Country House Hotel, Mountrath, Co. Laois
Roundwood House offers a welcome that only a family home can. It is a country house to treat as your own… for a nominal fee. A rambling avenue leads you through a welcoming committee of animals and into a bright, spacious hall.
There is a drawing room, study and library, where the combination of log fires, antique furniture and absence of televisions may actually make you believe you’ve been transported back to the 18th century (A bottle of wine tends to hasten the trip).
Complimentary tea/coffee and homemade biscuits are served on arrival and upon request after that.
The six bedrooms in the Main House are all en-suite, spacious and unique. They contain their original architectural features, have gracious views of the lawns and courtyards and promise to give you one of the best night’s sleep you’ll know.
The four bedrooms in the Yellow House (not a modern annex but the original house built by Anthony Sharp, whose grandson subsequently built the Main House) are en-suite, quaint and comfortable. They each have views of a beautiful walled garden.
WiFi is available in all bedrooms and reception rooms.
“Down an avenue roofed with trees and dappled with sunshine lies Roundwood House, an eye-pleasing Georgian House dating from the 17th century. This Palladian villa is gorgeous inside, with high ceilings, great windows, authentic period pieces and architecture. The floorboards are like the deck of a galleon: ancient, well-trodden but comforting. A “don’t touch” museum it is not. It’s a guest house and restaurant, and part of the Hidden Ireland group. The house is old but the vibe is young. Its owners, Hannah and Paddy Flynn, have taken over the running of the house in the past few years from Hannah’s parents, who ran it for three decades. The atmosphere is relaxed, laid-back and mellow.” – Harry McGee, The Irish Times
“We arrive at Roundwood in the early evening. Before we’ve even made it to the front door, we’re enthusiastically welcomed by an advance party consisting of a flock of tufted ducks (that look for all the world as if they have bonnets on their heads), a goose, a cockerel, a Labrador puppy, two kittens, two little girls and a pet pig. The tribe makes us smile and so, once inside, does the enchanting grand hall, with its imposing doors and its central staircase leading to two bulging, overhanging galleries enclosed by a handsome fretwork screen. The whole slightly dotty house has great charm: part traditional, part bohemian, and beloved by its inhabitants. No surprise to hear that Henrietta Moraes, wild-child muse of Freud and Bacon, took up residence here in the late Seventies, often joined by friends such as Marianne Faithfull and Eric Burdon, who recorded an album in the house. No surprise, either, to find that Frank Kennan, a passionate bibliophile, has created a 1,000-book Library of the Evolution of Civilisation. One feels instantly at home, and in good company.” – Fiona Duncan, The Telegraph
Bed and Breakfast
Single Room €105.00
Double Room: €160.00
Triple Room: €185.00
Cots and children’s beds are available for smaller guests
No charge for children 4 and under.
€25 B&B for children aged 5-12 sharing with parents.