“How you live your life is up to you. You have to go out and grab the world by the horns. Rope it before it ties you down and decides for you.”
This post is well overdue but allows me to relive a particularly enjoyable evening, spent in a little place that felt along way from everywhere in the best possible sense. It was during the Easter break and while on the road from one place to another, my husband and I enjoyed an all too brief overnight stay in the depths of the Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary. We made a last minute (and I do mean last minute) reservation at Ballinacourty House and it was the epitome of rural relaxation.
The welcome on arrival was warm and sincere and the house itself exuded rustic charm. It is an old building so the floors squeak, the heating needs to be on high (and it was) and there is character everywhere.
We checked in and headed straight to the restaurant as it was late and we were starving. The menu seemed retro – think 1980’s Sunday lunch – but the execution and presentation of each course was modern and accomplished. The tempura battered prawns to start were exceptional, the mango salad a perfect accompaniment. A large, hearty bowl of soup was polished off on the other side of the table without complaint either.
We followed this with rump of lamb and turkey and ham for mains. Neither would normally feature in my evening meal selection but for a late dinner, after a long trek, on a Sunday night they somehow worked perfectly – tasty, homely and comforting but cooked by someone who clearly knows what they are doing.
And there is no day in my life that cannot be improved by a crème brulee and this day was definitely going in the right direction. The chocolate brownie calling to me from my companion’s plate was not a disappointment either and you have to love when you get both the cream and the ice-cream without even having to ask.
A couple of coffees later and all that was left to do was tumble across the moonlit courtyard and fall into bed.
It was a wonderful evening and so great to wake up fresh and full of life the next morning to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. It was simply stunning. This sightseeing came after a full Irish of course. It is no surprise that there has been a need for a diet these past few weeks!!!
Looking for a rural retreat – I recommend giving Ballinacourty house a go – simple and serene xoxo