Beautiful accommodation in a remote feeling - but not too remote! - location. Howard was a superb host; very accommodating and conscientious. When I next visit Co. Wicklow I certainly that hope Howard and Anne have a room free.
This is the first time I've used airbnb but it certainly won't be the last!
A few times a year my friends and I book into little hotels or BnB's around the country to spend a day or so exploring. We shy away from packaged and formulaic specials advertised by generic hotels and instead look for somewhere a little more 'interesting'. On Saturday, only two of us were free. Liz and I reached the wondrous Glen of Imaal by mid-afternoon, an hour after leaving Dublin. As we drove along the meandering country lane past the bubbling Slaney river we were itching to get our walking boots on and tramp though the countryside. However, that plan was postponed when we arrived at Knockaderry Lodge and were so warmly greeted by our hosts, Annie and Howard.
Instead, over delicious coffee and scones we quizzed them about their fascinating home and life in the area. We know what we're like, so Annie and Howard, thank you for being so gracious and engaged! Our room and bathroom was immaculate and charming: a touch of olde world with 21st century plumbing and mod cons.
Feeling thoroughly at home, the next hour or so disappeared as we moseyed around the house and gardens exclaiming over their 'treasures' and commiserating over their damaged poly-tunnel knocked out by the recent storms. When we originally phoned to book dinner Howard had suggested a walk to the local Glen Lounge for our pre-dinner drinks so the walking boots went on and off we went with "torches for the walk home" lent to us by Howard to a proper local pub buzzing with friendly locals dropping in for a tea-time chat and pint. It was gorgeous.
By the time we got 'home' the aroma of garlic and herbs told us supper was nearly ready. Fortunately, we had packed a couple of decent bottles of red and we persuaded Annie and Howard to have a glass with us in the conservatory looking out at the antics of their two rescued Great Danes playing in the garden.
Homemade soup, Fish, salad, new potatoes, cheese and crackers, all served in their lovely dining room to the strains of Chopin in the background had us planning our Christmas get-away to Knockaderry Lodge with the full complement of "girls". Next time we'll get Howard to fire up the sauna for us too.
The following morning after a wonderful night's sleep we lazed over a breakfast of duck eggs with mushrooms, homemade bread and jams, fruit and cereal along with Howard's demon coffee. Fantastic, we didn't want to leave!
Annie and Howard have the gift of being able to make you feel at home, engage with you as unique and interesting new friends but also allowing you the time and space to be alone and relaxed in their home. I think it's called empathy. They are wonderful people and great fun too. Thank you both for a fantastic experience. We'll be back very soon.
The 3 of us stayed at Howard's Guest House and we loved it! Howard was very welcoming and friendly and suggested a great restaurant for our dinner. The house is in a lovely rural location and it was very unique and beautiful inside! We really enjoyed taking photos of the interior and our bedrooms were immaculate. We highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for something a little different to the usual B&B. Also the breakfast was delicious! Thank you Howard and Annie!