Seat of the Lecky family for three centuries, the present house was designed by Thomas A Cobden, built in the 1830s as a wedding present - appropriately enough it is now a popular wedding venue. Gothic arches and Tudor chimney stacks add unique character, and the house is set in well-maintained grounds and promising first impressions are well founded.
The hotel had been completely refurbished prior to changing ownership in 2007, and new rooms added since then do not detract from the original house.
Bold decorative touches in the entrance hall set a confident tone that is carried through into spacious reception rooms, furnished in an elegant mixture of contemporary style and period features, combining comfort with a friendly atmosphere.
Individually designed bedrooms are furnished in keeping with the character of the house, some with four posters, and have all the expected amenities.
Conferences/banqueting (20-260). Wheelchair access; Rooms 12 (1 junior suite, 4 shower only, 2 non-smoking); children welcome (under 6 free in parents' room, cot available without charge). Pets by arrangement. B&B about €70pps, ss about €20; no SC. Closed 24 Dec.
The Oak Room: This aptly-named dining room is in what was previously the drawing room and library, and retains many original features including 10 foot solid oak dividing doors, hand-carved oak bookcases and fine cornices and mouldings - which, together with a welcome open fire on chilly days, makes a handsome setting for enjoyable food. Group menus are served here. Casual all day dining is offered in John Rupert's Bar.