Lough Bishop House | Bed & Breakfast in Co. Westmeath | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Bed & Breakfast

Lough Bishop House - Bed & Breakfast in Co. Westmeath

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Derrynagarra, Collinstown, Co. Westmeath
Leinster, Ireland

Helen & Christopher Kelly

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+353 (0)44 966 1313(landline)

+353 (0)87 680 8298(mobile)

Rolling hills, freshly baked scones, cosy rooms and an open fire for chilly nights... A slice of quintessential Irish country life

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A wonderful smell of freshly baked scones on arrival: Helen's vitality is infectious. She breeds rare Irish Draught horses and loves cooking (preserves galore). Christopher, with equal enthusiasm, deals with myriad sheep, tends the pretty young orchard, the honey bees and the Irish Moiled cattle. Lough Bishop is a slice of quintessential Irish country life, including a view of the lake and the hills rolling round. The typical 19th-century, white-painted, red-tipped Irish farmhouse has a delightful courtyard and a chequered hall floor. Cosy rooms come in warm pinks, greens and yellows without an ounce of twee and some lovely old furniture. Everything is well loved and cared for, done with natural fabrics and a mix of styles that carry the Kellys' story. They share their comfy sitting room with you, friendly with its family-worn leather sofa, open fire and many books. Guest rooms are bright and inviting, there are interesting pictures to intrigue, no clutter to annoy and lovely views over the stable yard or the countryside to draw you out into the peace. Lough Bishop refreshes the spirit and warms the heart.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Working farm
Or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Local points of interest from Helen & Christopher Kelly:

Local points of interest from
Helen & Christopher Kelly:

  • We are a 20 min drive from Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns. 5000 years old and aligned with the Spring and Autumn Equinox. Stunning views over the surrounding counties.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"What a wonderful place to begin our first trip to Ireland! Helen and Christopher welcomed us with a delicious pre-arranged dinner after our drive from Dublin airport via Trim. Our GPS took us directly to their lovely farm set in hills of varied shades of green with views of the Lough. If you're lucky, Christopher will take you and their terriers for a ride behind his tractor to see their property and cattle, horses and sheep. We ate and slept well, enjoyed their CD collection, books and sites they advised us to visit in the Midlands (which I'd call Ireland's Lake District), a special area"
November 2014
"Helen and Christopher offered us a warm welcome in to their beautifully restored farmhouse. We stayed for just one night, on our way back to Dublin from the northwest coast of Ireland. We were immediately welcomed with tea and cake in their lounge before being shown to our room, which overlooked the local scenary and garden. Breakfast was superb - a hearty full Irish was enjoyed, along with homemade bread, preserves and homegrown fruit from the orchard. Helen and Christopher's attention to detail is first-rate. We genuainely wish we could have lengthened our stay at Lough Bishop, as there "
July 2014
"We had a very relaxing and enjoyable 3 night stay in Helen and Christopher's beautiful home. The farmhouse is set in idyllic countryside but in an area with a wealth of fascinating historical sites and many other attractions. Helen and Christopher were the ideal hosts, making us feel at home from the outset and producing superb breakfasts and evening meals that we thoroughly enjoyed."
June 2014
"We stayed at Lough Bishop House with 2 other families and 8 children between us during the April lambing period. We arrived in time for a stomp through the woods before dinner. The children loved jumping over ditches and running through the woods. The baby lambs were a real highlight and we even saw a couple being born. Helen cooked a delicious supper of, you guessed it, roast lamb and we had a relaxed dinner party in the dining room, the children having been fed earlier in the kitchen. Super relaxed and great fun. I'd highly recommend Lfor a couple of nights away. "
April 2014
"Four of us from France and Canada spent a night with the Kellys. A romantic, pastoral setting with wonderful meals. All produce ( except tea) is produced on site. A great location for hiking and exploring. Highly recommended"
September 2012
"We had just arrived in Ireland by plane and could not have asked for a more peaceful place to stay our first night. Helen greeted us and immediately offered tea and fresh-made buns, still warm from the oven. The bedroom was spacious and bright with wonderful views and an incredibly good bed (beautiful linens). The bathroom was large and modern, also with a view. We enjoyed an excellent dinner with Helen and Christopher that evening - they are wonderful company - followed the next morning by a home-cooked breakfast. I've not eaten that much bread (baked by Helen) and butter in years. Helen graciously allowed me to follow her about as she tended to the animals and was happy to answer my numerous questions. We purchased some of Christoper's honey and Helen's jams to take home with us. Although we only stayed one night, there is plenty to do in the area, but most appealing of all is the total tranquility and peace of their beautiful farm. I could easily stay here a week. Without a doubt, one of the best places we've stayed in our 13 years of using Alastair Sawday."
February 2012

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  • 1 Double
  • , 1 Single
  • , 1 Family room for 3
Price:(i) 60 to180 per night

Singles €60 - €70.

Booking info:


Dinner €30. Book before noon.


18 December-2 January.


Derrynagarra, Collinstown, Co. Westmeath

B&B 1 Double room
Price: (i) 120 to 120 per night
B&B 1 Single room
Price: (i) 60 to 70 per night
B&B 1 Family room, sleeping 3
Price: (i) 165 to 180 per night

Helen & Christopher Kelly

Visit website

+353 (0)44 966 1313(landline)

+353 (0)87 680 8298(mobile)