Farther down the coast, Ardmore is a maze of twisting, narrow streets that, if navigated carefully, or luckily, will lead one to the Cliff House hotel. Poised high on a cliff side outside of town, the hotel has a stunning and expansive view of the Celtic Sea. A glass-walled restaurant, and a spacious outside deck, allow a visitor to enjoy excellent lunch while taking in the panorama of towering cliffs, green fields, and a roiling, white capped sea.
We travelled onward to Cork, then north to Mallow and the Longueville House, a traditional Irish country manor home that is operated by husband/wife third-generation owners who go out of the way to make guests feel like part of the family. The bar and, particularly, the lounge are great places to enjoy a cocktail and relax and the food and beverage manager is as helpful as the owners in making guests feel comfortable. On Sunday, as a featured course for brunch, the chef-owner roasted a pig in the fireplace lounge. The aroma was intoxicating and we anticipated, justly, a great meal. All in all, the meals at Longueville were spectacular, including the best lamb that either of us has ever tasted.
Sunrise out of our window
The conservatory turned into a fairy tail of lace and garlands
That's a piglet roasting in front of the fireplace
We took time to stroll a small part of the 400 acre property and enjoyed playing with the family dogs and watching a flock of sheep mill about. Although we didn't try it, Longueville also boasts terrific salmon fishing. A wedding took place on the property while we were there, and it is difficult to imagine a prettier or more tranquil setting for a couple to celebrate their nuptials.
Owner's kids and friends we're playing in the hay loft
The egg yolks were bright orange, this is why.
This is why the lamb was the BEST we'd ever tasted!
Ruins of the original Longueville Manor across the way