It is hard to see how anyone could 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, so just relax and share the immense pleasure and satisfaction that Frank and Rosemarie Kennan have derived from their years of renovation work.
Although unconventional in some ways, the house is extremely comfortable and well heated, and all the bathrooms have been renovated; each bedroom has its particular charm, 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.
Restoration is an ongoing process and an extraordinary (and historically unique) barn is possibly the next stage; this enterprise defies description, but don’t leave Roundwood without seeing it.
Children, who always love the unusual animals and their young in the back yard, are very welcome and there is a separate tea done 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.
An informative and surprisingly extensive wine list includes a generous choice of half bottles.
Following 26 years at the helm Frank and Rosemarie handed the reins over to their daughter Hannah and her husband Paddy who "retain the philosophy of the old, with no introduction of wide screen televisions or trouser presses" much to Frank and Rosemarie's relief.