“Georgian mansion with uber-stylish rooms, an award-winning restaurant with, a spoiling seaweed spa and 12 acres of parkland that just beg to be explored”
There are 34 rooms, spread across a number of buildings: the Main House, the East and West wings, the Stables and ‘The Ruin’ (it was a pile of rubble until renovation). They come in various sizes (from cosy to colossal) and styles, but all offer extra-large beds, goose-feather pillows, downy duvets dressed in soft white linens, a mix of bespoke and vintage furniture, underfloor heating, and remote control everything. Most rooms are furnished with a nifty light-box wardrobe by designer Pierce Tynan, and all bathrooms are supplied with Voya organic seaweed toiletries.
In the Main House the 4 first-floor rooms (there is another in the attic) are stupendous: huge, with lofty ceilings, painted Georgian panelling, original shutters, fireplaces, polished wood floors and tall sash windows with views of the estate. In Main House 1, midnight blue panelling provides the backdrop for a king-size roll-top tub and a walk-in glass shower lined with glitzy mirror mosaics.
In the East and West Pavilions, 2 original blocks either side of the main house, the rooms are smaller and plainer, though most have sunny aspect with parkland views. While in the estate’s original stable block, overlooking the yard, there are now duplex apartments, ideal for families, and single-storey “dwellings” in what they call the Lean-To. These rooms have wooden floors, stable doors, big skylights in sloping whitewashed ceilings and bean bags in the living rooms.
The tranquil rooms in The Ruin, share a courtyard outbuilding with the Bathhouse spa, and offer simpler, more intimate spaces with clean textured white walls, contemporary furniture and low windows overlooking the grounds. Details include deep purple plush headboards and wooden Venetian blinds, copper slipper baths or roll-top tubs, and/or walk-in power showers.
Sister to renowned Dublin restaurant of the same name, Bellinter’s Eden Restaurant is down in the basement, in a former convent chapel (created during the Sisters of Sion’s 40-year residency). Steel pedestal tables and chairs and a swirly pop-art carpet lean towards 1970s retro chic, and the white stucco chapel arches are faintly reminiscent of an esoteric set from a Star Wars movie, but it’s got a great atmosphere. In the morning, shafts of sunlight pour in through high cellar windows; in the evening it’s all shadows and flickering candlelight.
The food is big and hearty and cooked with fresh, seasonal ingredients and local produce. A typical dinner menu might include pan-fried scallops, chicken liver parfait or stuffed roast quail breast, followed by pork belly, roast fillet of cod, pan-fried fillet of Irish beef or vodka and beetroot risotto.
Less formal, and easier on the pocket, is all-day-dining (11am - 9.30pm) in the Bellinter Bar (just off the dining room). The bistro-style menu includes soup, salads, fish and chips, Clare Island smoked salmon, club sandwiches and classic afternoon tea. In the summer, there are tables on the lawn; in the winter you can snuggle up by a real fire (the fireplace was a gift from author Jonathan Swift). There's also the Wine Bar which has an excellent vino selection.
Breakfast, served in the restaurant, consists of a continental buffet (juices, cereals, fresh fruit salad, yoghurt) and/or a full Irish to order: pork sausages, fresh eggs, black pudding, smoked bacon and soda bread.
Children are welcome, although they are not allowed in the restaurant after 7pm, or in the drawing room after 8pm. Kids up to 12 year olds stay for free (B&B).
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
We'd recommend the duplex Stable Rooms or the Main House Rooms which offer more space and can sleep 2 adults, a child and a baby.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking