It's been a little while since we got away together so a spontaneous trip to the home of the Cats, Kilkenny was just what the doctor ordered last week. On the recommendation (and twitpics) of the lovely @robo_jojo I got in touch with Anne-marie of Lawcus Farm Guest House and we hit the road.
Just 1 hour twenty minutes from our door to theirs, Lawcus Farm couldn't be more different if it tried. Almost silent but for the sound of the river running through the land, the grounds are a very peaceful escape from the crazy city life we're used to.
Though we arrived early, Anne-marie was on the ball with our room ready and a tray of teas and coffees in minutes. She took the time to give us the history of the house, show us photos of its evolution and the surrounding areas with detailed hand drawn maps of the things to see and do while in Kilkenny. You just don't get that attention to detail in hotels, it genuinely felt as though we were welcomed into her family's home for our stay.
|The Gold Room: €175 per night B&B for four|
Of the three self contained rooms/lodges in the Guest House, we opted for the Gold Room. The lads slept in the twin beds downstairs (with free wi-fi)(a teenage MUST) while we lounged in the spacious upstairs space, complete with king size bed, power shower in the en-suite and several windows overlooking the fields of grazing cattle that gave the whole room a light and airy feel.
After an evening swimming in the weirs, meeting the animals, having a wee nip in the local where The Riordan's was shot, take away from the local eatery, Stony Kebabish and a scoot into Kilkenny town (15 mins away) for dessert, we retired to our rooms to ready ourselves for brekkie the next morning.
|(Thanks to TripAdvisor for the kitchen pic, I wasn't quick enough to snap one)|
After a tour of the new build home that Anne-marie shares with Mark and their combined kiddies and a snakey dram of poitín, it was time for us to hit the road. Fully recharged and refueled after just a short stay, I can only imagine what a long weekend would do for your energy levels.
It's very clear that Lawcus Farm Guest House is more than a labour of love for Mark and Anne-Marie, it's their home, their haven and for as long as you're on their guest book it's very much yours too. I can't recommend a trip down their way enough.
Have you been for a break off the beaten track? I'd love to hear about it, any recommendations for the next Cherry Familia Road Trip?