Roundwood House

Mountrath, Co. Laois
+353 57 8732120

The relaxed and humorous owners infuse their Palladian villa with old-style charm and bold colours, intellectual curiosity and good food


4 beds


12 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 3

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Hannah and Paddy took over Roundwood House from Hannah’s parents; they are thoughtful, lovely people, as relaxed as the dogs that doze outside, and have endless time for visitors. Which doesn’t mean they neglect the cooking: Roundwood’s reputation for good food and wine is reliable and deserved. That supreme doll’s house Palladian façade, built by Quakers in 1680, hides a charming, unpretentious family house which the Kennans have loved and lived in for 25 years. There are griddle scones for breakfast and books abound… botanical, philosophical and musical. Elegance salutes you in the building’s fabric, old family portraits in the hall, old oils in the drawing room – so what matter a few cracks or some worn upholstery? The beautiful rooms in the main house are big, bright and leap with colour, the four in the scented herb-garden courtyard, one a four-poster, are newly dressed in rush matting and all-white bedcovers. Dine with your amusing, well-informed hosts by the fire in the cosy dining room. You won’t regret or forget a single human moment.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 12pm
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, 4 courses €60. Wine from €25.


Nightly price
from €100
2 Twins
From €170
3 Triples
From €200
2 Cottages for 2
From €100
5 Doubles
From €170



We spent a long time researching the right place to stay in Ireland and Roundwood House completely exceeded our (high) expectations. Hannah and Paddy welcomed us to the beauty and grandeur of their family home, with a very special and personalised level of hospitality. They provided us with warm fires, exceptional food and a comfy room. We couldn’t recommend Roundwood House more highly whether you are just passing through, ready for a welcomed break or organising your next important family gathering.

Debbie, Kirkby stephen

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Hannah & Paddy Flynn

  • The Slieve Bloom, the oldest mountain range in Europe and Ireland's largest state-owned Nature Reserve. The area is picturesque, peaceful, gloriously multi-coloured and one of the least explored in Ireland.
  • Emo Court, a neo-classical mansion designed by noted architect James Gandon in 1790. Take a tour of the house, stroll around the magnificent gardens and then revive yourself in the delightful tearooms.
  • Birr Castle, Gardens & Science Centre, rich in amazing feats of science and engineering as well as home to many rare trees and flowers, wonderful wildlife, and beautiful walks along peaceful rivers and the lake.
  • Lough Boora Discovery Park, recently included by The Guardian in its Top Ten Best Sculpture Parks in Europe where “art and the natural landscape combine beautifully”
  • The famous and historic Rock of Cashel. The ancient monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise.
  • The wonderful Medieval City of Kilkenny, famous for it’s Castle and Craft Trail