My wife and I were on our honeymoon, traveling the south of Ireland enjoying the landscape. We drove into Adare, Ireland. We stopped into the tourist information office to find out the best place to stay. Quickly, the woman behind the counter was super helpful and made some suggestions. We quickly decided on a B&B, in Ballingarry. As we approached, which by the way was not just up the road as the woman at the office stated. You need a GPS to get here, especially if you are not familiar with the area. As we entered the drive up to house, on the left you see a beautiful garden, with a water feature that was not operational, but nontheless a majestic estate. As we entered, you walk through a large grand wooden door, fully open, as if you were walking into an old southern plantation, as I visualize it. Inviting as it was grand. Antique furniture and paintings blanketed the home. We were asked to see Daniel, the proprietor of the Mustard Seed. Soon enough we meet up with Daniel, a jolly of a man, large smile and inviting demeanor who was prepping some fresh from the garden gooseberries for the next mornings breakfast. Quickly, we are in conversation and feel like I had known him for years. He showed us his place, what he had to offer, and the rooms available. Both me and my new wife loved it! The Mustard Seed had its own garden where they grow a lot of the food they cook and pride themselves in buying local for their proteins. We settled into our room and took a nice tour of the house and its grounds. The house was located in a quiet neighborhood. We had a early day that day, we decided to sit out front overlooking the large yard and garden on some wooden, padded lounge chairs. It was a cool, early evening, with the sun in western sky and a beautiful blue sky. We were sitting there enjoying the moment, we accidentally took a short nap. It was amazing, refreshed, we awoke, went to dinner. It was a five course dinner. We met John, the manager, Thomas, the maitre-de, and Ashling, the waitress. It was an awsome dinner experience. We did not feel like strangers. Breakfast the next morning was just the same. My wife had irish porridge with Jameson whiskey, she loved it. She stated it was some of the best porridge she has had. I had the irish breakfast, it also was great. I had some of the flakiest, most tender, aromatic, and best tasting blood sausage. Understanding that blood sausage consists of sheeps blood. Daniel, John, Thomas, and Ashling, thank you for your hard work and great exprience. We fully recommend The Mustard Seed if you are ever in the area and need a quiet, exquisite place to feel at home, fill your belly, sleep, and rest your head.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of the Co. Limerick countryside is The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, a converted 19th century convent. The celebrated and comfortable Echo Lodge is set amid mature trees, herbaceous borders, orchard and kitchen garden. Home to The Mustard Seed restaurant, the busy, buzzy dining room has long been highly acclaimed, attracting lovers of good food and fine wine from around the globe. The Mustard Seed is an oasis of understated luxury. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Mustard Seed At Echo Hotel Adare