Mark and Dee Keogh's gorgeous house, Norman Villa, featured in the first ever edition of our 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland Guide, back in 1992. By 1994 the house had gained star status, and we wrote: “This is an exquisite house, distinguished by the purity, utility and finesse of its design and furnishings. The Keoghs feed its needs by constant re-invention, constant enquiry as to how the house can be improved. Last time you were here, you reckoned it was perfect. Yet, this time, it's even better”.
That was true then, and it's true now of one of the great aesthetic destinations on the West Coast. Mr and Mrs Keogh have in recent years run the house as a highly-respected art gallery and whilst that role continues, they also offer two rooms for guests, and Mr Keogh's superlative cooking at breakfast time. The rooms are, of course, drop-dead gorgeous, and the effect of their very individual and very ascetic aesthetic is no more nor less than a balm for the senses. Step in the door of norman Villa, step into another world, the world of Norman Villa: magic!
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