Lorum Old Rectory

Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
Bed & Breakfast

Charming Bobbie makes you feel instantly at home and her suppers are delicious. Come to amble the Blackstairs Mountains


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Step through the door of this 1863 country house and feel instantly at home. Bobbie is relaxed and charming and will usher you into the drawing room to a soft sofa by the lovely fireplace for tea and a chat. Up the creaky stairs are bedrooms full of character with a carved 16th-century four-poster, interesting antiques and peaceful views of the Blackstairs Mountains. The best treat of all is breakfast and dinner at the big old table in the red dining room with acres of polished silver displayed on the sideboards. Bobbie, an award-winning – yet modest – cook and an exponent of Slow Food, uses locally sourced meat, cheese and organic veg from her weekly delivery. There’s a heart-soothing walk by the nearby Barrow river, or you can hire bicycles and explore the sunny south-east where it’s said the climate is as gentle as the hills. Visit the diminutive medieval church at Killoughternane, you’re not far from Wicklow and Kildare too. Head back to flop in front of the telly or get stuck into a good book in the memorabilia stuffed study. Guests adore this place.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
1 December - 31 January.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Dinner, 5 courses, €45. Wine €18-€35.


Nightly price
from €160
Singles €100. Dinner, B&B €125-€135 per person.
1 Double
From €160
1 Twin/double
From €160
2 Doubles
From €160


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Bobbie Smith

  • We are delighted when our guests feel at home enough to stay in front of the fire in the drawing room sipping tea (or a glass of wine if you prefer,) but if you would like to venture outdoors there is plenty to keep you occupied.
  • We like to think of ourselves as located in the heart of Ireland's Ancient East. Lots to do - Carlow tourism has developed a range of trails to suit all tastes from the Garden Trail to the Adventure Trail and many more in between.
  • If you enjoy history you will be spoilt for choice; the cities of Kilkenny (30 mins) and Waterford (1 hour) are within easy driving distance and are filled with museums and original buildings.
  • If you enjoy walking you don't need to venture too far. The Barrow River Track is a five minute drive away and has been described by Dick Warner as being "The most beautiful riverside walk in these islands."
  • Walsh Whiskey Distillery is located in Royal Oak, about 8km from us. They give tours of their distillery at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm Monday to Friday. The tour lasts about an hour and costs from €15.
  • Borris House and Shankill Castle are wonderful experiences especially if you enjoy history, art and the eclectic. Tours can be arranged please just ask.