Emmet Sq., O'Connell St., Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland
Originally a coach house, this unpretentious country hotel began life 275 years ago and has retained its old-style homeliness. Floral patterns, open fires, and a relaxed welcome invite you in. It's in Birr's central square, and a five-minute walk from the castle. The bustling bar and coffee shop are popular with locals and serve lunches. For a more formal dining experience, you could try the Emmet Room restaurant, where fish dishes such as medallions of monkfish or grilled salmon fillet with garlic potato are specialties alongside a selection of Italian offerings.
- huge rooms with space for moving around in
- a handy Midlands stopover, if you're on your way to the west coast
- the weekend disco in the nightclub goes on until the early hours, so bring your earplugs
- stairs can be difficult for the disabled or elderly
Rate Includes: Breakfast
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