The warm welcome Bobbie extends her guests is like none that we've experienced. After being slightly overwhelmed by the stately house, beautiful grounds, and our four-poster bed in our huge room, we were invited to have afternoon tea and home made goodies by the fire in her lovely sitting room. My wife preferred an herbal tea, and Bobbie had a fine selection. While we absorbed the fire (and couldn't resist taking some pictures), she also had books and reading material describing the lovely Irish countryside. This was a great way to relax after a long drive, but the real highlight was still to come. We chose to have Bobbie's dinner (reserved ahead, at 45 Euros each), and that was the best decision we could have made. It was a five-course absolutely wonderful meal - actually, it rates with one of the best meals we've ever had, regardless of price! It started with the appetizers - crackers served with a very tasty home made pesto, an outstanding humus dip, and fresh pitted green olives. When we were asked if we'd like something to drink with the appetizers, we each chose a glass a Madeira. As we leisurely finished our appetizers, we were invited into her beautiful dining room. Huge mahogany table, candlelight, and large fireplace. Just for the two of us (we were the only guests that night). Bobbie gave us her wine list (fairly extensive, but all were reasonably priced) and we chose a beautiful St. Emilion. Then came the starter course - a melon and avocado salad (fanned out - beautifully presented) with a fantastic dressing. Next, a fresh parsnip soup (with a hint of garlic) was served. Again, quite extraordinary. Then came the palette cleanser - a home made elderberry sorbet. The main course was even more outstanding - local Borris lamb (extremely tender, perfectly medium-rare) with roasted squash, elegante sauce, and shredded zucchini. The desert to finish this sublime meal was vanilla ice cream and almond cake with fruit, accented by a scented geranium leaf.
Bobbie is truly a great chef! But, as a hostess, she truly made us feel like we were one of her extended family. We met her daughter and her new grandchild. And her very friendly dogs. We hated to leave - this was a most memorable home and one we feel fortunate to have been welcomed into. She deserves 5 stars (and more).
- Also Known As:
- Lorum Old Rectory Ireland/County Carlow