In Longueville we like to to celebrate each changing season. We offer a selection of educational, entertaining & mouth-watering events to Resident Guests and Groups of the house. Nestled in 400 acres of the Blackwater Valley, there's alot of exploring to be done!
Participants meet our Ornithologist expert in Longueville early at 4am for a quick coffee, brief orientation and estate maps distributed. Participants then set off on the walk. Later the group returns home to clean up and enjoy a hearty countryhouse style breakfast. In Longueville the reward at the end of a walk is as important as the actual walk itself!
Afterwards a cosy chat, questions and answers session in the Drawing room or sleepyheads may return to bed for a snooze! The Longueville dawn chorus walk is expert led by guide with interactive walks in private extensive surroundings, allowing participants benefit from the guide's time & attention.
Don your boots and wellies and hike around the estate in search of edible mushroom varieties home grown here on our Estate. With the guidance of our very own mushroom experts and enthusiasts Maria Cullen, Howard Fox and Jim Fraser, you can discover the pleasure of this exciting sport here at Longueville House. A rustic style picnic is laid out for participants in the courtyard post hunt. Later that evening Chef/Proprietor William O’Callaghan will prepare and cook for you a banquet of autumn mushrooms from the day’s harvest. A fun day out for all and ideal for beginners. Please note that mushroom hunts take place in all sorts of weather so are rarely cancelled due to inclement weather.
3pm onwards Check in.
3.30pm - 4.30pm - Enjoy complimentary afternoon tea laid out in the Drawing Room.
7pm - Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and meet Chef/Patron William O'Callaghan who will discuss the daily menu.
7.30pm - Dinner is served promptly.
11am - Participants meet after a leisurely breakfast in the Drawing room. A brief introduction to Guides and orientation and maps distributed of mushroom sites on the Longueville Estate. Participants set off at their own pace, and break up into smaller groups. Non-plastic containers are recommended for collection of mushrooms. Bring wellies or hiking boots and layered clothing.
1.30pm - Groups return to the house to clean up, meet in the Courtyard to examine mushroom harvest and participate in a discussion with Q&A session while enjoying Picnic snacks washed down with mulled Longueville House Cider.
7.30pm - Later that evening, a delicious autumn four-course dinner menu, specially prepared and chosen by William O'Callaghan, incorporating seasonal mushrooms. Guests have the choice of dining individually or as part of a small group in The Chinese Room, a private dining area (social distancing guidelines observed). Please advise which option suits when making your reservation with us.
Pricing for Weekend - For two person sharing, two nights Dinner B&B with Mushroom Hunt and Picnic on Saturday.
Vineyard Suite €880, Brittas Suite €880, Manor Double Double Suite €880, Blackwater Suite €860, Deluxe Double €800, Deluxe Twin €800