Need to know
Noon; check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $135.60 (€119), 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.
At the hotel
Gardens, library, games room, spa, sauna, steam room, outdoor hot tub. In rooms: flatscreen TV and Rituals 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.
The Bathhouse Spa is in the Ruins. All treatments use organic, seaweed-based Voya products, but the signature seaweed baths are the house specialty. Guests can also choose from a range of classic massages, facials and seaweed body wraps. Indulge in a hydrating Cleopatra milk and honey bath, then decamp to the sauna, steam room or alfresco hot tub.
Swimwear for the outdoor hot tub, 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.