2017 Award Winners COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2017

Viewmount House, Longford, Co Longford

Viewmount House

You can’t beat a real country house for a refreshing short break or to provide a atmospheric setting for special occasions - and this extraordinary house is a destination like no other.

This lovely 1750s Georgian house is set in four acres of beautiful wooded gardens, much of which have designed by the current owners over nearly 20 years as a series of rooms, with many intriguing features.

It really is a delightful house and has been sensitively restored with style, creating a wonderful away-from-it-all place to stay and - since 2008 - also making a great setting for a restaurant.

A note from that August, on file in my office, records simply: “Our restaurant is open at last, we are very impressed with our chef and the feedback is very complimentary.” Since then they have taken the midlands by storm, making Longford a destination for food lovers throughout Ireland, and beyond - and transforming the image of the region as a whole.

Now Blue Book members (and with ‘our chef’ Gary O’Hanlon a national figure), James and Beryl Kearney deserve great credit for their achievements at Viewmount House and VM Restaurant, which has become one of the most delightful places to stay and to dine in all Ireland.

23 votes

Viewmount House and VM Restaurant

Longford, Co. Longford
Country House / Restaurant
For Cooking & Service Well Above Average Has Good Hotel Guide Url Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere 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
NEW OWNERS - TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS This lovely 1750s Georgian house just on the edge of Longford town was once owned by Lord Longford. It is set in four acres of beautiful wooded gardens, much of it designed by the previous owners over ne ...

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