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“A perfect Hideaway”
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The Old Convent
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Clogheen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 May 2007

My wife and I spent two nights here during Easter 2007 and I can safely say, it's by far the best culinary experience I've ever had. The 8 course taster menu (different on both nights) is simply outstanding, each course is so good it leaves you in excited anticipation of what's coming next.
Christine is the perfect hostess, her attention to detail is second to none and it shows throughout the whole experience. This is not a hotel, nor a country house, it's a piece of heaven that Christine and Dermot have created here on earth (maybe the former occupants (i.e. the nuns) used their influence in pulling this off).
I don't need to go into the cleanliness, friendliness and homely ambiance of the Old Convent. It's all part and parcel of making this place a "must do" for anyone who likes the finer things in life and is looking for something a little different. My wife has made a vocation of visiting country houses and she says this beats everything that's gone before. We've booked a return visit for New Year.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2007

Great place to stay. Delicious food. Lovely staff. Extremely comfortable room. Would recommend it to anyone!!! A great facility is the kitchen on the same floor as the bedrooms where you can help yourself to drinks, snacks, books, games etc.

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1  Thank Comur
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Reviewed 27 March 2007

We arrived to this little gem on Saturday afternoon, and were greeted with warm and very friendly staff, who offered us tea/coffee in the beautiful drawing room....with a log fire glowing.
Our bedroom was so romatic and it was wonderful not to have a TV, to distract my sportsfanatic husband''''' The place is a ideal spot to chill out and relax within an area of spectacular scenery.The food was out of this world and served by a very charming staff..we stayed 2 nights and hope to return again soon. Highly recommend as a pecfect getaway from this busy everyday world..

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Wicklowanne
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Reviewed 22 January 2007

I have just returned from spending a truly amazing and memorable night in The Old Convent, in Clogheen. My boyfriend booked a night there as my Christmas present and I can safely say that it was the best gift that he has ever given me.

Last weekend, the country was rocked by some of the violent storms this year. There were high winds and rain almost nationwide. As a result, a number of towns experienced power outages. Unfortunately, the area immediately around The Old Convent was one of these places. As a native, I recognize that this is an extremely rare occurence and unlikely to happen again in the future.

However, our hosts, Dermot and Christine, were left with a dilemma. They had to feed and house all their guests without the aid of electricity!

To say that they rose to the challenge admirably is an absolute understatement. They positively turned the situation around and adapted so well to the conditions that I was left almost wondering why we ever bother with electricity in the first place. Candle-light, a roaring fire, and excellent company are all you need. The atmosphere in The Old Convent last Saturday night is something I will always remember.

Dermot, cooking by candlelight, using gas appliances, provided THE MOST AMAZING meal I have ever had the pleasure of eating. As a vetern of places that appeal to a similar market, such as Marlfield House in Wicklow and The Wineport in Athlone, I have to say that the 8 course extravaganza far surpassed anything I have had in these places. I cannot praise it highly enough. I remember thinking - if this is what he can do without power, what must the meal be like if he has power!

Christine, our host, was one of the most warm and welcoming people I have ever met. She was absolutely wonderful: Resourceful, honest, and totally calm under pressure. She was also exceptionally generous when it came to settling our bill, under the circumstances. A truly lovely woman.

It goes without saying that I will return. And soon. This place is a little gem. Just don't tell too many people!

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank JulieC75
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Reviewed 30 November 2006

I have just made "The Old Convent Gourmet Hideaway" my number one favourite weekend away retreat!
This may seem somewhat exaggerated but I cannot fault (nor do I want to) anything about The Old Convent. At last, after many stays in good Country Houses (I am not a fan of Hotels) I have now found a superb Country House.
Open almost a year; Christine and Dermot Gannon seem to have special powers when it comes to hospitality! Everything is fantastic; our bedroom was gorgeous..with seperate living room, beautiful bed and a big bath in our bedroom!
The Tasting Menu is beyond words...8 courses of seasonal and local produce reflects everything that is great about Irish food...the highest quality, flavoursome...combined with chefs that understand food-the perfect recipe!
Christine deserves a special mention, you can see just how much she adores opening up her House and welcoming you in...she was also a dab hand at helping my boyfriend provide a host of little suprises along the way!
I simply cannot wait to return...and I don't think I've ever said that before! Will add photos once I actually download them!

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Redhelen
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Reviewed 27 June 2015
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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Old Convent

Address: Mount Anglesby, Clogheen, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Tipperary > Clogheen
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Clogheen
Price Range: £68 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
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The Old Convent Clogheen, Ireland - County Tipperary

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