Need to know
12 noon; check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $93.41 (€87), excluding tax at 13.5 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
Designed by Richard Cassels, 18th-century architect of the Irish Parliament, Bellinter House is of significant historical interest; the grounds and building are therefore open to the public daily from noon until 4pm.
The hotel's hot tub will be closed until Spring 2017.
Eden Restaurant will be closed midweek (Sunday to Thursday) during January. The Drawing Room will be open as normal. The hot tub will also be closed for three months over the winter (December to the end of February).
At the hotel
Gardens, library, games room, spa, sauna, steam room, hot tub. In rooms: minibar, flatscreen TV, Handmade Soap Company bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Main House rooms have high ceilings, huge bathrooms and cracking views; Main House 1 has a tub for two. For a peaceful, pampering-focused stay, rooms in the Ruin are tranquil, secluded and close to the spa; Ruin 3 has a copper bath, Ruin 4 a roll-top tub.
Swimwear (Bellinter House has an excellent spa with an outoor hot tub, steam room and sauna), horse riding gear and boots made for walking.
The countryside here is rugged and gorgeous – explore on foot in a pair of Bellinter House’s loaner wellies, or on horseback from one of the five local equestrian centres.
Welcome, with advance notice. Cots and foldaway beds provided; babysitters can be arranged. The split-level duplex rooms in the Stable block are best for families.