THE ROUNDWOOD COUNTRY HOUSE (Co. Laois, Ireland)
The Roundwood Country House
by Aleksandr Siling
If you are looking to move away from city life and find a quiet spot in the country that is pristine and relaxing, need look no further than the Roundwood Country House. It's a great place to sit back, chill out and spend quality time with family and friends.

During the day, there are a number of popular tourist locations that guests can go visit. The house is situated around 75 minutes away from the centre of Dublin and can be used as an ideal base to see the Midlands.

Roundwood House is also a great location to host small parties and even business events. If you are looking to have a small to medium scale traditional Irish wedding, then Roundwood could be an ideal location, as long as your wedding reception does not exceed 60 guests.
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ESSENTIALS
Cottage
The Forge cottage sleeps just two people and is filled with painting and books. The Writer's Cottage, as the name suggests, is a perfect getaway for those looking to spend some time writing, meditating or looking to find their life's purpose.
Historic
Hotel is popular mid-size house in Ireland that was built during the Georgian period and was constructed by Anthony Sharp who came from a family of wealthy cloth makers. The house was most likely constructed during the early part of the 17th century.
Family
Children below the age of four years can stay free of charge.
Garden
If you are visiting, don't be surprised if you run into a wedding ceremony in the garden.
Boutique
The rooms are spacious and have interiors that reflect their architectural heritage and views that let you see the gardens.
Stylish and charming
The Roundwood Country House is a popular mid-size house in Ireland that was built during the Georgian period and was constructed by Anthony Sharp who came from a family of wealthy cloth makers.

The house was most likely constructed during the early part of the 17th century and while there is no clear evidence as to who was the architect of the Roundwood House, Dr Maurice Craig states that he prefers to believe that it was done by the owner or some master builder.
The Roundwood House is located in County Laois and can be found at the start of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, which is considered by many to be the best range in Ireland. The house is situated around 75 minutes away from the centre of Dublin and can be used as an ideal base to see the Midlands.

The hotel has given clear instructions on its website on how guests can reach the house from Dublin's airport and also from Dublin City. If guests are coming from a different direction, they can rely on Google maps to bring them to the house or alternatively then can call the house and get clear instructions on finding the place.
Roundwood Country House Parties
The hotel is happy to host parties for family and friends, stag nights, private hen parties and also business meetings and corporate workshops. The hosts are happy to work with guests to customize menus, cook special dishes and make sure that guests have a fabulous experience overall.
BED & BREAKFAST
The two houses available for booking are the Bed and Breakfast in the Main House and Bed and Breakfast In The Yellow House.
Main House
There are a total of 6 rooms available here and range from single room (€95.00), double room (€150.00), triple room (€175.00) and a family room (€200.00). All the rooms are spacious and have interiors that reflect their architectural heritage and views that let you see the gardens and stable. Wi-Fi is available throughout the house and complimentary homemade biscuits and tea is served in the Drawing room when guests arrive. Guests will also be able to have a delicious Irish breakfast that is available till 11 am.
Yellow House
This is the original house that was built by Anthony Sharp and has a total of four bedrooms that are ensuite, quiet and very comfortable. Guests will be able to see beautiful walled gardens from their rooms and can use the reception rooms located in the Main House. A single room costs (€85.00) while a double room is priced at (€130.00). Wi-Fi is available throughout the house and a fabulous Irish breakfast is served till 11 am.

While the house does allow children to stay, it has a strict policy that children must be supervised at all times and not be allowed to run around the house by themselves. Children below the age of four years can stay free of charge.
Food
A five course dinner is available for adults throughout the week and costs €55.00 per person, while a three course dinner is also served from Sunday to Thursday and costs just €40.00 per person. Children's dinner costs just €15 and is served at 6 pm on a daily basis and usually consist of items like roast chicken, spaghetti bolognese and ice cream.

There is a three course meal available for lunch which typically costs around €35.00 per person, however a total of 6 guests must be available for lunch to be served. The drawing room has a supply of soup, brown bread, and a wide variety of Irish cheese and deserts that cost a total of €35.00 per person.
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COTTAGES WITH SELF-CATERING
The Writer's Cottage
As the name suggests, this is a perfect getaway for those looking to spend some time writing, meditating or looking to find their life's purpose. This cottage has been reviewed as a perfect getaway for forgetting what a typical 9 to 5 life is all about.

It costs (€180.00) to book the cottage for 2 nights and 3 days, (€250.00) for 4 nights and 5 days and the cost to hire the cottage for a week is (€280.00). Pets are allowed and a cleaning surcharge of (€20.00) is collected.

The house does not charge additional costs for electricity, linen and the initial set of firewood. However guests will have to purchase more firewood if they would like to keep the fire going throughout their stay. The closest supermarket is located 5 kilometres away and guests must book breakfast and dinner the previous day. All meals will be served in the Main House and guests will also have to visit the Forge if they want access to WIFI as no WIFI is provided in the Writer's cottage.
The Forge
This little cottage sleeps just two people and is filled with painting and books and is located at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom. Couples looking for a romantic time will find this cottage cosy, comfortable and a great place to get to know each other even better. Guests can arrange a number of activities such as hiking, horse riding and fishing which are all very close to the cottage.

