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
“What a wonderful stay in Cloughjordan House! We were warmly welcomed by Baker's family. The hospitality was absolutely perfect. We had some very interesting discussions with Peter who explained to us the history of his very old house. We appreciated a very good cook with food from the organic garden. But above all, if you want to understand how start a good day: try Peter's porridge: it is fantastic. Thank you very much for your sense of welcome!”
Charles T France
"There are three things, in my opinion, that make a Bed & Breakfast worth leaving your own home for. There’s the bed aspect – are the pillows fluffy, is the bed marshmallowey, does the house have character? Then there’s the breakfast part – it’s almost laughable how many Bed & Breakfasts get this so horribly wrong. Finally, there’s the unspoken hospitality part – do you feel at home? Do you feel relaxed, rejuvinated and welcome?For me, their B&B has got it all. The comfort, the food and the hospitality."
Aoife McElwain- icanhascook
"Cornelia, John, Jennifer and I are all back in Canada now. We are agreed that our stay in Cloughjordan House along with the cooking lesson was one of the highlights of the whole trip. Thank you again for running me out to the Modreeny cemetery to confirm the location and to snap a few pictures. I expect to be preparing a write-up on "Our Irish Heritage" for my relatives sometime this summer. Again, thanks for a wonderful time in Cloughjordan."