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The house was built around 1841 by Anthony Sharp, whose remarkable grandfather, also Anthony, set up a Quaker community here called Friendstown.

The house was built around 1841 by Anthony Sharp, whose remarkable grandfather, also Anthony, set up a Quaker community here called Friendstown.

Fiona Duncan -
Telegraph Travel

Fiona Duncan -
Telegraph Travel

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In the sitting room at Roundwood House there's a scrapbook of photographs and press cuttings. It documents 28 years in the life of Frank and Rosemarie Kennan, during the time they ran their home, with evident warmth and vitality, as a guesthouse, raising their six children at the same time. How good to know that they are still about – in a cottage across the old stable yard – and that this fine, endearingly eccentric Georgian house continues, in the hands of their daughter Hannah, to work its benign Irish charm.

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An Idyllic Escape with Food Worth Fixating Over

The Taste.ie

In this country of hidden gems and uncovered treasures, hopping in the car and taking the road less traveled is always a fantastic idea. That road, for me, veered off the familiar N7 to Mountrath, a tiny County Laois village about which I had heard very little, apart from whispers from ardent food lovers of uncharted culinary territory.

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Our menus are informed by the season and by Mick, our butcher.

A menu starts to come together when we assess the best that both have to offer. Check HERE to see a couple of sample menus, the elements of which may change, depending on the time of year.

A recent addition to our menu is the “Sixth-Course”, a musical palate cleanser often dished out to unsuspecting guests by singing chefs Paddy and Ted.

We think of it as the soundtrack to your memory of dining at Roundwood.

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A wine list to die for.

Here is a taste:

Chatau de plonk plonk 1945

Sauvingnon De Rosberg 1971 - Premier Cru

Shiraz Hamilton Speed - 2019 - Top of the Rack

Rosie de'Andrew - Chateau d'Naughty Boy - 1953

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The majority of our work will be done onsite which is not only great for the environment and the carbon footprint of every house we build.

We focus on site rather than factories to reduce cost, lower mistakes and give our clients maximum moveability. 

This is the old school of Irish hospitality – understated, loquacious, arranged by people who  have the time to talk to you and to take care of you. 

The result of their patient, gracious care is that everyone feels special when staying here...

This is the old school of Irish hospitality – understated, loquacious, arranged by people who  have the time to talk to you and to take care of you. 

The result of their patient, gracious care is that everyone feels special when staying here

McKenna’s Guide: Top 100 Places to Stay in Ireland

McKenna’s Guide: Top 100 Places to Stay in Ireland