Just back from a visit to the beautiful counties of Laois and Kilkenny. We had a wonderful 4 night stay at the Foxrock Inn on a B&B basis. We had a large comfy bedroom, and the full Irish breakfast was great to keep you going. TV is in the lounge.
Marian, Sean and Laura made us so welcome over the entire stay and they went out of their way to help us in our research into our family. Sean also serves up a nice pint of Guinness.
The Inn is located in beautiful countryside and is a relaxing place to visit. Around the village of Clough (pronounced Cluck) there are many ancient sites and Grantstown Lake woodland and nature reserve, is a gem hidden away just down the road. To the north, you find the Abbey of Aghaboe and Saighir (important sights within the ancient kingdom of Osraige) and the Slieve Bloom Mountains, which we travelled around in the car and took some wonderful pictures. To the south, we travelled down to Kilkenny with its Castle and historic city. Just down the road from Clough is the town of Rathdowney, which has pubs and takeaways and also has a great Supervalu shop for all your bits and bobs that you may need, including a Payzone facility to pay for the M50 Dublin toll.
The people that we met, both in Laois (pronounced Leesh) and Kilkenny were all very friendly and helpful and we will make a point of returning to this charming area of Ireland once again in the future.
We would recommend the Foxrock Inn to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Foxrock Inn is a traditional Irish Inn located in the heart of the Irish countryside. Nestled on the edge of the Slieve Bloom mountains, the area is rich in natural beauty. The Foxrock Inn Bed & Breakfast and the adjoining Mary's Bar offer peace and quiet in surroundings of intrinsic beauty. The guest rooms are exquisitely furnished with private bathrooms and a variety of breakfast choices are readily available. The area has numerous superb 18 hole golf courses within 15 minutes of our premises: Rathdowney, Mountrath, Roscrea, Portarlington, and The Heath Portlaoise to name but a few. The exclusive Mount Juliet in Kilkenny is 30 minutes away and the "K" Club in Kildare can be reached in 45 minutes. Both Coarse Fishing and Game Fishing are located within 5 minutes of the Inn - and the list of excellent spots is endless: Grantstown Lake, Ballyfin Lake, Templemore Lake, Ballinakill Lake, the River Nore and River Erkina and more. Group bookings are available on request, complete with a packed lunch and a evening meal to enjoy. ... more less