Accommodation & Meals
What to expect from your accommodation at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.
The Big House
The eleven comfortable rooms in the Big House include a bed, writing desk and a chair. Each has its own unique charm and character with a unique selection of books, ornaments and paintings. Ten of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms. Bed linen and towels are provided.
The five unique cottages situated in the farmyard are self-catering and artists are invited to dinner one night per week in the Big House, by prior arrangement. Residents in the cottages are welcome to use the facilities in the house and help themselves to tea and coffee during the day. Each cottage has a living room/workspace, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Couples can stay in the cottages but must apply individually for a residency. One of the cottages has two bedrooms; it is adapted for universal access.
There is also a purpose-built apartment adjacent to the Big House which incorporates a carer’s room.
Meals in the Big House
If you are a resident of the Big House all your meals are included in your stay. Breakfast and lunch are self-service and dinner is served at 7pm each evening. It is the sole stipulation of Tyrone Guthrie’s Will that all artists would gather for a meal once a day. As a Big House resident, attendance at these meals each evening is therefore a requirement of your stay.
Dinner is served at 7pm every evening, Monday-Saturday, for residents in the Big House.
If you are in the Self Catering Farmyard Cottages you are invited to Dinner once a week. This dinner can be booked though the office or directly with the Chef and must be done before 12noon on the day you wish to dine.
Ask anybody who has stayed at Annaghmakerrig about the meals and they will respond with what may well seem to be an hyperbole excessive! Dinner is an important ritual, a punctuation point in long and concentrated working days, a reward at seven o’clock. It is a formal but congenial gathering, candle and fire-lit, with good food and wine underpinning conversation, argument, song and declamation.