Built in 1730, Roundwood House retains all of her original architectural features and invites you on a journey back in time. A dramatic two story entrance hall greets you, while antique furniture and paintings, an extensive library, and a menagerie of farm animals all form the backdrop for a relaxing stay in the unspoiled Irish countryside. Food is a very important part of the Roundwood experience, so if you enjoy good food we should get along fine. Roundwood is a perfect base for exploring the midlands and is only one hour and fifteen minutes from Dublin.
While you're here, there's plenty to keep you occupied. The Slieve Bloom is the oldest mountain range in Europe and it's right on our doorstep. There is an extensive system of trails for all levels of walkers, as well as cycling and horse riding nearby to explore the untouched countryside. Within easy driving distance there's fishing, several golf courses and Lough Boora Parklands, which features one of the world's most innovative environmental sculpture parks. Actually, I'm not aware of any other environmental sculpture parks, but it's a pretty amazing place.
If you'd prefer civilization to wilderness, we are close to some of Ireland's most charming towns. Birr, Cahir and Kilkenny (each with their own castle) are all within a 45 minute drive, and the rock of Cashel and the Unesco World Heritage site of Clonmacnoise aren't much further.
For those of you feeling a little less energetic, there's a spot waiting for you in front of the fire, some great wines to choose from and several books that you've been meaning to read. If, on the other hand, you're one of those who prefers their Kindle, we have wi-fi so you can download while you unwind.
''…This is the old school of Irish hospitality – understated, loquacious, arranged by people who have the time to talk to you and to take care of you. The result of their patient, gracious care is that everyone feels special when staying here..." Bridgestone Guide: Top 100 Places to Stay in Ireland''