In the absence of guests, the girls’ dolls and teddies appear to be taking over. They get to every seat in the house before me!
Got this beautiful 100% cashmere rug at a local auction for a really good price. It had been placed in storage and nibbled by a few mice but no damage done that couldn’t be strategically hidden by a piece of furniture. Isn’t she a beauty?
February 11th 2021. It’s freezing out with a bitterly cold East wind. We’re happy to be tucked up inside by a blazing fire. We’re also happy that we don’t have to worry about keeping guests warm today, always a challenge in this 300 year old house of ours when temperatures drop below zero!
Today, February 1st, known as Imbolc in old Gaelic, is a pagan festival traditionally marking the beginning of Spring. St. Brigid is also celebrated on this day.
A beloved Laois country hotel has won the Irish Hotel of the Year Award.
Hannah and Paddy Flynn who own and run Roundwood House in Laois have won a prestigious César Award, “Irish Hotel of the Year” from the Good Hotel Guide.
It is all the more meaningful for the couple who took over the reins 12 years ago from Hannah’s parents, Frank and Rosemarie Kennan, because they themselves won a César Award in 1989.
“Winning that award was a real turning point for their business”, says Hannah, and she remembers how excited her parents were as they headed off to London for the award ceremony.
Hannah and Paddy won’t be going to London to collect their award, 31 years later, but rather will attend a ceremony on Zoom during which they will open a bottle of Tattinger Champagne, kindly sent to them by the Good Hotel Guide for the occasion. No doubt Frank and Rosemarie will join them for a glass too.
The Good Hotel Guide’s range of entries, 750 hotels, inns and B&Bs in the UK and Ireland, is deliberately eclectic and according to it’s editor, Adam Raphael, their selected properties “are not just the pick of the best; they have hospitality built into their very fabric.”