Fantastic evening in the wonderful Templehouse. Dinner was beautiful and the setting was incredible. An amazing atmosphere throughout the grounds and house. The host was very entertaining and he gave us a great insight into the history of the house. Will definitely be back soon to enjoy this unique experience.
Stayed for B&B and also a wedding in Temple House. It was a fantastic experience. The food, room quality, appointment of the house, grounds and castle were incredible. The staff and owners of the house are charming, down to earth and really helpful. Great value for money and a really unique experience.
I recently booked a whole weekend house takeover at Temple House, with dinners on both nights and was delighted with the entire weekend. The food and wine list was fabulous even though a set menu for circa 24 people. Roderick and the staff were very friendly and obliging for a group with diverse requests, and also including catering for children. While at the end of October the weather is turning cold, I did not feel cold in the house. The rooms were lovely with nice vintage features and lovely views. We were just over 20 mins from Strandhill beach where we went for a lovely breezy stroll to blow away the cobwebs, and also went to the Eagles flying show just down the road - a bird of prey sanctuary, which was interesting to see.
We have just returned from a sublime two days at Temple House. My sister booked the house to celebrate an upcoming birthday and the weekend was perfection from start to finish. The house is amazing - I felt like I was transported into Downtown Abbey. Roderick was a wonderful host - obliging, helpful but subtle and unobtrusive. We had dinner at Temple House on Friday and Saturday and the food and service was excellent. Breakfast was also delicious. The views and the grounds were stunning and even though the weather at times was not ideal, it didn't take away from a wonderful stay. The staff were warm, welcome and helpful and a big thank you to Vicky the chef and Caitlyn (hope I have the correct spelling). Temple House has become my most favourite place in the whole world and already starting to dream up an excuse to stay there again. Excellent in every way.…
'We're not a hotel, we're a country house' said the owner when he called to check if there was any food we didn't like (as they serve a no choice feast of an evening) so yes, that's different.Fantastic welcome by the owner- well his family has been practicing for over 350 years from this site (the house itself is only 200 years old). Not unusual to be shown to your room but more so to be shown where the Wellington boots are kept and for a late afternoon arrival that was a good tip as it meant time to get out & stroll the estate before dinner. Super grounds with a lake, river, reeds, forest, a derelict stable block & an old Knights Templer castle ruin all owned by the family. Do make time to do that & do use the wellies. Only house rule 'no sheep sh*t in the bedroom please'. Make sure you have a nose about and see all the niknaks & heavy antique furniture (dressers the size of gun emplacements) in the public rooms much of which came from an ancestor who did well with the East India Company. Have a chat with the lovely staff The room was vast, you could site a medium sized airport in it, and the bathroom almost as big- took a while to find the toilet itself at night what with the curvature of the earth and all that. Very comfortable bed & top notch linen. It's a quiet night deep in the country Downstairs for dinner. Relax & enjoy the company of other guests for pre dinner drinks & join them in the dining room with one long central table that crossed 2 counties. Interesting & ambitous home prepared food by the lady of the house made this a meal to remember. Roderick, the owner will come & regale you with tales from history or tell you about how one family battles to keep a 99 room house together. You get a real sense of time here- any one generation can only do so much. Fantastic. I imagine you would get charged a 50% premium if you mention Downton Abbey even if that's what everyone is thinking Great service. I managed to drop a document before departing (not checking out here). By the time I was found I was well out of the county but how splendid that my document was posted home at a registered rate. A very special night at the end of the season. Unless you are part of a private party I think the next review will not be until 2022. No matter, time is measured by centuries here Top class. Not cheap, but excellent value for money…
Beautiful house. Warm and welcoming with lots of history. Magnificent staircase. Felt like we were staying with family for a few days, very easygoing and comfortable. Would definitely recommend and return if we visited the area again.
We throughly enjoyed our stay in this relaxed and beautiful historic family home. Roderick and his friendly team made us feel at home. How lovely to be able to sit in front of a real fire enjoying tea or a glass of wine. The room was very comfortable. Dinner was a treat, well cooked and presented using locally sourced food (as was breakfast). We enjoyed the peaceful setting and walking round the nearby romantic ruins and lake. Roderick provided great suggestions for local excursions and walks. Thanks for a fabulous stay
Lovely house but sadly underwhelmed by service. Make sure you're hale & hearty as you will not be offered help with luggage up the 30 steps to the rooms, or out to your car in the morning. Dinner was lovely as chef comes in to make that, but keep your expectations low for breakfast. There were 21 of us (we took the house for the weekend) and, like Petitelou's review, the service was just not reflective of what you pay for the room. No menu choice. Slow service (my guests laughed about Fawlty Towers). It would have taken so little to make it a really great experience but I just felt the owner's heart wasn't in it.
We arrived after a few hectic days in Dublin and Galway to have a couple of quiet days in the country. The house is very impressive and the view from our huge bedroom over the ruined castle with the lake in the background was very atmospheric. We enjoyed taking out one of the rowing boats on the lake for a leisurely tour. We ate in both nights and the dinners were prepared with care and delicious, although the portions were very large. The staff looked after us beautifully with charm and personality. Highly recommended.
We stayed with our 12 year old daughter for 2 nights in the half acre room. Lovely huge room with a separate bedroom for children. The bed was wonderfully comfortable, everything was clean and the room had charming antique furniture. The bathroom has a great shower but the only thing that would have made it perfect was if there had been a free standing bath (rather than the perfectly adequate but ordinary bathtub) - just a bit of extra luxury. The house is wonderfully interesting and full of historic character. Beautiful grounds with a romantic ruined castle and lovely wooded walks all around. We enjoyed an afternoon rowing on the lake and a pleasant play with the dogs in the grounds on our last morning. Dinner was delicious and a very tasty breakfast too. Our host was friendly and accommodating, highly recommend if you're looking to stay somewhere just a little different. I think it would make a fabulous setting for hosting Regency/ Victorian themed events; if the owners ever decided to host occasional balls or masquerades it would be fabulous!…