2010 Award Winners FARMHOUSE OF THE YEAR 2010
Killiane Castle - County Wexford
A gently modernised, upgraded version of the Irish B&B/farmhouse experience meets the needs of the current climate very well – and it is good to see this traditional Irish hospitality beginning to gain wider recognition again.
Just a few miles from Wexford town, Kathleen and Jack Mernagh’s magical farm is the perfect place for stressed townies, especially with children in tow – a real castle, a 17th century house to stay in, and lots to do.
The 11th century castle is under restoration - you can go in and up and inspect it – there are well signed farm walks (see a modern dairy in action), heritage pigs (saddleback and Gloucester Old Spot) for producing their own bacon, and hens to supply the eggs for the delicious breakfasts that Kathleen serves in the warm, cosy dining-room, where there are baby chairs and space kept for buggies.
There’s a driving range, croquet, tennis court, lots of garden furniture (for all times of day and wind direction), very comfortable accommodation and plenty to read in both the sitting room and bedrooms (history of castle, area, books and magazines).
No dinners, but breakfast is wonderful and the Mernaghs direct guests to the best local choices for evening meals.
A marvellous experience – too good just for a stop en route to the ferry (although that might be a useful introduction), it deserves a proper break.
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