Mornington House
County Westmeath

Mornington House has been the home of the O'Hara family since 1856; 5 generations of the family have lived here. Tucked away on the slope above Lough Derravaragh, it is surrounded by mature trees and parkland and ringed by the hill of north Westmeath. Mornington is also an oasis of peace and tranquility, and an ideal location from which to explore the midlands; it is within 1 1/2 hours' drive of Dublin. The original Manor, built on the site of an ancient castle, was extended in the late nineteenth century.

Today, Mornington is a gracious family home still furnished with its original furniture and portraits. Succeeding generations have added to the collection of family memorabilia. The house is centrally heated and the reception rooms have open fires. Anne and Warwick are charming hosts; Anne is an excellent cook, and superb dinners are served in the candle-lit dining room, featuring fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs from the walled garden, with the best of local produce. The house has a wine licence, enabling guests to enjoy a glass with their meal. The bedrooms are large, 2 have brass beds, all have their own bathrooms. Children by arrangement.

Take Castlepollard exit from N4. After 5 miles, turn left in Crookedwood.
Owner: Warwick and Anne O'Hara
Open: March-October
Rooms: 5 rooms (all en-suite)