Why Stay here?
- Uniquely charming and historic hotel.
- Excellent dining at the award-winning Signal Restaurant.
- Lovely location, great wedding venue and very friendly ambiance.
This is a family-run Boutique Hotel that enjoys huge popularity as a Wedding Venue, it is very easy to get to, has beautifully landscaped grounds and the food just gets better and better. It is a very unique setting and the original Signal Box is a lovely photographic feature. This little hotel is a hiddenl gem, and I love places that have real character and don’t follow the bland style of so many of our forgettable hotels.
I last visited a couple of years ago and returned again recently, once more enjoying a top-class hotel experience that ticked all the hospitality boxes and left us looking forward to future visits. There is a really innovative approach to food with Executive Chef Killian O'Donohoe.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE STATION HOUSE HOTEL
With the N4 motorway, traveling from Dublin city is swift and easy and takes well under an hour. The twelve acres of landscaped gardens, the sun shining on the patio tables and chairs, the unique charm of the converted railway station, all make for wonderful first impressions. There is ample parking close to the hotel too. The welcome is warm and friendly which makes you immediately relaxed after the rushing and stress of a busy morning in the city.
We love the layout of this hotel, with plenty of cosy areas to enjoy some afternoon tea and a quiet read of the papers. It has a real family home feel and comfort is key to the ambiance. It is also as picturesque a Wedding Venue as you could possible wish for. No surprise that couples come from near and far to enjoy their special occasion here.
ACCOMMODATION AT THE STATION HOUSE HOTEL
There are several different choices when it comes to accommodation at the Station House Hotel. There are bedrooms situated just near to the reception area, the comfortable Platform Bar & Lounge and right next to the Signal restaurant.There are also heritage rooms and suites including the lovely unique Signal Suite, where we stayed on our most recent visit. This is especially cosy with a luxury bed, and separate bathrooms upstairs and downstairs in the living room area.
Previously I stayed in a delightfully spacious room up a steep staircase above the reception area that came with a four poster bed, elegant antique furniture, a spacious bathroom with a large shower and a free-standing bath that looked out over the grounds. Views over the gardens were lovely, and it was very much the kind of room that you would move into.
There are also thirteen bedrooms in the Carriage Suite which is adjacent the main building, and this is the location for many weddings. It is a lovingly restored engine and goods building and features the original stone.
DINING AT THE SIGNAL RESTAURANT
The Signal Restaurant has received numerous awards over the years and have been recommended by several guides. Along with focusing on fresh and locally produced ingredients, Executive Chef Killian O'Donohoe is once again bringing the restaurant to a whole new culinary level.
Having recently returned to The Signal Restaurant after some years honing his skills abroad, Killian O'Donohoe is now reaffirming the restaurant's place on the Irish culinary map with his creative and delicious cooking. The restaurant itself is tastefully appointed with many tables taking advantage of the light and scenery of the garden outside. White linen covered tables, home-made breads and flavoured butters, fresh flowers, lighted candle and a jug of iced water all set the scene for a great dining experience. We began with a perfect Amuse Bouche - a venison and tomato cappuccino served in an espresso cup - a mouthful of flavour and texture that piqued the appetite.
With both an A La Carte and Table D'hote menu, there is something to suit all tastes. The wine list is also very well put together and includes quite a few organic wines from both Old and New World regions. I chose the Signal Signature Smokies - they were just too good to ignore. I continued with fish for my main course and opted for a really succulent fillet of salmon that was poached in Burgundy Red Wine, very different and very good. We were pleasantly surprised with delightful mango and raspberry sorbets, served in miniature cones which arrived after our starters. We also chose a fillet steak with a wonderful Brandy and Peppercorn sauce - the sauce being the highlight of the meal as you could taste that it was totally homemade from scratch. That is what is so "stand out" about Killian O'Donohoe's cooking - he takes no shortcuts and begins at the beginning, right from de-boning the venison for the cappuccino through to his perfect peppercorn sauce with brandy. Desserts were equally home-made - no bought-in puddings here - and our shared apple crumble and vanilla ice-cream is testament to the skills of the pastry chef. I finished my meal with a coffee after a very satisfying dinner that showed great flair in the kitchen. It is no surprise that this restaurant is such a hit with locals from the area and the many who travel miles for their renowned Sunday lunch.
Suffice to say that the Signal Restaurant and The Station House Hotel itself deserves every accolade it gets from now on. We are happy to recommend it most highly for 2018 and look forward to future visits.