Griesemount was a treasure of a find. It took some filtering through an overwhelming number of choices on various websites, but the reward was well worth the effort. We were looking for an older house (preferably Georgian), that presented the feel of a period home with a minimum of concessions for the sake of modern conveniences. Inside, Griesemount is rich with decor from both the building's past and the tasteful collection of the well-traveled owners (Robert and Carolyn Ashe). Outside, the stone patio overlooks Griesemount's verdant garden, nearby pastures, the ruins of an old mill and the village of Ballitore.
Meals were delicious. Breakfast was in the sunroom next to the patio (a real plus in cooler weather), and in the evening we enjoyed sitting by the wood fire in the music/drawing room (there is an antique Broadwood piano available). There is also a large library/study, which we did not use simply because we had no inclement weather during our 3-day stay. One expects helpful hosts, and Carolyn and Robert were more than that. Between their knowledge of the area and their perceptiveness, they were able to give us advice that perfectly matched our interests.
We highly recommend the room with the canopy-bed and large bathroom. The bed was very comfortable, and the windows in this corner-room looked out at the ruins in one direction and pastures and gardens in the other.
Griesemount has not suffered any of the sterilizing effect of adaptions for every modern convenience, and some might complain that the wifi did not work well in every room. But we saw that as necessary to minimizing alterations the building, and appreciated the compromise.
Overall, we found our hosts extremely gracious and helpful, and the guesthouse and setting exactly what we sought. We highly recommend Griesemount to anyone seeking the feel of Georgian country house at a reasonable price and excellent location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- - Built 1817 by the Quaker family of Ernest Shackleton with wonderful views over the valley and the River Griese and surrounded by majestic trees and pretty gardens. Carolyn and Robert enjoy welcoming guests where on chilly evenings there's a warm open fire blazing in the drawingroom.On summer mornings breakfast is served in the Sunroom or out on the Terrace, Griesemount a haven of tranquility and old world hospitality. Come and let us spoil you- ... more less