Fodor's Expert Review Viewmount House

Dublin Rd., Longford, Co. Longford, Ireland

The exquisite 400-year-old house, once owned by the Earl of Longford, has been restored to its former charm; the bedrooms are full of character and have impressive period wallpapers and antique mahogany wardrobes and beds. Breakfast is served in a vaulted room cheerily painted in Wedgwood blue. Try the Viewmount Boxty Benedict of smoked bacon, poached egg, and tomato. The 4 acres of grounds that surround the house are a gardener's paradise with an old orchard, a formal garden, and a Japanese garden complete with full-size pagoda. VM Restaurant, in a converted stable block, serves flavor-filled delights such as quail with smoked potato and apple, pork belly with lentils and potato mousseline, or pan-roasted halibut, all prepared by the restaurant's new Dutch executive chef, Robert Groot Koerkamp. At €60, the five-course dinner menu is a great value; even better is the three-course early-bird (6:30 to 7:30) dinner at €35 served Wednesday–Friday.

PROS

  • antique charm with modern luxuries
  • lovely gardens
  • restaurant with good-value multicourse dinners

CONS

  • 20-minute walk into town
  • bland suburban location
  • expensive for this area

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Historical
Quiet
Countryside
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 043-334–1919

HOTEL DETAILS

12 rooms

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