Clonkelly, Birr, Co. Offaly
This attractive Georgian-style house with colonnades, Georgian doors and windows, and ceiling rose and cornices was cleverly converted from a farmhouse in 1991. There are 2 bedrooms on the ground floor - all have TVs and new firm beds, are individually decorated in soft pastel shades and have matching fabrics and curtains.
This comfortable and peaceful house is set on a 100-acre dairy farm. Breakfasts are sumptuous and include freshly made scones, potato bread, eggs, bacon and fresh milk and cream from the farm. Five-course dinners are available, if prearranged. Veronica Minnock is a most gracious host, and has been awarded the Golden Thoughts Tourist award, an accolade for "service above and beyond the call of duty". A cup of tea is offered upon arrival; in fact, at Minnocks Farm the kettle is rarely off the boil. There is a separate sitting room for guests' use. Located on the Birr-to-Roscrae Road, 3 miles (4 km) from Birr, convenient to Birr Castle and the Clonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway.
Open: All year
Rooms: 2 double, 2 twin, 3 family (all en-suite)