Midlands foodies will be distraught this day with news that famed Irish hospitality sector hosts Beryl and James Kearney are to retire from Viewmount Dwelling and impart their ancient nation dwelling and its award-a hit restaurant on the marketplace for €1.1m.
he Viewmount Dwelling guest and restaurant enterprise that attach Longford and the midlands on the nationwide (and a few teach, global) foodie draw, with the abet of acclaimed celeb chef Gary O’Hanlon, opened its doorways in 2008 and has blazed a culinary path since then. Whereas the house and restaurant are being purchased by procedure of Savills as a going tell, skill merchants will also be attracted to the considerable particular person qualities of the ancient dwelling as a non-public luxurious nation dwelling.
However diners from Longford, Mullingar, Roscommon, Sligo and past will be hoping any individual steps in from the hospitality sector to withhold the famed restaurant enterprise cooking.
Believed to had been inbuilt the early 1600s as a fortified dwelling for Lord Aungier, Viewmount Dwelling used to be altered and updated over the next centuries, and its 3ft-thick stone partitions remind us of days when armed guests would be coming for their own barbecue pretty than a comely sit-down eating journey.
The restaurant, which has received a form of awards
Relief in 1989, it used to be being extinct as a farm dwelling and had become rundown. Round this time, Longford town-basically basically basically based accountant James Kearney announced to his spouse Beryl, then a profession civil servant, his thought to manufacture “one thing entirely diverse”. Despite being devoid of journey, he wanted them to originate a high-line hospitality and restaurant enterprise in Longford.
When the house came up accessible on the market at public sale in 1989, the couple narrate successfully and landed themselves one in all Ireland’s oldest nation mansions, albeit attempting severe upgrading. The work took them the center of 10 years, with a brand recent roof, rewiring and replumbing on a huge scale required; followed by an extension to present 12 guest bedrooms and, by some means, the spectacular conversion of the coach dwelling to present the now well-liked restaurant.
Subsequent came the chef.
“We knew from the initiate that we wished an distinctive chef to scheme an impact and Gary had right come attend from working in Boston. We managed to rent him,” said Beryl.
Towers stay from the veteran fortified aspects of the property
Against the odds, the accountant and civil servant couple and not using a journey both in restoring a nation dwelling or working a high-notch restaurant, alongside their rising considerable particular person chef, executed their dream.
Viewmount Dwelling took a slew of hospitality sector and restaurant meals awards, including the Georgina Campbell Easiest Restaurant of 2014, and for hospitality at their guest accommodation in 2018, they were ranked by the British Factual Lodge E-book as Ireland’s Lodge of the Year. The couple also received the Hospitality Hero Award in 2017.
Whereas they closed the restaurant in March as a result of Covid-19 and later reopened it in July (bookings are aloof flooding in), the Kearneys are anxious to show that their decision to retire had nothing to manufacture with Covid-19.
“We’re in actual fact elegant busy within the mean time,” says Beryl. “However whereas we hold had an fabulous journey meeting and working with so many resplendent of us, we hold attach our hearts, souls and minds into Viewmount Dwelling for 30 years and now it be time to sit down down attend and manufacture nothing. To hold some time for us.”
The exterior of the indispensable dwelling
Each and every are quickly to attain the fashioned retirement age and they thought on living domestically.
Three years ago, chef O’Hanlon, who is considerable for his trademark mini-Mohawk moreover as his comely meals (he has looked in RTÉ’s The Restaurant among diverse exhibits), used to be snapped up by the €25,000-a-evening reserving Chateau du Coudreceau in Loury, France, where he aloof works this day as the Chateau’s govt chef. His shoes at Viewmount were ably stuffed by Dutchman Marcio Laan.
Viewmount used to be possible built first and indispensable as a fortified dwelling circa 1620 by Englishman Francis Aungier, later Lord Aungier and Baron Longford and the progenitor of the Earls of Longford. Francis, the son of a barrister, came to Ireland after losing both his father and brother. Youthful sibling Richard Aungier precipitated a scandal in London when he suffocated his father in his chambers and threw the physique into the Thames in 1597. Richard used to be hanged at Tyburn the next year.
Working on behalf of Charles I, Francis came right here to abet build English authority and hold turn into Grasp of the Rolls. The extraordinarily thick partitions and vaulted ceilings stay from this generation. The house used to be updated in 1750 by the Pakenham family, who inherited the Earldom, and again within the 1860s.
Beryl and James Kearney are promoting Viewmount Dwelling, along with its restaurant, after 30 years
The house (measuring 4,090 sq feet), the guest wing, the transformed stable block with the restaurant and hospitality wing, and a separate dwelling on situation, span practically 15,000 sq feet of indoor attach between them.
The three-and-a-half-acre grounds around the corner to the Longford County Golf Direction had been developed by James into critical gardens. There are seven including an veteran orchard and meals/herb backyard, and the Jap and Zen kind backyard, which continuously attracts consideration.
The indispensable dwelling has a hall, a huge eating room and library, an veteran kitchen wherein the usual cooking grate is aloof in situ, a formal sitting room, a breakfast room and a master suite suite with its own sitting room and loo. The extra standard guest wing entails a reception attach, an impart of job room, laundry and 7 bedroom suites, all diverse. There is the homeowners’ quarters, which contains a sitting room, an ensuite bedroom and a non-public kitchen.
The transformed chop-stone stable block restaurant seats 80 and has a feature room for 35, a bar and lounge, the industrial kitchens, a wine retailer, lumber-in fridge, dry goods retailer, workers altering room and bathrooms.
Whether or not it modifications fingers as a non-public dwelling or as a going tell, the sale marks the tip of an generation for Longford.
Diminutive print from Savills
Viewmount Dwelling Longford, Co Longford
Asking ticket: €1.1m
The Jap Zen-kind backyard is correct one in all seven on the three-and-a-half-acre grounds that has been developed by James Kearney
Agent: Savills Nation (01) 618 1300