WHY STAY HERE?
- Historic 18th century Coaching Inn
- Beautiful wedding Location
- Chic Accommodation and lovely food.
Conyngham Arms Hotel is described as a classic country village hotel set in the village of Slane in the beautiful Boyne Valley. It is quite a modest description for a boutique hotel that offers such chic contemporary design, super-comfortable ambiance and very friendly service. The area is steeped in history and culture amid the most lovely rolling countryside with so much to explore and enjoy that the rich heritage of Slane and the Boyne Valley is renowned. Perhaps most famous of all is Newgrange, or Bru na Boinne, the name given to the three large passage tombs constructed over five thousand years ago and declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1993. At dawn on the morning of the winter solstice, the main chamber at Newgrange is illuminated by a beam of sunlight. The precise alignment fascinates visitors who book tickets to experience this phenomenon years in advance. Tickets and packages to visit this site is available at Conyngham Arms. Together with Newgrange, the area is famous for St. Patrick on the Hill of Slane, the birth place of Francis Ledwidge which is now a Museum and of course the impressive Slane Castle, original home of the Conyngham family and which today hosts events from rock concerts to weddings and also offers tours inside the castle. The Conyngham Arms itself, together with it's sister Hotel Tankardstown House, is one of the most popular wedding venues in Ireland's Ancient East.
ACCOMMODATION AT CONYNGHAM ARMS
With just 15 bedrooms, this hotel is quite exclusive and very individual with exceptionally chic decor. Our room was bright and spacious with a delightful little four-poster / canopy bed packed high with cushions and deluxe linen and pillows. Large towels, robes, excellent water pressure, wide screen television, Nespresso coffee machine, large walk-in wardrobe and dressing area, flat screen TV, free wifi throughout the hotel, including bedroom. I particularly appreciated the windows that can be opened and closed for fresh air as it suits you. The spacious room had such quaint furnishings and was painted a lovely shade of lilac in the walls with classic wooden floors, workstations, plenty of sockets and bright well-lit bathroom. It was quite a romantic bedroom and very comfortable, and the high bed itself was just gorgeous!
DINING AT CONYNGHAM ARMS
Food is served in the ground floor bar / restaurant where an open kitchen delivers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Afternoon Tea and Sunday lunch are very popular and The Conyngham Arms in true traditional style for a coaching inn, provides sustenance for both locals and visitors alike. The food is contemporary using seasonal and local ingredients and our dinner menu offered a choice of six starters and six main courses together with four more Evening Special dishes on the board. Pasta and Fish choices appeared along with favourites such as Chicken Wings, Gourmet Burger, Chargrilled Chicken, Pork Chops and Vegetarian options. We chose a lovely St Tola Goat's Cheese starter and a classic Caesar Salad, both were tasty and well presented and service was friendly and helpful. As cooking fish is all about timing, the test of a busy chef is being able to serve up fish dishes cooked to perfection, and we really presented a challenge with our choices of Hake and Salmon. We were delighted to enjoy both cooked to perfection, and we cleared our plates!
A well crafted wine list provided us with choices by the glass, and so we opted for French Chardonnay and Merlot respectively, and each suited our dishes by providing the perfect foil to their distinctive flavours. Breakfast next morning, with complimentary newspapers, was cooked to order, and again to perfection. There is also fruit, yoghurt, scones, juices and cheese laid out on the table to help yourself. A really satisfying and pleasant breakfast wrapped up an equally enjoyable stay at this fabulous little hotel, and I would highly recommend it for 2017.
Also check out sister hotel, Tankardstown House, another hotel highly recommended by Hotel Reviews Ireland.