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Hotel Highlights

  • Grand Georgian estate, superbly renovated
  • Irish hospitality at its friendly finest
  • Barbecues and farmers’ market in the courtyard in summer

Overview

Set in 100 acres of gloriously green parkland, 18th-century Tankardstown House hotel near Slane is former family home, primped and preened with its mindful matriarch’s unmistakable, immaculate touch.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Tankardstown House with us:

A bottle of prosecco in room on arrival

Facilities

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Tankardstown House hotel - County Meath - Ireland

Need To Know

Rooms

18, including two suites.

Check–out

Midday, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $208.33 (€191), excluding tax at 4.5 per cent.

More details

Rates include a full Irish breakfast.

Also

If you're feeling energetic, the hotel's estate is well worth exploring. Acquire a map (and one of resident hounds if you feel like company) and take a leisurely constitutional over expansive green lawns – be sure to stop by the two kitchen gardens and take a peek in the hen house. Tankardstown's afternoon tea spread – sausage rolls, generous sandwiches, and scones and cakes from the hotel's bakery will be reduced to empty plates soon after it's served.

At the hotel

Hot tub, croquet lawn, treatment rooms, gardens, gym, free WiFi and a library of books and DVDs. In rooms, flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar and free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

Things don’t get grander than in the main house, and for something really special, it’s got to be the Master Suite: a vision in cream, it’s heaven for Mrs Smith, with his’n’hers bathrooms that favour hers – huge, with a marble floor, roll-top bath by the window and separate shower. There’s also a dressing room with enormous wardrobes and an ornate old dresser. For privacy, pick one of the courtyard cottages.

Spa

The Hideout's treatments start at €35 and run from a manicure to a full body massage and facial. There are pummelling and buffing options for Mr and Mrs Smiths, and beauty options include fast tans, lash tints and all manner of waxing.

Packing tips

Leave your walking boots and dog behind, and borrow the hotel’s instead – there’s a load of shoes, and three dogs: Milly the labrador, Coco the bichon frise and Mika, Coco's puppy.

Also

Pets are welcome.

Children

Children are welcome, and cots are free; extra beds can be provided for €45. Staff can babysit for €10 an hour.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Brabazon – by the hotel's leafy Garden Village courtyard – trades in modern Irish fare prepared by head chef Rob Krawczyk's team. Wholesome, seasonal dishes such as wood pigeon with salsify and savoury praline, scallops with seaweed and smoked duck breast pepper their star menu. House-smoked meats, eggs from the on-site hens, kitchen-garden salads and honey from the hotel's apiary add very local flavour; opt for the seven-course tasting menu if it's too hard to choose just one meal. The building was once a cow shed, but it’s much cosier these days, with mismatching tables and mirrors picked up by the antique-hunting owner; a pretty terrace, with patio heaters, allows for alfresco dining. The Cellar is a bistro in the old corn house, with exposed brick walls, a wood-burning fire, tucked-away bar and leather stools; it has a gastropub-style menu including goats cheese tart, prime beef burger and beer-battered fish. Both restaurants close on Monday and Tuesday, when there is no room service for dinner. On these nights, the hotel can book you a table at sister property The Conyngham Arms in nearby Slane, which has a similar menu to The Cellar. 

Hotel Bar

Brabazon's Gin Bar champions unique and indepenently distilled delights from Ireland and beyond; a slug of honeysuckle-infused Bloom made our Indian tonic tick. There's a bar in the Cellar serving a selection of ales and cocktails, as well as an honesty bar in the main house – this room's a knockout, with aubergine walls, a velvet sofa and vast windows overlooking the drive.

Last orders

Both restaurants are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Breakfast is served between 8.30am and 10.30am; lunch is midday until 6pm; dinner is served until 10pm.

Room service

A dedicated menu and food from Brabazon can be delivered up to your room until 10pm.

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Dress code

Country squire: flatcaps, Hunter wellies and Barbour jackets, but with some crisp denim to smarten things up.

