The hotel has a long and impressive history; It has been an inn for over 250 years, standing at one of the great crossroads of Ireland- about halfway between Cork and Dublin, the 'unofficial' and 'official' capitals of the nation.
It boasts a leisure centre, spa and giftshop, as well as a cafe and dining room. It's apparently very popular as a location for conferences- Coca Cola were clearly having a session there on the day I departed, and the conference facilities, according to what I glimpsed, were impressive and well equipped.
It also boasts a proud Irish history- Wolfe Tone and his United Irishmen met there in the 1700s and a copy of the Belfast Agreement is near the cafe, which I admit served a very nice latte. It also served various cakes and teas that looked nice, had I not been so tired!
A wander through the little giftshop on the grounds was a pleasure- a lot of the items weren't really my thing, horse related and so forth, but they were very cute. There was nice jewellery and a few scarves, in addition to cups, plates, and gardening equipment. The 'Bakery' in the foyer also sold gourmet items that were tasty looking, as well as fresh rolls and pastries.
Had a small meal and settled in for the evening, watching a little TV- easy to work, which some aren't. Comfortable bed, but what I suspect was a generator outside hummed until very late- keeping me awake and ensuring that I had to keep the window shut. I believe it may have been something to do with being located near the kitchen, but it was irritating, especially when one likes fresh air. I'm very much not one for sitting in a stuffy room (something which drives people at work insane- just as the demand to have the heater on drives me mad) so this didn't sit well.
Breakfast the next morning was very nice- some fresh fruit wouldn't have gone astray but the service was friendly and warm, the coffee nice and the selection impressive.
A nice hotel if passing through or holding a meeting, but I needed sleep. I would return, but would ask for a room away from the carpack.