Coopershill

Off N4, 17 km (11 miles) southeast of Sligo, Riverstown, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Step beyond the elegant, symmetrical stone facade with its central Palladian window, and wander through an appealing mix of antique bureaus, marble busts, mounted deer heads, and 19th-century paintings that fill the large reception rooms of this three-story Georgian farmhouse. Seven generations of the O'Hara family have lived here since it was built in 1774. Spacious, beautifully furnished guest rooms have floral wallpaper and most have four-poster or canopy beds. Dine by candlelight (at 8 pm sharp), on meals such as pot-roast venison (it has its own farm with a herd of 300 fallow deer) made with fresh Irish ingredients. Eco-friendly measures are promoted alongside luxury at Coopershilll: electricity comes from renewable resources, low-energy lightbulbs are used, and rainwater is mixed with the estate's spring water and filtered for use. You can also sign up for an hour-long "Hawk Walk" with a falconer which costs €50.

PROS

  • enter a delightful haven of peace, sink into the roll-top bath or four-poster bed, and lose yourself in luxury
  • free papers and mineral water

CONS

  • rooms can be chilly on cold days
  • quite a trek to the nearest pub or shops

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 071-916–5108

HOTEL DETAILS

8 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Mar. Breakfast

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