We stumbled across Dollardstown House recently while looking for somewhere to stay near Athy. How fortunate we were! As members of the National Trust we often dream of staying in an old mansion or castle and Dollardstown certainly fulfils our dream. It is approached by a driveway through mature trees which brought us to the magnificent deep rose painted three storied house. Here we were welcomed by Antoinette who showed us to the drawing room where freshly made scones and locally made preserves awaited. Then it was up the grand staircase to our large bedroom which had a view to the front of the house. It was furnished tastefully in period style and had an attached bathroom. We slept very well (using the shutters to block out early morning light!) in a comfortable bed with beautiful linen. Next morning we went down to the dining room where a huge log fire blazed in the grate. We enjoyed a splendid “full Irish” breakfast and also freshly baked wheaten bread (two types, one with apricots in and another with seeds, baked each morning by Antoinette). The large dining table held six people and we enjoyed conversation with two other couples to such an extent that our breakfast lasted from 8.30 until 10.45! That’s how relaxed the atmosphere is. Later, Andrew gave us an interesting account of the house and his work to refurbish it. Unfortunately, our stay came to an end all too soon, but we really look forward to a return visit to Dollardstown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Join us for a heart warming break in our period home, an early Georgian country house surrounded by 20 acres of parkland. Unwind by an open fire with home baking and locally sourced breakfast foods. Ideal base for visiting Ireland's Ancient East, more than 20 beautiful gardens, horse races in The Curragh and Punchestown or exploring Wicklow and Carlow. Our 3 en-suite guest rooms overlooking the gardens are full of character. 1 Hour from Dulbin - 40 mins from Kilkenny / Glendalough, 20 mins from Kildare Town and Carlow Town, 10 min drive from Athy and M9 motorway. Andrew & Antoinette are looking forward to welcoming you to Dollardstown House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dollardstown House Athy, Ireland - County Kildare