Roundwood House Country Houses Accommodation

Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails

Are you looking for an activities holiday this year? If the outdoors is your thing then why not try the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails.

There are currently 35km of new mountain bike trails (MTB), with trailheads at Kinnitty and Baunreagh. These trails, which are waymarked in one direction and designed specially for mountain bike use, vary in difficulty. They range from the grade trails: ‘blue’ (moderate, with some single-track sections) to ‘red’ (difficult/severe, with challenging climbs and tricky descent).

The trails have been developed by Coillte in partnership with Offaly and Laois County Councils and are funded by the Dept. of Rural and Community Development.

There will eventually be 100km of biking tracks to explore on the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trail, so keep an eye on the site for new developments!

Where to Stay?

While you are considering being on the adventurous side you can book your stay with Hannah & Paddy at Roundwood House which is 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”.

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 area is picturesque, unspoiled and peaceful – a delight for hikers and cyclists of all abilities. Horse-riding, fishing and golfing are also available locally. There is no reason why you can not take some time off and feel the wind in your face while you are out on the mountain bike and then relax in the evening and let Paddy cook you dinner that will awaken all your taste buds!

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Hidden Ireland Country Houses Accommodation

Celebrate your wedding with Hidden Ireland

Celebrate your wedding in a truly unique style at one of Hidden Ireland’s beautiful historic houses.

With our comprehensive selection of the best wedding venues in Ireland, we can offer a breath-taking setting for your big day, with the ceremony taking place in either the verdant gardens or luxurious period interiors of one our many stunning houses, you will be sure to have memories to cherish forever, and photographs that will be the envy of everyone you know.

By choosing a Hidden Ireland house you will ensure your wedding is a lavish and memorable occasion, with photographs and memories worthy of a grand period drama, and a sense of romance and tradition that is unrivalled.

What’s more, Hidden Ireland will lend you all of their wedding planning expertise and knowledge, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and stress free throughout.

Take advantage of our expertise, experience and enticing selection of the best wedding venues in Ireland

When planning a wedding you always want to make sure you can standout, not just with a theme and style that are your own, but with a venue that will set you apart from the crowd. Hidden Ireland can offer you just that, with all their venues offering character, tradition and personality. Not to mention the benefits of their renowned catering expertise and years of wedding planning experience.

Hidden Ireland houses have been fulfilling the wishes of couples for years, always making sure to take the time to listen and understand, never losing sight of what matters. This is why we have put together a hand-picked list of unique venues for you to browse through, each with their own unique qualities and style. Once you’ve found the right one for you, simply contact the venue and you’re on your way to the perfect wedding.

Our Stylish wedding venues are renowned for their grand receptions

A Hidden Ireland property is a fantastic choice for any union, with their historic properties guaranteed to imbue the proceedings, and startle your guests, with a sense of grandeur and elegance. Supported by Hidden Ireland’s excellent food and wine, and with exclusive use of the property, you can enjoy the perfect wedding experience.

Several of our houses are spacious enough to accommodate the wedding party in one splendid room. Others, particularly those with sprawling and breath-taking gardens, provide the perfect backdrop for a marquee wedding.

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Orlagh House

Book your stay at Orlagh House

Book your stay at Orlagh House. A Georgian mansion built by Dublin snuff merchant Lundy Foot back in 1790. Frequent visitors to the house included the Great Emancipator Daniel O’Connell, Eoin Mac Neill, Padraig Pearse and William Smith O’Brian.

Orlagh House

A truly unique house set on 45 acres in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, with spectacular views over Dublin City and stretching out as far as the Irish Sea. We are only 25 minutes from Dublin Airport and from Dublin city centre. The house has been lovingly and tastefully restored in recent years, with large drawing and reception rooms and open fires. Our beautiful dining room sits 20 people at our regency table. There is a large games room in the basement of the house with table tennis, pool table, and a full-sized snooker table.

There is lots to do in the area including hiking trails both on the estate and including the Dublin Way and the Wicklow Way. We have an equestrian centre next door with reduced rates for guests and some of Dublin’s most infamous pubs are within 10 minutes of the house, with great local food, traditional music, and Irish dancing.

