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Jane O'Callaghan, Longueville House Hotel, Mallow Co Cork

Jane O’Callaghan, Longueville House Hotel

 Every time a visitor satisfaction survey is published the results are the same, with Ireland’s wonderful scenery (still impressive, despite our best efforts over the last decade) and the warmth and friendliness of the people coming up trumps every time. There was some slippage in the boom years, when visitors were not always welcomed by staff familiar with the local area, and staff in the larger establishments were often too busy to give the individual attention that makes a stay memorable - and we are still encountering too many examples of unwelcoming staff and offhand, uninterested service. But when it is right, Irish hospitality really is unique.

When Jane and the late Michael O’Callaghan opened Longueville House to guests in 1967, it was one of the first Irish country houses to do so – and today it is one of Ireland’s finest, perfectly located for exploring a wide area including Cork city and the entire South-West of Ireland. It’s a beautiful yet relaxed 18th century house and makes a luxurious and interesting place for a couple of nights, or longer. The river, farm and garden supply fresh produce for William O’Callaghan’s kitchen and for the Longueville House Cider and Irish Apple Brandy. Country pursuits, including falconry, are offered or you can simply enjoy the walled garden (a productive working garden rather than a showpiece) and orchards. Whether for private rental or a ‘Stay & Dine’ break, a visit is always a treat – and if you are lucky Jane will be on hand to give you some time, as she is one of Ireland’s great natural hosts and there’s no better woman to help you get the best from your stay. A mine of local knowledge, she’s warm, considerate, funny and down to earth – although very professional, there are no airs and graces and it’s even been known to find this wonderful woman sitting in the sun on the front steps, polishing the brass and silver in her rubber gloves…!

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