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Meet the Host | Aideen Ginnell | Lough Owel Lodge

This week we are talking to Aideen Ginnell from Lough Owel Lodge, Mullingar, Westmeath.  Aideen and her husband Martin run their B&B along with their organic Farm.  We are delighted to say that Aideen and Martin have also very recently won the prestigious Georgina Campbell Award for “Farmhouse of the Year 2015″.

What is the hidden gem close to your home?

The Scragh Bog is a real hidden gem and has recently been opened to the public. It is the best illustration in Ireland of the transition from alkaline fen to acidic raised bog and one of the few remaining in Europe. It contains a large number of uncommon plants and insects which are rare in Europe. The bog is rated as being of international importance. 

What is your favourite guest story?

Two guests from Argentina staying at different times sent information to our Genealogist seeking family history and it turned out that they were distant cousins. They have since made contact with each other.

What are your signature dishs/food?

All our food served at breakfast is either home produced or sourced locally. I make organic oatmeal biscuits with locally produced honey for breakfast.

Lemon curd is another guest favourite and it seems to evoke childhood memories for a lot of people from a gentleman who ate it during the war to a granddaughter who made it with her grandmother whom she remembered fondly.

Is there anything about your home that is quirky?

Apart from myself!! The fact that the house has evolved over the years and now there is a deep well in our breakfast room.

Have you ever had any famous guests?

Yes we have had famous people coming through the door over the years from Irish writers to Northern Irish politicians and recently a Canadian Premier. I would have to say that all our guests are interesting and bring many wonderful life stories.

What is your favourite thing about the area you live in?

The undisturbed views of the countryside and the lake from our home.Having family and friends nearby I am very lucky.

When you are not looking after your guests what is your favourite thing to do?

I love to cook and to travel and experience new lands and interesting people.

What are your top 3 attractions in this county?

Westmeath has many hidden gems from the Hill of Uisneach  (The centre of Ireland) to the Seven Wonders of Fore Abby. Kilbeggan Distillery and the monastery of Clonmacnoise

We'd like to thank Aideen and Martin for taking part in our interview and congratulate them again on their recent prestigious award.  Find out more about Lough Owel Lodge

Posted: 24 Oct 2014 by Mel Heron | with 0 comments

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