On the banks of the River Boyne in the beautiful County Meath is the Bellinter House, a modern take on the traditional Irish country house hotel. The 18th-century, Palladian-style house was designed by architect Richard Cassels who designed a number of important buildings, including the Irish Parliament. Of significant historical interest; the grounds and building are therefore open to the public daily from noon until 4pm.
Luxurious, individually designed rooms have deep baths, power showers, handmade furniture, and plasma TVs. Extra large beds are adorned with crisp white sheets, goose feather pillows and thick duvets. The 2-story stable rooms have separate living areas, exposed beams and skylights. Room service.
The AA 2 RosetteEden Restaurant (2AA Rosette) is open for breakfast and dinnerand serves fine cuisine. The all-day Drawing Room serves (light) meals, snacks, drinks and afternoon tea. There is a games room and library.
The Bathhouse at Bellinter offers seaweeds baths, various massages, a sauna and a steam room. There is also a selection of facials, body wraps and manicures available.
• 34 rooms
• Interiors: Pierce Tynan
• Bathroom amenities: Voya
The DNA: Bellinter House is redolent with Irish history. A glorious Anglo-Irish Palladian country house (built in 1750) within sight of the Hill of Tara, ancient seat of the Celtic High Kings of Ireland, it eventually fell into the hands of the Church. The building was bought in 2003 by Jay Bourke and John Reynolds, co-owners of several hot Dublin bars, clubs and restaurants (most notably Eden restaurant), in a bid to bring their clientele with them on the 45-minute trip from Dublin. Over a decade later, Bellinter House is as much relevant - a true contemporary classic.