Unique Country House Accommodation, Laois
“Down an avenue roofed with trees and dappled with sunshine lies Roundwood House, an eye-pleasing Georgian House dating from the 18th 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 while the house is old the vibe is young. Its owners, Hannah and Paddy Flynn, have taken over the running of the house from Hannah’s parents, who ran it for almost three decades. The atmosphere is relaxed, laid-back and mellow…”
Harry McGee, The Irish Times
If you’re looking for an authentic Irish country house experience, where life moves at a slower pace, and memories of the nine to five can be easily erased, you have come to the right place. Roundwood’s doors were first opened to guests in 1983 when Frank & Rosemarie Kennan decided to leave their busy lives in Dublin with their six children, and begin a new life restoring an early Georgian house, while simultaneously running it as a guest house. With no experience in the hospitality industry they quickly learned on the job and soon earned a reputation for excellent food and wine, and warm, relaxed hospitality.
Twenty five years later Hannah & her Canadian, musician, husband, Paddy, took the reigns and today they continue the restoration project, sympathetically and always ensuring they maintain the integrity of the building. When you stay in Roundwood you don’t feel like you’re staying in a hotel, but rather in a three hundred year old house with beautiful architectural features, large sash windows, bright heritage colours, open fires and more books than you could get through in a lifetime. As well as being an excellent chef, Paddy has brought his love of music to Roundwood and guests not only get to enjoy him playing and singing but are also always welcome to join in.
In the words of a regular Roundwood guest “You soon discover that Roundwood House is place that rekindles the lost arts, the art of connection and conversation, of warmth and true hospitality, where people take pride in making you feel welcome like an old friend. The warm smell of freshly baked brown bread wafts from the kitchen and fills the house as fresh coffee is served in delicate china with baked goods in the Drawing Room. Roundwood invites laughter and an easiness that modern day has forgotten.”