Georgina Campbell’s Country House of the Year 2012

It’s great that we have a Taoiseach from the North West. It really raises the profile of a fantastic part of the country that – except for a few key destinations such as Westport tend to be underrated. It has always been a favourite area of ours though and deserves to be discovered. Think about this for starters … imagine waking up in a four poster bed in a fabulous 45 room Victorian Italianate Mansion that stands on the land that has been the home of the O’Conors, Kings of Connaught, for 1500 years … wander down for breakfast and then explore the house – there is even a small museum and amazing heirlooms including a copy of the last Brehan Law Judgement handed down about 1580 and O’Carolan’s Harp.

In the evening after a good home cooked dinner you can chat over a night cap beside a log fire in cosy book lined Library before heading back up to one of those beautiful bedrooms. Despite the grandeur anybody can do all this at Clonalis House where the warmly hospitable owners, Pyers and Marguerite O’Conor Nash, make sure there is a homely atmosphere to welcome every guest – it’s the Irish Country House at its best, well placed for exploring the West – and handy to Ireland West Airport at Knock too. Magic.

Awarded, October 2011

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