Top table

Watching the chefs at work by the pass in Brabazon; the secluded snug in between the bar and dining area in the bistro. If there’s big group of you (up to 36), book the secret dining in The Tea Garden, a lop-sided cottage in the grounds.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Make use of the tennis courts, croquet lawn and hot tub on site. The hotel is chummy with local walking-tour company, Muddy Boots, which can arrange hikes into Meath, Louth and Bangor; spectacular scenery comes as standard. Head to Slane Castle (www.slanecastle.ie) for a guided tour and whiskey tasting (June to September). Fans of the archaeological monument will enjoy Newgrange in Donore, a mound-covered tomb near the River Boyne. Popular fishing locations along this river include Kilcarn, Blackcastle and Dunmoe. For horse riding, head to the Kells Equestrian Centre (www.kellsequestrian.com), half an hour away by car. Play golf at Headfort Old Course (www.headfortgolfclub.ie) or Ashbourne Golf Club (www.ashbournegolfclub.ie), among the most scenic in the county.

Local restaurants

Tankardstown's bakery, Slane Bake (+353 41 988 4716), was born as a result of the hotel's quest for self sufficiency a year ago and since then has earned a sterling reputation for its delectable range of breads and pastries – the perfect place to gather goodies before a picnic in the grounds. The Conyngham Arms (+353 (0)41 988 4444, www.conynghamarms.ie) – Tankardstown's sister hotel – is a 10-minute drive away in Slane with a bistro that serves food-coma inducing Sunday lunches, country ramble-fuelling breakfasts and mains made with farm-fresh produce. In Drogheda, take an appetite along to the Eastern Seaboard (+353 (0)41 980 2570; www.easternseaboard.ie) and pick from the grill options, including barbecue ribs, lamb chops and tiger prawns. In Navan, try The Russell (+353 (0)46 903 1690; www.russellrestaurant.com), for baked sea-bass with scallops and salsa or slow-roast pork belly with cabbage and crispy bacon, or family-friendly Zucchini’s (+353 (0)46 906 0459; www.zucchinisnavan.ie), for a menu with Asian and Mediterranean influences. 

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Verdant River Boyne valley

Tankardstown House

Rathkenny, Slane, County Meath

Tankardstown House is a couple of miles out of Slane in County Meath, and less than an hour’s drive from Dublin.

Planes

Dublin’s airport is a 40-minute drive from the hotel. Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) has flights in and out of most of Europe, including Berlin, Barcelona, London and Rome; direct routes to the USA are offered by Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.com).

Trains

The station in Drogheda is roughly 20 minutes away by car. From here, services go to Dublin and Belfast (www.irishrail.ie).

Automobiles

From Dublin follow signs for Navan/Drogheda, taking the exit for Slane. Once you reach Slane Castle, take the right turn opposite and follow until you reach the fork in the road, when you should stay left for two and a half kilometres until you reach Tankardstown House. There’s parking at the hotel.

Other

There’s a helipad in the grounds.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Rating: 10/10 stars
Mr & Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this County Meath boutique hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their riding boots and fishing rods, a full account of their luxury break in the Irish countryside will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick snapshot of Tankardstown House near Slane… If you’ve ever driven past a stately home and wish…
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Tankardstown House

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr & Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this County Meath boutique hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their riding boots and fishing rods, a full account of their luxury break in the Irish countryside will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick snapshot of Tankardstown House near Slane…

If you’ve ever driven past a stately home and wished it could be yours for the night, haste ye to Tankardstown House in County Meath. It has all the personal touches of a lived-in country pile: framed portraits, grand pianos awaiting practice and four prize pooches (a mastiff, a Rhodesian ridgeback, a labrador and a bichon frise) ready for walking. Trish is the mum of the manor, and she rules over it with pride, stoking every fire, feeding the hens, putting everything back in its immaculate place.

The hosts turned to hospitality after their home was used to cater for the Ryder Cup in 2006, and they haven’t looked back, switching the old cow shed to a restaurant, converting the former stables to more accommodation and making the milking parlour a secret dining room. During the renovation, antiques were plucked from all over Ireland, and the remnants are yours for the buying, on sale in the hotel’s shop.

The acres and acres of tended grounds and secluded walled gardens will make you feel a million miles away, but the hotel’s just an hour from Dublin’s bright lights. Come play lord and lady.

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