Mountrath, Co. Laois
Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, just over an hour from Dublin, Roundwood House is surrounded by mature trees, lawns, gardens and delightful, extensive outbuildings. It is a historic home of architectural interest and was once described by Desmond Guinness, co-founder of the Irish Georgian Society, as having a “marvellous doll’s house-like quality”.
Be transported back in time
A rambling avenue leads you through a welcoming committee of animals and into a bright, spacious hall. There is a drawing room, study and dining room, where the combination of log fires, antique furniture and absence of televisions may actually make you believe you’ve been transported back to the 18th century. (A bottle of wine tends to hasten the trip.) The six bedrooms in the Main House are all en-suite, spacious and unique. They contain their original architectural features, have gracious views of the lawns and courtyards and promise to give you one of the best night’s sleep you’ll know. The four bedrooms in the Yellow House (not a modern annex but the original house built by Anthony Sharp, whose grandson subsequently built the Main House) are en-suite, quaint and comfortable. They each have views of a beautiful walled garden.
“When you stay at Roundwood, you travel in time, to a place where you felt free of stress, free of pressure, free of demands, with nothing to concern you other than what volume to pluck from the library shelf, and what gin to choose for a drink, and what wine to choose to match with Paddy’s excellent cooking at dinner…” McKenna’s Guides: Top 100 Places to Stay in Ireland
Situated in the old Coach House is Hannah’s father Frank’s Library of Civilization a library that in his words “is intended to follow the path of civilization and to celebrate those individuals who successfully climbed onto the shoulders of millions to give us something new and beautiful; a poem, a philosophy, a scientific theory, a painting, a symphony, a new kind of politics or technology. The intention is to do this within the overall picture of our history from the beginning, with our darkest periods included.” The Library contains about two thousand volumes.
Take a hike…
If you decide to venture out into the surrounding countryside there is no shortage of things to see and do. The Slieve Bloom are the oldest mountain range in Europe and from the top on a clear day, one can see the high points of the four ancient provinces of Ireland. The area is picturesque, unspoiled and peaceful - a delight for hikers and cyclists of all abilities. Horse-riding, fishing and golfing are also available locally. Meanwhile, foraging, yoga and guided mountain walks can be arranged for groups with prior notice.
We asked some of our guests how they enjoyed their stay with us in Roundwood House and here is what they had to say….
“As a country house, Roundwood is unpretentious and charming, and manages to have that away-from-it-all feeling! The fellow guests are always a sparky bunch, the hosts are as good as it gets.” (John & Sally McKenna’s 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland, 2020)
“I’ve been a few times to Roundwood House in Co. Laois, where Paddy and Hannah, who live there with their two lovely children, make you feel so at home that it’s an actual physical wrench to drive away, and not just because Paddy cooks food that makes you want to cry with joy…” (Roisin Ingle, Irish Times)
“If Roundwood has just come up in your search, and if you’re trying to avoid a bland, cookie-cutter hotel experience, book it now. You’ll never forget it! The family and the staff are friendly, attentive and kind and you’re likely to swap stories with the most interesting of fellow guests.This is our first visit since we held our wedding ceremony and celebration there 4 years ago and we’ll be back as often as we can ♥️” (Martina Farragher, Google Review, 2019)
“To say that merely our expectations were surpassed would not do justice to how absolutely delighted we were with the way things went…”
– Billy and Olive Hanley
Secret and unusual wedding venue
Wedding receptions here at Roundwood House are as varied and unique as the couples who get married here. From horse-drawn carriages to bridal tractors, ceremonies on the lawn to blessings in the library, five-course sit down meals to informal buffets, we do our best to make the day yours.
See more at…
Bronte Photography‘s fabulous Vintage Blog with some very special wedding photos taken at Roundwood House One Fab Day‘s feature piece on Roundwood House – A Love From Abroad Inclusion of Roundwood House by One Fab Day in their list of 10 Secret & Unusual Wedding Venues An article featuring Roundwood House on Forty Plus Weddings
“If only Roundwood House could organise my head as well as my wedding – life would be so much easier!”
– Claire Wyse
Our specialty is small to medium weddings. The upper limit that we cater for sit-down meals is forty people and for buffets, fifty.
Please contact us if you would like us to send you our wedding brochure.
Roundwood House, Mountrath, Co. Laois, R32 TK79, Ireland
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Local places of interest
All within one hour’s drive from Roundwood House.
- Emo Court House & Gardens, a neo-classical mansion designed by noted architect James Gandon in 1790
- Birr Castle & Gardens, Science Centre and Tree House Adventure Area
- 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