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Marlfield House

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4 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average Deluxe Accommodation Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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Marlfield House
Courtown Road, Gorey Co Wexford
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Often quoted as ‘the luxury country house hotel par excellence’, this impressive house outside Gorey was once the residence of the Earls of Courtown, and is now an elegant oasis of unashamed luxury offering outstanding hospitality and service, where guests are cosseted and pampered in sumptuous surroundings
  • Cookery Classes
  • Croquet
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Gardens (Outstanding)
  • Golf nearby
  • Horse Racing nearby
  • Hunting/Shooting (nearby)
  • Tennis
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Banqueting
  • Beauty - Massage
  • Beauty - Treatments
  • Breaks - Off Season
  • Breaks - Short
  • Breaks - Special Interest
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Children's Baby Sitting Arranged
  • Conference Venue
  • Dogs permitted - charge
  • Dogs permitted - staying in bedroom
  • Family Friendly
  • Ground Floor Bedrooms (accessible for less able)
  • Heli-Pad
  • Location - Beach <5km
  • Location - By a lake
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Scenic
  • Meeting Rooms
  • No Smoking Establishment
  • Open Christmas
  • Open New Year
  • Outdoor Dining Avail. (summer)
  • Pet Friendly
  • Romantic Venue
  • Shop - Gift
  • Wedding Venue
  • European Classic
  • Attractive Views
  • Breakfast Venue
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Formal
  • MSG Free
  • No Music Restaurant
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Romantic
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Marlfield House

Often quoted as ‘the luxury country house hotel par excellence’, this impressive house outside Gorey was once the residence of the Earls of Courtown, and is now an elegant oasis of unashamed luxury offering outstanding hospitality and service, where guests are cosseted and pampered in sumptuous surroundings.


It was first opened as an hotel in 1978 by Mary and Ray Bowe who have lavished care and attention on this fine property ever since - imposing gates, a wooded drive, antiques and glittering chandeliers all promise guests a very special experience - and their daughters Margaret and Laura Bowe now continue the family tradition of hospitality.


The interior is luxurious in the extreme, with accommodation including six very grand state rooms, but the gardens are also a special point of interest: there is a lake and wildfowl reserve, a formal garden, kitchen garden, and beautiful woodland with extensive woodland walks - and a number of gardens open to the public are within easy access, including Ram House, Mount Usher, Powerscourt, Altamont and Kilmokea.


Conference/banqueting (30/120); broadband wi/fi; secretarial services. Dogs may be permitted by arrangement in certain areas. Children welcome by prior arrangement (under 2s free in parents room, cots available without charge, baby sitting arranged). Tennis, cycling, walking, croquet, garden. Golf nearby. Heli-pad.


Rooms 20 (6 state rooms, 14 superior, 8 ground floor, all no smoking). B&B €125pps (€90 low season), ss €17.50. Room service (limited hours). Closed Jan & Feb.


Restaurant:


Dining is always an exceptional experience in Marlfield’s fine restaurant, where the graceful dining room and Turner-style conservatory merge into one, allowing views out across the gardens, including a fine kitchen garden that is a delight to the eye and provides a wide range of fresh produce for the restaurant.


The conservatory, with its hanging baskets, plants and fresh flowers (not to mention the occasional statue), is one of the most romantic spots in the whole of Ireland, further enhanced at night by candlelight a wonderful setting in which to enjoy chef Eric Kavanagh’s accomplished cooking.


His strongly seasonal menus are changed daily and outline the produce available in the kitchen garden (which remains Ray Bowe’s particular point of pride, even though he has officially retired), and the origin of other ingredients used. Although contemporary in style and presentation, there is a strong classical background to the cooking, and it is all the better for that.


Specialities that indicate the style include a delicious starter of quail with poached beans and apple butter, or Marlfield’s classic chicken liver parfait with apple and tarragon jelly and toasted brioche; the aged Wexford rib-eye of beef is served with a fine béarnaise sauce, a deliciously-herbed mash and perfectly cooked seasonal vegetables from the garden (crunchy sugar snap peas, tiny sautéed white turnips and baby leeks).


Fish lovers should be delighted with dishes like a perfectly cooked and crisp (skin-side breaded) cod fillet, served on a pea and potato purée and accompanied by tiny braised Little Gem lettuces.


The ready supply of fresh garden produce inspires imaginative vegetarian choices too, and lovely puds tend to reflect the best fruit in season at the time; alternatively, a cheese selection from Sheridans cheesemongers is served with a delectable little salad, caramelised walnuts and apple cider jelly.


Then it’s off to the drawing room for coffee and petits fours to round off the feast. Very professional service is a match for this fine food and an informative wine list, long on burgundies and clarets, offers a wine of the month, a page of special recommendations and a very good selection of half bottles.


Although not inexpensive, a meal here is always a treat and good value for the quality of food and service; the early dinner menu and Sunday lunch offer outstanding value. 

Seats 90 (private room, 20; outdoor,20). D daily, 6.30-9 (Sat to 10, Sun to 8 ); L Sun only 12.30-2. Set D €64, also á la carte; Set Sun L €45. House wine €28. SC 5%. Light á la carte lunches are served daily in Library, 12.30-5. Not suitable for children under 8 at D; reservations advised; air conditioning; toilets wheelchair accessible. Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 19-03-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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