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‘The combination of their innate sense of style and superb cooking has earned them a loyal following of city dwellers seeking child-free weekend breaks with a sophisticated edge’

Ruth Thorpe, Image Interiors

 

Whether it’s a weekend break or an overnight stay you’ll find Kilgraney provides a peaceful repose with pervasive meditative and restful qualities. The double pediment façade, with cut granite detailing and mellow lime rendering, stands proudly on the crisp gravel driveway. Much like the surrounding countryside, the outbuildings, courtyards and the five acres of gardens are revealed a little at a time.

From the moment you walk through the weathered oak front door the womb-like hall, with honeyed woods, deep reds and ochre yellows, radiates welcoming and familiar tones. The interiors have a well-travelled and individual feel and have been decorated with some surprising touches. The house feels more like a home, which, essentially, is what it is, but with some of the comforts and facilities you expect from a small intimate hotel.

The drawing room is bright and spacious, a confident and uncluttered combination of traditional Irish furniture pieces, contemporary leather sofas and accents pieces gathered during extensive travels. An antique tribal table takes centre stage in front of the large open fireplace and contemporary art and wood block prints, zebra amphorae and serpentine stone sculptures complete the setting.