Hannah and Paddy have not simply brought the energy and determination of a new generation to Roundwood House, a modestly lovely 18th century Paladian masterpiece near the Slieve Bloom mountains, in County Laois. They have also brought their wit, and their creativity, and gorgeous cooking. Above all, they have brought the ability to time travel. Now, engineers and philosophers and the producers of Back to the Future have argued over time travel for millenia – is it possible? how do you control it? who’ll be cooking dinner? – but they only have these arguments because they haven’t stayed at Roundwood. Because, when you stay at Roundwood, you travel in time, to a place where you felt free of stress, free of pressure, free of demands, with nothing to concern you other than what volume to pluck from the library shelf, and what gin to choose for a drink, and what wine to choose to match with Paddy’s excellent cooking at dinner. In Roundwood House, you travel first to Mountrath, and then you travel to that place of happiness and consolation in your young heart. Time travel? Hannah and Paddy have it licked.
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