We have always loved the design style of Maeve Coakley’s Blindgate House, and the fact that its conventional exterior hides one of the most classically designed and executed interiors of any house in this book. The great designer John Rocha operates by the maxim that “If you get the design right at the start, you don’t need to change it later”. Blindgate House shows how to do just that. But style doesn’t win out over comfort in Blindgate, and so this is a very cosy house to hang out in, and not one of those over-designed traps that involves you suffering for someone else’s art. As such, Blindgate is a terrific base for staying, relaxing and exploring, enjoying all the best of Kinsale whilst just being far enough up the hill to ensure peace and quiet when the town is at full tilt, but also allowing you to head out both eastwards and westwards through County Cork to sample the incredible varieties of the county, or maybe to begin your journey northwards on the Wild Atlantic Way. Maeve’s breakfasts are just as stylish and fine as the design of the house, beautifully cooked and served, setting you up for the perfect day.
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