The house really is one-of-a-kind. Make sure to click HERE and book your stay at Orlagh House

WEDDINGS

Orlagh house is the perfect location for couples who want something different from the norm, a unique and truly personal day to remember. Exclusively yours for your wedding day with a second day optional, we also have 14 bedrooms to offer your guests.

We have an in-house catering team who can create your perfect menu, from sit down formal dining to a more laid-back BBQ’. Choose from our indoor ballroom or numerous outside garden areas. Our wedding team are there to help you with everything you may need.

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Coach House Gallery Country House Accommodation

Ballynatray Coach House Area

Are you looking to book a beautiful family holiday this summer? Book your stay at Ballynatray Coach House Area where there is plenty of room for a family to spend some quality time together. Located right on the edge of Ireland’s Ancient East Ballynatray is the perfect spot to explore the south. There are four different self-catering options in the Coach House area.

The Coach House

Ballynatray Estate Ballynatray Estate

The two storey Coach House takes centre stage in Ballynatray Coach House Area. It has been transformed into a beautiful, luxurious 4 bedroom self catering property. Downstairs, a very relaxing style open plan kitchen & dining area with comfortable couches which allow for great conversations even while you prepare a bite of lunch or dinner.

 

The Garden Flat

Ballynatray Estate Ballynatray Estate

Set in the Ballynatray Coach House Area, the Garden Flat has two double bedrooms on the ground floor which would ideally suit two couples. One of the bedrooms can be changed to be a twin room. A large bathroom and the kitchen is well equipped, decorated in the style of a country kitchen with painted units, stone floor and large kitchen table to seat ten.

 

The Groom’s Flat

Ballynatray Estate Ballynatray Estate

Renovated & situated in the Coach House Area the Groom’s Flat is an ideal self catering option for two people. The Groom’s Flat now boasts a beautiful open plan structure which allows guests the feel of an authentic cottage; complete with the original stone floor in the kitchen and a small wood burner. The double bedroom benefits from French doors, whilst the heritage bathroom includes a shower and is decorated with small hand painted tiles.

 

The Garden House

The Garden House The Garden House

The Garden House is a quaint little cottage that sits at the bottom of the walled garden. Set across two floors it boasts a beautiful double room complete with comfortable armchairs either side of the open fire. This is an ideal adult only location where romantic notions are never very far away.

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Happy St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Happy St Patrick’s Day from everyone in Hidden Ireland!

The Confessio of Patrick tell us that when Patrick was about sixteen, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Britain. Taken as a slave to Ireland, looking after animals; he lived there for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After becoming a cleric, he returned to northern and western Ireland. In later life, he served as a bishop, but little is known about the places where he worked. By the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday.

Legends

The Shamrock – Patrick taught the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, using it to illustrate the Christian teaching of three persons in one God.

Snakes – St Patrick is said to have banished all the snakes from Ireland.

Hidden Ireland

Hidden Ireland has houses dotted all over Ireland close to places where St Patrick spent time. From the slopes of the Mourne Mountains to Croagh Patrick on the Wild Atlantic Way. Choose one of our Country House B&B’s, Exclusive Rentals or Cottages & Gate Lodges to stay in as you explore the Emerald Isle!

Why not buy someone a Hidden Ireland Gift Voucher so they can explore all that Ireland has to offer?

Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone!

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Lorum Old Rectory Valentines

Valentines at Lorum Old Rectory

This is the perfect opportunity to treat your Valentine at Lorum Old Rectory. The house sits peacefully on the slopes above the River Barrow at Kilgreaney, about halfway between Bagenalstown and Borris. Bobbie Smith & her daughter Rebecca welcome you to their home, both renowned for their warm welcome and splendid home-baking.

Special Mention

Special thanks to Nicola Brady who included us in “Grown-up getaways: 10 adult-only hotel, spa and country house breaks in Ireland” in the Irish Independent on Sunday. Nicola captures what is so special about Lorum Old Rectory. Nicola describes it as ‘home to a gorgeous collection of homely guest rooms, complete with overflowing bookcases and four-poster beds.

Staying at Lorum Old Rectory

Treat your Valentine at Lorum Old Rectory simply because we offer guests relaxed, Country House style Bed & Breakfast Accommodation where the emphasis is on making guests feel ‘at home’.

