Set in 350 acres of parkland, game-filled woods and farmland, this historic house is a listed building; designed by Daniel Robertson, it has been the Maher family home since it was built in 1840 and remains at the centre of their working farm.
It is a grand house, with a lovely old cut stone stable yard at the back and some wonderful features, including a lofty columned hall with a big open fire in the colder months, and beautifully proportioned reception rooms with fine ceilings and furnishings which have changed very little since the house was built.
Nevertheless, it is essentially a family home and has always had a refreshingly hospitable and down-to-earth atmosphere. Large bedrooms are furnished with antiques and have wonderful countryside views - all are large and comfortably furnished but one has been upgraded to a more luxurious standard, and now has a bath and shower.
Having been run mainly by Margaret Maher since 1989, her son Val and his wife Laura took up the reigns in 2013. Although both are from an IT background, they have taken to their new life in hospitality like ducks to water - not only because they relish the challenge of caring for this lovely old property and sharing it with guests, but also because they have an intuitive understanding of customer service which, as Laura says "is basically the same no matter what business you are in".
Like most of the Hidden Ireland houses, a good dinner is offered to guests who book the day before (nice little wine list to accompany too), and this is a communal affair where you can enjoy local foods and the company of other guests in a beautiful period dining room.
There’s croquet on the lawn, a long sandy beach nearby at Curracloe, and bicycles (and wellingtons!) are available for guests’ use; horse riding, fishing and golf can be organised nearby - and work continues in the leisure grounds: two walled gardens are under restoration (the smaller for flowers and the larger one the orchard and vegetables), and a recently completed lake is to be stocked for coarse fishing.