I picked Laburnum Lodge totally by chance. I am so glad that I did! I was drawn by the lovely picture of the house with the beautifully groomed lawns, and so I was pleased to discover the whole house is tastefully furnished and our room was comfortable and spacious, with charming views of the perfectly-kept garden and lawns. Laburnum Lodge is easy to find, well-signposted from the centre of Tullow itself, and a treasure waiting to be visited.
We arrived to be greeted by what I thought was a sheep on the driveway, but was in fact a gorgeous old dog, Czar, who was so friendly and goodnatured, padding about his "estate", we fell in love with him. Coming into the house we were greeted by the very delicious smell of roast lamb (although we had eaten on the plane, it smelt very welcoming) as we had arrived just as Anne, the owner, was dishing up dinner.
Anne was so hospitable, she immediately made us feel at ease, helped with a suggested route into the next town (Carlow) where we were heading for a party. We agreed a time for breakfast with her, and she even checked whether we were vegetarian so that she knew how best to cater for us (we're not, but I thought it was a nice touch that she asked).
Our bed was comfortable, firm and with immaculately laundered linen. It felt bigger than a standard double (we're not exactly the smallest couple in the world) but there was plenty of space in the bed, and there was a spare bed too. It has a very luxurious feeling, and I enjoyed sitting in bed on Sunday morning idly watching the huge flatscreen tv with the sunshine coming in the window. The en-suite bathroom was spotless, and there was a tea and coffee tray provided as well.
The breakfast itself was delicious, we were offered an initial choice of cereals, but opted to just stick with the full Irish fry-up with bacon, eggs, sausages, black pudding, white pudding and grilled tomatoes - with orange juice, coffee, tea and lashings of toast and thick chunks of proper butter. We were also provided with the most delicious slices of Irish bread, I could happily have eaten that all day!
I would highly recommend Laburnum Lodge to friends and colleagues for a pleasant comfortable time in a lovely environment. I heartily wished I had been staying longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four Star (Bord Failte 2012/2013 Rating) Boutique-style B&B in South East Ireland. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Laburnum Lodge B&B Tullow, Ireland - County Carlow