The broad, high-ceilinged hallway at Lorum is both elegant and inviting. With a commanding presence is the 18th century grandfather clock marking time with its comforting chime. The glow of fresh flowers reflected in the mirror over the hallstand. All adding to the sense of warmth and generosity is immediately conveyed to the visitor. The spacious, pleasingly-proportioned drawing room, where our Bed & Breakfast guests may enjoy afternoon tea, drinks before dinner and coffee afterwards, has large windows that frame magnificent views of Mount Leinster and the western hills. Three large couches – ideal for perusing the many books that the family has collected or continuing a lively dinner conversation. The room’s many curios and photographs give a lively sense of the family’s and the area’s past. The graceful dining room, small “snug” and the family’s study (where Bed & Breakfast guests may watch television) are also off the main hallway.

 

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Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers

Are you looking for that perfect gift to say thank you? Maybe even someone you love is getting married and you want to wish them well. Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers are the perfect gift for any occasion.

With a Hidden Ireland Gift Voucher you, or a friend, can choose from over 30 Irish Country Houses, B&Bs or Gate Houses and Lodges. A hidden Ireland experience includes luxury accommodation, fine foods and wines, cosy fires and great company.

A leisurely stroll before dinner to take in some of the breath-taking scenery before returning to a warm welcome and some amazing aromas coming from the kitchen. Enjoy a great night’s sleep! Then in the morning enjoy a fantastic selection for breakfast to set you up for the day ahead!

Dinner at ClonalisBoat House at BallynatrayBreakfast at Kiltariff Hall

Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers are available in a variety of values, so you can choose the right one for you.

All you need to do is choose the amount you want the voucher for and how you would like to deliver it and we are happy to look after the rest for you! Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers can be used in any Hidden Ireland property.  From our Country House Hotels to our Self-catering cottages & Gate Lodges.

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Black Friday Sale 2021

Black Friday Sale 2021

Here at Hidden Ireland we believe in great value! This year we have an amazing offer for anyone who purchases a Hidden Ireland Gift Voucher!
Black Friday is only one day! Here at Hidden Ireland we are making this offer available for 5 days! From the 25th November until the 30th November 2021 anyone who buys a €100 gift voucher, Hidden Ireland will gift you back €10
With a Hidden Ireland Hotel Gift Voucher you, or your recipients, can choose from over 30 top quality, luxury, Country Houses, Manor Houses, B&Bs, Gate Houses and Lodges. All our houses are Award-Winning Properties throughout Ireland boasting all the best that Irish hospitality can give! Pamper someone special with a voucher for a stay at one of our idyllic properties! Click here to see a map of all our properties. Relax and enjoy some time away in luxury accommodation where you set the pace of your stay from a waterfront stay in Clifden or Castletownshend to a breath taking stay in Co Down or Co Louth.
Remember, the Hidden Ireland Black Friday Sale for 2021 is not just one day! The Black Friday Sale starts on Thursday 25th November 2021 for 5 days and finishes on the 30th November 2021.
To avail of this amazing offer this Black Friday click here to get your Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers.
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Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers

Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers

Are you looking for that perfect gift to say thank you? Maybe even someone you love is getting married and you want to wish them well. Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers are the perfect gift for any occasion.

With a Hidden Ireland Gift Voucher you, or a friend, can choose from over 30 Irish Country Houses, B&Bs or Gate Houses and Lodges. A hidden Ireland experience includes luxury accommodation, fine foods and wines, cosy fires and great company.

A leisurely stroll before dinner to take in some of the breath-taking scenery before returning to a warm welcome and some amazing aromas coming from the kitchen. Enjoy a great night’s sleep! Then in the morning enjoy a fantastic selection for breakfast to set you up for the day ahead!

Dinner at ClonalisBoat House at BallynatrayBreakfast at Kiltariff Hall

Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers are available in a variety of values, so you can choose the right one for you.

All you need to do is choose the amount you want the voucher for and how you would like to deliver it and we are happy to look after the rest for you! Hidden Ireland Gift Vouchers can be used in any Hidden Ireland property.  From our Country House Hotels to our Self-catering cottages & Gate Lodges.

Click here to buy your Hidden Ireland Gift Voucher

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