Longueville House, Munster
|Longueville, Mallow, Cork, Munster, IRELAND.|
Description: Longueville HouseLongueville is situated on an eminence overlooking the Blackwater Valley - the Irish Rhine. A beautiful Georgian Mansion built about 1720 and situated in the centre of a 500 acre wooded estate. The House, architecturally descriptive of the late Georgian period, features a handsome hall-door, 2 beautifully decorated, plastered ceilings, in the dining room a white marble Adams mantelpiece featuring a relief of Neptune in his chariot , the numerous, now rare inlaid mahogany doors with lovely brass locks, and the impressive main staircase, which rises to the full height of the House and is of a most unusual design.
From the doorstep of Longueville there is a wonderful view of the most beautiful of all Irish river valleys. The viewer looking from the house through an opening in the oak trees (planted in the formation of the English and French battle lines at Waterloo) takes in historic Domineen Castle precipitatively perched on Dover-like cliffs overlooking the stately river.
The Presidents' Restaurant is truly the heart of Longueville, where guests partake of the fresh produce from the Estate's farm, gardens and river lovingly prepared and presented by Chef and owner William O'Callaghan.
The ambiance and privacy of this 18th Century Georgian Heritage House, the beautifully decorated bedrooms, the excellent food and wine cellar combine to make Longueville House a much sought after venue for prestigious business meetings, training sessions and incentive schemes. The O'Callaghan family and their team of staff provide a highly personalised service and a working environment with no distractions.
Type of rooms: Longueville HouseThere are 20 bedrooms all individually decorated in good taste and superb comfort.
All rooms have and ensuite bathroom (bath/shower), direct dial phone, television and radio.
There are 5 family rooms.
Additional information: Longueville House
Dinner midweek (Wed, Thur, Fri & Sun) served between 6:30pm-8pm, timing depends on which menu is chosen. Prices range from 40 to 65 euro.
Dinner Saturday 65 euro five course table d'hote menu or 90 euro for an 8 course surprise tasting menu.
Sunday luncheon is a hot & cold buffet served from 1pm to 2.30pm. Two courses plus coffee 29 euro. Three course plus coffee 39 euro.
Any fish caught or edible mushroom found, can be cooked in any manner you desire by your host and chef William O'Callaghan. Suitable fish can also be smoked (48 hours required) to take away with you.
Special Events: this is the perfect venue for conferences or weddings. Civil weddings can be accomodated with catering for 74 guests. For a larger wedding, rent the entire place and they can cater for 136 guests.
Activities: Fishing - exclusive salmon and brown trout fly-only fishing in the on-site river. A government rod licence is required to fish for salmon. This can be purchased at hotel reception. A fully qualified salmon fishing instructor and guide with rods, reels, waders and expertly tied flies is available to house guests with prior notice. Lake fishing is also available nearby please contact hotel for more information.
The shooting season starts at Longueville on the 1st November and continues until mid February. Pheasant, wild duck, woodcock, snipe, rabbit and pigeon (starts in early August) are to be shot on the property. Guns and ammunition can be rented and purchased for the day. Dogs and Ghillies are provided. Two fully automatic clay pigeon traps can be arranged on the estate with a minimum of 48 hours notice. Traps offer 5 different sporting clays: pheasant, crow, pigeon, crossing & snipe.
Mushroom Hunting: Hike around the estate in search of mushrooms, both the edible and non-edible varieties home grown on the estate. With the guidance of their very own "Mycophile" (Funghi Expert) you can discover the pleasures of this exciting sport. Afterwards Chef and Proprietor William O'Callaghan will prepare and cook for you a banquet of autumn mushrooms from the days harvest. Groups of 10 and more catered to by appointment.
Indoor Activities: Wine Tasting Dinners and Luncheons, Drawing Room Opera Company Evenings, Holistic Treatments in your room.
Other nearby activities: Horse racing - Cork (formerly known as Mallow) racecourse is only 4 kms away. Golf - there are three 18 hole and two 9 hole courses within a 15 minute drive from the hotel. Travel an hour by car and you can play on some of Europe's most famous courses. Cycling - along peaceful country lanes. Bikes supplied by the hotel. Cork Opera House - venue for theatre and concerts.
Dawn & Evening Chorus Walks at Longueville House May 2010
Take sound ornithology expertise set it in an elegant country house estate and what do you get: our second series of dawn chorus events with professional bird watching guide Michael Cobley on the magnificent grounds of Longueville House! Michael (chair of the West Cork branch of Bird Watch Ireland) has years of experience guiding groups of various experience levels including newcomers. He is an absolute mine of information and has an uncanny ability to identify birds by their call alone and will be on hand to help with the birds, their songs and calls, and also information on their habits and habitats. Michael has experience gained from birding in most European countries and will be available not only leading the chorus walk but also afterwards over a cup of coffee where we can wind down after our early start with a questions and answers session. Discussion is enthusiastically encouraged and opportunity given to reflect on the chorus and other birding topics.
Dates Dawn Chorus Walks in May: Saturday 08th, Sunday 16th (National Dawn Chorus Day), Saturday 22nd & Saturday 29th Time 4.00am.
Dates Evening Chorus Walk in May: Saturday15th (Eve of Dawn Chorus Walk). Time: 7.00pm.
Warm outdoor clothing with hiking books or wellies depending on the weather. Also pack some waterproof hats and over coats and umbrellas due to our inclement weather; even a pair of sunglasses may come in handy; binoculars if you readily have them but not essential.
House rules: Absolutely no mobile phones or gadgetry! "Quiet" children welcome & sadly no dogs on this occasion!
4.00am Dawn Chorus/7.00pm Evening Chorus
Participants meet at Longueville House Hotel.
4.30am Dawn Chorus/7.15pm Evening Chorus
A brief orientation & maps distributed of various sites on estate. Participants set off on tour with Michael.
6.30/7.00am Dawn Chorus/9.15pm Evening Chorus
Group returns to Hotel to clean up & enjoy our legendary country house breakfast/ light supper for evening participants. Questions & answers session in the drawing room after breakfast/ supper.
55 euro per adult & 25 euro per child (under 13yrs) to include: Guided Dawn Chorus, Buffet Breakfast plus post breakfast discussion.
55 euro per adult & 25 euro per child (under 14 yrs) to include Guided Evening Chorus, Tea/Coffee & Sandwiches plus post supper discussion.
Special overnight room rates available to dawn chorus & evening chorus participants of 80 euro per person sharing B&B, subject to availability. Quote "Dawn Chorus" at time of booking.
Booking & Cancellation Policy:
Advance booking & payment is essential by credit card or cheque as numbers taken for this very special event is limited. Confirmation of booking will be guaranteed on receipt of these payment details. Cancellation is required within 48 hours of the event to avoid penalty of payment in full. Cancellations before this time will be refunded payment minus 20% handling fee. Book soon as spaces are limited!
Number of rooms: 20
Official category: 4 stars, 3 Rossettes.
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 1720.
Period of closure:
Closed: Nov to Mar: Monday to Thursday
Open: Nov to Mar: Weekends (Friday & Saturday, closing after Sunday lunch).
Closed: Apr to Oct: Monday & Tuesday (groups only)
Open: Apr to Oct: Wednesday to Sunday
Closed: Dec 24, 25, 26
Languages spoken: English.Smoking policy: Non-smoking property.
Credit cards accepted: All major credit cards.
GPS Coordinates: 52° 8' 14.78'' N 8° 44' 5.65'' W
Nearest airport: Cork International - 22 mi.