Roundwood House, 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.
A rambling avenue leads you through a welcoming comittee of animals and into a bright, spacious hall. There is a drawing room, study and library, 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). Tea and homemade biscuits are served on arrival.
The bedrooms are en-suite, spacious and unique. They contain their original architectural features and have gracious views of the lawns and courtyards.
It is the perfect place to retreat from the maddening crowd, take time for yourself and breath in the country air.