Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

The Midlands Hotels

Roundwood House

  • Fodor's Choice


  • Friendly hosts
  • Mature woodland is ideal for walks


  • Dinner sometimes served at a communal table
  • Not easy to drag yourself away at stay's end

Fodor's Review

There's a dreamlike beauty to this chateau-like mansion set on the slopes of the Slieve Bloom Mountains—as you arrive, a dark tree-lined avenue suddenly opens up to reveal a dramatically gorgeous Palladian villa, and a flock of white geese, some ducks, and hens, as well as a Labrador called Rococo often form the welcoming party. Antique family portraits of the builders—the Sharps, a prominent Quaker family whose wealth derived from the mid-1600s woolen industry—adorn the walls of the curio-filled drawing room. The bedrooms in the main house are elegant and airy, or opt for cozier chambers in the adjacent 17th-century self-catering accommodations. Tiniest of all is the cottage, a stone charmer whose original tenants may have been Hansel and Gretel. Affable hosts Hannah and Paddy Flynn often share your table at dinner, and if Paddy's guitar is to hand, he'll entertain guests with blues or jazz numbers. Frank Kennan, Hannah's father, is known as the "woodman and the bookman." His thousand-volume library of the evolution of civilization can be perused in the Long Room, an outbuilding where concerts and plays are frequently held.

Hotel Information


Mountrath, Co. Laois, Ireland



Hotel Details:

  • 10 rooms, plus 2 self-catering cottages
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

View The Midlands Hotel Rates


What's Nearby

  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all hotels in The Midlands

Add Your Own Review

When did you stay?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?







No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

How we use your email

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.