We'd been touring all around Eire for a week, and came upon Foxmount Country House (or Foxmount Farm) in need of a quiet rest. You know how some houses can greet you with a quiet word of welcome? When we stepped in the door, ushered in by Margaret, we felt the house almost wrap its arms around us and say, "Come in and rest here." Our hostess simply said, "Now, when you've rested a bit and feel the need, please come down and I'll fix you a lovely cup of hot tea to enjoy in the parlor before the fire." Bliss.
The rooms are beautifully and tastefully decorated and the good beds have been fitted out with quality linens, downy coverlets, and heaps of plllows. Outside the windows, broad lawns and gardens stretch in every direction; and the silence is golden.
As we sat enjoying tea and little cakes before a good log fire, Margaret explained where she thought we could find the best evening meal without a long drive in the darkness, we almost wished we could just stay right there; but off we went to her suggested lovely little bistro by the nearby riverbank. We returned to a deep, silent and peaceful sleep and awoke the next day to sunshine and a fabulous breakfast cooked by the lady of the house and served by her sweet daughter in their beautiful dining room.
We were off for Dublin later, well sustained to cope and enjoy the city and its sights, but sorry to leave Foxmount -- next time, we'll plan to stay for several days of great peace.
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