Roundwood House

Mountrath, Co. Laois
Hotel


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

Bedroom

10 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2 – 3

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.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Closed
Christmas.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Dinner, 3 courses €45 (Sun-Thurs), 5 courses €60. Wine from €25.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €160
2 Twins
From €160
3 Triples
From €185
2 Cottages for 2
From €65
5 Doubles
From €160

Reviews

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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Location

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