Paddy and Hannah are wonderful hosts. Made us feel like we were the only thing on their minds!
We had corresponded for about a year and finally in late July got to stay at Roundwood House. I found Roundwood House via family history research. It turns out my mother’s 7th Great Grandfather built the house. Hannah was wonderful sending me the history she had conducted. When we finally got there it was just as we had expected. They gave us free reign to explore and were very helpful in pointing out interesting things to do in the area.
Hannah made many phone calls on my behalf to assist in one day trip I wanted to do. Paddy and the two girls were wonderful too. Paddy was an amazing cook with a terrificly wicked sense of humor! Their two girls were as sweet as could be and made the house seem so alive!
The only teeny tiny drawback was that they had an important visitor that took up a great deal of time on the one evening we had planned to have a fireside chat. But no worries, they invited me to join them in the kitchen and share a glass of wine! I would have loved to spend more time with Hannah and Paddy and learn more about Roundwood House and Anthony and Isaac Sharp. It is a wonderful house amazing food and they bent over backwards to make us comfortable and assist us in getting the most out of our two night visit. A great retreat for leisurely walks in the country and day trips around the Midlands. I would come back over and over again! Truly a great stay in "real Ireland".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Roundwood House is a country house hotel in a delightful location at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains, just 1.5 hours from Dublin. The house and outbuildings are over 300 years old and have immense charm and character. Guests come to relax, explore many local sites of interest and for genuine Irish hospitality in a homely atmosphere. Roundwood was listed among the top 50 restaurants in the world in 2002 by London's "Restaurant" magazine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Roundwood House Hotel Mountrath