A magnificent three-storey Georgian house with a unique history incorporating Grand National Winners, American President Ronald Reagan and King of Pop Mr Michael Jackson. Bishopstown House is a spacious 5,000 sq foot country manor retreat which combines an old world setting with the best in modern eco-friendly features.
The full house and courtyard, with eight guest bedrooms for up to 18 people sharing, two living rooms, country kitchen etc.
Use of your own private bar with karaoke and function room.
Linen, wi-fi, Sky TV, heating, electricity and much more…
Bishopstown features eight very spacious bedrooms on site. Four of these rooms are triples and four are double rooms. Six of the bedrooms are located in the main house and the remaining two are in the courtyard building.
Six of our bedrooms are en-suite, with large modern bathrooms. The non-en-suite bedrooms share a bathroom with private access. There is a further bathroom within the house.
All bed linens are provided. We have an eco-friendly gas heating system, with under-floor heating. The fireplaces are replenished by our weekend staff on Saturdays, and ample spare fuel will be available to weekend and mid-week guests.
Upon request, we can add extra beds to sleep up to 25 people, at an additional cost.
Great for entertaining, Bishopstown features an outstanding dining room with a huge round table which can seat up to 20 people comfortably. Adjacent to it is the first of two elegant and supremely comfortable living rooms. Taken as one complete room, it is the ideal place for dinner parties, receptions and get togethers.
Just off our large entrance hall is an elegant drawing room which leads onto our bespoke patio area where you can relax day and night with a BBQ or a drink. The drawing room comes with a plasma flatscreen tv which features all the Sky TV channels. (Certain premium channels will have to be paid for by guests)
Our recently restored courtyard offers you a myriad of entertaining and entertainment possibilities. It features a private bar, 2 bedrooms, a long room with pool table, table tennis, bathrooms, and much more besides.
Country Kitchen Cooking
The traditional Georgian country kitchen at Bishopstown is a beautiful place to cook, eat, unwind and entertain in. With a beautiful Aga Range cooker (which gives 24 hour warmth), the kitchen also contains many modern features such as an American-style fridge, standard gas oven, microwave and more besides. The centrepiece of the kitchen is a spacious kitchen island. With ample storage, and plenty of equipment the kitchen can cater for any size of group. It leads onto a back kitchen, which features a washing machine, storage space and even a second oven. A good kitchen is at the heart of every good home, and we like to think we have a great one at Bishopstown!
During Your Stay
We can point you in the direction of country pursuits and the house itself can be used for anything from massage to dance classes to make-up sessions. Contact us and we can send you a full list of activities. Golf, fishing and boat trips are all a phone call away.
There is plenty to do outside of the houses, and www.discoverireland.com, www.midirelandtourism.ie, and www.westmeathtourism.ie and www.failteireland.com are all packed with information on activities, local attractions etc. The large towns of Mullingar and Athlone are both a 25 minute drive away, and they offer plenty of shopping, eating, drinking and entertainment options as well as hundreds of cultural and historical attractions. They don’t call Westmeath the Lakelands for nothing and Mullingar is ringed with dozens of pristine lakes whilst Athlone is along the majestic River Shannon so boating, fishing and swimming options are plentiful.
Both Mullingar and Athlone are hubs for sporting excellence, with Mullingar Greyhound Stadium always a popular choice for a great night out. Major GAA, Rugby and football matches are always taking place, with the best League of Ireland football teams visiting Athlone to take on Athlone Town FC, and top rugby sides coming to take on Buccaneers at their Athlone base. Several of Ireland’s best golf courses are on your doorstep, including Mullingar Golf Club, which hosts the Scratch Trophy every August Bank Holiday. Players to have won this prestigious tournament include Padraic Harrington, Darren Clarke, Rory McIllroy, Tom Craddock, Peter Townsend, Philip Walton, Garth McGimpsey and Paul McGinley.
The medium-sized country town of Moate is seven miles away in case you need extra provisions.
Food & Drink
Bishopstown House is self-catering accommodation, however, catering is available upon request. We can do great formal or informal evening meals, lunches, BBQ’s and breakfasts. Contact our office for details of this.
A wide range of restaurants, coffee-shops, hotels and cafes catering for every imaginable taste are located in the nearby towns of Moate, Mullingar and Athlone. When it comes to pubs, guests are absolutely spoilt for choice with some great Irish pubs of character and craic all a short distance away.