It costs (€250.00) to book the cottage for 2 nights and 3 days, (€290.00) for 4 nights and 5 days and the cost to hire the cottage for a week is (€320.00). Pets are allowed and a surcharge of (€20.00) is collected.
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Location
County Laois which is a part of the Midlands region is growing in popularity with every passing year as tourists visit and then go back to write about their experiences, share their pictures and release their videos on YouTube giving others a firsthand experience as to what County Laois is all about.

Dublin is not very far from County Laois but there is a lot of difference between the two places. Dublin has a much more fast paced city life whereas Laois is more slow paced and lacks the buzz of the city. There are a number of historic and special places located throughout Laois and those looking for a lesson in Irish history or a piece of time that is still left untouched will be delighted by the architecture, sights and sounds of Laois.

County Laois has a number of beautiful gardens, architecture and nature trails that give tourists a wide range of activities that they can engage in.
The Rock of Dunamase
This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in County Laois and is located a few kilometres away from Portlaoise. The Rock of Dunamase is located on a low lying plain in Laois and has a rundown castle that was once plundered by the Vikings. It is very scenic and a great place to take pictures and capture memories.

Dunamase Castle, Co. Laois

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Emo Court
Emo court is steeped in history as it is believed to have been built back in the early 1700's and designed by architect James Gandon. This historic villa was created based on the ancient architecture of Greece and Rome but had to go through a completely facelift in 1960. Emo Court is opened to the public for lessons in history and is run by the office of public works.

Emo Court Gardens

A quiet walk in the gardens is a great way to pass the time and take in the beauty of Ireland. The gardens are often used to host wedding ceremonies and it has a fairytale feel to it. It is located 30 kilometres away from the Roundwood Country House.
Heywood Gardens
The first garden was believed to have been planted in the early 1700s and the second garden started in the early 1900s. The gardens cover a vast area of land and has a great landscape filled with beautiful Irish flowers and foliage. The garden has a peaceful feel to it and the only noise comes from the wide variety of birds that flock to this peaceful abode.
Ballintubbert Gardens

These gardens were originally designed by Sir Lutyens and attract hundreds of tourists every week. The gardens went through a makeover recently and the government decided to expand the gardens as well. A number of wedding ceremonies and photo shoots take place at the Ballintubbert gardens. It is better to visit the gardens during weekdays as it tends to be a lot more crowded during the weekend.

Fly Fishing & Game Shooting Museum

This museum is located in Portaloise and was started in 1986 by Walter Phelan and is a must stop for those who have a passion towards fishing and hunting. The museum has a great collection of Irish fishing and hunting monuments that go back well over 300 years and has a fantastic collection of rods, reels, specimen fish, guns and birds.

Abbeyleix Bog

This bog is located close to the town of Abbeyleix is spread across 500 acres of bog, lag, meadows and wet carr woodlands. Tourists can get a great feel of the Irish moors by spending some time walking around the bog, checking out the birds and nature at its pristine best.

Mountrath

This small town is located in County Laois and has a very small population that is below 8,000 people. One of the most famous locations in Mountrath is the fabulous Mountrath golf course which was founded in 1929.
The club initially started out as a 9 hole golf course but had an updated to an 18 hold course back in 1994. It has some of the most well manicured greens in Dublin and has long freeways that golfers tend to love. If you have a passion for golf or would like to try it for the first time, then a visit to Mountrath is a must.

The Lough Boora

Guests who want an outdoor and scenic adventure will do well to visit the Lough Boora, an interesting contemporary sculpture garden. It is located around 25 kilometres away from the Roundwood Country House.

The Birr Castle

It is located around 30 kilometres away from the house and has a fantastic arboretum and science centre.
The Slieve Bloom Way
This is great for an adventure trek and the trail has both short and long routes. The longest route is a 70 kilometre walk on the mountain and the website clearly highlights the different trails and distances for hikers to plan their trips in advance.
WEDDING DESTINATION
County Laois attracts a number of couples who are looking for a fairy tale wedding. The climate, the culture, the people and the beautiful gardens make it a perfect setting for a quiet and intimate wedding.
Couples can also throw their wedding reception at the Roundwood Country house as the house is used to customizing its services to suit the theme of the couple. There have been a number of wedding receptions held at the House over the years ranging from a formal five course sit down meal, horse draw carriages, informal buffets, tractors carrying brides, quick nuptials in the library and romantic lawn themed weddings.
The house specializes in small and medium scale weddings with the minimum number of guests being fixed at 16 and the maximum being capped at 60. Couples who would like more information as to how the house can cater to their needs, can request for a brochure or book a personal appointment to view the house.
REVIEWS
The Irish Aesthete blog has an in-depth description about the Roundwood Country house, its history, owners and also a huge collection of pictures covering the interiors of the house. The writer has also done a fantastic job in describing the architecture and features associated with the house.

Whether you are a foreign or a local, heading over to the Country Roundwood House for a weekend is a great way to recharge your batteries and enjoy some time with nature. There are a number of things to do in County Laois including trekking, fishing, visiting the gardens and spending some solitude in one of the small cottages in Roundwood.

If you want to throw a small party for your college mates, business buddies or have a family reunion and want a quiet place where you can make a lot of noise, you can work out an arrangement with the Roundwood house as they cater for such events on a regular basis.
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"Amazing architecture and grounds to walk in. Really a destination in itself. Evening meal was excellent."
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