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Roundwood House

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Roundwood House
Mountrath Co Laois
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How could anyone fail to love this unspoilt early Georgian house, which lies secluded in mature woods of lime, beech and chestnut, at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains - a sense of history and an appreciation of genuine hospitality are all that is needed to make the most of a stay here
  • Croquet
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Breaks - Short
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Children's Baby Sitting Arranged
  • Children's Playroom
  • Family Friendly
  • Ground Floor Bedrooms (accessible for less able)
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Scenic
  • Open New Year
  • Self Catering Also Avail
  • Wedding Venue
  • European Classic
  • Atmospheric
  • Attractive Views
  • Business Meal
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Formal
  • MSG Free
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Roundwood House

How could anyone fail to love this unspoilt early Georgian house? Lying secluded in mature woods of lime, beech and chestnut, at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains, a sense of history and an appreciation of genuine hospitality are all that is needed to make the most of a stay here.


Frank and Rosemarie Kennan put over a quarter of a century of renovation work into this wonderful property, and clearly derived immense pleasure from it, before having the recent satisfaction of handing the reins over to their daughter Hannah and her husband Paddy Flynn - who “retain the philosophy of the old, with no introduction of wide screen televisions or trouser presses”, much to Frank and Rosemarie's relief.


Although unconventional in some ways, the house is extremely comfortable and well heated, and (although it might be wise to check if there is a large group staying, in which case the bedroom above the drawing room may not be the best option) each bedroom has its particular charm. All this and a beautiful area to explore: what more could you want?


Children, who love the unusual animals and their young in the back yard, have always been made very welcome and there is a separate tea prepared for them.


Dinner is served at 8 o’clock, at a communal table, and based on the best local and seasonal ingredients (notably locally reared beef and lamb); good home cooking without unnecessary frills. Less formal alternatives are available on most nights too, a simpler 3-course supper perhaps, or just a  bowl of soup and an artisan cheese platter served at the fireside - and lunch can be arranged any day for groups of six or more.


Frank's hand is still to be seen in the informative and surprisingly extensive wine list, which includes a generous choice of half bottles and tempts with plenty of treats to linger over.


 

Small conferences/Banqueting (25/40);weddings (seated/buffet 60/70) free broadband wi/fi. Rooms 10 (all en-suite, 3 family, 6 no-smoking, 2 ground floor); B&B from €60 pps depending on room, ss €15 (10% discount on stays of two nights, 20% discount on stays of 3 nights or more). No sc. Children welcome (under 5 free in parents' room, children over 5 sharing €25, cot available without charge; playroom, baby sitting arranged). No pets. D Tue-Sat at 8pm; set 3 course D, €55 (non-residents welcome by reservation if there is room); supper €35 available Sun-Mon & any week night by arrangement; please book by noon. House wine €16.50. Lunch €35 by arrangement any day (min 6 guests). Garden, croquet, boules, walking - there is a mile long walk in the grounds and garden renovation is ongoing. Stabling available at the house; horse riding nearby. Golf nearby. Establishment closed 24 & 25 Dec. Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 07-04-2015
Author: Georgina Campbell

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On the left, 5km from Mountrath, on R440.

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