Not to be missed!
I stayed here with my mother, sister, and aunt. Upon our arrival, we were greeted excitedly by Imelda Sheedy-King! She had her own incredible scones and tea waiting for us also. She knew that we would probably be jet-lagged, so she informed us that our electric blankets were already turned on, if we felt like a rest before dinner. These small details really made our stay comfortable and special.
The rooms are incredibly clean and decorated in a traditional, somewhat Victorian style, which suits the house beautifully. My room had 2 twin beds, with a bathroom/ toilet/ shower en-suite. There was also a television. But when you're in a place as beautiful as Kilmallock, t.v. isn't something you'd want to watch anyway. It was peaceful. We felt like we were staying at a friend's house, as it was very cosy; we were asked frequently if we needed anything, but not so much that it was overbearing.
Imelda, with the help of her assistant, Betty, prepared an insanely delicious dinner: breads and butter, both fresh and wonderfully rich. A butter lettuce salad with fresh chives, shrimp, and a louie-style dressing: a fantastic start, as the dressing was flavorful, but didn't mask the great shrimp flavor. And the soup...a hot cucumber soup! This was one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten, honestly! It was rich and creamy, without being too heavy or salty. We also had a delicious chicken, coated in crispy breadcrumbs, served with a delicious dijon sauce, fresh veggies, and flavorful mashed spuds. For dessert there was ice cream, pavlova, an apple tart, and fresh fruit with cream!!! Everything was fresh, flavorful, and most importantly, homemade.
Breakfast was also an impressive spread. I had an amazing toasted bagel with peppered cream cheese and incredible local salmon! My aunt had a traditional breakfast with bacon, eggs, tomato and mushroom; she wasn't dissapointed. We also had the chance to have more delicious scones and brown bread with butter and berry jam! Included in the breakfast were various cereals and granolas with several varieties of both tropical and local fruits. Imelda grows her own rhubarb, and when in season, shouldn't be missed; it is stewed with berries and can be topped with yogurt.
The location is very much in the countryside, but is a short drive from any locations a tourist might be interested in, like Cork or Limerick. It's worth being a little out-of-the-way to stay at Flemingstown house. It's really a beautiful setting, surrounded by cattle and greenery.
Imelda and Betty really seemed to go out of their way for us. We felt extremely spoiled. But we also felt like we had made two new friends when we left. They genuinely care about their guests!