Need To Know
18, including three suites.
Midday, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $205.53 (€191), excluding tax at 4.5 per cent. ⓘ
Rates include a full Irish breakfast.
There’s no spa, but massages and beauty treatments can be arranged: by a fire in the main house in winter, alfresco in the pagoda when it’s warmer. If you're feeling more energetic, the hotel's estate is well worth exploring. Acquire a map (and resident hound Milly if you feel like company) and take a leisurely constitutional over expansive green lawns – be sure to stop by the two kitchen gardens where you can see the chefs browsing the vegetable beds for fresh ingredients in the morning and take a peek in the hen house for fresh eggs. Tankardstown's afternoon tea spread – sausage rolls, generous sandwiches, and scones and cakes from the hotel's bakery will be reduced to empty plates soon after it's served.
At the hotel
Hot tub, croquet lawn, treatment rooms, gardens, gym, free WiFi and a library of books and DVDs. In rooms, flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar and free bottled water.
Our favourite rooms
Things don’t get grander than in the main house, and for something really special, it’s got to be the Master Suite: a vision in cream, it’s heaven for Mrs Smith, with his’n’hers bathrooms that favour hers – huge, with a marble floor, roll-top bath by the window and separate shower. There’s also a dressing room with enormous wardrobes and an ornate old dresser. For privacy, pick one of the courtyard cottages.
Leave your walking boots and dog behind, and borrow the hotel’s instead – there’s a load of shoes, and three dogs: Milly the labrador, Coco the bichon frise and Mika, Coco's puppy.
Pets are welcome.
Children are welcome, and cribs are free; extra beds can be provided for €45. Staff can babysit for €10 an hour.