We travelled 135 miles to stay just one night in The Step House Hotel. We were never in Borris before and probably will never be again, although this hotel could tempt us back!
The Hotel is right on the one street of Borris and has a dull grey exterior. However, reception is bright and friendly.
The lobby has a welcome open fireplace and the fire is up and warm early in the morning. Who doesn't like to sit before a good log fire and read the morning newspapers provided by the hotel? To the left of this fireplace you will find a splendid bar where you can have delicious food and a drink in comfort.
We were availing of a CITYDEAL offer and had the use of the Penthouse Suite. Boy, is it impressive! It's very private, cut off by its own door and staircase. Entry is by electronic key. The lounge area is massive, considering that the suite accommodates only two people. It is comprised of desk area, dining area with large table and six chairs, sitting area with loungers and easy chairs and a large tv. The lounge opens onto a large balcony with a view of miles of beautiful countryside, distant mountains and lazy clouds. Lovely to wake up to! The lighting set into the ceiling is on dimmers, so you can set your own mood.
The bedroom has a very comfortable six foot bed and lots of room. Off the bedroom is a very generous bathroom with double washbasins, bath, shower and toilet. (We were disappointed to find a constant unpleasant smell coming from the toilet area, but we brought this to the attention of reception so hopefully this has been remedied.)
We were surprised to find a separate dressing room complete with sauna and built-in radio.
The suite is very well planned, but the carpet is showing signs of overuse.
The suite was extra warm, so winter should be no problem.
In the morning we had a very tasty breakfast in the cellar room. This looks out onto a very well cared-for garden. The supply of juices, fruits, jams etc was plentiful. The cooked breakfast was excellent - after the gorgeous porridge with honey and cream.
Before you leave, take a stroll around the grounds of the hotel and enjoy as many as three beautiful gardens.
We loved this hotel and we imagine that it would be a fantastic venue for a small family wedding or other occasion.
Finally, the staff were fabulous and extremely friendly. Go visit www.stephousehotel.ie
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Step House Hotel Carlow is a beautiful Georgian town house brimming with character, that has been lovingly transformed into a warm boutique Carlow hotel.Escape to the country in style and enjoy the relaxed elegance of Ireland's most luxurious 4 star boutique hotel situated in County Carlow. The Step House Hotel Carlow offers Luxurious surroundings with warm, charming hospitality. Balanced with great service, we offer some of the south east's finest food creations.The Step House Hotel Carlow is located in the pretty heritage village of Borris, which borders counties Kilkenny and Wexford. This unique location benefits from the magnificient backdrop of the heather-clad Blackstairs mountains and beautiful banks of the river Barrow.Conveniently located just 115km from Dublin, 128 km from Dublin Airport, 26 km from Kilkenny City, 29 km from Carlow Town, 86 km from Waterford Airport and 79 km from Rosslare Harbour . ... more less
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