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Rathvinden House is a charming period style 20 acre estate dating back to 1810, perfectly located in the picturesque village of Leighlinbridgein County Carlow. You are never far away from something to do with its fantastic idyllic location.
Rathvinden meaning ‘fort of the fairies' enjoys a pleasant setting within mature pleasure grounds of both cultivated and wild gardens with boasting specimen trees.
Breakfast is plentiful and leisurely and served in the main Drawing rooms. A selection is on offer to suit all appetites with fresh local produce, eggs from our own free range hens, bacon and sausages from an Irish local farm, along with homemade preserves.
In the private gated surroundings of Rathvinden House you can unwind or be as active as you wish. There are benches around the land to take advantage of the beautiful views of rolling country side, the River Barrow and of course the lovely village of Leighlinbridge. If you want to venture further afield, then there is so much to see and do. The area is very well known for its choice of wonderful gardens, river walks, mountain hiking and angling.
At 192 km the River Barrow is Ireland's second longest river and one of the country's most important water trails. It is a mixed fishery with good diversity of species present over its entire course. The river is easily accessible from its banks in many places which make it ideal for fishing and is just across the road from Rathvinden House.
The South East has things to do for every one of all ages and tastes: historic monuments, colourful gardens; well-maintained and sign-posted walking and cycling paths; abundant fishing locations; numerous golf courses, equestrian centres and exciting festivals.
The South East of Ireland is dotted with many picturesque villages. Many are situated in stunning locations, built along winding rivers or cushioned between hills and each one has its own story to tell. Take time and explore them at your own pace.
The Blackstairs Mountains provides an ideal base for hill walking and even hand gliding. Mount Leinster, 2,610 feet is rated one of the best venues for hand gliding. If the visitor just wants to get away from it all, relax, have a drink and a chat with the locals, there is a wide variety of pubs to provide ceol agus craic.
From the moment you arrive to a warm welcome, and depart with a fond farewell the priority is you, the guest. You will be made to feel welcomed, pampered and special. The owners will do all that they can to make your first and subsequent visits to Rathvinden House something you will always remember and a place you look forward to visiting time after time.
Take it easy, put your feet up and feel at home.