Located just outside Naas in Co Kildare, the four-star Killashee House Hotel feels like an utterly charming combination of grand manor house and cosy country cottage. It’s elegant but not imposing, the staff are lovely and warm, and touches like hanging flower baskets, a butterfly garden and extensive grounds make it a pleasingly picturesque spot in which to spend some time.
On a recent visit, Himself had a difficult time in coaxing me out of our bathroom – probably one of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen. I was only delighted with myself amongst the fluffy towels, marble errrthang and stunning free standing bath, and at least half of the photos I took that weekend are of this room alone. It is to my great regret that I didn’t have time for a dip, but sure lookit: that just gives me greater incentive to make my way back, and soon.
I did get plenty of splash-time in the spa, though: there’s a really decent sized pool and a sizeable hydrotherapy suite which pretty much massaged me from head to toe – a job that was finished off with a gorgeous Elemis facial and back massage. Afterwards, I felt like I could have napped for days and days.
But there was eating to be done, and eating we did! We enjoyed two meals (and, ahem, one or two drinks) in Jacks Bar & Bistro: dinner and afternoon tea. Both were lovely but it’s the afternoon tea that will live on in my memory: generously proportioned, highlights included mini open sandwiches on home-made brown bread, and a huge selection of miniature cakes (I loved the lemon drizzle).
Killashee is very handy to get to from Dublin, and prices are reasonable to boot: they’re currently offering autumn and winter breaks from €90 pp, to include one night’s accommodation with dinner and breakfast. Will we be back? You betcha.
Check out the Killashee House website for more. Fluff and Fripperies was a guest of the hotel.