We stayed here for a weekend and absolutely loved everything about Cullintra House, from the moment we drove up the long driveway till the morning we left after a delicious breakfast. The location is very rural and is several miles from Thomastown, one of Ireland's prettier villages. Cullintra House is a delightful piece of architecture and is similar to the size of most rectories. The interior is traditionally furnished with period pieces and some more recent additions. The setting is spectacular with mature trees and fields to the rear of the house sloping upwards.
We arrived early and a key was in the front door so we entered. A decorator was in the sitting room and he said the owner would be back shortly. It was wonderfull informal and felt like a second home. Patricia Cantlon then arrived and made us most welcome. She combines glamour with friendliness. She was most charming and also great fun. Just before dinner, she suggested a drive up the hill to see a viewing platform she has had built overlooking various counties. Clad in a long evening dress, she put heel to the steel and drove up at some speed while rabbits scarpered out of the way.
Dinner was spectacular - fresh produce including haddock, vegetables and potatoes from the locality accompanied with a side of her homebaked wheaten bread. Our fellow guests were a German professor and her husband who enjoyed their visit so much they had extended it to a week. Patricia served the meal efficiently and unobtrusively before joining us for coffee afterwards.
She brought us outside to meet her pet fox. By evening time the grounds were completely black with no lights from any neighbouring dwellings - there are none. Cullintra is an incredible experience. If you want a typical hotel, it's not for you. But if you are after an authentic Irish country home experience then this is the place to stay. It is a world away from the hustle and bustle of life. We are hoping to go back before too long.
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- NOT a hotel, but a working farm serving delicious dinners and offering charming country house accommodation in a family farmhouse. ... more less
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