I had the pleasure to be put up for one night in Clonacody House recently. This place is kind of hard to find but Helen, the proprietor, gave us accurate instructions on the phone. A long drive way reveals a magnificent stately home which, inside, is lovingly and sympathetically restored and decorated to provide understated, old fashioned luxury. The rooms are stunning, the beds and bedding top class and the bathrooms spectacular and all this for the price of a very ordinary hotel. Freshly cooked breakfast with quality ingredients too!
By arrangement, Helen was providing us with dinner too which proved to be a beautifully cooked, home style, simple yet elegant meal, prepared fresh with wine and homemade dessert and served in the amazing diningroom.
We also arranged for a picnic hamper for the following day; what a lovely surprise when we opened the classic old style picnic basket: a beautiful array of pates, posh sausage rolls, fresh fruit, yoghurts, melba toast, salad. Beautiful.
We didn't have time to explore the gardens on our stay but we were really charmed by Helen and her beautiful house. Despite some of our party arriving very late and cancelling the dinner they had arranged and us needing and extremely early breakfast our host was never anything but gracious (at 6AM!).
This was one of my most enjoyable food and accommodation experiences in Ireland.
All rooms beautiful - one of them is a little small but when the bed is this good...
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