Aideen welcomed us with a sitting room fire and next morning, learning it was our anniversary, brought us a vase filled with bright magenta snapdragons. The home itself -- lived in by a single family for generations -- the lovely lake glistening nearby, the donkeys (Sonny and Cher!) for whom she provided us with bread, our room, complete with four-poster, large, clean and quiet, the gluten-free bread and organic breakfast she offered -- except for its brevity, our single night stay was perfect. Because Aideen suggested that we might enjoy the Corlea Interpretive Center, unsure what the big deal there might be, off we went. At the nearly deserted Center we spent 3 unexpected, intriguing hours with a guide amazingly knowledgeable re this 148 BC, 4 meter wide, 2 km long oak bog road, Europe's most sophisticated, its purpose unknown. Without Aideen's quick perception re our interests we would have entirely missed this gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lodge owel lodge is a farmhouse bed and breakfast located 3klms from Mullingar, a lively market town.Our home has extensive views of Lough Owel and the surrounding countryside.Guests can enjoy a leisurely walk through our organic farm to the lake. An ideal place to unwind and relax from all the stresses of life. All five en suite bedrooms have pleasant country views. For breakfast guests can enjoy home baking, homemade jams and organic porridge while sitting at a large antique table overlooking the countryside. Wireless Internet Access is complimentary and is available throughout the house. ... more less
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