while his wife, Patrycja, charms guests front-of-house and runs the kitchen. The property sits at the heart of a dairy farm, in gardens with a tennis court, croquet lawn, golf pitch-and-putt course and driving range. A reader, greeted with tea and home-baked biscuits, found a fire burning merrily in the elegant lounge. Bedrooms, supplied with spring water from an artesian well, have bucolic views of grazing cattle. In summer, Patrycja will cook dinner, including soup, a salad of home-grown produce, and maybe a choice of slow-cooked beef or locally landed fish. At breakfast there is a ‘fabulous’ buffet, eggs from the farm, Duncannon smoked salmon, home-baked soda bread, and honey from the hives. ‘A gem,’ say fans. ‘A beautiful place with great hosts’ and handy for 
the Rosslare ferry.

Hotel details

Address

Drinagh
Co. Wexford
Y35E 1NC
Ireland

Telephone

00 353 53 915 888

Bedrooms

10. 2 in former stable block.

Open

mid-Feb–mid-Dec.

Facilities

lounge (honesty bar), snug, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), garden, grounds (nature trail, tennis, croquet, pitch and putt, 300-metre driving range), 230-acre dairy farm, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in dining room and reception.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in grounds, not indoors.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single €85–€95, double €125–€155, D,B&B double €190–€225. Set 3-course dinner €45.