Kela and Stephen’s Dunowen House is a jewel, and one of the dream destinations in Ireland.
“Perhaps it was our naivety that made this project work,” Kela Hodgins explained to The Irish Times about their heroic endeavour in restoring the legendary Dunowen House. Naivety has nothing to do with it. Kela and Stephen Hodgins are simply blessed with great taste, which explains why Dunowen is one of the most sought-after getaways in Ireland. It is a peach of a destination, and the Hodgins deserve to win every design award going for their meticulous curation. That curation, with its exhaustive attention to detail, explains why everyone wants to rent the house, and why no one who stays here wants to leave. The style exhibits the grandeur of restraint, and enjoys perfect feng shui: everything is in exactly the right place, all of it contributing to the comfort and sense of well-being that you revel in when you stay at Dunowen House.
Kela and Stephen could coast by on Dunowen’s unique aesthetic, but with their characters that was never going to be enough for their guests, so they also offer vintage afternoon teas – smoked salmon and dill muffins; smoked Gubbeen cheese palmiers; ham, vintage cheddar and Dunowen chutney sandwiches; coconut and lime mojito cake; chocolate torte – and there are also splendiferous dinner dishes for guests who wish to avail of their catering service – Union Hall crab cakes with organic leaves; pan-roasted chicken with Clonakilty black pudding; beef bourguignon with creamy mashed potatoes; plum frangipane tart. The right food, in the right place, and the place whre you want to be.
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