Lismacue House is everything you think it will be. The experience begins with the long Lime tree lined drive which leads to the house. We were warmly welcomed by both Jim and Kate and of course Luther their dog. We as well as our two children were immediately smitten. Jim led us to the drawing room which was filled with charming family photos and offered us a drink while Kate went to see to the dinner she had prepared for us. What a great start.
After settling in to the huge comfortable rooms with lovely views and en suite, very contemporary bathrooms, we enjoyed a fabulous dinner including souffle', soup, lamb with the most delicious mint sauce and an assortment of strawberry themed deserts. Everyone enjoyed the meal including our two sometimes finicky teenagers. Kate is a talented chef.
Feeling the need to walk off our dinner, we went outside to explore. Our daughter and son fell in love with Luther who was up for any kind of exploring we had in mind.
The Nicholsons have a very large horse property, made up of green meadows as far as the eye can see, a lovingly tended garden in the back yard, a stream, and a wide variety of trees and plants. It is the perfect place to wind down, wander,relax and enjoy yourself. Despite the calming atmosphere and old world charm, our children, twelve and fourteen, were never bored. Kate and Jim gave them free rein to explore the house and property with only a few guidelines for safety around the animals.
From our base here, we visited Glengarra Woods, Cahir Castle, Glen of Aherlow, and Rock of Cashel, but horse riding, fishing, and walking activities are also within easy reach. I can't imagine a more lovely or hospitable environments from which to explore southern Ireland. The views, the hosts, the food, all of it was perfect.