I headed off on Saturday morning with my good friends A, J, and M for the depths of middle Ireland. We were on our way to Kinnitty Castle Hotel in County Offaly for a short break.
Kinnitty Castle Hotel is for sale, a Cinderella in search of a Prince Charming. The company that ran Kinnitty hit a financial iceberg and is now in receivership: however the hotel is still open for business and the receiver is offering great deals. We loved our good-value stay in the atmospheric Kinnitty but if we had paid top dollar we might have been pickier.
So what did we do?
On arrival we unpacked and had a celebratory glass of champagne. J our whizz of an organizer brought the chilled to perfection bubbly. The four posters were enormous.
We tramped around the verdant grounds stopping to admire an old wall – the last remaining fragment of a Norman period Augustinian Abbey which was previously on the site.
Then we watched the Ireland v England international rugby match in the cosy candle-lit library bar. Heaped plates of sandwiches were supplied free gratis at half time.
Later we donned our posh frocks, high heels, sparkly necklaces, dangly earrings and headed to the restaurant for dinner. Dinner over we descended to The Dungeon Bar to listen to the resident folk group play and sing. When the music stopped we trooped along long dimly- lit corridors towards our rooms carefully avoiding the prowling ghostly monk.
On the way home we drove through the Slieve Bloom mountains and admired the scenic views. We parked up and walked along one of the carefully laid rails: the one we choose meandered along the banks of a pretty babbling brook.
The special offer: an incredible wallet friendly €49 for dinner bed and breakfast per person sharing. So the good news is I have some cash left to put towards the tiara!