Drive into the grounds of Cloughjordan House and drive into a little bit of Irish paradise. This 400 year old country house situated a few moments drive from the
Cloughjordan House provides a first class offering in the Good Food Ireland Culinary Accommodation bracket. The proportions of this elegant building make for a very comfortable stay. Eight acres of land provide quiet places to stroll. Morning coffee or afternoon tea on the lawn is pure delight. Bedrooms in the main house have heaps of period features, but facilities are up to the minute modern. The large separate bathroom dedicated to one of the double rooms has a sauna and walk in wet room.
Other rooms are ensuite – with equally spacious bath and shower rooms. Two rooms above the Cloughjordan Cookery School also on site here are built into the eaves – these are neatly proportioned and full of charm from the sloping ceilings and country décor. Outside, country garden deck chairs and loungers are positioned to catch the sun when it shines. Happy hens have their own run on the lawns here and lay gorgeous eggs as a result. The couple have recently established a herd of free range pigs which will make superlative sausages and bacon for the breakfast menu when they are mature enough.
Food at Cloughjordan House
Breakfast can be taken in the large and friendly family kitchen in the main house, or in a more formal dining room. Peter is often in charge of proceedings in the mornings. He’ll quite happily rise early to make freshly squeezed orange juice and bake brown bread to be served with Sarah’s home made preserves, and then cook a top class Full Irish for residents of the house. Overnight guests can enjoy an intimate evening dinner cooked by Sarah on request. As a recent graduate of the intensive Ballymaloe Cookery School professional cookery course run under the expert tutelage of Darina Allen, Sarah knows what it means to be able to pick your own veggies and herbs to add to local meat or fish for a superb supper.
Vegetables come from the house’s newly established gardens and the dedicated farm gardens of the Eco Village of Cloughjordan. At dinner time, Peter easily slips into the role of host – he’s a natural who loves filling his home with guests who really appreciate its age and character - and the good food ethos which drives the couple.
"The balance of Sarah’s professional food knowledge and Peter’s full on enthusiasm as host and events organiser is well struck. Between them, the couple make this piece of paradise a charming place to stay and enjoy a gourmet break which highlights the best ingredients Ireland has to offer. We are very much looking forward to visiting again and we think when you go there, you’ll be in a hurry to return too."
Diane Curtin, Inspector, Good food Ireland