It's a privilege to have stayed in this green retreat. Ultan and Lucy are effortless masters of ceremony without any heirs and graces. Nothing is too much trouble and I truly felt at home as soon as I arrived. The guesthouse is immaculate and stunning. The food is out of this world. The location is breath taking.
The rooms were comfortable and charming and I was thrilled to have a sea view. Little touches of 'not just' tea and coffee and intelligent and apt book and music choices, soothing toiletries, chic objets d'art and quaint antiques made this something very special.
The house slips into the landscape and leaves you wanting to stay forever. Patchwork quilt fields and hedgerows proving you're in the emerald isle. A tour of the organic vegetable crops and orchards are a must as well as the hives and chickens (who provide your fresh eggs and honey in the morning!)
Breakfast was hearty and healthy and truly a joy to come down to every morning. Lucy's chestnut sausages, preserves and fresh scones absolute winners. A wealth of cereals and fruits and yoghurts on offer too. Dinner was truly remarkable with Ultan's home made wheat beer flavoured with orange peel and cardamom. Tomato salad with just-picked, sweet like you've never tasted fruits, yoghurt dressing and pesto. Courgette and chard timbale on roasted beetroot sauce with polenta, dessert of lemon curd and chocolate tart. Award winning food indeed.
Exploring during the day, you'll find a stunning secluded cove round every corner. Nearby Kinsale is charming, artsy and historic with traditional shops and great places to eat... not dreary 'anytown' humdrum. We caught a boat from the harbour and went dolphin and whale watching with Butch on his boat, 'Sundance'. Lucy and Ultan had some great suggestions for us for things to do and know the area extensively. We borrowed their maps to help us on our treks out.
It was close enough for us to get to the Kerry peninsular without any problem and the stunning scenery it has to offer there.
Night time, you can see so many stars from Gort na Nain and the milky way is a beautiful bright white streak.
Next time I come (oh yes I will be back!) I want a pizza from the outside pizza oven under the stars!!
Ultan is a talented traditional Irish folk musician and gave us a turn on his hand crafted bazouki. He's a veritable raconteur too and I shan't forget the evenings with their fantastic dogs, music and laughter. I'm not sure if there's anything this couple can't turn their hand to.
Best holiday ever. Don't put too much time into thinking about staying here. Just go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gort-Na-Nain Vegetarian Guesthouse and Organic Farm is situated facing the Atlantic on the South Coast of County Cork. Gort-Na-Nain is the perfect location for those wanting a quiet rural break set within stunning coastal scenery. Those visiting Gort-Na-Nain will be treated to the very best home-prepared vegetarian cuisine based on vegetables grown on our small organic farm, which also supplies some of the best restaurants in Cork City. ... more less