Wednesday 16 January 2019

Katy McGuinness

No35 Restaurant, Kenmare, County Kerry.Photo: Don MacMonagle

Review: 35 Main Street... Death row dining - premium champion pork hits the right note on a cold winter's day 

We are at Sheen Falls in Kenmare for a winter Wine Academy weekend led by the hotel's Quentin Caraux and Anthony Tindal of Tindal Wines. The weather is miserable, as wet as can be, the Sheen river in full spate. It's so bad - blissfully bad - that really it would be reckless to spend any time outside in the elements, and so we resign ourselves to lounging around by log fires. We make a...

Eoin and Kate O'Donnell pictured with one-year-old Evie Murray. Photo: Bryan Meade

'It's not fair... their house is nicer than mine' - Architect who designed brother's south Dublin home and painted it charcoal 

Open House Dublin 2018 - Ireland's largest public festival of architecture - famously offers an opportunity to all of us just once a year to visit more than 100 buildings, many of them not usually open to the public. The visit trail coincides with a full programme of events and all tours and openings are free to attend, although donations to charity partner, the Peter McVerry Trust for...

The Mill House, Ballyshannon, Kilcullen, Co Kildare

South-facing aspect of true love 

'It was the beautiful south-facing aspect that sold us," say the current owners of The Mill House in Ballyshannon near Kilcullen, describing the moment 18 years ago when they first set eyes on what would become their new home. "We were city people who just fell in love with the place. The slightly raised position provides such lovely views over the fields that surround the house and the hills in the distance. And it's extremely private. When you are here, it is hard to believe that you are deep in the countryside, yet at the same time so close to Dublin."

Local architect Eric Beamish of Carrigaline secured permission to demolish the existing house and rebuild from scratch using the footprint of the original

How the owner transformed this old farmhouse to into luxury itself 

In 2005, when Leonard Draper had the opportunity to buy an old farmhouse that had been in his mother's family for generations, he didn't hesitate. He had fond memories of visiting his grandmother there as a child and knew the area well. Dromreagh occupies an elevated site adjacent to Mount Corrin and has views over Dunmanus Bay, the Sheep's Head peninsula and the Mizen peninsula. The Sheep's Head walking routes attract tourists all year round.

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Virtual Reality home-hunter on holiday 

It's hot and humid in Ravenna, a city founded by the Romans close to Italy's Adriatic coast, and in the Piazza del Popolo the locals have the right idea: the old fellas are clustered in the shade discussing the latest political crisis - will there be further elections? Is this the end of Italy and the EU? - while teenagers eat gelato and flirt on the way home from school and women cycle home at a leisurely pace, their panniers laden with good things to eat.

Stephen and Aisling Power outside their comfortable and spacious modern home. Photo: Mark Condren

Dragon's Den couple put their idyllic Greystones home up for sale 

Located down a country road and almost opposite the gates of Druid's Glen Golf Club, Glenside House lies behind electric gates and at the end of a gravelled driveway that snakes up to the parking area to the front. There are manicured lawns with neat box hedging and properly mature trees, birdsong in the air and the babbling sound of the little river that marks the northern boundary of the site. It's an idyllic rural situation - and yet the Dart station in Greystones is a six-minute drive away, which makes commuting to schools and the city centre a breeze.